The Beat Goes On 'Songs For Swinging Hipsters'

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Last Show: Saturday 10 th February 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and even the Beatles all drew inspiration from the freewheeling style of Jack Kerouac and the 1950s Greenwich Village ‘Beat Poets’.  This show features their songs alongside some of the super-hip jazz of the era.  Sarah, Trudy, Simon and Geoff have all worked closely with 94 year old Bob Dorough and the late, great Fran Landesman, two key figures on the 1950s New York scene. Their witty, razor-sharp lyrics are featured together with the elegant vocalese of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and vividly evoke the cool, stylish world of Mad Men, hipsters and beatniks.

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"Massive talent and perfect technique. Sarah Moule stands in the very top flight of UK vocalists."

London Jazz

With ten albums on Jazzizit Trudy has collaborated with world class musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Jan Lundgren, Georgie Fame, Bob Dorough, Michael Garrick, Acker Bilk, Jamie Cullum, Jim Mullen and many more.  She teaches singing at Trinity Laban, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London College of Contemporary Media.  Trudy is a prolific lyricist, penning vocalese to instrumental solos.  She has developed shows including ‘Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan’ with her quintet and ‘Jazz for Juniors’ which has toured schools and festivals around the UK.  Trudy also presented ‘The Jazz Hour’ weekly on BBC Radio Southern Counties for many years.    

Sarah is acknowledged as one of the foremost interpreters of the lyrics of Fran Landesman and performed with Landesman, Simon Wallace, Ian Shaw and Imelda Staunton at the Southbank Centre.  Following six years with the John Wilson Orchestra Sarah has recorded four acclaimed CDs featuring Iain Ballamy, Jim Mullen, Mark Armstrong, Mike Outram and Steve Fishwick alongside Wallace, Mick Hutton (bass) and Paul Robinson (drums) and has broadcast with the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has also developed shows featuring the repertoire of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and wrote the one-woman show ‘Songs For Scarlet Women – The Story of the Femme Fatale’.  She is proud to have been one of Bob Dorough’s Bobettes along with Trudy.   

Over 30 years Geoff has worked with Michel Legrand, Everything But the Girl, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Sir Willard White, US3, Sting, Charlie Watts, Eddie Izzard, The Mingus Big Band, John Martyn, Dianne Reeves, Guy Barker, Claire Martin, Eartha Kitt and Jamie Cullum. He has recorded 10 CDs as band leader and arranged and composed and produced for Jacqui Dankworth, Jamie Cullum, Josh Kyle and San2 and his Soul Patrol.  Geoff has produced the 'Sessionband' apps for iPhone and iPad, is Professor of Jazz Bass at Guildhall School of Music and Head of Bass at LCCM.

Simon has had a 40 year international career as a composer, pianist, musical director and producer.  For 30 years he and Simon Brint wrote music for some of Britain’s most popular TV shows including French & Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous.  He wrote over 300 songs with the great American lyricist Fran Landesman (described by The Observer as ‘one of the finest songwriting partnerships’). His concert works include two symphonies commissioned for Thai royal state occasions.  He has been musical director, arranger and producer for Britain’s leading jazz singers Clare Teal, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Barb Jungr. He is Head of Composition at the LCCM.

Band Lineup

Sarah Moule (vocals)

Trudy Kerr (vocals)

Simon Wallace (piano)

Geoff Gascoyne (bass)