Burt Bacharach turned 90 on Saturday and as anyone who saw Michael Grade’s tribute to him on Channel Four will know, his ability as a pianist and as a raconteur seem undiminished by age. The Chiswick Calendar and Live Music To Go will be celebrating the music of the great composer and arranger in a live concert with jazz vocalist Helen Theophanous backed by the Geoff Castle Trio at 8.00pm on Wednesday 6th June at London Auctions, 34 Chiswick High Rd.
Helen Theophanous sings the songs of Burt Bacharach
Bacharach was acclaimed as music’s “Greatest Living Composer” in 2008 by The Recording Academy and he continues to compose and to tour worldwide. He wrote so many songs made famous by artists from Perry Como to the Stranglers – the Drifters, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, the Carpenters. Alison Moyet, Cher … his music spans sixty years and the phenomenal number of hits plays like the backing track to our lives.
The Burt Bacharach concert is one of three Jazz concerts we’re putting on with Jazz promoter Larry Pryce of Live Music To Go in May and June.
Phoebe Katis Sings Women Of Jazz
On Thursday 24th May Phoebe Katis will be making her debut in the Boston Room at George IV on Chiswick High Rd. This wonderfully soulful vocalist fell in love with the singing of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Etta James when she was at university but she also draws from the soulful natures of Randy Crawford and Carol King and more contemporary jazz singers for her set. A supremely talented songwriter and performing artist, she combines her own personal interpretation of numbers from some of the great female vocalists with her own stylish songs.
When Peggy met Ella
Then Thursday June 28th two of the UK’s top jazz vocalists, Shireen Francis and Sarah Moule celebrate two of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald in a special show entitled, “When Peggy Met Ella”. With accompaniment from the hugely talented pianist Simon Wallace and acclaimed bassist Neville Malcolm, the singers will be performing some of the greatest songs of the 20th century, from the understated purr of “Black Coffee” to the infectious swing of “Cheek To Cheek”, exploring how Peggy and Ella’s turbulent lives shaped their singing careers.