“Absolutely brilliant.”
– Jamie Cullum,
BBC Radio 2

“One for the jazz

dance clubs.”

– Gilles Peterson,

BBC Radio 6 ★★★★

“The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent.” – JazzFM

“Classy vocals . . . hugely talented . . . much panache.”

– Echoes


“Musicality, poise and ingenuity – Saunders is the real deal.”

- The Guardian



Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Emily Saunders

(Rescheduled from Sunday, March 13th, 2022)

Tickets for the original date are valid for the new one. Ticket holders requiring refunds should contact the Box Office via ticketing@colchesterartscentre.com

Internationally renowned and critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, composer and broadcaster Emily Saunders - dubbed by Mark Snowboy Cotgrove as “the UK’s Queen of Jazz Fusion” - takes any stage by storm, leading an exceptional band of stellar musicians through her spellbinding set of original songs.


What sets Emily apart is that her musical skill in front of the mic, is matched with talent behind it. She balances virtuosity and captivating presence with musicianship of the highest order, establishing her not only as a rhythmically inventive jazz vocalist, but a supremely talented songwriter.


As a socially conscious wordsmith, many of Emily's songs reflect on society, the fragility of people and the strength of connectivity, oozing hazy sunshiny days and hot sultry nights.


Having evolved from seaside holidays, riverside walks and chilled evenings on piano and guitar, Emily combines a heady mix of Latin-infused, hip-swaying grooves, with driving bass lines, infectious melodies, and touches of Drum ‘n’ Bass.


Emily’s previous albums - Cotton Skies, Outsiders Insiders and All As One - have sold worldwide, receiving multiple four star reviews, including from the Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Telegraph’s 'Best Of'. Her music broadcasts include nationally on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6, JazzFM, plus extensively worldwide, with many international iTunes & Amazon chart ‘Top 10s’.


Along with special songs from her previous releases, Emily will be performing material from her eagerly awaited forthcoming 2021 CD, Broken, which flings open the doors to welcome the summer sun, with its upbeat, pulsating, driving, dance-infused Brazilian-inflected groove.

Emily Saunders (Voice), Carl Hudson (Keys), Paul Michael (Bass), Winston Clifford (Drums).

“Jazz album of the

year so far.”

– The Independent


“Superb new

talent everyone’s talking about.” – JazzFM


“Very very special . . . it’s beautiful. Wow. She’s absolutely terrific . . . phenomenal.”

– BBC Radio Ulster

“The next big thing."

– Evening Standard


“. . . a soundworld

both unified and

unique – highly impressive.”

– The Arts Desk


Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm