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As part of Jazz Cafe Posk’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations we present this special show with Denmark Street Big Band.
Anita O’Day recorded for Verve at the peak of her career singing the cream of the American Songbook in her own emotive style. She regarded herself to be a musician rather than a singer layering her performances with a raw and passionate realism. Celebrating the life of one of the great jazz Divas, Jo Harrop will bring Anita’s passion and synergy with her songs to life backed by the great Denmark Street Big Band who will be playing these classics from the original Billy May charts.
Jo Harrop is a London based jazz singer who has a warm and captivating voice inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
Jo Harrop recently guested on the album ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb & The Copasetics, delivering what jazzman.com called ‘a smoothly sumptuous vocal’ on the Webb original ‘End of The Affair’.
The album received four-star reviews in the Guardian and Evening Standard.
‘Harrop has excellent tone and great stage presence’ – Marlbank.net
‘This girl was born to sing jazz!’ – Blues & Soul
‘A singing sensation…. Her voice is amazing – think Islay whisky, dark porter or tannin-rich red wine –the lissome lady is a class act’ – Bebop Spoken Here Blog
‘Webb is a writer not content with peddling jazz covers but a composer hell bent on writing some new jazz standards’ – Blues & Soul
Remember when the exciting big bands electrified audiences….. The Denmark Street Big Band recreates the swinging jazz sounds of the Big Band era, performing compositions that span an entire century of music, including standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby Darin and other legends of The American Song Book.
The band’s Musical Director Paul Burch has put together a big band that creates the same kind of energy, excitement and style of the greatest big band of the past era. Born of the love of Big Band Jazz, sax player Paul Burch began searching for an ensemble of musicians to create a fantastic new big band. During the search he called upon musicians and friends who had played together from his time playing with The Coldstream Guards and playing with bands on-board luxury cruise liners.