Joanna Strand at The Crazy Coqs (Live at Zedel) 2nd July 2017 – with Romano Viazzani, John Bailey, Jason Reeve and Nick Pini

Joanna Strand and Ensemble, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on Piano, Yaron Stavi on Double Bass, Jason Reeve on drums.

Joanna Strand returns to Live at Zedel (Crazy Coqs) 19.00 on July 2nd 2017

Joanna Strand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally billed as Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate but due to her current commitments in Les Miserábles Jacqui Tate will be unable to perform this time round. However Joanna Strand in cabaret will take you on trip through some of the many songs she has been associated with in the past and that have featured in her albums as well as one or two new ones. She will be ably assisted on accordion by Romano Viazzani, on Piano by John Bailey, on drums by Jason Reeve and on Double Bass by Nick Pini.

Always a fabulous night out and in the wonderful Art Deco surroundings of the ex-billiard room of the Regent Palace Hotel and now part of Brasserie Zedel.

Tickets are £25.00 or £49.00 for Dinner and Show

To book: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/joanna-strand-and-jacqui-tate-1/97823708

 

Jacqui Tate at The Pheasantry – Monday, March 13th 2017

Jacqueline Tate

Jacqui Tate cabaret at The Pheasantry – Monday, March 13th 2017

Direct from New York’s 54 Below, explosive vocalist Jacqui Tate returns to The Pheasantry for one night only. A natural comedienne, Jacqui bridges the worlds of jazz & popular song with her simmering wit and bawdy shenanigans. Classically trained and with an illustrious West end career, Jacqui’s jazz cabaret appearances include The Crazy Coqs, Dean St Jazz Club, 54 Below and Birdland in New York. Featuring both her favourite, and exciting new original arrangements, she is joined tonight by some of London’s finest musicians and by special guest Nathaniel Morrison, from the West End cast of Jersey Boys. With Romano Viazzani on Accordion, Jason Reeve on Driums, Tony Pappano on Piano and Yaron Stavi on Double Bass.

Tickets:https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/jacqui-tate-all-that-jazz

Nathaniel Morrison
Nathaniel Morrison
Jason Reeve
Jason Reeve

 

Tony Pappano
Tony Pappano
Yaron Stavi
Yaron Stavi
Romano Viazzani - accordion
Romano Viazzani

Accordionist Karen Street’s Ensemble Streetworks launch new album – Unfurled

Unfurled-CD-Karen Street

Karen Street is a musician who always commands the greatest of respect.  She is an immensely able and talented accordionist, always tasteful and imaginative and whose music is always relevant to life.  She is one of the few accordionists who predominately use free bass in jazz.

Streetworks, her ensemble, have just released their latest album entitled Unfurled.  It is a in her own words contemplative album and reflects her time of life. Youth and excitement is far away, there is a sense of loss with children moving away, parents dying or succumbing to dementia, a sadness which is very present at the moment but which will I hope take more of a back seat as time passes, indicated in the more optimistic tracks.

She aims to communicate with an audience on an emotional level rather than achieving any wow factor. She is very comfortable with the people she plays with and performs at her best.

“I think I have found in the players in STREETWORKS a great sound and good level of communication. I think jazz mirrors your personality – I can be very shy but with moments of recklessness, sounds like a title for the next album! I think I also have a lot of anger against the injustices of the world and I would dearly like to find a way of expressing this through my music.” says Karen

She is as ever, absolutely right. Good music is always relevant and reflective of life and the world in which we live in today has plenty to reflect on.  So you can take this album as a purely entertainment album but scratch a bit deeper and there is lots of substance and depth to the music that goes beyond its technical or harmonic aspects.  The album is receiving rave reviews and deserves to do well. Here are a few to help press “Buy Now”

 

REVIEWS

 

CD review by Jon Turney – http://www.londonjazznews.com/2015/03/cd-review-streetworks-unfurled.html

A top-class instrumental foursome playing continental jazz with ethnic influences. Accordion player Karen Street’s fluid arrangements create a set full of quirky charm.

The Musician summer 2015

 

Peter Bacon – thejazzbreakfast.com

Streetworks – Unfurled ATKS1501

Streetworks is a drummer-less quartet from the South-West led by accordionist Karen Street with Andy Tweed on various saxophones, Mike Outram on guitar and Will Harris on bass.

Originally from Burton-on-Trent, Karen was a champion accordionist at an early age and has brought her virtuoso technique on the instrument to high-standard projects from folk to jazz to contemporary classical.

This band plays all original compositions in a lyrical modern jazz style which, inevitably given the connotations the listener brings to the lead instrument, has folk overtones, but also adds some tango spice too.

The title track, which opens the album, is something of a laying out of the stall, a perky piece introduced by solo accordion and featuring solos from Tweed on soprano and Street on accordion which illustrate how they improvise jazz with very few of the cliches normally associated with the genre. Outram and Harris lock in well in strong support.

Dancer has the swirl of the skirt about it and a little tango heat, or rather warmth: these are English players, after all, and so more restrained than their Argentine counterparts. Ode shows the harmonic riches that Street can summon from the keys and air of her instrument, and Tantrum has a folk dance feel which then opens out harmonically with a classy solo from Outram, ending up in the disruptive, discordant behaviour – especially from Tweed – of its title before order is finally restored. No.255 is a gorgeous reworking of a hymn tune.

All four are fine improvisers and have generous solo space, but it is the leader’s writing and arrangements together with the group sound and the highly sensitive interaction between the players that adds a whole bowl of cherries on the top of this already juicy West Country summer pudding in sound.