Doors 7:30pm | Start 8:30pm
AnnA and her quintet celebrate the recordings of two of the most important Women of Jazz: Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald.
“Carmen sings Monk,” her tribute to Thelonius Monk, and “Ella and Louis,” her legendary recording with Louis Armstrong.
An evening of classic jazz just in time for the New Year!
AnnA (vocal): Italian singer, songwriter, and pianist with a first-class master’s degree in Jazz Singing from the Conservatory of Music “Santa Cecilia,” Rome. From 2017 to 2020, she shov wcased her talent as a solo singer and chorister for the JD Choir in Rome, frequently performing at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Additionally, she led the alto ensemble for Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band, contributing to the recording of the album “Where’s Home.” AnnA, now based in London, captivates audiences with her diverse repertoire of Jazz standards, Pop, and Soul in both English and Italian. Following the release of her single “Emmanuel” in November, she eagerly anticipates the upcoming release of her latest single, “I Play Voice,” on December 22nd. Currently, AnnA is collaborating on an innovative project with trumpeter André Mali.
AnDré Mali (trumpet): An internationally acclaimed performer and composer, André Mali boasts an impressive career spanning multiple genres of music, film, and television. Noteworthy accomplishments include composing residencies such as “Sivad: the Music of Miles Davis” and original pieces addressing Human Rights issues titled “Bridges” and “The Soul.” Mentored by the late jazz trumpeter Dr. Donald Byrd, André has performed alongside renowned artists like Delfeayo Marsalis. His global influence extends to diverse projects, making him a prominent figure in the music industry.
Elchin Shirinov (piano): A jazz pianist, composer, and arranger hailing from Azerbaijan, Elchin Shirinov earned recognition as one of All About Jazz’s top 200 favorite living pianists in December 2022. Notably, from 2018 to October 2022, he served as a member of Avishai Cohen’s trio, contributing to the recording of three albums and participating in international tours at prestigious venues like Blue Note New York, Ronnie Scott’s, Blue Note Tokyo, and Berlin Philharmonie. The trio’s latest album, “Shifting Sands,” earned acclaim as The Guardian’s Album of the Month.
Oscar Ho (double bass): Oscar Ho, currently immersed in jazz studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, previously studied both jazz and classical double bass at the Chetham’s School of Music. Recognized for his exceptional progress, he was awarded the “Ida Carroll Scholarship.” Since relocating to London, Oscar has seized various opportunities, showcasing his versatility in musical productions, function bands, and orchestras. At Guildhall, he has collaborated with esteemed figures like Norma Winston and Scott Stroman.
Theo Hayhurst (Drums): Theo Hayhurst is a second-year student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, specializing in drums and percussion. A prominent figure on the London jazz scene, Theo regularly performs with notable musicians such as Rick Simpson, Mirko Scarcia, and orchestras like the Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra and the Marlow Symphony Orchestra. His presence has graced renowned venues including the Vortex, the 606 club, and the Royal Albert Hall.