Line-up: Stacey Kent, vocals; Jim Tomlinson, saxes, flute; Graham Harvey, piano, fender; Jeremy Brown, bass; Josh Morrison, drums.
Acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, sings from the soul, telling her stories with faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. Stacey returns to Ronnie Scott's Club to present her best-loved songs alongside selections from her forthcoming album, TENDERLY (Sony), due for release in November 2015. TENDERLY, an intimate collection of standards, sees Stacey revisit the Great American Songbook, the repertoire for which she first became known.
TENDERLY, performed alongside legendary composer/guitarist, Roberto Menescal, is Stacey’s first standards album since her Gold-selling 2003 album, THE BOY NEXT DOOR. The intervening years have seen Kent broaden her repertoire to include originals written specially for her by famed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson. Her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram (Blue Note/EMI 2007), was described in Jazz Times as a "marvelously inventive launching pad for this bold, brave new Kent.”
This was followed by the all-French, RACONTE-MOI (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2010), Kent’s first live album, recorded in Paris, DREAMER IN CONCERT (EMI/BLUE NOTE 2011), and THE CHANGING LIGHTS (WARNER 2013), a collection of Brazilian and Bossa-inspired originals.
Other recent highlights include a live album with Brazilian composer/singer/keyboardist, Marcos Valle. Inviting Stacey to celebrate 50 years of his career, MARCOS VALLE & STACEY KENT AO VIVO (Sony 2013) sees them performing the greatest hits of Marcos’ career (So Nice, If You Went Away, The Face I Love, Look Who’s Mine etc) as well as new songs that Marcos has written especially for Stacey.
Whatever the repertoire, Stacey's appearance at Ronnie Scott's Club is an annual homecoming not to be missed!
"Stacey's singing never lets us forget these songs are about people. Her protagonists come to life so fully in her voice, you sometimes have to remind yourself the CD has no visuals. She has, in fact, much in common with today's finest screen actors who, assured of the camera's ability to pick out detail, portray complex shades of personality, motive and feeling through subtle adjustments of face and posture....here's a great jazz diva of our age." - Kazuo Ishiguro
"Ms. Kent embodied the essence of saudade as persuasively as any of her Brazilian idols. As she threw back her head and crooned softly, you had the sense of a woman with nothing to protect, living in the moment and dreaming out loud.’ - Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES