Friday 20 January – Oliver’s, Greenwich
Tuesday 24 January – Twickenham Jazz Club
Wednesday 1 February – Mill Hill Jazz Club
Saturday 4 February – Toulouse Lautrec, Kennington, with The Mü Orchestra
Friday 24 February – Oliver’s, Greenwich
Saturday 29 April – The Angel, Woolhampton
Full details of all gigs here.
Peter Jones is an experienced and versatile jazz singer who has played all over London and the southeast with some of the UK’s finest musicians. His two albums have received rave reviews.
His second album Utopia, released in February 2016, features Nigel Price on guitar and Henry Lowther on trumpet, with Neil Angilley (piano), Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass) and Davide Giovannini (drums). It won plaudits from Jazzwise magazine, BBC 6Music’s Gilles Peterson and Jazz FM’s Sarah Ward, who played tracks on her Dinner Jazz show. Tracks have also been played on BBC Radio London, Soulpower Radio, Radio X (Frankfurt), Meridian FM, Croydon Radio and Marlow FM. And in a year-end poll, London Jazz News’s Mark McKergow named it his CD of 2016.
Peter has been building a reputation as a jazz singer ever since the release of One Way Ticket to Palookaville, in 2013, also featuring Neil and Davide, plus Vasilis Xenopoulos (saxophone and flute) and Geoff Gascoyne (bass). ‘Great arrangements… a killer band. This debut album has lots to recommend it,’ reported Jazzwise.
He will be recording a third album, consisting of original material, in Spring 2017.
Influenced by the great Mark Murphy, Peter’s mature baritone voice may also remind you of Kurt Elling, Georgie Fame or José James (some have even mentioned Matt Munro). A talented lyricist, he has added words to some jazz classics that didn’t previously have any. With a large and growing repertoire of tunes, he has performed headline gigs at prestigious venues like The Pheasantry, Toulouse Lautrec, The Bull’s Head, The Boaters, Mill Hill Jazz Club, Twickenham Jazz Club, Leamington Jazz Club, The Langham Hotel, The Spice of Life, Oliver’s in Greenwich and Rincon in Richmond, plus guest spots at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club.
Recent projects have included tributes to both Frank Sinatra and Mark Murphy. The Sinatra show was put together on the occasion of the legendary crooner’s 100th birthday, and features some of his best-loved songs, from Come Fly With Me and Old Devil Moon to the haunting It Was A Very Good Year.
Murphy has been a major influence on many contemporary jazz singers, particularly Kurt Elling. This show features tunes through which he extended the jazz singing repertoire, with the voice used more like an instrument, from the mournful ballad Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, to his classic rendition of Stolen Moments, to reinterpretations of post-bop tunes like Red Clay and Maiden Voyage, all the way through to Donald Fagen’s Maxine.
More recently he has been working with the Mü Orchestra to develop jazz renditions of classic tunes by Steely Dan and Donald Fagen. These were premiered at Toulouse Lautrec in December 2016.
Here’s a radio interview with Peter from August 2015 (item starts at 17:52 – just hit play and click along the bar):
Interview (April 2015) with London Jazz News here.
42 seconds of jazz –