Pepi Lemer 'Back2Front'

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Last Show: Monday 27 th June 2016

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

British Jazz artist Pepi Lemer performs songs from her album, Back2Front. The album is an explosive mix of Latin percussion, jazz improvisation and songs from around the world including compositions from the great Pat Metheny, with lyrics written by Pepi. As a backing singer in the late 60s and 70s, Pepi worked with and alongside The Beatles, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Duanne Eddy with Art of Noise. Along with the bassist Jeff Clyne, Pepi created the legendary jazz fusion group Turning Point, with her unique vocalese style of singing. The band became Britain's No. 1 jazz fusion group and released two acclaimed albums, and toured with many jazz artists including Chick Corea and Horace Silver. Pepi went on to work with jazz artists including Kenny Wheeler, John Dankworth, John Surman, Stan Tracy, Mike Gibbs, Arturo Sandeval, Barbara Thompson, Ian Carr and Gary Husband. Parallel to her work in jazz, Pepi has had a successful career as a vocal coach and has taught the Spice Girls as well as other well-known groups and personalities from actress Jennifer Saunders to presenter Graham Norton. 

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‘The music here is eclectic and spectacularly engaging throughout, the complex arrangements injecting new life into these pieces. All the high-calibre musicians appearing here make vital contributions too. Ultimately though, it's Pepi Lemer's prodigious talent which makes this album so irresistible’.

Jazz Journal on the album, Back2Front

‘Back2front expresses a full range of Latin rhythms and exciting, punchy instrumental solos, sometimes avant-garde, sometimes feeling more familiar. The vocals of Pepi Lemer demonstrate her accuracy, fluency, and musical ability. She uses her voice with absolute precision, mastering its control as any true musician aspires to do.

Bridget Metcalfe - BBC Eastern Counties


“Exciting tunes, atmospheric lyrics, sensitive production, fine solos from a very classy bunch of players, and the agility of Pepi Lemer’s fast vocals and improv bring back many fond memories from when I last heard her perform. Her inventiveness and the energy of that unison-melody sound I remember from Turning Point still sounds as vivacious as back then.”

John Fordham (The Guardian and The Times)

Band Lineup

Pete Lemer (piano)

Paul Robinson (drums)

Geoff Gascoyne (bass)

Derek Nash (sax)

Nathan Bray (trumpet)

Gary Hammond (percussion)