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I've been involved in music from an early age, studying piano from the age of 4 and eventually accompanying my mother, who was an operatic singer. I went on to study jazz vocals, jazz clarinet and alto sax.
I have wide experience as a jazz vocalist over the last 20 years singing with a variety of bands in Europe, Essex and Suffolk where I now live. These gigs range from charity gigs to those in restaurants and pubs and a variety of gigs celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, wedding and parties.
I added jazz clarinet and alto sax to my repertoire and have been playing these instruments for similar gigs over the last 7 years.
My focus is mainly focused on 1930's/40's swing jazz with some 1950's bebop numbers as well. The 1930's/40's songs were, of course, the popular songs of their day - sometimes referred to as The Great American Songbook. I believe that these jazz standards were some of the best things ever to have come out America.
My vocal musical influences include Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and contemporary influences such as Diana Krall, Cara Emerald and Cyrille Aimee. Instrumental influences range from Artie Shaw and Woody Hermann from 1930's/40's to Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Theolonius Monk from 1950's/60's, some of whose music I enjoys playing on the clarinet and alto sax - as you will see from the Set List.
The 4 bands I plays in are:
1.The Jazzbyrd Trio, comprising Guitar, Bass, Vocals/Clarinet/Alto Sax
2. St Peter's Band, a 40/50 piece concert band
3. The Selion Octet, a swing band
4. The Selion Quartet, a jazz band