Already the first month of January far behind, the Riff Raff tour continues with a gig at the Crypt in Camberwell tomorrow and we're hitting the South West next week which is very exciting- Check out the 'Dates' page for more info! These gigs will culminate into a recording at the end of the month- it's a real treat to sing Dave's music with an absolutely killing band!
In the middle of all this I'm off to Hull this weekend to sing like a bird- literally! I've been very lucky to be involved in a unique and fascinating project inspired by and celebrating the music of Basil Kirchin. Here is an article about it.
I'm so excited to announce that the release of Solstice's new album is now imminent! We are celebrating with a date at the Vortex Jazz Club on Wednesday 7th December- click here to book your tickets!
And here is our official video to wet your appetite :)
Hope to see you at the Vortex on 7th December!
Back from an amazing month of teaching on beautiful summer schools with lush students and tutors- It's been great fun!
After being away for quite some time though being back in London is blissful, and very much looking forward to playing with some fantastic projects this Autumn: Andre Canniere's new album is out soon with a UK tour to promote it, off to Bahrain with Yazz Ahmed and her Suite on Pearl Divers, and Solstice are releasing a new album on Two Rivers Records! More on all of this soon- In the meantime, check out the dates page for concerts near you and see you soon!
These last few months have been enchanting- I had the opportunity to sing in various and wonderful ensembles: Geoff Eales and his great band, with a new release 'Transience', a very heartfelt and personal album which has started to get some great reviews.
'Solstice' have also finished mixing and mastering the new album!! We are excited to announce that 'Alimentation' will be out on the brilliant Two Rivers Records label at the end of the year. We had a fantastic gig at the Pizza Express Jazz Club last month; our next one is taking place at the Crypt in Camberwell at the end of this month- come on down! In the meantime here is a track from the album for you to listen to, enjoy!
Other outings this month include the 606 Jazz Club with Bobby Wellins, John Turville, Dave Whitford & Tim Giles on 12th April and Babelfish are also playing at the Vortex Jazz Club on 19th April- Can't wait to sing for you in such varied settings, see you there!
2015 Radio Shows:
Barry and I were delighted to be invited in the studio by the lovely Tina Edwards on 19th April just as we were about to launch our second album Chasing Rainbows. Listen here! (we're on at about 1 hour 06 minutes in)
It was also very lovely to be invited on 21st December by Chris Elcombe and Juliet Kelly and be part of this brilliant Jazz on 3 broadcast on amazing vocalist Sidsel Endresen. Sadly that whole broadcast isn't available to listen to anymore however, you can still hear Juliet interviewing me as well as some wonderful insights from the gorgeous Lauren Kinsella & Alice Zawadski. Enjoy listening here!
Hello, and welcome back! Sorry if I've been silent for a while- However to make up for it there are plenty of new things for you to get your teeth into! I started the year with a wonderful new project led by trumpeter Andre Canniere, which was recorded in January- more on this soon!
I was also honoured to feature on Geoff Eales' highly personal and beautiful album 'Transiense', which will be released next month with a tour, check out the dates page for more info! The album (and gigs) also feature heavy weights Chris Laurence, Martin France and Noel Langley.
Also very excited that Solstice's debut album will be out this Autumn! In the meantime you can catch us at e17Jazz next week or at Pizza Express next month!
Finally, I am really happy to announce that Babelfish will make a very special appearance at the Vortex in April- we hope to see you there!
Lots of love,
Autumn already, where did time fly?! Back on track now and in these last few months I've been busy with loads of exciting and different projects, as well as organising tours for next year. New dates will be added to the website very shortly as well as news and links to new albums etc. Stay tuned and come back to check on updates!
'Chasing Rainbows' can nowC be pre-ordered on Amazon! Here is our little promo video:
Babelfish booking line for our album launch in London on 21/04 is now open! Here's a little video to celebrate:
Happy New Year! Wow, 2015 well under way,time is really flying. I recently did a magical gig at the Vortex with Stuart Hall on guitar, mostly Brazilian material, which I have always loved, so.. Bliss! Here is a lovely review of the night from Jazzwise
New Babelfish pictures will be revealed soon from a recent photo/video shoot we did, as the album launch is approaching. We are getting all the artwork done, so getting closer and closer to holding the finished product!
Coming up in Oxford this Wednesday an intimate concert in Oxford with the great Frank Harrison on piano, come and see/ hear us! Details on the Dates page.
Finally, I've been doing some website maintenance with the music tracks, hopefully they should all be working properly now on any browser used!
II will be in touch again with more news soon!
So many lovely things! 2 albums now recorded, with two of my favourite bands! And a lovely musical weekend in store, with Naomi Wright's band tomorrow night (Saturday) and Kenny Wheeler's music with the LJO at the Vortex this Sunday afternoon! Check the dates page for more info.
Our Babelfish album is now mastered! So excited and loving the results. Also, less than two weeks to go before recording our debut Solstice album, woohoo!
Our Babelfish album is now mixed!! Next stop: mastering :)
It's official! Babelfish album launch confirmed for 21st April 2015 @ Pizza Express Dean Street, London! In the meantime, check out the videos in the "videos" page! More to come soon.
I'm very excited to be part of a special concert tonight: the 'Kenny Wheeler Benefit' organised by Evan Parker. I will be singing some gems by Kenny Wheeler with The Reuben Fowler Big Band. For more info including details and other amazing bands playing that evening go here
We've done it!! Just finished recording the new Babelfish album!! What a lush day, with beautiful musicians, great studio and engineer.. Very very happy :) Will be sharing more on this soon!
Just had a blast playing with Barry Green at the Vortex, all brand new tunes which we are about to record with Babelfish!
Also still buzzing from leading the Tutors' concert at the Guildhall School of Music, what a treat to share the stage with Steve Fishwick, Scott Stroman, Andrew Bain, John Turville and Dave Manington. There's even talk of doing it again soon!
Very excited to have been asked to participate in an evening of celebration of Kenny Wheeler's music this coming Wednesday at The Forge! If, like me, you love his work- or if you have no idea what his music sounds like- Come!
After a very enjoyable gig at the Union Chapel, Babelfish are very excited to be performing at the Vortex Jazz Club on Thursday 13th March. You will hear brand new tunes and some newly discovered gems, to be recorded imminently! The concert will also be filmed
Get your tickets here!
Babelfish are back! We're very close to recording our new album, with two gigs coming up which will preview what's to come! Our first one this Sunday at the Union Chapel Bar from 3PM! Click here for more info..
I cannot believe we're coming to the end of 2013... What a year! Lots of exciting things coming up in 2014, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy what's left of 2013! Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
So much talent everywhere! Such a great buzz this year at the London Jazz Festival,so much happening! The Loop Festival at Kings Place was special yesterday, some amazing free events in the Southbank, it was lovely being part of the Reuben Fowler Big Band, playing material from his debut album.. Next up I look forward to presenting the first Years Trinity Singers combo at Blackeath Halls this coming Tuesday, come down! They've been working hard, on the theme 'Poetry set to Music'
And this coming Sunday I'll be singing with Solstice and the E17 Large Ensemble as part of the LJF, at Orford House Social Club, starting at 2PM. Really looking forward to this.. Get your tickets here!
Thanks to those of you who came down to our Benjamin Britten project at the Southbank! It was a great vibe all round and amazing to share the stage with Ross Stanley, Steve Fishwick and Paul Clarvis.. Lovely gigs also with the Red Skies trio in Eastbourne and Southport,one more to go this year in Chichester!
In the meantime this coming week I will be singing backing vocals for the amazing Kaz Simmons. It's her album launch on Wednesday 2nd October at Pizza Express, come down! To book click here
And on Thursday 3rd October I will be in Aberdeen with Barry Green!! To book click here. And Finally a double bill at The Vortex Jazz Club on 6th October, two for the Price of one: Solstice and the e17Jazz Large Ensemble, a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
II hope to see you at one of these!
The summer ends.. End of summer school fun, till next year! Autumn nears, and so do lots of exciting gigs (See the gigs page!) Red Skies Trio have some great gigs coming up, Babelfish are getting ready to record a new album and I am starting a new band! More on this soon :) Bye for now! B x
Hello! It's been a few busy but lovely months, a few exciting news to come.. All in good time! In the meantime I am really looking forward to Reuben Fowler's album launch tomorrow and a lovely gig on Saturday night at the Archduke with Jim Mullen, Ben Hazelton and Rod Young!
Then off to a couple of summer schools.. Can't wait! Do check the Dates Page for more details..
See you soon!
Hello and thanks for visiting my website! If you are free tomorrow, come down to the Albany in Great Portland Street, two very different but lush bands on from 8PM. We will be playing the second set, with Henry Lowther, Barry Green and Chris Laurence- All legends!
If you can't make tomorrow, then check out the Live Dates Page in June, some great gigs coming up!
Tonight Riff Raff are at the Nursery!
As for other news, the press has been going wild these last few days :) A really lovely 4 stars review of Red Skies in this month's Jazzwise issue + a seven page spread in a Turkish Magazine! Click here to see a few photos of it whilst I get the actual text translated!!
Just seen a lovely review of Riff Raff's new album! Mr Mann, yet again, makes you feel like he properly listens to the albums he reviews, whether he likes them or not! Click here to read this one.
Still a few places left for instrumentalists and vocalists on this great week-end Residential Jazz Course near Monmouth!! Go to cljazz for more info and to book, you won't regret it! I'm really looking forward to it, bags of fun and music.
Welcome to my new website!
A lot has been going on already this year, including the release of my new standards album Red Skies which has been getting some very lovely reviews! The trio has been doing some really nice concerts in beautiful venues and the album launch was a roaring success!
To get a copy of the new album or any of the other ones click here.