Wednesday February 28th 8.30pm Sue Richardson Quintet 'Immortal" The Music of Clifford Brown
International trumpeter & vocalist Sue Richardson recreates the music of CLIFFORD BROWN from his Jazz Immortal album to his classic compositions and work as a sideman for some of the great jazz singers of the time. The best of 1950’s jazz.
Sue Richardson (trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals)
Karen Sharp (tenor)
Craig Milverton (piano)
Al Swainger (bass)
Jon Clark (drums)
International trumpeter & vocalist Sue Richardson & her Quintet recreate the music of CLIFFORD BROWN from his Jazz Immortal album to his classic compositions and work as a sideman for some of the great jazz singers of the time. The best of 1950’s jazz.
Following the huge success of Sue Richardson’s recent Chet Baker show ‘Too Cool’, trumpeter/singer Sue has turned the spotlight onto another of her musical heroes, the legendary Clifford Brown. Sue’s in-depth research has resulted in an engaging narrative following his meteoric rise to stardom and his sudden end at a tragically early age.
As with ‘Jazz Immortal’, the 1954 album Brown made with Zoot Simms, Sue’s soaring trumpet taking the Clifford Brown part in her fantastic arrangements of the Jazz Immortal album.
The show also spotlights standards he played with some of the greatest singers of the day (Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington), elegantly sung by Sue as well as a touching ballad
Clifford wrote for his wife La Rue.
Since being tipped for the top by Jazzwise magazine, Sue Richardson’s career has gone from strength to strength. Her most recent album, Too Cool, The Life & Music of Chet Baker, cemented her posi on in the jazz world – gaining four and ve star reviews in the jazz press as well as interna onally and sell out gigs at Ronnie Sco ’s. It was also in The Sunday Times 100 Best Records of The Year 2013 - “The trumpeter and singer Sue Richardson’s homage to Chet Baker brings the boy wonder back to life”.
“Sue Richardson’s trumpet playing catches [Baker’s] combina on of delicacy and strength, and her singing has something of his candid simplicity. She even writes the kind of tunes that he might have invented.” 4* review in The Observer
“I kid you not, you closed your eyes, you were listening to Chet Baker. A remarkable young woman.”
Richard Wheatly, Jazz FM
In 2012 Sue worked in Paris with French singer Mina Agossi and Archie Shepp on the blues project ‘Red Eyes’. Archie, on hearing Sue’s playing for the rst me, commented “She can sure growl!”
Recently Sue has been performing with Ian Shaw (she guested on his current album dedicated to the work of Fran Landesman) and they performed a sold-out duo show of jazz standards bringing together all elements of their talents.
Sue has been honoured to work with The Humphrey Ly elton Band. Clive Davis wri ng in The Times compared her style to Humph’s: “When the cast of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue led a high-spirited tribute to the late Humphrey Ly elton at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2011, the trumpeter Sue Richardson was among the many musicians who helped to give the old man a s rring send-o . Some of his insouciant comic ming seems to have rubbed o on her as well: she is a breezy presence on the bandstand who is quite happy to make self-depreca ng asides about the everyday problems of nding a lips ck that doesn’t leave sediment inside her horn. More to the point, she also possesses something of Hump’s air for construc ng a concise, neatly cra ed melody. If Chet Baker and Cli ord Brown are two of her main role models - her mbre is warm and full-bodied - her soloing, while avoiding high-note theatrics, evokes the generosity and exuberance of players from the swing era.” The Times
Touring with big bands by the age of 16, Sue’s musical journey has seen her gigging in over 50 countries in hotels, jazz clubs and on cruise ships. You can even hear her recorded version of The Girl From Ipanema being played in Rio in the famous bar where the song was wri en. She has worked for the BBC, performing at The Last Night of The Proms and gaining a Blue Peter badge for her singing! Sue’s gigs are a great combina on of her original songs and imagina vely reworked standards, revealing her love of mainstream and 1950s jazz. The musicians in the band also take centre stage with well thought-out solo spots. The ghtly-knit band have taken their special brand of modern jazz with a main stream twist to many venues on the na onal and interna onal circuits.
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