2015 marks one hundred years since the birth of perhaps the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday. To celebrate, the critically acclaimed tribute to Billie, ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, is coming to Burton Agnes, featuring Val Wiseman, twice crowned ‘best singer’ in the British Jazz Awards. Six jazz stars will perform alongside Val Wiseman, including Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather; all bar one are British Jazz Awards winners.
‘Lady Sings The Blues’ is a tribute to the memory of Billie Holiday in the best possible way – presenting the songs she sang in the style of her period. It is not a play. Neither is it a documentary, nor a slavish recreation of Billie’s original recordings, but an evening with six of Europe’s finest jazz musicians and a most remarkable singer.’’ The Observer
‘One of the best swing bands in Europe today, everyone in it is a top name.’ Jazz FM
Moving from Billie’s jazz of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s to a present day star...we are delighted to announce that we've booked Jo Harman and Company. With a world-class band and a stunning voice, Jo draws heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul influences in a style that has been compared to Eva Cassidy. Bursting onto the scene, Jo remarkably secured more than fifty UK and European festival gigs in 2013, including prestigious slots at the Cheltenham and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals. She performed alongside Robert Plant and Van Morrison at BluesFest at The Royal Albert Hall in London (Jo’s performance was broadcast by Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music). Last summer Jo was one of only twelve, otherwise household name, artists performing at Parkpop in the Hague to more than 300,000 people. This year Jo and her band received no fewer than four nominations at the British Blues Awards, including best singer and best songwriter; Jo won the coveted female vocalist award.
‘The finest female soul blues singer in the UK.’ Daily Mirror
‘Outstanding’ Time Out
‘Sometimes you hear a singer who leaves you speechless – I am.’ BBC Radio 2, Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals), on his show.
We hope that you will join us next year at what is already hotting up to be a superb weekend.