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Alvorada, Brazil, choro

Gigs with Sambossa, and Alvorada in Nottingham

I’ve been doing some playing recently with Sambossa (covering for their regular horn player Marcelo Andrade), playing a great selection of Brazilian classics, featuring the excellent singer Carolina Lelis. Last Friday we played a really fun gig in Nottingham at Peggy’s Skylight – one of my favourite venues in the country.

Luckily I get to return there in just a couple of weeks with Alvorada, on Friday 29th April. Our previous gigs there have always been a pleasure, so I’m really looking forward to this next one.

Book here: https://peggysskylight.co.uk/events/alvorada-2/

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London Vocal back at Pizza Express Soho – and new project in the works!

Our residency at Pizza Express Jazz Club continues next with a lunchtime show next Sunday 24th April. We’ll be presenting a selection of groove classics alongside arrangements of our favourite singer-songwriters, old and new.

We’re also just off the back of a very special recording session which we did at the start of the month. This project hasn’t been officially announced yet, but we’re confident that it’s going to be very special indeed. We can’t say what it is yet – but we might throw in one number from it on this Sunday’s gig as a teaser….

Tickets are available here: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-london-vocal-project-2

Brazil, choro

Roda de choro @ The Harrison

My dear Alvorada buddy Rachel Hayter has set up a new regular roda de choro at The Harrison in Kings Cross, WC1. It’ll be taking place the last Sunday of each month. For this month, on Sunday 27th February, myself and guitarist Jonathan Preiss will be hosting. Free entry, all choro musicians of any level welcome to join and play, and everyone else welcome to listen and enjoy.

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Showstopper at The Lyric

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to my first gig of the year, getting back together with Showstopper! The Improvised Musical on January 24th at The Lyric Theatre.

I’m excited to be getting back with this inspiring and ingenious group. Their monthly residency has been up and running again since the autumn, but for me this will be my first show back. Last time I played with them was just as the announcement came in March 2020 that the West End would close. The show was cancelled half an hour before we were due on stage – so we went ahead anyway in the empty theatre and livestreamed it via mobile phones. Turned out to be a pioneering performance!

Tickets for the next show are available here:
https://showstopperthemusical.com/upcoming-shows/

London Vocal Project

LVP at Pizza Express Jazz Club

Last Sunday’s gig was a joy! It was special to have our first LVP gig in two years – new with new members in the choir, old friends in the audience, the please of playing again with Andres Ticino on percussion, and Pete Churchill doing his usual wonderful thing.

This marks the beginning of our (much delayed) residency at Pizza Express Soho. More dates to be announced soon…