Thursday 21st March 2019
Tickets: £20.00 Seat with Table/£15.00 Seat – No Table
Born in London of Jamaican and Goan heritage, Shireen Francis initially learned her craft in Afro-Caribbean music. However, inspired by artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Marlena Shaw, Dianne Reeves and Carmen Lundy, she soon moved into jazz singing and writing her own material.
Shireen is a warm and soulful performer who continually takes her audiences into a new dimension. Her sound is rich and multi-layered, at once delicate, yet powerful. Shireen sings jazz in a uniquely sophisticated way reminiscent of the late greats. Her rich vocals and innate musicianship is always an uplifting musical experience.
During her 25-year career, Shireen has performed at top international venues and festivals, including Ronnie Scott’s, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, 606 Club, The Hideaway- Streatham, and Pizza Express Dean Street. She has performed along with acclaimed artists such as John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Ciyo Brown, Benny Green, Humphrey Lyttleton, Mark Murphy, Anita Wardell and Billy Ocean.
Once described as a cross between Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Shirley Bassey, Shireen never fails to impress taking you on an immersive and heartfelt journey through jazz, blues and gospel with just a touch of her Caribbean roots.
“A beautiful artist with real depth and heart” Brian Blain, Jazz UK
“An appointment with great music. Shireen Francis, accompanied by Gunther Kurmayr at the piano, was mesmerizing – wonderful notes served in crystal flutes by a virtuoso vocalist.” Roberto De Nart, Belluno Festival, Italy
“Shireen Francis should be nothing less than a household name around the world” Don Leach – The Woodman
“A brilliant vocalist. An extraordinary performance.” (Jazzwise Magazine)
“One of the best British jazz singers of this generation” (Tony Currie, BBC Radio)
“You sound wonderful” Lionel Ritchie”
NB: Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you may be asked to share a table.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm