Louise Gibbs celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with the classics that forged jazz (and some forgotten masterpieces) from Mood Indigo to Rhum Bop.
Louise Gibbs is a jazz vocalist, composer/arranger, educator and writer. She continues to negotiate the three-way pull between being a musician, a teacher and researcher for her more than 30 years of professional life. She was Associate Professor at Leeds College of Music and Director of their Leeds International Jazz Conference; she now prioritises making music, writing music, and writing about music.
Louise has five critically acclaimed albums to her name Invitation (1998) with Lynne Arriale, Ron McClure & Steve Davis; Love You Madly (1999) with Tony Coe & Brian Priestley; More Questions Than Answers (2005) with Jonathan Gee, Jeremy Brown, Winston Clifford & Renato D’Aiello; Everybody’s Song But Our Own (2008) with the celebrated pianist, Kirk Lightsey; and her self penned suite (text and music), Seven Deadly Sings (2014) performed with Tony Kofi, Tim Whitehead, Quentin Collins, Tom White, Sam Leak, Oli Hayhurst, and Sam Gardner. She continues to perform and record with top UK and US musicians. It has been said of her bebop-inspired style: She can turn a hackneyed jazz standard into a newly-imagined composition…and takes musical risks…as expressive as any horn player whether the tune’s by Kenny Wheeler or Rodgers & Hart.
Louise Gibbs has a timbre, a worldliness of expression, which is ideally suited to Duke’s music” – Alun Morgan, Blue Light, UK Duke Ellington Society
£10/8 Louise Gibbs (voice), Frank Griffith (soprano/tenor sax, clarinet), Richard Wetherall (piano)
Sun Mar 22 Louise Gibbs “Love You Madly” @Seven Arts 1.30pm