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Out to Lunch with Steve Melling!

If you missed my lunchtime duo concert with Steve Melling on Friday 10 February at University of Leeds here is video of it. As you’ll hear, with his dynamic and deeply swinging piano style, Steve energises any musical partnership.

Concert Series: The Jazz Song Uncovered by University of Leeds – School of Music on Livestream –

In a programme marking 100 years of jazz singing, entitled The Jazz Song Uncovered, Steve and I span the blues roots of Bessie Smith, the American Songbook of Billie, Ella, and Sarah Vaughan, the improvisational bebop of Betty Carter, the liberation soul of Abbey Lincoln, the Brazilian contribution of Tania Maria, to the contemporary jazz fusion of Esperanza Spalding and modern British jazz vocalists.

STEVE MELLING: For over 30 years Steve Melling has been the linchpin pianist of British jazz. He has worked and recorded with Clarke Tracey, Peter King, Claire Martin, Alan Skidmore, Barbara Thompson, and Tim Whitehead. He performed duo piano with Stan Tracey and was his appointed successor on Tracey’s Under Milkwood suite. In his capacity of house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s, Steve played for many of the American greats: Elvin Jones, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, James Moody, and Charles McPherson amongst others.

Like the best things in life, the concert was FREE. Check out other Friday lunchtime performances at Leeds: