A massive thank you to everyone who came down to my album launch gig at the Spice Of Life in London last night. Friends, strangers, old colleagues, young colleagues… It was a packed house and it was so wonderful to see you all. I’m truly humbled that you came out to support me.
Here I was in my ’80s outfit (silver stilettos just out of shot), probably crooning about something emotional:
The band (the trio on the album – pianist Martin Pickett, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Ben Twyford – plus guitarist Dave Cliff) sounded wonderful. Especially when you consider that Dave only has one arm and leg and no head, and Paul has no left elbow. It’s amazing what these jazz players can do!
That launch gig running order in full:
Intro – Welcome to The Spice of Life
(not an Indian restaurant, actually a jazz club)
Songs varying in modernity (1930s – 90s), emotional range (beyond heartbroken – deliriously happy) and tempo (very slow – furious samba)
Intermission (Banter with friends)
Welcome back – including mention of Japanese success
and a bow to my new-found Far Eastern friends
More songs varying in modernity, emotional range and tempo
A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square