The line up for 2019
Miller Centre Theatre
Friday 12th July @ 7.30pm
Jo Harrop is described as a "velvet voiced" singer, who is rising on the UK scene. Recently appearing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of London Jazz Festival 2018, and a regular at The 606 club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Hideaway, The Sage, headlining Scarborough Jazz Festival, and Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, amongst many other respected venues. Having started out as a singer/songwriter, including writing a song for Acoustic Alchemy’s album, Radio Contact, she was also a backing singer for several international stars, before establishing herself more recently as a singer on the jazz scene.
In 2018, Jo recorded her first album of jazz standards, "Songs For The Late Hours”, with talented upcoming young players, Harry Sankey, Will Barry and Joe Downard and is currently recording an album of duets with fellow Geordie, guiatrist Jamie McCredie.
Other projects include "British Standard Time" celebrating British Songwriters across the decades, and “Fever", a celebration of the music of diva Peggy Lee. Drawing on jazz, blues, soul & folk infuences, Jo delivers a song with depth and feeling, in her distinct rich, warm & smokey tone, that swings oh so cool.
“This girl was born to sing jazz, all the warmth and sensibility to melt even the chilliest of hearts”
Blues & Soul Magazine.
“Harrop has excellent tone and great stage prescence”
“Her voice is amazing, think Islay whiskey, or tannin rich red wine - deep”
Chris Ingham quartet: The Jazz of Dudley Moore
Saturday 13th July @7.30pm
A welcome return for an artist who made a massive impression on his first appearance at the festival four years ago. Chris is a multi-talented singer, pianist, arranger and composer and with his talented quartet he brings this stunning Dudley Moore show to Caterham.
In this delightful show Chris and the quartet celebrate the music of one of the finest British jazz pianists of the 1960’s, who also just happened to be a successful comedian. His fame as part of the Pete ‘n’ Dud comedy duo in the 1960s and beloved comic actor in Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s has rather overshadowed his achievements as a dazzling jazz pianist and a composer of wit and emotional depth. Consequently, his delightful music is hugely undervalued and rarely played. With a selection of wonderful music and anecdotes this is a timely reminder of the musical talents of one of the biggest stars of his generation.
Some pieces are quintessential expressions of the bright, optimistic, swinging ‘60s, others are deeply poignant, personal expressions of a darker, more complex world. Sometimes there is a unique and bittersweet mix of the two. Reviewing the quartet’s sold-out show at Cambridge Modern Jazz Club in June 2017, DownBeat wrote: “Since the tunes have rarely ever been covered, it was refreshing to discover what felt like familiar and yet never-before-heard compositions, some with a touch of melancholy, others witty ditties with challenging harmonic twists“, before adding “their album Dudley displays the same genial spirit.”
“Unfailingly tuneful…Dudley would have been delighted” – Observer
“Swing, humour and poignancy – a jazz joy” – Mojo
“An intimate and affectionate tribute that’s very Moore-ish indeed” – Jazz Journal.