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James Tormé Celebrates The Greats with Laurie Holloway
Show Detail
Fri-04-Sep (7:00pm) - £24.00
James Tormé Celebrates The Greats with Laurie Holloway
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

TORMÉ/HOLLOWAY - 'TOGETHER AGAIN: FOR THE FIRST TIME!'

PizzaExpress Maidstone Music Room is very proud to welcome back award-winning jazz singer James Tormé, for a celebration of music's greatest legends, from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee and Nat "King" Cole, to Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and of course, his own father, 3-time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé. Take a journey through layer after layer of stage and screen history, as one of the truly great jazz singers of a new generation returns/debuts for this exclusive one night engagement. This one is not to be missed!

According to Jazz FM, "If you get a chance to see James Tormé you should beg, borrow, even steal a ticket". Son of one of the greatest Jazz composer/arranger/vocalists of all time, multi-Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé, James grew up spending time with a myriad of Jazz Legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Buddy Rich, Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington. James’ smooth singing style draws from the “old school”, but has a very modern versatility and interpretation of his own where his clean-toned vibrato, Jazz sensibilities and charismatic stage presence are fast making this multi-award winning singer one of the most talked about artists of his generation. “…an extraordinary singer with immense resources…his phrasing ...audacious and brilliant” – raves London Jazz News.

For this special show, Tormé is joined by Laurie Holloway, pianist/MD to Judy Garland, Cleo Laine and Marion Montgomery among countless other music greats, but also perhaps best known as musical director for Michael Parkinson's BBC and ITV shows, and for the first three series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Artist Website SOLD OUT Sorry this show is sold out.

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WHAT'S ON AT: Maidstone/Rest of UK
James Tormé Celebrates The Greats with Laurie Holloway
Fri-04-Sep (7:00pm):
James Tormé Celebrates The Greats with Laurie Holloway
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

TORMÉ/HOLLOWAY - 'TOGETHER AGAIN: FOR THE FIRST TIME!'

PizzaExpress Maidstone Music Room is very proud to welcome back award-winning jazz singer James Tormé, for a celebration of music's greatest legends, from Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee and Nat "King" Cole, to Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and of course, his own father, 3-time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé. Take a journey through layer after layer of stage and screen history, as one of the truly great jazz singers of a new generation returns/debuts for this exclusive one night engagement joined by very special guest, pianist-to-stars Laurie Holloway. This is an amazing moment in jazz history - and not to be missed!

“…an extraordinary singer with immense resources…his phrasing ...audacious and brilliant” – raves London Jazz News.
SOLD OUT Sorry this show is sold out.

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The Elliot Galvin Trio
Mon-07-Sep (7:00pm):
The Elliot Galvin Trio
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The Elliot Galvin Trio was formed in 2012 and sees the meeting of three like-minded creatives: Elliot Galvin - Piano, Tom McCredie - Bass and Simon Roth - Drums. In 2014 they won the European Young Musician of The Year Award in German and their Debut Album 'Dreamland' was released on the Chaos Collective label to rave reviews, with the Guardian calling it "Audaciously accomplished".
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Debbie Scamp and the Little Scamp Band
Fri-11-Sep (7:00pm):
Debbie Scamp and the Little Scamp Band
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Debbie Scamp and The Little Scamp Band make a welcome return to Pizza Express. Led by Debbie's great vocals and enviable range expect a sublime evening of Jazz, Blues and Pop Classics. As well as running her band Debbie has a strong background in theatre, film, and TV. She is backed by a versatile and talented 5 piece band made up of some of the South East's finest musicians and PizzaExpress regulars.
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Jamie Johnson
Sat-12-Sep (7:00pm):
Jamie Johnson
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Cheeky, charming and charismatic are three words that come to mind when summing up Jamie Johnson. In early 2014 Jamie become a household name after reaching the finals of The Voice-heading up Team Kylie- but his musical journey began long before then.
Jamie started performing in Kent in 2009, starting off in a grime band that performed at local pubs and festivals. After catching the performing bug Jamie realised his true calling as a singer songwriter, and in 2010 his solo career began. All 1,000 copies of ‘Cloudy Skies’, Jamie’s self-written debut was snapped up quickly.
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The Chillbillies
Fri-18-Sep (7:00pm):
The Chillbillies
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

'From toe tapping to foot stomping... The Chillbilies are renowned for delivering fantastic, across the board musical entertainment. The band comprise the best 'gigging' musicians in the region, having worked locally, nationally and internationally with stars, shows and studio sessions culminating in a feel-good, versatile and incredibly enjoyable show. High energy vocals, tight, versatile rhythm section and the 'Raging Horns' - horn section! Listen... loosen…enjoy! Soul, Ska, Latin. Jazz, RnB, Funk...classic covers!!
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Annastasia Baker
Sat-19-Sep (7:00pm):
Annastasia Baker
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Annastasia Baker is a UK based Gospel, Inspirational, Soul singer and performing artist. She has featured as a contestant at judge’s houses on X Factor UK and was the winner, by public vote, of the 3rd Series of Time2Shine, the UK’s biggest gospel talent quest show.
This South London based singing phenomena grew up in an era of concert videos and talent shows. Annastasia recalls her video diet of Tina Turner and Whitney Houston performances, devoured from within her parent’s extensive audio-visual collection. She has profound memories of the music room at home as a child, where her multi-instrumentalist father would sing and play, embracing various musical genres. He sang in a gospel harmony group.
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Kirk Fletcher – with support: Katie Bradley Band
Fri-25-Sep (7:00pm):
Kirk Fletcher – with support: Katie Bradley Band
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Kirk Fletcher: Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, Kirk Fletcher has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the globe. He is a four-time Blues Music Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including a four-year role as lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He is also the frontman of his own band, having released three studio albums. A live album and a fourth studio album are currently in the works.
“Kirk is hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world” – Joe Bonamassa.
Kirk Fletcher - Guitar & Vocals, Dudley Ross – Guitar, Wez Johnson – Drums, Roger Inniss – Bass.
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China Crisis – Autumn In The Neighbourhood – 2015 UK Tour
Sat-26-Sep (7:00pm):
China Crisis – Autumn In The Neighbourhood – 2015 UK Tour
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

After a highly successful tour of the UK in 2014, China Crisis return in support of their new album ‘Autumn in the Neighbourhood’, their first album of new material in 20 years. Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly are the founder members of the band which started in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979. Known for their string of hit singles, including African & White, Chrstian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray and Wishful Thinking...
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The Chicago Blues Brothers
Fri-02-Oct (7:00pm):
The Chicago Blues Brothers
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The UK's award winning Blues Brothers Show - satisfaction guaranteed!
Following their hugely successful riotous appearance at The Music Room back in March, how could we not get the boys back for another evening of classic soul! Don't miss out on this opportunity to catch the perfect party night out...This non-stop review is packed with over 2 hours of the very best blues & soul music from The Blues Brothers movies – with plenty of laughs too! Book right away to avoid disappointment. See you there with your dancing shoes!
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Local Aid Warm Up Show
Sat-03-Oct (7:00pm):
Local Aid Warm Up Show
Show Time 7:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Local Aid is a big charity concert that will be taking place at Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone on Saturday 10th October. The event is being put on to help raise money to support Meningitis Now, Dementia UK, Anxiety UK and CXK. The event will feature performances from 10 amazing acts and tickets will be on sale soon. The Local Aid Warm Up Show is a an acoustic fundraiser designed to raise money to go towards the final Local Aid total.
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FiL Straughan – The Spirit of Luther Vandross, Soul Classics & FiL Straughan originals
Fri-09-Oct (7:00pm):
FiL Straughan – The Spirit of Luther Vandross, Soul Classics & FiL Straughan originals
Show Time 8:30pm / Door Time 7:00pm

A warm sweet voice, passion and smooth energy FiL taps into the energies of a song in the same manner that Luther did, touching the audiences’ hearts with vivid emotion. For those who appreciate the heritage of Soul, the sophisticated FiL Straughan will not disappoint.
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Liane Carroll
Sat-10-Oct (7:00pm):
Liane Carroll
Show Time 8.30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

London born, Hastings raised, award-winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll is one of the UK greatest musical treasures. A soulful, emotive singer capable of reducing other singers and listeners alike to tears with her heartbreakingly ability to live a lyric or making them jump with joy with her breathless vocal virtuosity. But what really makes Carroll stand out is that she sings every song as if she wrote it. It's a gift only the greatest singers have, to hear Carroll sing even the best known standard or hackneyed pop song is to hear that song afresh and it is this which makes Carroll so special. A classically trained pianist since she was three, Carroll is also a superb pianist and her unique ability to inhabit a lyric is underpinned by a true musicality that lifts her interpretations into the realms of art in their own right.
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Paul Dunton presents
Thu-15-Oct (7:00pm):
Paul Dunton presents
Show Time 8:00pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Paul Dunton presents an evening of top quality original independent music from a selection of his acclaimed roster of superb original talent that comprises 450 acts. The showcases encompass a multitude of musical styles and genres and with four acts on the bill at each show, audiences will be treated to an exceptional night of local music culture.
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Vonda Shepard - Live in Concert
Fri-16-Oct (7:00pm):
Vonda Shepard - Live in Concert
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Long overdue, American singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is coming back to tour the UK! Vonda first shot to fame through her long running appearances, performances and musical accompaniment to the smash hit TV show ALLY MCBEAL. This included the Top 10 hit single and show theme song 'Searching My Soul' which also spawned an international hit album. Now currently working on her 14th album, Vonda is looking forward to bringing new songs to her British fans alongside hits and old favourites in some of the UK’s finest intimate venues. This is a show not to be missed and early booking is strongly advised.
For tickets and further information please call 0845 6027 017.

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Ray Gelato
Sat-17-Oct (7:00pm):
Ray Gelato
Show Time 8:30pm / Door Time 7:00pm

There is only one Ray Gelato!
Ray has been taking his special brand of swing, jazz and R&B music all over the world since 1988. This multi-talented singer, saxman, songwriter and band leader has appeared at festivals, clubs and concert stages from Brazil to New York, and lots of places in between. Gathering more fans with every passing year, Ray’s audience includes young children and grown up kids alike, for the simple reason that his joyful music lifts everyone who hears it – a rare gift in these often cynical times.
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David Migden & The Twisted Roots with Support from Flawless Carbon
Fri-23-Oct (7:00pm):
David Migden & The Twisted Roots with Support from Flawless Carbon
Show Time 8:00pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

David Migden & The Twisted Roots are an exciting electric five piece, performing unique original material in a genre-busting crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots. With widespread critical acclaim in the UK they are a band not to be missed live, with several albums under their belts: Second Hand Tattoo, Killing It and Animal & Man, they have wealth of truly unique, original blues influenced music to share with their audience.
Currently working the local circuit around the South East of England, Flawless Carbon are quickly gathering attention from the UK Music industry. Their debut EP 'Headway' is available now, with tours lining up for 2015.
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Fred Clark & Friends
Sat-24-Oct (7:00pm):
Fred Clark & Friends
Show Time 8:00pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Fred Clark returns to Pizza Express as part of his busy 2015 'Long Walk Home' tour which will see him add to the 500 gigs he has already performed in only the past 8 years. The night will see a headline slot from the energetic, vibrant Maidstone based acoustic singer showcasing both old, current and brand new songs from his 5 album releases.
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The Blues Bandits - SOLD OUT
Thu-29-Oct (7:00pm):
The Blues Bandits - SOLD OUT
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The Blues Bandits were formed by David Gwilliam after the break up of London based blues outfit "Bluer than Blue". With an ever changing line up of professional and amateur musicians alike. "The Bandits" have built an enviable reputation for the quality and variety of its talented musicians who cross over a wide range of musical styles (mainly Blues, Jazz, Soul and Rhythm & Blues).
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The Blues Bandits - SOLD OUT
Fri-30-Oct (7:00pm):
The Blues Bandits - SOLD OUT
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The Blues Bandits were formed by David Gwilliam after the break up of London based blues outfit "Bluer than Blue". With an ever changing line up of professional and amateur musicians alike. "The Bandits" have built an enviable reputation for the quality and variety of its talented musicians who cross over a wide range of musical styles (mainly Blues, Jazz, Soul and Rhythm & Blues).
SOLD OUT Sorry this show is sold out.

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Buck Clayton Legacy Band
Sat-31-Oct (7:00pm):
Buck Clayton Legacy Band
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

The Buck Clayton Legacy Band Celebrates Duke Ellington Formed in 2004 by Radio 3 Jazz Record Requests host Alyn Shipton and German saxophonist Matthias Sueffert, this band is one of Europe's leading mainstream style bands, with concert and festival appearances across the UK and also in Holland, Germany and Switzerland. Formed to play the music of ex-Basie trumpeter Clayton, the band has also focused on his contemporaries including Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, and the Kansas City Blues shouters, such as Big Joe Turner. This programme brings the Clayton jam session approach to music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Hodges, featuring arrangements by the band's alto saxophonist Alan Barnes.
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Peter White
Fri-13-Nov (7:00pm):
Peter White
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Returning to the Maidstone Music Room - Los Angeles-based British guitarist Peter White is one of the international jazz scene's most respected artists. Recent winner (for the third time) of the National Smooth Jazz Awards 'Best Guitar', he has released 13 solo CDs and has played alongside established artists such as Al Stewart, Basia and Grover Washington during his almost over 40 year career. Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape.
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Peter White
Sat-14-Nov (7:00pm):
Peter White
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7pm

Returning to the Maidstone Music Room - Los Angeles-based British guitarist Peter White is one of the international jazz scene's most respected artists. Recent winner (for the third time) of the National Smooth Jazz Awards 'Best Guitar', he has released 13 solo CDs and has played alongside established artists such as Al Stewart, Basia and Grover Washington during his almost over 40 year career. Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape.
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Lesley Alexander with “Manhattan Magic”
Fri-20-Nov (7:00pm):
Lesley Alexander with “Manhattan Magic”
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

New York singer Lesley Alexander’s “Manhattan Magic” returns to the Maidstone Music Room, featuring great jazz, blues and soul from Ella Fitzgerald to Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Lesley, who sang with The Roy Budd Orchestra for the iconic Michael Caine film ‘Get Carter’ and had a song written for her by Paul Anka, has performed at many of the best night clubs in New York, including the Playboy Club, the Blue Note, The Cotton Club and latterly Peaches.
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Fate The Juggler
Sat-21-Nov (7:00pm):
Fate The Juggler
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Returning to the Music Room at Maidstone, Fate the Juggler are a professional original folk/rock outfit, formed in the summer of 2010, comprising a fantastic combination of experienced musicians from Maidstone, Kent. They have released two albums to date and play a unique form of Original Folk Rock - a mix of musical styles from folk, rock, pop and blues, which all makes for a powerful and unique original sound. Having previously played at The Clapham Grand, The100 Club, The Troubadour and Dublin Castle, they play locally, in London and much further afield at festivals and their music has been widely played on national and international radio stations.
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Matthew VanKan Celebrates Sinatra
Sat-28-Nov (7:00pm):
Matthew VanKan Celebrates Sinatra
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

2015 is the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth - 100 years of swing and jazz hits that remain timeless. Matthew vanKan indulges in the songs and sentiment of one of the best-selling artists of all time and greatest singers of the 20th century – the ‘King of Swing’. Seeking to discover why Sinatra’s songs resonate so strongly to this day by stripping away the big band arrangements leaving them bare and exposed.
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Souled Out Party Band
Fri-04-Dec (7:00pm):
Souled Out Party Band
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Souled Out Live 10 piece band are one of the most sought after live party bands in the country who have travelled all over the world supporting all of the top soul Acts Temptations, Four Tops, The Real Thing, The Darkness, Jools Holland on 5 different occasions, Tavares, Oyddesy, Heatwave, Venues, played NYE 2010 & 2011 The Jumierah Beach Resort Hotel Dubai two years running that no other band as achieved...
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5 In The Bar
Sat-05-Dec (7:00pm):
5 In The Bar
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

5 in the bar return to their favourite venue, playing great swing music through the decades, featuring classic songs by great composers and singers such as Sinatra, Jack Jones, Bobby Darrin and many more. The band is made up of top session musicians from London and the South East, who have worked extensively on radio and TV including Top of the Pops. These great songs arrangements innovatively re-worked, with vocal harmonies by these talented musicians, all this makes up to an evening of fabulous music not to be missed.
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An Evening with Peter Grant & Danny McCormack: Christmas Classics
Sat-12-Dec (7:00pm):
An Evening with Peter Grant & Danny McCormack: Christmas Classics
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Top Ten Recording artist Peter Grant will be joined by Musical Director Danny McCormack for an evening of Christmas Classics, including songs from Peter’s three previous albums and upcoming fourth album. Since their performance on ITV’s “This Morning” the two have been asked to record a Christmas album due 2016. This show brings a sneak preview to the unique renditions of your favourite Christmas songs. Peter Has achieved a Gold selling record, multiple TV appearances and is currently working on his fourth album.
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Paul Dunton presents
Thu-17-Dec (7:00pm):
Paul Dunton presents
Show Time 8:00pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

Paul Dunton presents an evening of top quality original independent music from a selection of his acclaimed roster of superb original talent that comprises 450 acts. The showcases encompass a multitude of musical styles and genres and with four acts on the bill at each show, audiences will be treated to an exceptional night of local music culture.
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Hullabaloo
Tue-29-Dec (7:00pm):
Hullabaloo
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

With a blend of jazz, jive, swing, and an original twist on pop, Hullabaloo is an ideal band for any occasion. Made up of double bass, saxophone, guitar, drums, and specialising in vocal harmonies, their versatility allows them to adapt a vast array of songs to venues of any size. From family parties to summer festivals and weddings to wild corporate functions, Hullabaloo are sure to get the crowd going.
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Hullabaloo
Wed-30-Dec (7:00pm):
Hullabaloo
Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 7:00pm

With a blend of jazz, jive, swing, and an original twist on pop, Hullabaloo is an ideal band for any occasion. Made up of double bass, saxophone, guitar, drums, and specialising in vocal harmonies, their versatility allows them to adapt a vast array of songs to venues of any size. From family parties to summer festivals and weddings to wild corporate functions, Hullabaloo are sure to get the crowd going.
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