For something slightly different I'm singing and playing with Brazilian band Samba Azul tomorrow night at the Salisbury on Green Lanes
We had a lovely gig at The Stables Theatre the other night - our first gig previewing original music from my new album. It was fantastic to play at a venue that symbolises the rich heritage of British jazz.
Well, I'm very excited to be recording a video for one of my tracks from the upcoming album. The location is the Hideaway in Streatham and we're going to try to capture some of the atmosphere experienced at a jazz jam which is the subject of the song 'The Jazzman'.
It's been a busy few months trying to set up a tour for the release of my new album 'Life On Land'. In the interim, I've been doing quite a few fun 'standards' gigs playing music from the Great American Songbook.
I'm very pleased to say that in May I finished recording my debut album 'Life On Land' at Eastcote Studios in London. It was a fabulous experience - the studio vibe was really relaxed and the band were really supportive. The album features Adam Osmianski on drums, Henrik Jensen on double bass and Rob Luft on guitar plus a couple of special guests.
It was a great privilege to present a paper entitled 'Women & the Jazz Jam' at the 14th International JazzForum in Darmstadt. We just returned from a weekend of interesting discussions and fascinating talks. Our paper will be published at the beginning of next year along with all the other papers from the conference.