HJC Presents at PizzaExpress, Holborn - An Evening of Motown with Verna Francis & Ciyo Brown

Sunday 1st December 2019

Tickets: £20.00 

Doors: 6pm

Show: 8.00pm-10.00pm

The Hampstead Jazz Club is pleased to announce a partnership with PizzaExpress Live, to present select shows at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn.

The venue for this event is PizzaExpress, 99 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6LF

An Evening of Motown with accomplished vocalist and performer Verna Francis and guitarist Ciyo Brown. Verna has performed in many Motown revues over the years, and recently sang with original Supreme, Mary Wilson, in A Night of Motown at the Roundhouse.

Verna Francis

Verna is an accomplished vocalist and performer who has been on the UK circuit for more than two decades, lending her voice to a range of projects from singles to radio jingles. Verna has also appeared in numerous theatrical productions combining her acting, dancing and singing skills, including a 2½ year West End run as Miss Sherman in the acclaimed musical Fame.

Over the years Verna has collaborated on various projects for labels including Sony, Sire Records, Logic Records, Multiply Records and Positiva Records. Her album – ‘Down to Earth’ – produced on the Chillifunk label received excellent reviews and the tracks still appear on compilations and playlists around the world.


Verna will be joined by Ciyo Brown – Award-winning Jamaican-born guitarist Ciyo Brown.

Ciyo has worked with an astonishing range of international artists including Suggs, Paul Weller, Annie Lennox, Ronnie Laws, Billie Paul, YolanDa Brown, Jazz Warriors, Sugar Minott, Dennis Bovell, Pee Wee Ellis, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Carroll Thompson and Carleen Anderson. He has pioneered fusions of jazz and reggae, released six albums under his own name.

PizzaExpress Live
99 High Holborn

020 7439 4962


Doors: 6:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

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