This show features the music of the great Ella Fitzgerald, arranged and led by the fabulously voiced Joanna Eden. She will present her ’Embraceable Ella’ show - a very thoughtfully created tribute to possibly the world’s favourite jazz singer - Ella Fitzgerald - which has sold out at various venues across the UK, including London’s prestigious Ronnie Scotts Club. The band comprises Joanna Eden (vocals & story line), Leon Greening (piano keyboard), Stuart Henderson (trumpet & flugelhorn horn) and Paul Jefferies (double bass)
Joanna Eden is an excellent pianist and an exquisite singer, composer and renowned vocal coach (she is the teacher behind chart topping Sam Smith and many other now highly successful vocalists). Joanna sings from the heart, with passion and meaning - you won’t catch her reading lyrics or just going through the motions - she’s one of a rare breed off singers who truly feel the music they sing and can lead their musicians from the front!
Pete Billington is one of the UK’s busiest musicians - most often seen behind the piano, he’s also an accomplished bassist, guitarist and viola player. A musician with a touch that can be feather light or full of dynamics and wether he’s supporting top jazz, pop or rock artists, his playing is always of the moment and beautifully articulate. Pete has written and arranged some of the most beautiful and uplifting festive pieces specially for a short run of shows in time for Christmas. He’ll play piano with guest Eddy White on guitars, Paul Jefferies on double bass and the excellent Simon Price on drums - to be announced - will join the trio to add depth and colour to Pete’s arrangements and help create a concert that will, we’re confident, get you in the mood for Christmas celebrations to come.
Well known for his written word offerings in books and in social media as well as his jazz, Simon Spillett is an award winning tenor saxophonist who really believes in giving value for money - hard blowing musicianship led by melody and crammed full of creativity. From appearances throughout the UK’s jazz club scene through numerous critically acclaimed recordings to teaching and masterclasses - Mr Spillett is the real deal. Miss him at your peril……
Simon’s band will include Tom Berge (piano keyboard), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Euan Palmer (drums).