When you think of legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald, some of the greatest music ever performed comes to mind. 2017 marks a very special year, as one of the most loved entertainers of all time will be celebrated worldwide with a series of commemorative centennial events.
As part of these celebrations, multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns are touring the UK for a series ofconcerts highlighting the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella and jazz guitarist Joe Pass.
Martin and Alison will present a concert inspired by Ella and Joe’s intimate 1960s recordings, combinining repertoire from The Great American Songbook and contemporary material by Stevie Wonder.
Here last October, Martin Taylor’s collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Jamie Cullum and Bill Wyman, have seen him garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC Lifetime Achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, and a record 14 British Jazz Awards, while in 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’.
Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and finger-style guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike.
There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. Her debut CD, Kissing Bug, was received with universal acclaim and became the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10.
Read What's Staffordshire's concert review here.
Tickets £17 / £15 Concessions
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Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm
Sunday, November 12th
Martin Taylor & Alison Burns:
Celebrating 100 Years Of Ella Fitzgerald
“Taylor is the finest British guitarist of his generation.” – The Times
“Martin Taylor is something to behold.” – Washington Post
“Burns has a honeyed and assured voice.” – The Times
“She has the ability, rare in all but the best jazz singers, to make
even the most frequently heard, over-recorded standards sound fresh and interesting.” – Jazz Journal
Here's Ella and Joe performing You Turned The Tables On Me, and Alison and Martin performing J'Attendrai.