Jane Parker / Neil Sparkes

Dream - A Celebration of the Songs of Johnny Mercer

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Last Show: Sunday 24 th February 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Winner of no less than four Academy Awards, Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to some of the most beautiful and iconic melodies of the last century. Inspired by the genius of Mercer's lyrics and his enduring legacy in the history of 20th century cinema, jazz vocalist Jane Parker and spoken word vocalist/percussionist Neil Sparkes present 'Dream - A Celebration of the Songs of Johnny Mercer'. Featuring many classic Mercer songs including Skylark, Midnight Sun, Fools Rush In, The Days of Wine and Roses and Moon River accompanied by top London jazz players. Incorporating textures and rhythms from World Music, 'Dream' presents a filmic and rich interpretation of the musical and lyrical legacy of the Johnny Mercer Songbook. It promises to be a wonderful evening's entertainment!

"Jane Parker's breathy vocals, reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones and sometimes Billie Holiday are both sultry and steamy as the  bayou itself" Blueprint

"Sparkes’ lines are as spacious, terse and punchy as his mentors Mingus, Monk, Kerouac and Jeff Nuttall" The Times

Band Lineup

Jane Parker - vocals

Neil Sparkes (vocals/percussion)

Neil Casey (piano)

Ben Hazelton (double bass)

Andy Davies (trumpet)