Val Wiseman swings for the National Jazz Archive - 23rd July 2016
|Author: Nick Clarke, National Jazz Archive Trustee||Published: 4th July 2016 18:09|
Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Fundraising Concert
The Award-winning British Jazz vocalist Val Wiseman to perform ‘Divas of Swing’ at an afternoon concert in Loughton, Essex on Saturday 23rd July. The show is her tribute to the singers who have inspired her throughout her career, featuring songs performed by Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She will joined by a wonderful trio – Brian Dee on piano, Len Skeat on bass and Eric Ford on drums.
This concert is one of a series during 2016 to raise funds to support the work of the Loughton-based National Jazz Archive.
Val said: “I’m delighted to be performing at this concert to raise funds to support the great work that the National Jazz Archive does in preserving the history of our music.”
Val is best known for her tribute to Billie Holiday, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’, which has been critically acclaimed since its first performance in 1987 at the Birmingham Jazz Festival, and successfully toured Europe and the UK ever since. Billie’s centenary in 2015 was celebrated with a live recording of the show at the Festival and the album has just been released on Big Bear Records.
The venue for the "Divas of Swing" concert is Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, where there is extensive parking, 1 km from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and served by numerous bus routes.
The concert starts at 2.30pm (doors open at 1.00pm) and tickets cost £15 each.
Jazz: The Essential Companion describes her as: "An appealing, stylish performer with a connoisseur's ear for repertoire, Val Wiseman is one of Britain's best jazz singers."
About National Jazz Archive
The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Founded in 1988 by trumpeter Digby Fairweather, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers.
The National Jazz Archive
Loughton Library, Traps Hill
Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD
Photo above of Val Wiseman by kind permission of the National Jazz Archive.