Absolutely thrilled to be going back into the studio to make 26 brand new tracks for my live gigs. This year I’ll be stepping into sonic recording studios with the fantastic Scott Flanigan, his bass player Rohan and the very talented Rick Swann on Trumpet. This year I will be arranging old songs my way! Songs like; The Good Life, S’Wonderful, The Best Is Yet To Come, A Foggy Day, Girl From Ipanema, It Happened In Monterey & many more …. Some of the songs featured will be accompanied only by Scott on Piano, then the rest with be a mix of the other two instruments. This gives me a brand new bag of music to perform with all over the country.
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Fantastic reviews pouring in from the “Saturday Swings” shows @theivory Belfast, located at the top of Victoria Square. Here you’ll find amazing city views, with some of the best food and drinks in town, and of course, yours truly performing beautiful soft Jazz. The music is a varied mix of standards ranging from Cole Porter classics to Duke Ellingtons swinging numbers. Songs that were brought to light by the likes of Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Buddy Greco to name but a few … Come check out some live Jazz in Belfast …
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A few years back I was told about a nationwide completion that was being run for ‘The Peoples Crooner’ … So I decided that I would take part in it. The show needed a demo song so they could shortlist the competitors and I had a nice recording of Nat King Coles; The Autumn Leaves. A Beautiful ballad. The song was enough for me to get down to the final few. After a trip to London to sign some papers and meet the other competitors I was signed up and ready for action.
The next week I flew back to London and was driven to the BBC studios (although it was a channel 3 TV show it was filmed at the BBC) What can I say about Alan Titchmarsh? What a gentleman … He made time for everyone that day, making everyone so comfortable on the set and sharing some jokes. I’d like to say he put me at ease but I was very nervous with all the bustle of the cameras, cranes, people running around and then the pressure of ‘3, 2, 1, we’re rolling’ lol. My song was a Sinatra classic, written by Jimmy Van Heusen entitled Come Fly With Me. The experience was brilliant and the audience, including Alan loved the performance. I earned praise from the judges and left so proud to have made it to the finals. What a great experience!
I have had the great honour of not only knowing Rat Pack Legend Buddy Greco, but also have worked along side him. We met some years ago via email, and over the course of the next year we became very friendly, mostly chatting about music and upcoming events. The more we talked, the more he opened up and really took a shine to me. This led to regular phone calls, where he and his beautiful wife Lezlie would sit for hours on the telephone chatting about the music industry and years gone by. They both told me of the times they had shared with Sinatra & Dean Martin and of all the great places he had performed. He has a brilliant sense of humour … so let’s just say some stories are totally unrepeatable, lol. We met up in London were we invited as his VIP guests to a very special show. It was here that he gave me his very own tracks from recording session he did in Capital Studios in L.A a few years back. The tracks featured not only Buddy on piano, but also a 42 piece orchestra featuring some of the best Jazz musicians in the States. Not only did he share the tracks to use at my own shows, he gave me so much advice, guidance and a friendship that has lasted to this day. Buddy recently performed a sell out show at The Boatyard in Essex where I was invited to sing alongside him. I got the chance to swing some standards alongside not only Buddy, but the London based Jazz sensation Atila, The Rat Pack Cast, Paul Young and Michelle Collins … What a night! Just recently his wife Lezlie asked if I would perform at his 90th Birthday celebration in Las Vegas … And so the story continues …
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