Immy Churchill, the daughter of musicians Pete Churchill and Nikki Iles, came to the attention of a wider jazz audience with her performances with Norma Winstone and Dave Holland. She returns to Piano Smithfield following her successful debut here in the 2022 EFG London Jazz Festival
From school in Bedford she was recently awarded a scholarship to study jazz singing at RAM – the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now in the final of a four-year course and the only singer as one of just nine jazz students.
She embraces not only lyrical qualities but also the joys of singing wordlessly and improvising
Immy’s previous concert venues include Pizza Express Live, The Green Note & The Royal Festival Hall. She has come to the attention of multi award-winning singer & pianist Liane Carroll, with whom she shared the stage at London’s Crazy Coqs, also in the EFG London Jazz Festival, for an evening of jazz solo and duet performances.
We are sure you will enjoy this foretaste of what Immy has in store for our Piano Smithfield audiences with this Ryedale Festival concert, with the theme of “Spring will be a little late this year”
Joining Immy for this concert are three young instrumental jazz stars, also studying at the RAM .
Kasper Rietkerk on alto saxophone, started playing the instrument at an early age.He later heard the sounds of Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Garret and Paul Desmond which persuaded him to study jazz saxophone seriously: a commitment that has taken him to the Royal Academy.
Scottie Thompson – Piano, has already performed at Ronnie Scott’s and last year played a set of original music with his trio as part of EFG London Jazz Festival.
Toby Yapp - Double Bass, has performed wIth ace bassist Dave Holland and is currently studying with New York’s Orlando Le Fleming covering traditional and more modern jazz styles.
Tickets £15 plus £1.50 booking fee
and for bona-fide students
£10 plus £1.50 booking charge