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On 15th March 1947, Sarah Jean Perkins, Columbus, Georgia, U.S.A. Jean Carne was born Sarah Jean Perkins in Columbus, Georgia, U.S.A. Jean was raised in Atlanta. Her parents supported her singing at the age of four in the church choir. They also encouraged her to take piano lessons. Jean is an accomplished performer on piano, clarinet and bassoon.
Whilst attending Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, she learned to speak Russian fluently. After winning a music scholarship to Morris Brown College in 1965, Jean learned to play many of the orchestral instruments. Her recording career began in 1969 with her husband Doug. Her musical skills became apparent as a teenager on a morning radio talk show, ‘Today In Georgia’, when she sang ‘Misty’ to the accompaniment of Errol Garner’s piano. Together they made three albums for Ovation Records that saw a building success, via touring engagements across the U.S.A. Jean was often praised for being one of the first Afro-American women to control her musical styling and not be controlled by the industry moguls.
Jean performed with Duke Ellington, the last vocalist to do so before his death. She then teamed up with Norman Connors for four highly regarded sets, contributed ‘Reach For it’ to George Duke’s Gold album and sang lead vocals on the first two albums by Earth, Wind And Fire. The four albums she recorded for Philadelphia International are considered her finest and introduced Jean to pop and R & B audiences for the first time.
Jean then relocated to Motown Records for ‘Trust Me’, which provided her first major singles success with ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, which was recorded with The Temptations. The album also contained the highly underrated track ‘Completeness’ and the popular title song. She later found time to contribute to records by Dexter Wansel / Kenny Gamble’s ‘Universe’ project (‘Love is Beautiful (When it’s Right’) and the late Stanley Turrentine (‘Night Breeze’, penned by Bobby Lyle), and recorded for Omni Atlantic Records and Expansion Records in the U.K. She continues to tour for six months every year, spending the rest of her time at home in Atlanta with her three children.
In 2002, Jean toured the U.K. with her Musical Director Nathan Heathman with appearances at the London Jazz Cafe in March of that year. 2003 saw the release of ‘Collaborations’, an album for the Expansion label, that featured Jean’s various musical ‘collaborations’ over the years.
Check out Jean Carne in the UK in March 2013.
Details for all her gigs are available here:
Join ‘The Neasden Queen of Soul’ Mari Wilson for an evening of hits old and new as she fills the venue with her enchanting voice and beautiful arrangements. Performing tracks from her latest album ‘Cover Stories’, including her renditions of ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ and ‘Be My Baby’, Mari Wilson will take the audience on a musical journey with her surprising and diverse mix of both classics and contemporary songs.
Mari Wilson first arrived on the scene in the early eighties with her skyscraper beehive hairdo, bizarre sense of fashion and fully choreographed twelve piece band The Wilsations! Mari’s live shows were spoken about as an event – pure entertainment. In 1982 Mari’s records began entering the charts and she soon had six hit singles, the biggest being ‘Just What I’ve Always Wanted’ and ‘Cry Me A River’, both taken from her album ‘Showpeople’.
Mari has always been known for her live shows – hits old and new, unusual and unexpected covers and of course, a myriad of glamorous costume changes. Combined with Mari’s storytelling and wit she still stands as one of the best live performers in the country.
Gig details here.
Learn more at: http://www.mariwilson.co.uk/
Soul Sisters is one of the most memorable UK Soul acts on the stage in a non-stop and dynamic tour-de-force of timeless soul classics, bringing the spirit of the great female vocalists to life in a spectacular and spine-tingling presentation.
This high quality show is guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages featuring Soul, Motown, Funk, Disco & RnB hits by music legends such as Tina Turner, The Supremes, Etta James, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, Candy Staton, The Bee Gees, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Chic, The Shirelles, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary wells, Mary J Blige, Beyoncé and the list goes on !
…performances that enchant surprise and ineffably capture the imagination. Riley’s lyrics and Donald’s music seem to flow together in a single flood of invention…” — JazzWise Magazine
Sirena has played most of London’s top jazz venues including the Vortex, Ronnie Scott’s and the Bull’s Head. This year has seen Serena broaden the scope of her performances with a role in Epidemic, a musical by award winning writer, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and produced by Old Vic New Voices for the Old Vic Tunnels. Serena and Tom are currently working on a new song cycle and stage production entitled Under the Hush.
Be sure to catch her in London on 16th March.
Details available from here.
Read more about Sirena via her website here.
Remember the band Sky from the 80′s? If so, you will like Dr Gradus.
Formed in the autumn of 2011 as a healthy tonic to their individual professional work (which has seen them play as side men everywhere from The Big Chill to Carnegie Hall), Doctor Gradus sees the combined talents of Pete Whinnett on piano, Andy Philip – guitar, Rob Levy – bass and Dave Bryant on drums. All 4 are veterans of the industry with over extensive West End musicals credits to their names.including Romeo And Juliet, Pirates Of Penzance, Beautiful And Damned, Saturday Night Fever, and Wicked.