Janette Mason Presents: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan featuring Juliet Roberts and Vimala Rowe
World-class arranger, composer and pianist Janette Mason will pay homage to two of the most iconic vocalists of the 20th century. The ‘First Queen of Song’ Ella Fitzgerald and ‘The Divine One’ Sarah Vaughan occupy a treasured place in the popular music consciousness. Known for their exquisite phrasing and expression, they were both seminal interpreters of The Great American Songbook.
Described by The Guardian as ‘a band leader of pugnacious flair and genuine unpredictability’, Janette Mason has arranged and played for the likes of Oasis, Mica Paris, and k.d Lang. She is currently the musical director of The Hideaway in South London. Recreating the rich orchestral arrangements of the original recordings, Mason will be leading a five-piece band comprised of some of the UK’s leading musicians. She will be joined by vocalists Juliet Roberts and Vimala Rowe. A British singer of Grenadian descent, Juliet Roberts was a featured vocalist on The Funk Master’s top ten hit ‘It’s Over’. Her twenty-year long career has spanned jazz, soul, funk and house music. She has recorded and performed with icons such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Miles Davis. Roberts was also the lead vocalist for British jazz-dance ensemble Working Week. Vimala Rowe has been described by London Jazz News as ‘a singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability’. Having previously played the role of Billie Holliday in Alex Webb’s Cafe Society Swing cabaret show, Rowe has stunned audiences with her interpretive skill and command of North Indian classical technique. She is a favourite collaborator of jazz virtuosos John Etheridge and Jonathan Gee.
The band will also feature:
Simon Little - Bass
Born in London, Simon started learning the double bass at school. He went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.Best known as the bassist with The Divine Comedy, Clare Teal and Maggie Reilly, he has also toured regularly with The Duckworth Lewis Method and Duke Special. Simon has also played and recorded with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, A Girl Called Eddy, Juliet Lawson, Lea DeLaria, Ian Shaw, Nina Ferro and The Ronnie Scott's Allstars amongst others.
Jamie Murray - Drums
One of the great up and coming drummers on the scene today. A forward thinking and conceptual player, with a solid groove style yet an open minded approach to free experimentation, his performances are always fresh and exhilarating! Recently Jazzwise magazine featured him in the “Shape of Jazz to come 2019” and “A drummer to watch out for” 2018 Rhythm drummer magazine.
Shanti - Trumpet
Shanti studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Watson, Tim Garland, The Brand New Heavies, The Stereophonics and Basement Jaxx. He currently has a CD out on Candid Records, entitled ‘Round Trip’ and a book of elementary world music trumpet tunes, ‘Trumpet Globetrotters’ published by Oxford University Press.
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