From Ella to Elvis with Edana Minghella

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Last Show: Tuesday 13 th June 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Edana Minghella is an acclaimed British jazz vocalist, performing music from the Great American Songbook and beyond. Described as “flawless, stylish and captivating”, Edana’s talent has been widely recognised. Her second album 'All or Nothing', based on the Billie Holiday songbook, was released last year. It showcases Edana's great strengths: raw emotion and a capacity to touch her audience deeply. With a fabulous new set 'From Ella to Elvis', tonight Edana brings her unique style to beautiful songs of love and longing from the jazz standards performed by the great divas, through to upbeat classics written by contemporary American and British songwriters. Expect to be moved! Joining Edana on tour with From Ella to Elvis are her band of world class musicians – Mark Edwards (piano), Pete Maxfield (double bass) and Lee Goodall (alto sax).

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"[Strange Fruit] makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck."

Andrew Cartmel, London Jazz

Edana Minghella has been singing forever but embarked on her jazz career some eight years ago. She was inspired by the wonderful jazz soundtrack of The Talented Mr Ripley, a film directed by her Oscar-winning brother Anthony Minghella to whom she dedicated her first album Still on My Feet (2011). Produced by Liane Carroll and featuring guest stars including renowned trumpeter Guy Barker, Still on My Feet propelled Edana into the spotlight. Tracks such as Edana’s version of Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You have been described in the press as “heart-wrenching.” She has since been highly in demand, performing at prestigious venues and Festivals nationwide and in Europe, including Newport Jazz Weekend and Bestival.  

Edana’s latest album, All or Nothing was released in May 2016. Based on Edana’s sell-out show of song and story, the album celebrates Lady Day’s emotional and unique take on the Great American Songbook. Including the sassy uptempo title track All or Nothing at All, a beautifully simple version of The Nearness of You with Argentinian guitarist, Guillermo Rozenthuler, and a bold spoken-word, completely improvised Strange Fruit, All or Nothing throws a new light on much loved standards. But Edana also takes lesser known work, such as Billie’s own Stormy Blues, and gives it a new lease of life with her sensitive, intensely moving vocal style. The album has been described by Alan Musson, Black Country Radio’s Jazz Presenter, as “fantastic from start to end”.

Band Lineup

Edana Minghella (vocals)

Mark Edwards (piano)

Pete Maxfield (double bass)

Lee Goodall (alto sax)