In a career that stretches back to the ’60s, iconic jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater has stood shoulder to shoulder with many of music’s greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins. She brings the sounds of her new album, Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready, inspired by the sound of Memphis R&B from the mid-late 1960s. Think Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam Cooke.
‘Dee Dee Bridgewater has a technique and musicality that bests most performers of her generation.’ (The Guardian)
Alto-saxophone band leader Camilla George formed her Quartet in 2014, rising through the ranks of Tomorrow’s Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine’s Venus Warriors band. Her African roots and Caribbean ancestry shine through in a mix of jazz, calypso, afrobeat and hard bop with both precision and playfulness.
‘George’s compositions possess memorable melodies and strong grooves in equal measure and her music is eminently accessible with a youthful energy that is likely to give it considerable across the board appeal. It’s an essentially acoustic quartet capable of reaching out to dyed in the wool provincial jazz fans as well as to younger London audiences’
(The Jazz Mann)
This show is part of the EFG Excellence Series.