The fifth ReVoice! Festival runs in London and out from 9 to 20 October, and this year the 12-night, four venue vocal smorgasbord masterminded by singer Georgia Mancio includes the completely fabulous Carmen Lundy.
Lundy is the real deal – she has the gospel church origins, the wide range of influences from Ella and Sarah to Stevie, Aretha and Dionne, and she has forged a straight and true path through the nineties and the noughties to today. She will be appearing with Patrice Rushen on piano, long-standing bassist Darryl Hall and Jamison Ross on drums at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street, Soho, on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October. Georgia will be providing the support in duo with pianist Dave Newton, and there are two shows per night, at 7.30pm and 10.30pm.
Reviewing a 2012 Ronnie Scott’s evening of the singer’s, John Fordham of The Guardian wrote: “Lundy is an enduring and creative protector of a jazz vocal line embracing Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Betty Carter…” It’s a great line in both senses, and Lundy is truly in both.
Other highlights of ReVoice! include Italian singer Diane Torto with John Taylor on piano and Julian Siegel on saxophone and clarinet (Pizza Express Sunday 12 October); Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe (Watermill Jazz at Dorking, Thursday 9 October); Christine Tobin (Pizza Express Tuesday 14 October); and Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw and Georgia Mancio (Pizza Express Monday 13 October).
The whole Festival ends at the 606 Club with Georgia leading the celebrations along with Sara Colman and Randolph Matthews on Monday 20 October.
- For the full programme, go here.