Back by popular demand! The fabulous Jazz Dames will be celebrating the music of composer Cole Porter. Musical Director this year, is world class Jazz Pianist Dave Newton. Voted thirteen times for best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards. The Dames are Lucy Moon, Tammy Payne, Ruth Hammond, Katya Gorrie and Louis Victoria. Plus, special guest Alan Barnes will also be joining the team!! It will be another fantastic evening of great songs, beautiful harmonies and wonderful arrangements.
This event is part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Winter Concert Series. Raising funds and awareness for the March 2019 Festival (21-24 March 2019). If you think our work matters, then become a Friend. You’ll get great benefits—and you’ll help secure our future. See more.
Introducing the dames…
Louise moved from London to Bristol in 2015 and has since established herself on the Bristol scene as an innovative and contemporary vocalist. Her vocal ability and understanding of harmony serves her well in many of her current projects, including co-leading original soul-jazz-downtempo band, We Are Leif, as well as arranging and co-leading Bristol-based choir, Riff Raff, plus her work as a singing tutor and performer. Alongside this varied portfolio of work, Louise is currently studying with Estill voice training for her qualification as an Estill Master Trainer and at UWE Bristol to become a trained Counsellor.
Ruth has worked as a freelance musician since graduating from Leeds College of Music. She has performed all over the UK as a multi-instrumentalist, on the stages of the Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Cafe, as well as many a dodgy pub! She has worked and toured internationally with trip-hop band Morcheeba, and through her involvement with the Bristol International Jazz Festival, she has shared the stage with some top jazz artists, including Pee Wee Ellis, Lillian Boutte, Fred Wesley and Claire Teale. In her home city, Ruth works closely with many Bristol-based artists. She is part of jazz organ combo the Hopkins Hammond Trio and also The Brass Junkies, a brass and percussion ensemble inspired by the street band funk of New Orleans.
Ruth has also worked with theatre director Sally Cookson – with Benji Bower as musical director, she has worked on various productions as part of a group of improvising musicians, to produce scores for highly acclaimed work at Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre.
Vocalist, performer and composer, Katya Gorrie, grew up in North America in a Theatre family, where voice training, acting classes, and dance lessons were the norm.
In the UK, Katya is most known for singing with Moscow Drug Club, however, she spent many years performing under her own name touring Jazz and Blues venues around the UK, Canada and Europe. Katya has recorded 2 Vocal Jazz albums, Pousse Cafe, and Tales of Misbehaviour.
Katya is currently writing and arranging for the upcoming forth album with MDC. Katya runs the North & South Bristol Wellbeing choirs and is the Assistant Producer of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival.
Captivating jazz vocalist, voice-over and performing artist Lucy Moon has spent
the last 10 years performing both nationally and internationally to audiences of all ages and
demographics. She runs and fronts the Bristol-based swing quintet Paper Moon, which released its first album The Lost Verses in September 2017. Her natural feel for swing and effortless phrasing would convince even the most determined of non-dancers to shake a toe or two… possibly even a leg.
Tammy Payne is a songwriter, singer and drummer. She first recorded as a solo artist and had a dance hit on Giles Peterson’s label Talkin Loud. Her compositions and vocals feature on albums by Jukes, Smith And Mighty, Sissi and Tamco. Her drumming credits include recording and touring with PJ Harvey producer John Parish and McKay (Geoff Barrow’s hip-hop project). Tammy has released an album under her own name called Viva Outsider. Bruce Lindsay gives this album a 5 star review in All About Jazz!