LIANE CARROLL (voted best singer in the British Jazz Awards 2016 and CLAIRE MARTIN (voted best singer in the British Jazz Awards 2015) come together to present this Centenary tribute to the wonderful, unique performer that was ELLA FITZGERALD.
ELLA FITZGERALD dubbed "The First Lady of Song" was most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century, winning 13 Grammy awards, selling over 40 million albums.
Her voice was so flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman.
LIANE CARROLL is one of the UK's greatest singer/pianists, who with her infectious personality, brings Entertainment with a capital "E", most recently to launch London's 2017 Jazz Divas Series.
Her first four albums all enjoyed four-starred reviews, and, "Ballads" received ***** from Jazz Journal. Her "Seaside" album, won CD of the year at the 2015 British Jazz Awards.
"Transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power."- Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
CLAIRE MARTIN is an established tour de force on the UK jazz scene winning the British Jazz Awards seven times along the way and receiving an OBE in 2011 for her Services to Jazz.
Claire has released 20 must have CDs on the prestigious Linn Records label and performed all over the world.
No stranger to the JBGB Events concerts, Claire opened the 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival in the St James Studio, sang in the London Jazz Divas series, and sold out the Theatre twice to wide acclaim, with her "Just the Two of Us" concerts with Joe Stilgoe.
"Our finest jazz singer." — The Times
Performance starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets: £30, £25, £20 & £15
The magnificent church of St John the Evangelist was designed by Thomas Archer and is the most elaborate of the many churches commissioned at the turn of the 18th century with construction lasting 14 years and completed in 1728.
THE BARFORD STONEMAN QUINTET
To entertain our St John’s audiences before both afternoon and evening concerts, the Barford Stoneman Quintet, featuring Joel Barford, Harry Greene, Miles Mandolin, Alexandra Ridout & Noah Stoneman; award winning young musicians, will play creative, inventive, stylish be-bop jazz.
DINING AND REFRESHMENTS
Beneath the St John’s hall, under the vaulted ceilings of the crypt, is the Footstool restaurant. This is an elegant and cosy place to enjoy everything from a Sunday lunch before the afternoon concert, afternoon tea between the concerts, a buffet dinner before the evening concert and of course snacks and refreshments throughout the day and in the concert intervals.
Table reservations for lunch and dinner are recommended. Call 020 7222 2779 or email email@example.com
St Johns Smith Square is just off Millbank between Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, with nearby underground stations at Westminster and St.James Park, regular bus routes and ample free Sunday car parking on the adjacent streets and in local council car parks in Great College Street and Arneway Street.