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Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet

Out to Lunch 2016

Venue: Culford Room at Cadogan Hall

Performers

Kevin Fitzsimmons
vocals
Leon Greening
keys
Matt Fishwick
drums
Adam King
bass

London-born Kevin Fitzsimmons is one of most individual male jazz voices to emerge on the UK jazz scene in recent times, already forging a reputation as a charismatic presence and lyricist/songwriter of quality. His current album was released to critical acclaim and he has sold-out with his band at numerous venues around the UK including many times at Ronnie Scott’s, has several jazz festival appearances under his belt, had a live concert aired on Jazz FM and has sang at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC.

Long a fan of Mark Murphy and Mel Tormé, his distinctive vocals have also featured in several TV and radio commercials in UK/Europe and, running alongside his career on the jazz scene, he fronts a touring Big Band concert celebrating Sinatra’s golden period on the Capitol label. What’s more, Fitzsimmons’ unstoppably swinging band – described by Jazzwise as “the cream of UK straight-ahead jazz musicians” – keeps the audience on the edge of their seats: award-winning pianist Leon Greening (headliner at festivals including Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival – “Catch him when you can” says Jazz Journal International); upcoming bassist Adam King (2015 ‘Young Jazz Musician Of The Year’) and respected jazz drummer Matt Fishwick (“Outstanding” – Jazzwise).

Expect a vibrant programme full of taste and verve from an artist who has managed to create a genuinely unique approach to male jazz vocals. Today will feature sassy new versions of standards by the likes of Mercer, Jobim, Ellington, Legrand, Porter, alongside new jazz arrangements of classic pop recordings – including The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Billy Preston, Paul Weller – and one or two original compositions (including songs co-written by Fitzsimmons with Jools Holland and UK sax great, Derek Nash), all in the space of a relentlessly entertaining set.

“Lovers of jazz vocal mainstream have another star to follow” (Jazzwise)

“Unique interpretations, superb presence, a brilliant gig” (Moreopinions’ Blog at Jazznights)

“Talent, originality, has that rare vocal skill of total control of all he does” (Grapevine Magazine)

“A thoroughbred jazz singer” (Marlbank)

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Concert Duration:
2 hours incl. interval
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