Thursday, 15 November 2018

Jazz singer returns to her Henley roots

JAZZ singer Rebecca Poole returned to home turf for a gig to promote her forthcoming debut album.

JAZZ singer Rebecca Poole returned to home turf for a gig to promote her forthcoming debut album.

The Henley-born artist, who performs under the moniker Purdy, played two 45-minute sets for a packed house at the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row last Wednesday.

Accompanied by upright bass player Tom Moore and guitarist Jamie McCredie, she played several originals including

Diamond in the Dust
, which will be the title of her first record.

She also sang the self-penned numbers

Next Time

Big Tree

Dream in Colour
, which is likely to be her second single following the recent release of her first single

Shook Shook

Her own material was mixed with jazz standards like Peggy Lee’s

Johnny Guitar

Cry Me A River
by Julie London and rearranged pop songs including The Cure’s

Love Cats
and Leonard Cohen’s

Dance Me To The End Of Love

She said: “It was a fantastic evening. I definitely saw a lot of familiar faces returning, which is a good sign, and got some really enthusiastic comments at the end. It was a very warm and friendly crowd.

“It’s really important to take the audience through lots of different emotions so I always play a mix of upbeat songs and some more romantic, emotional ballads. I tend to chat a lot between songs and crack a few jokes though there are some touching moments in the set as well. Everyone had a good singalong during some of the numbers and were clicking along to the beat.”

It was the former Gillotts School pupil’s last appearance locally until December 6, when she will be playing a Christmas gig at the Kenton Theatre in Henley with a full band.

Before then, she’ll be playing four support slots for Jools Holland in November and December at the Royal Albert Hall and in Northampton, Leicester and Newcastle.

She’s also playing at the 606 Club in Chelsea in October and touring across Abu Dhabi and Dubai for 10 days next month.

Rebecca, who also studied at The Henley College, said: “It’s a bit of a dream come true. I met Jools a couple of years ago at a club in London and had a bit of a chat about what I was doing. His manager stayed in touch and has followed what I’ve been doing.”

Her album, which includes songs co-written with Jamiroquai’s Matt Johnson and Rizzle Kicks collaborator Emily Phillips, will be released at the end of October.

Rebecca started writing it last year, when she was advised to adopt the Purdy moniker by Creation Records’ founder Alan McGee.

She said: “I can’t wait to share it with people as it’s taken a long time to put together.

“The important thing is to love what you’re doing so I try not to set my sights on too many big things.”

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