Polly Gibbons is one of the most respected and talked about young singer/songwriters of her generation. With warm, rich, soulful vocals and an innate blues sensibility, Polly has been likened to many of the jazz and soul greats. Having developed her craft over the past decade, she has performed at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s performing with the All Stars, and is shortly to be releasing her debut UK jazz album with James Pearson – long overdue, yet not before time, with Polly sounding more beautiful and rarer than ever.
Polly’s influences are brilliant, broad and inspired – from the poetry of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, to the be-bop of Charlie Parker, the deep wails of Mahalia Jackson’s gospel, to the emotional depth of Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone; the soul of Marvin Gaye, the blues of Buddy Guy and more contemporary brilliance in the sounds of Michael Jackson and D’Angelo.
The James Pearson Trio is one of the finest Jazz Trios in Europe. Over the past three years they have regularly performed as the ‘house trio’ at the historic Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s in London where James is the Artistic Director. Their most recent album Swing the Club, recorded at the venue, has attracted universal acclaim from the critics for both James and the band.
James Pearson is a pianist, composer and creative tour de force. He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where his trio is the house band and regularly sells out nights both here in London and in Birdland, New York. James is equally at home as a music expert, he is a regular contributor to BBC radio, and as a concert pianist. He has played concertos with the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many others, and with collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis, James is one of the country’s most sought after pianists.
‘A truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it.’
— Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
‘This talent is one in a million… miss her gigs at your peril!’
— Ian Shaw, Singer, Producer & BBC Broadcaster
‘A soulful voice that will capture your heart… a real singer at last.’
— Claire Martin, Jazz Singer & BBC Broadcaster
‘There’s a rare sense of joy in her voice, not to mention a depth of blues feeling.’
— Evening Standard
‘A soulful young jazz vocalist destined to be a star!’
— Time Out
On James Pearson:
— The Observer
‘The harmony of Messiaen mixed with the rhythmic pulse of George Shearing. Pearson is in shattering form.’
— The Sunday Times