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Jan ponsford Vocal Frances Knight keyboard Winston Clifford drums Terry Pack Double Bass
JAN PONSFORD is hailed as one of the UK’s best and more original vocalists whose musical sensibilities stretch further than the norm, effortlessly covering jazz, south American and eastern European influences — a blend now considered de rigueur for jazz vocalists, with Ponsford being credited as an originator of the style. She is also an exhibiting painter with works collected internationally. Ponsford performs and records with some of the world’s finest musicians, and features alongside the Greats in the books ‘Singing Jazz’ and ‘Jazz Singers’. She has her own section in the Virgin Encyclopaedia of Jazz, and is in the Penguin Who’s Who in Jazz. For over three decades Ponsford has performed internationally with renowned musicians, as a duo, with her quintet, big bands, and orchestras. She is also an established vocal coach, teaching individuals and running workshops independently, at colleges, and universities.
Sunday 21st April 7.00 - 9.30pm at Jan's Bar 18 Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 7HR 0207 812 9862 Jan Ponsford's Reunion One of the UKs premier Jazz vocalists returns to these shores to reunite with musical compatriots and all-star league - pianist Frances Knight, bassist Terry Pack and drummer Winston Clifford plus special guests. Rare treat not to be missed. Admission: £5/£4 - FREE for 1st 4 at the door
Sounds Like: Cleo Laine, Sheila Jordan, Luciana Souza, Jan Ponsford Quartet
Label: Symbol Records
Bio: Jan Ponsford is hailed as one of the UK’s best and more original vocalists whose musical sensibilities stretch further than the norm, effortlessly covering jazz, south American and eastern European influences — a blend now considered de rigueur for jazz vocalists, with Ponsford being credited as ...See Full Bio
““[In the Sun] is powerful confirmation of the reputation for classy technique and original material that’s been an undercurrent on the British jazz scene for years. Ponsford’s voice resembles Cleo Laine’s as much as any contemporary performer — a deep, honeyed sound of shimmering textures and unexpected inflections. But she works as an improviser with bands of a like mind, and her music doesn’t coast or avoid the sense of inventive tension between musicians that make orthodox jazz vocals different from supper-club music. The material is original; the styles spanning ballads, boppish scatting, gospelly forcefulness and funk, and the band — which includes the great saxophonist and clarinettist Tony Coe — is both demanding and supportive. Ponsford mostly inhabits a majestic middle and lower register, and her lyrics are honest and sometimes luminous.”