Line-up : Stacey Kent, vocals ; Jim Tomlinson, sax, flute ; Graham Harvey, piano, fender ; Jeremy Brown, bass ; Josh Morrison, drums.
Acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, sings from the soul, telling her stories with faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. Stacey returns to Ronnie Scott’s Club to present her best-loved songs alongside selections from her forthcoming album, Tenderly (Sony), due for release in November 2015. Tenderly, an intimate collection of standards, sees Stacey revisit the Great American Songbook, the repertoire for which she first became known.
Tenderly, performed alongside legendary composer/guitarist, Roberto Menescal, is Stacey’s first standards album since her Gold-selling 2003 album, The Boy Next Door. The intervening years have seen Kent broaden her repertoire to include originals written specially for her by famed novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson. Her platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram (Blue Note/EMI 2007), was described in Jazz Times as a "marvelously inventive launching pad for this bold, brave new Kent.”
This was followed by the all-French, Raconte-moi (EMI/Blue Note 2010), Kent’s first live album, recorded in Paris, Dreamer In Concert (EMI/Blue Note 2011), and The Changing Lights (Warner 2013), a collection of Brazilian and Bossa-inspired originals.
Other recent highlights include a live album with Brazilian composer/singer/keyboardist, Marcos Valle. Inviting Stacey to celebrate 50 years of his career, Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent Ao Vivo (Sony 2013) sees them performing the greatest hits of Marcos’ career (So Nice, If You Went Away, The Face I Love, Look Who’s Mine etc) as well as new songs that Marcos has written especially for Stacey.
"Stacey’s singing never lets us forget these songs are about people. Her protagonists come to life so fully in her voice, you sometimes have to remind yourself the CD has no visuals. She has, in fact, much in common with today’s finest screen actors who, assured of the camera’s ability to pick out detail, portray complex shades of personality, motive and feeling through subtle adjustments of face and posture....here’s a great jazz diva of our age." - Kazuo Ishiguro
"Ms. Kent embodied the essence of saudade as persuasively as any of her Brazilian idols. As she threw back her head and crooned softly, you had the sense of a woman with nothing to protect, living in the moment and dreaming out loud.’ - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
The Changing Lights
Since discovering Getz / Gilberto, that historic encounter of jazz and bossa nova, Stacey Kent’s own musical journey has wandered freely in the open spaces of jazz and song, with Brazil becoming, in her eyes, more than a country : a kind of internalized poetic horizon, a chosen land on an intimate scale, adjusted to the proportions of her soul, her singing and her inspiration. Whether she literally celebrates them through covers of Tom Jobim, Sergio Mendes or Luiz Bonfá, or whether she summons the spirit through the finesse of her performances, Stacey Kenthas never loosened the emotional ties that bind her to Brazilian music.
Her passion with Brazil, made both of depth and lightness, pervades her tenth album. The Changing Lights is not “Stacey Kent’s Brazilian record”. In collaboration with her partner and husband, the English saxophonist, composer and arranger, Jim Tomlinson, Stacey Kent simply displays all the sensitive qualities of a musician for whom Brazil represents, precisely and foremost, “a region of the heart”.
With the release of her first album, Close Your Eyes, Stacey Kent has defined herself as one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook of her generation. As she has expanded her musical horizons, her subtly persuasive style has become increasingly honed.
Stacey’s move to the legendary Blue Note label in 2007, with the launch of Breakfast On The Morning Tram, marked a more confidently individual style and this album of Bossa Nova, French chansons, American standards and originals became a worldwide hit. In fact, All three of Stacey’s EMI recordings become bestselling albums, with over a half a million sales to date : Breakfast On The Morning Tram reached Platinum status in France, and Double Gold in Germany, as did Raconte-moi, and her current album, Dreamer In Concert, her first ever live album, released in 2011, continues this run.
As Stacey is able to transcend genre and national boundaries with an ease and in a way that few other artists can, she has found new audiences outside Europe. The most recent country to embrace Stacey and her music is Brazil. She is now a regular visitor to the country where most recently, she toured with Marcos Valle, whose song “So Nice (Summer Samba)” she recorded in 2002.
Her recording of “Les Eaux De Mars (the Waters Of March)” was featured in the recent film documentary, A Música Segundo Tôm Jobim. At the 80th Anniversary of the iconic statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio De Janeiro, last year, Stacey and her husband, the saxophonist and composer, Jim Tomlinson, were the only non-Brazilians to perform.De Mars (the Waters Of March)” was featured in the recent film documentary, A Música Segundo Tôm Jobim. At the 80th Anniversary of the iconic statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio De Janeiro, last year, Stacey and her husband, the saxophonist and composer, Jim Tomlinson, were the only non-Brazilians to perform.