Chris Standring

With Vanessa Haynes

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Last Show: Saturday 23 rd February 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Soul jazz guitarist Chris Standring returns to the PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho celebrating the success of his latest album Sunlight. Performing music from his extensive 12 album catalogue, Chris brings to the stage a world class band and an energetic live show not to be missed!

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"This cat has that work-it-from-the-bottom- up attitude that always has staying power. Turn him and a great composition loose together in a studio, and you’re guaranteed to see sparks fly." - Ron Jackson/smoothjazzride

"His music style is unique and has a high recognition value. Guitarist Chris Standring is one of those rare guitarists who invents himself again and again. Thus, each of his albums has the charm of discovery." – Hans Bernard/

After establishing himself as a popular mainstay in the contemporary urban jazz genre with infectious R&B driven hits like “Cool Shades” (from Velvet), “Hip Sway” (title track from his 2000 album), “Ain’t Mad Atcha” (2003’s Groovalicious) and “I Can’t Help Myself” (from 2006s Soul Express), Standring decided it was time to push his muse into offbeat and uncharted territory. His appreciative fans, radio programmers and critics fully embraced Blue Bolero (whose single “Bossa Blue” became the #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Track of the Year) and Send Me Some Snow, an inviting holiday collaboration of self penned songs with award winning pop/folk singer/songwriter Kathrin Shorr.

Standring continued radio chart success with his 2012 Electric Wonderland album, scoring a #1 hit with “Oliver's Twist”, then “Sneakin' Out The Front Door” also reached #1 from his 2014 album Don't Talk, Dance.

2016 brought Chris Standring's tenth solo album (titled Ten) spawning two billboard #2 hits “Ready Steady, Flow” and “Soul Vibration” and #1 with "Like This, Like That".

On March 5th 2017 Standring recorded a live album with rhythm section and orchestra at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, London with special guest star Mic a Paris. The album, Live In London was also videotaped. Chris Standring's 12th solo album Sunlight, released 2018, features the legendary pianist Bob James, vocalist Mica Paris and a host of some of the finest players in the world.

Vanessa Haynes is a London-based singer/piano player who has been performing worldwide over 15 years. She became one of the lead singers of the internationally acclaimed UK jazz/funk band Incognito in late 2008. The band boasts 17 Studio Albums and 2 Top 20 Hits (Always There 1990), (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing 1992) and after 35 years is still touring today.
In early 2008 Vanessa became a backing vocalist to Van Morrison, performing around the world with him. She has worked and recorded with other notable artists including Anastacia, Mario Biondi, Goldie, Chaka Khan, LuLu, Billy Ocean, Dave Stewart and Leon Ware. Her solo album 'Stay With Me' has received rave reviews, and produced the singles ‘Embrace’ and ‘I Wonder’. Vanessa is a lover of blues and jazz.