The Sam Every Big Band makes its highly anticipated return to the prestigious PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho after its sell out debut performance earlier this year. Tonight they are joined by one of the leading lights on the British jazz vocal scene, Sara Colman
Sara Colman sings jazz in a very special way - she puts heaps of meaning into it both by using the words and by intrinsically understanding how the music works. We’ve asked Sara to come back to Smokey Joe’s Jazz in December to kick start the festive season with a very special performance celebrating the music of Canada’s First Lady of music - Joni Mitchell. Her ability to improvise on the spot is of the highest calibre and what a voice she has!
The quartet will comprise: Alex Steele (piano), Paul Jefferies (bass) and Jonathan Silk (drums).
Atlas aim to create a progressive and unique sound with a clear identity – one that blends together elements of acoustic jazz with electronics, textural soundscapes, free improvisation, driving grooves which underpin strong melodies and dense harmonies.
The compositions are inspired by an eclectic mix of musical influences ranging from jazz luminaries such as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and John Taylor, as well as pianists including Matt Mitchell, Liam Noble and Aaron Parks.
The exciting cross-pollination of music, especially discernable around the sphere of contemporary instrumental and vocal jazz, has become a strong, progressive feature of today’s fresh, creative outputs. Keyboardist and composer Rebecca Nash is becoming increasingly visible in this area of the British scene; a major player in Entropi, Paradox Ensemble and Sara Colman’s band, as well as an educator with the National Youth Jazz Collective, Cheltenham Festivals, Birmingham Jazzlines and Birmingham Conservatoire.
Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft, three established songwriters in their own right have joined together to devise a very special group, presenting some of their favourite tunes seamlessly blended with brand new material.
THE BIGGER AND BETTER VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP IN HASTINGS
with tutors Liane Carroll, Sara Colman and Sophie Bancroft
featuring additional singing clinics and sunday morning workshop as well as the usual masterclasses, group song and technique work. In association with the Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings
Sara Colman makes a guest appearance with Rebecca Nashs’ Atlas in a set which previews music from the forthcoming album Peaceful King and Debuts the specially commissioned piece that Rebecca has written for Atlas with John O’Gallagher.
Today we mark International Women’s Day at Musical Picnic with fantastic vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Sam Frankie Fox and Sara Colman. Expect lots of singing, dancing and plenty of feelgood vibes!
Atlas preview tracks from the upcoming album Peaceful King, feat Sara Colman plus special guest
John O’ Gallagher