Chris Standring

With special guest Vanessa Haynes

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Last Show: Saturday 29 th February 2020

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Soul jazz guitarist Chris Standring returns to PizzaExpress Soho to celebrate his 13th solo album release 'Real Life'. Backing Chris on stage will be Londons' finest soul jazz and funk session players and with special guest Vanessa Haynes.

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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

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 2006’s 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 Mica Paris. The album, Live In London was also videotaped.

A Best Of Chris Standring Remixed album was released  2019, featuring some of Chris's most popular compositions realized in a whole new way. The album, released on vinyl for the first time, was launched at Hampstead Jazz Club in London.

A notable music producer in his own right, he has also scored three #1 Billboard hits for other artists.

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. His new studio album (untitled as of this writing) is released April 2020.

Joining Chris Standring as a special guest, one of the greatest voices of the modern era, Vanessa Haynes cut her teeth working as a backing vocalist for Van Morrison and Chaka Khan before stepping into the spotlight to become lead singer of British funk legends, Incognito. With her deeply soulful, gospely tones, it’s easy to hear why The Guardian’s esteemed jazz critic, John Fordham, recently described Haynes as ‘a remarkable vocalist,’ whilst the Evening Standard simply called her a ‘soulful powerhouse.’ We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves.