Saturday 22 July – Toulouse Lautrec, with The Mü Orchestra
Friday 11 August – Oliver’s, Greenwich
Saturday 26 August – Cafe Posk, Hammersmith – ALBUM LAUNCH
Sunday 24 September – Bateaux, Embankment Pier
Wednesday 3 October – Saturday 7 October – 3 gigs in Switzerland, details tbc
Sunday 15 October – Bateaux, Embankment Pier
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 to date have received rave reviews.
A new album of self-penned tunes, Under The Setting Sun, will be released on Friday 25 August, distributed by Discovery Records. The album features Anthony Kerr on vibes, Vasilis Xenopoulos on flute/tenor saxophone, Neil Angilley on piano, Andy Hamill on double bass and Davide Giovannini on drums. You can listen to a preview here. There will be a launch gig on Saturday 26 August at Cafe Posk in Hammersmith, with Roger Beaujolais on vibes and Davide Mantovani on bass – other personnel are as on the album.
Peter’s previous album Utopia, released in February 2016, also featured Neil and Davide, plus Nigel Price on guitar and Henry Lowther on trumpet, with Misha Mullov-Abbado on double bass. 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 his first album One Way Ticket to Palookaville, was released in 2013, again with Vasilis, Neil and Davide, plus Geoff Gascoyne (bass). ‘Great arrangements… a killer band. This debut album has lots to recommend it,’ reported Jazzwise.
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 Monro). 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.
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.
Since the end of 2014 Peter has also been contributing reviews and articles to London Jazz News.
Interview (April 2015) with London Jazz News here.
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