- Chris Standring
- Mica Paris
- guest vocalist
- Nigel Williams
- host (Jazz FM)
Other special guests tba
- Dollie Henry
- Body of People aka BOP
- Alex Bennett
- Jack Pollitt
- String quartet
4.30pm – 6pm: Champagne canapé reception
6pm – 8.30pm: Live recording sessions and performance
Jazz guitarist and recording artist Chris Standring who grew up in the small town of Aylesbury in England and now lives in L.A will be recording a Live in Session performance. This special one-off event will allow the majority of the audience to experience the recording session live with Sennheiser headphones providing a unique listening experience.
The evening will be hosted by Jazz FM presenter Nigel Williams and will include a number of favourites from Chris’s back catalogue, together with tracks from this latest album Ten and some special tracks specifically for this live session, accompanied on stage with his UK band.
During the performance, there will be special guest artists collaborating with Chris, including Mica Paris, one of the UK’s finest and most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. Mica is an incredible live performer and has collaborated with respected artists such as David Gilmour, Prince and Jools Holland.
Other special guest artists to be announced nearer the time.
VIP tickets are limited (220 only) for this special event. The event will be a one-off experience.
Chris says, “I headlined in St Lucia at ‘Jazz on the Beach’ at Windjammer Landing Beach Resort in May 2016 with my UK band. Nigel Williams of Jazz FM who was the DJ at the event, suggested we should really get a live recording of the performance as the normal studio produced albums don’t let the listener to experience the edge that a live performance has. Artistically this is a great experience for the artists and audience as they will be on headphones listening to every note coming together.”
Nigel Williams commented, “As someone who has been listening to great jazz artists for decades, when I heard Chris play live as a fan already, I just felt there was an edge to their sound which you just don’t get on a CD, thus suggested it should be captured live, little did I know that I would be hosting the recording session one year on.”
SoulandJazzLive will be capturing this unique recording session in both video and sound with partners Sennheiser. Celebrating the remarkable milestone of album number Ten – an ever evolving catalogue that includes the 2011 re-issue of his 1989 first indie recording Main Course (The Early Tapes) – Chris’ still got the cool, trippy sonics happening via a colourful fusing of live instrument and DJ sounds. Soloing with a wild abandon he’s been holding back way too long, the long-time Benedetto endorsee introduces us to the latest love of his musical life, his new, gorgeous white Benedetto Bambino archtop jazz guitar.
Ten is driven by three key elements, those electronic DJ sounds and live instruments with Standring playing his jazz guitar on top. The consistent, seductive pockets are always foundational, so the album’s ten tracks feature those artists the guitarist felt could best convey the essence of the piece.
Standring writes in his liner notes for Ten: “I wanted to make an album that got my jazz rocks off but was still accessible to people who weren’t musicians. Reflecting deeper on his mission, he adds, “I wanted this to be a passionate record, with a mix of ballads and upbeat songs that people could get into, kind of like George Benson once did with Breezin’. The fun part for me was letting go on the guitar more than ever and challenging myself to play over more complex chord changes, creating the perfect combination of jazz styles, from bebop to classic soul-jazz, with contemporary urban vibes.”
Perfect combination? Sounds like a perfect Ten.
This is the aim of the Live Recording Session – to Deliver a Perfect Ten for the Audience!