August 6, 2008

Award Winning Jazz Artist Visits Gala

AMERICAN jazz artist Stacey Kent will play Durham?s Gala Theatre next week ? performing her work which is steeped in the traditions of the Great American Songbook.

Kent moved to Europe in the late Eighties to study languages, but met and fell in love with saxophonist Jim Tomlinson.

Both abandoned their intended academic careers, and embarked on honing their skills on the London jazz scene, quickly receiving acclaim from the likes of Humphrey Lyttleton and securing a record deal.

They won a host of awards, including 2001 British Jazz Award, 2002 BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist, and Album of the Year for The Lyric in 2006.

Now with her seventh album, Breakfast on the Morning Tram, Kent continues to expand her musical horizons and has not only used her skills in adapting great American jazz standards, but marks the start of a career in songwriting for Tomlinson, who co-wrote four original tracks with Remains of the Day author, Kazuo Ishiguro.

She also enjoys American folk and pop music and draws influence from French artists.

Stacey Kent and her musicians play Durham?s Gala Theatre at 7.30pm on Tuesday August 12.

Tickets are [pounds]16 ([pounds]14 concessions, [pounds]13 Friends). Box office 0191-332-4041.

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