Talented vocalist Emma Smith comes to The Cask Inn on Wednesday June 20.
At only 21, Emma is already a favourite with audiences and critics and has made a substantial impact on the jazz scene.
All About Jazz referred to her as “ one of the most exciting singers in the UK”, and Jazzwise magazine noted that she is, “ a confident and seasoned performer who engages her audience from the first moment”.
She began singing with a Glenn Miller style big band when she was 14 and at 15 she was made the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s vocalist, a chair sponsored by Dame Cleo Laine and the Wavendon Foundation.
Emma has sung at most of London’s jazz venues, Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club and The Vortex etc. Jazz Festivals she has played include those at Oxford, Cheltenham, Scarborough and London.
She has shared the stage with Norma Winstone and Anita Wardell and sung with Bobby McFerrin and Ian Shaw. In 2010 Emma was nominated for Vocalist Of The Year, and has recently released her debut album The Huntress.
With her are Matt Robinson - piano, Tim Thornton - double bass and drummer Andy Ball. Tickets for this event are £6. Advance tickets at £5 are available from The Cask and Record Revivals on Northway.
The following Wednesday, June 27, sees the first time pairing of reeds player Steve Whitehead with trumpet and flugelhorn player Ian Chalk. Their combined love of melody and swing should provide a feast for jazz lovers. Both gigs begin at 8.45pm.