Jazznights@The Bell’s July gig features the Joanna Eden Trio – Joanna Eden (vocals and keyboard), Jonny Gee (bass & backing vocals) and Charlie Price (drums). What a great gig with many of Joanna’s own compositions and her inimitable interpretations. Charlie price (whose many influences include Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Max Roach,was a driving power house and Jonny Gee’s superb bass (has played with Ravi Shankar, Antonio Forcione, ZUM, Jacqui Dankworth, as well as English Touring Opera and The Sixteen.
Highlights of the first set included A Taste Of Honey, Mr Bojangles and Where Do You Turn To Now, Joanna’s own composition from her first album My Open Eye. A wonderful sensitive version of Arthur Herzog and Billie Holiday’s Don’t Explain followed great interpretation. Joanne then sang Yesterday (Beatles) in another of her unique styles. I Don’t Smoke from the album A Little Bird Told Me, which ended the first set, featured a great drum solo from Charlie Price and scat singing from Jonny Gee
The second set began with the Jazznights sitting In Spot featuring Steve Laws on Alto with the Trio while Joanna sang Autumn Leaves in French, 8 bar trades between bass and drums. This concluded with a duet between Steve on Alto and Joanna’s vocals. Another composition by Joanna followed as an up-tempo So Many People. A superb version of Summer Breeze was followed by another Arthur Herzog Billie Holiday – the classic God Bless The Child played and sung in a very sensitive manner.Two waltzes followed with a piano solo from Joanna from an Erik Sarie number and Joanna’s own Singing Out from her My Open Eye album.. Not known as a jazz standard but the You Make Me Feel Brand New
(which was a 1974 hit by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics) written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed seemed as though it ought to be.
A wonderful evening – do not miss any of Janna Eden’s gigs
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