Velvet voiced Jazz singer, Jo Harrop, is joined by highly respected, award winning guitarist, Nigel Price, for a special night of swinging jazz & blues standards, in the intimate Green Note basement club. Expect a well chosen set of timeless, well loved classic songs, and some rare gems too, with influences of Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass, Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, and Wes Montgomery.
“Jo Harrop is a very fine jazz singer… delicious.. I believe her…” Iggy Pop BBC radio 6 music
“What a voice” Jo Whiley BBC Radio 2
“Harrop’s appeal is her seductive mannerisms and phrasing mixed with plenty of hip cachet. As interpreter of lyrics, she draws you into the narrative with effortless style and ease. The voice is husky toned, with immaculate timing, and an unsentimental tenderness and a shrewd wit” Emrys Baird, Blues & Soul Magazine.
“This girl was born to sing jazz, all the warmth and sensibility to melt even the chilliest of hearts” Blues & Soul Magazine.
“Harrop has Excellent tone and great stage prescence” Marlbank
“Her voice is amazing, think Isaly whiskey, or tannin rich red wine – deep” Lance, Bebop Spoken Here.
“For me, this is how jazz should be; communicative and inclusive. Jazz performed this way feels like a gift, a ‘here, this is for you’ scenario.” London Jazz News
JO HARROP: Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias.
Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing.
Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.
Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod. He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London.
He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.