Kerr’s theme for the CD is based on songs that have a significant link to her past. The twelve beautiful tracks display Kerr’s undoubted versatility as a jazz singer. Trudy is accompanied by the fabulous Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren, her husband Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Steve Brown on drums. Geoff has arranged for string quartet a moving version of “The Summer Knows” as well as augmenting other tracks on the album with strings played by the Juno String Quartet. Trudy’s special guest is Bob Dorough who sang an upbeat duet with Trudy on his original composition of “Up Jumped a Bird”.
Stunning young vocalist, Anjali Perin, is taking vocal jazz and turning it on its head with her accomplished debut CD. Anjali's voice is warm, soulful, beguiling and powerful and she is a great scat improviser. The album is a mix of original compositions, delightfully arranged standards and cleverly penned vocalese, all showcasing Anjali's musical talents. Anjali Perin - vocals, Liam Noble - piano, Amy Baldwin - bass, Jim Hart - drums. "Anjali is a creative and inspiring young singer" Anita Wardell - BBC Jazz Award winner
"The idea for JAZZ FOR JUNIORS came from a desire to sing songs other than nursery rhymes to my kids. I started to teach them lyrics and melodies to the tunes I grew up with and I thought other parents might like to do the same. This musical adventure brings old favourites to children in a jazz style that's different, new and exciting. Have fun....!" Trudy Kerr Musicians Trudy Kerr vocals Tom Cawley piano Geoff Gascoyne bass Sebastiaan de Krom drums Martin Shaw trumpet Derek Nash saxes Children singers: Emily, Laura and Ruby Gascoyne, Laura and Kristy James All arrangements: Geoff Gascoyne
Tell Me More blends cool bass and voice intros to elegant swing and strong blues-based tunes with occasional detours into sultry latin rhythms and modern pop grooves. Featuring two original tunes, a versatile collection of well-known and more unusual jazz standards and even a gospel-influenced Motown track. Tell Me More.... is an album that displays real passion and character. Zena James - vocals Geoff Castle - piano Geoff Gascoyne - bass Mike Bradley - drums Simon Allen - tenor, alto, soprano sax "A triple play from Zena James - love it to bits ....you'll be hearing a lot more from this album over the coming weeks at Smooth Fm" Dave Brown - Smooth FM, Jan 2007 "A new British jazz talent worth listening out for is Zena James, whos debut album Tell Me More is an impressive opus..." Charles Waring - Record Collector, April 2007 "Commanding and expressive,,, if you like your mainstream jazz coming from a blues soul perspective - think Eva Cassidy rather than Dinah Washington - then this CD won't disappoint." Selwyn Harris - Jazzwise, March 2007
Straight from the 'Cool School' of Chet Baker, Mel Torme & Nat Cole comes the stylish, smooth swinging voice of Iain Mackenzie. Twice on Sunday is the debut album from Iain and is a refreshing selection of Swing and Jazz standards. Ian's band are Pete Churchill - piano, Simon thorpe - bass, Troy Miller - drums, Pete Wareham - saxophone. Twice on Sunday includes hip new arrangements of Angel Eyes, Sugar, I've got you under my skin and of course Sunday (twice). There's a welcome appearance from Stevie Wonder's seldom performed classic If it's Magic and original lyrics for Clare fisher's beautiful Pensativa. Johannes Strauss gets an airing with Poppy Day, and affecting introspective adaptation of The Blue Danube. The sound is relaxed, understated cool and swinging. "Iain Mackenzie is it!" Richard Niles - Arranger/Producer/Producer "...immediately likeable....Mackenzie always sounds in complete control of the vocal line....great rapport between singer & band.... with pleasingly effortless flow to the music" Peter Quinn - Jazzwise Magazine "...fine up and coming jazz singer...." Michael Parkinson's Sunday supplement BBC radio 2