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Thanks to all from the hotel, committee, friends and helpers, and not
least the wonderful musicians for a stunning 25th anniversary gig on
Sunday 4 March. Pictures on our Gallery Page.
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"Norma Winstone-like subtlety and precision" - The Guardian
Frank Harrison piano, Brigitte Beraha vocals
Frank Harrison, is one of his generations leading jazz pianist. He first performed aged 15. Frank first bought his quartet here in 1998, and has often appeared here with his own groups, Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, or with Julian Argüelles. Berkley scholarship winner, Frank, recalls listening to Billie Holiday recordings, aged 11, and thinking out how the harmony and melodies worked. In his formative years he did the same for successive jazz styles.
Brigitte Beraha is one of the most versatile and exciting vocalists to emerge on the UK jazz scene. Brigitte appeared at the Fleece in 2012 with Chris Allard and was here in April with John Turville’s Solstice. Brigitte has sung with leading musicians from Peter King to Gwillym Simcock, and is associated with London’s Loop collective. She leads workshops in US and across Europe. Frank and Brigitte have been performing together for about 5 years. They will include work from the album “The Way Home”, released this year. Sebastian Scotney (LJN) wrote, of the album’s launch concert this May, that the “unashamedly lyrical” performance “demonstrated that the partnership has evolved and taken on new life” since the tracks were recorded in 2016. "Beraha's voice and Harrison's right hand at the piano seamlessly kept a melodic line going".
"Notions of love and home are given shape … by the lyrical piano of UK’s Frank Harrison, and the ethereal vocals of London-based Brigitte Beraha." - Alison Bentley, London Jazz News
Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
Beraha's highly effective partnership with Frank Harrison is, on balance and in the main, more unashamedly lyrical, than, say her collaborations with Barry Green and John Turville. The duo with Harrison goes back around five years, and is a continuing, living thing. The material on the album The Way Home (Linus Records) was all recorded more than two years ago, and last night's concert demonstrated that the partnership has evolved and taken on new life since then The most abiding memory of the gig was the ease with which Beraha's voice and Harrison's right hand at the piano seamlessly kept a melodic line going, and of how naturally Beraha moves from singing words to singing wordlessly, and how both complement each other.