Fiona Ross

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Last Show: Sunday 12 th May 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Fast becoming known for creating a new contemporary jazz sound, incorporating fast-paced Latin jazz, a hint of vintage jazz club and a soupçon of soul, allied to her distinctive vocal prowess, singer/pianist Fiona Ross has received stellar reviews for her three previous albums, 'A Twist of Blue', 'Just Me (And Sometimes Someone Else)' and 'Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey' – and performances at the Nells Jazz and Blues, Pizza Express, Toulouse Lautrec and the London Jazz Platform Festival.

Photos by Stefan Ferrol, Alexander Barnes-Ross and Cat Andrade.

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"A bold woman who’s ready to set the world on fire"

Jazz in Europe

Enrolled in dance, drama and singing lessons at the age of two, then piano at six, by the age of eight, Fiona was starring in London’s West End. At the age of 14, she lied about her age and talked her way into gigging in jazz clubs throughout London. No one even suspected that a voice that startling in its maturity and passion could belong to a singer barely in her teens.

A singer influenced by artists as diverse as Billie Holiday and Prince, Fiona's also been inspired by the Japanese jazz piano phenomenon that is Hiromi. She's also chosen some very gifted young musicians to accompany her.

During her nine-year tenure as Head of the British Academy of New Music, Fiona was one of the tutors responsible for voice coaching Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Jess Glynne, among others. 

"Fiona brings class and a rare ability to get everyone engaged and on their feet. A winning act in any setting," said Something Else, while Kind Of Jazz commented that her styles "are juxtaposed between jazz, Latin, waltz, swing, contemporary and neo jazz . . . music for everyone's unique taste."

With her last two albums as vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger and sole producer, this classy, sassy lady has definitely found her place in today's jazz firmament and knows exactly where she's heading. A bold woman, who’s ready to set the world on fire.

Band Lineup

Fiona Ross (vocals)

Loren Hignell (saxophone)

Gibbi Bettini (guitar)

Derek Daley (double bass)

Marley Drummond (drums)

Ashaine White (backing vocals)