Embraceable Ella

Concord College

Sat Aug 13 | 7.30pm
£24 / £12

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Embraceable Ella

A celebration of Ella Fitzgerald with Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingham Trio.

Following the sell-out success of their show Jazz at the Movies in the 2019 Festival, the distinguished team of singer Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingham Trio returns to present an enchanting evening of anecdote, insight and classic material associated with the legendary First Lady of Song.

For Joanna Eden this is a ‘labour of love’ show celebrating the music of her vocal hero Ella Fitzgerald. From the throw-away A-Tisket, A-Tasket which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album classics like Porter’s Every Time We Say Goodbye and Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me, she mines the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald’s unrivalled canon with humility, style and obvious deep affection. Joanna launched Embraceable Ella to much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival 2016 and will be touring this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes around jazz clubs and live music venues all over the UK and Europe with her world class band the Chris Ingham Trio.

This is an irresistible celebration of song, singing and swinging!

Joanna Eden

 A seriously talented vocalist  Jazz Journal

Lincolnshire born Joanna Eden wrote and performed her first song Happy December age seven. The daughter of a musician and a drama teacher she could read music before she could write, studied piano from age 4 and left university 17 years later with her first tour (with college Indie-band Precious), an all-consuming love of Ella Fitzgerald and a weakness for drummers.

Since then, Joanna has released 4 albums and over 35 original songs.

She has performed her jazz-influenced original music all over the world and supported world-class artists including Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ronan Keating and the Blockheads.

Sir Michael Parkinson instructed his Radio 2 listeners to “seek her out” and jazz legend Courtney Pine champions her recordings on his BBC Radio 2 show, while Jamie Cullum describes her as “Brilliant!”.

She has performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and Mojo Magazine has given her original albums rave reviews stating that her songs have “melody, mystery and bite!”.

 The UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones  Time Out

Joanna has been a singing teacher for 12 years and is so proud that her first student Sam Smith has become an international star and highest selling debut artist in the US since records began.

Joanna has a Website


Chris Ingham

 among the cream of the UK’s pianists  Jazz Journal

Chris composes TV music and plays jazz piano.

As a composer, in 2017 he provided the soundtrack for the six-part documentary series Wartime Crime for Discovery/UKTV and the Tom Odell-directed How the Beatles Changed the World for Netflix, also appearing in the latter film as a talking head. Recent soundtracks include The Rise of the Superheroes (2018), Charles Manson: Music from an Unsound Mind (2019) and Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones’ Road to Altamont (2019). He has also written and recorded 27 soundtracks for Chrome Dreams’ rock documentary DVD series 2006-2015, many currently viewable on Amazon Prime.

He formed his jazz quartet in 2013 and has led over 150 performances of his Hoagy Carmichael, Dudley Moore and Stan Getz repertoire projects all over the UK. He is also musical director/pianist/MC of film song repertory quintet Jazz at The Movies and Rebop, a modern jazz repertory sextet.

He has been a record producer for Ruthie Henshall and Joanna Eden and is the author of Rough Guide to The Beatles and Rough Guide to Frank Sinatra.

He curates jazz clubs in Diss (The Corn Hall) and Bury St Edmunds (Hunter Club).

[Chris is pictured with Joanna]

Chris has a Website

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