Lady Sings the Blues – A Celebration of Billie Holiday
Saturday 8th February 2020
Tickets: £15.00 Seat
The Hampstead Jazz Club is excited to welcome and present this first class show, breathing life into the iconic songs of the voice that was the infallible BILLIE HOLIDAY.
Join Jordan Jackson (UK) and Ken Linh Doky (FR/DK) for their moving homage to the renowned jazz singer, Billie Holiday. With songs like ‘God bless the child’, ‘Don’t explain’, ‘Tenderly’, and ‘Just the way you look tonight,’ this will be a truly spectacular night of song and live music. Following their sold out shows at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2019, where they took the audience on a journey through the 20s and 30s, they look forward to sharing this wonderful arrangement of songs and warming hearts at HJC.
Standing under the spotlight with a Magnolia in her hair Jordan’s rich tone is the perfect fit for this repertoire. And the interplay between the two musicians is the icing which makes this show so electric. They leave the audience feeling uplifted, which with these heart wrenching songs is no easy task. After 100 years since these songs were first penned, the duo make the songs sound new.
It is after hearing a rendition of Aint Misbehavin’ in one of Copenhagen’s jazz jams that Jordan & Ken were inspired to experiment with their own arrangements of Billie Holiday songs. The duo’s interpretations of these songs are unique yet approached with sensitivity to the genre. Jordan says “As a singer, I am so inspired by the music of Billie Holiday because there is so much raw emotion in her music, which is so incredible for me to interpret. The project really forces me to dig deep and be conscious about how to emote the songs. Her stories of heartbreak for example can be related to anyone and I want people to feel that when they hear our show.”
Jordan Jackson is a singer/pianist from London and is now based in Copenhagen. Her emphatic and soulful voice lends itself beautifully to a diverse repertoire of covers and originals, including music from her EP “Footprints“, which featured on BBC Introducing, recommended by music platform KarriereKanonen.
Since moving to Denmark, Jordan has performed with prolific jazz pianist Niels Lan Doky at The Standard Jazz club, and The National Museum, in addition to appearances on the Danish TV channel DK4 as a guest performer on their popular shows Dansk Pop in 2016.
Performing at renowned venues such as London’s Ronnie Scott’s Bar, The Jazz Cafe and opening for Gloria Gaynor and Omar at the Happy Days festival in 2018, it is an absolute pleasure to be welcoming Jordan to The Hampstead Jazz Club.
“She reminds me of Corrine Bailey Rae, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu in one. Her music is poetic, full of Soul/Jazz references – Jordan Jackson is a great singer and composer!” – Copenhagen Jazz Festival
KEN LINH DOKY
Pianist, producer and music director, Ken Linh Doky has established a reputation among musicians around the world as an artist of unique talent and professionalism.
Son of the award-winning and internationally renowned pianist, composer and producer Sir Niels Lan Doky, Ken was raised in the midst of his dad’s recording sessions and concert performances with the biggest icons in jazz.
With influences ranging from Oscar Peterson to Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, Ken has a style of his own which contains elements of jazz, hip hop, soul, and gospel .
Ken regularly performs with esteemed artists at major Jazz Festivals including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. He has also featured as one of the musicians for The group ZINQ led by Gabe Bridgewater (son of legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater) with whom he recently performed at one of the top jazz festivals in France, Jazz In Marciac.
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm