Stapleford Granary

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Tina May, Laurie Holloway & Dave Olney

20th April 2018      19.30         £18

Tina May has long been one of the top jazz singers in Great Britain. She has the ability to take a well known song, make a few subtle changes, and have it sound like a new composition.

Real jazz singers flourish in the company of good jazz musicians, and Tina May is a real jazz singer. She can sing a straight melody, such as I'm Through with Love, and make it open like a flower. She can swing effortlessly and invent a wordless scat chorus as tricky as anything her fellow musicians can deliver.

'For musical taste, delicacy of interpretation and presentational flair Tina May has always been a hard act to follow. She is completely at home in jazz, which isn't as common among high-profile singers as you might think. Along with her other talents, such as writing witty lyrics to established jazz tunes in both English and French – she possesses the basic but invaluable gift of swing'.

Dave Gelly - The Observer

Laurence Holloway MBE is perhaps best known as the Musical Director for Michael Parkinson's chat show firstly on the BBC then ITV. He also was Musical Director for the first three series of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC and was married to singer Marion Montgomery from the 1960s until her death in 2002.

He has appeared with thLondon Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops Orchestra as both conductor and lead pianist. His TV work has included composing several well-known TV theme tunes such as Wicked WomenMaggie and HerBlind Date and Beadle's About

Laurie Holloway has been awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and he has appeared as the subject of This Is Your Life. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to music.

Laurie's long & outstanding career was recently celebrated at an evening hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson, with guest singers and musicians he had worked with, including Elaine Paige, Martin Taylor & Tina May.