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​Emily Saunders ESB + special guest Cleveland Watkiss

Critically acclaimed vocalist Emily Saunders, marked as ‘one to look out for’ by The Guardian’s John Fordham, previews her new album ‘Outsiders Insiders’, the follow up to her standout debut ‘Cotton Skies’.

‘Outsiders Insiders’ is already creating a word of mouth buzz prior to its release, reflecting influences including Chick Corea, Airto Moreira and Portishead. Widely considered one of the most distinctive and refreshing voices today, her original music, poetic lyrics and innovative production highlight an effortless instrumental vocal style, upbeat grooves and rich sultry sounds. The band highlights international trumpeter Byron Wallen, “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” – Jazzwise Magazine (played with Courtney Pine, Mica Paris, Loose Ends), Steve Pringle, piano (worked with Joss Stone, Michael Kiwanuka, Abram Wilson, Denys Baptiste and won Jon Hassell Memorial Prize for Jazz [2010]), Paul Michael, bass (Julian Joseph and Liane Carroll) and George Hart, drums (Swing Out Sister, Matt Ridley Trio, Ivo Neame).
 Emily is viewed by many as the UK’s counterpart to US vocalist Gretchen Parlato “..she suggests Parlato’s confessional feel and Madeleine Peyroux’s unhurried note bends.” The Guardian, John Fordham.

2014 has already seen ESB headlining Kings Place in London and after tonight’s concert Emily will host an event with ESB headlining as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in November.

“Saunders is the real deal… a jazz vocalist with a big future… ” (4 stars), The Guardian, John Fordham

“Emerging vocal star Saunders… a seductive, silky-smooth voice” Timeout

Cleveland Watkiss

This virtuoso vocalist, actor, composer and educator is one of the most versatile artists in music today. Winner of the London Awards Best Vocalist 2010, and three-times Wire/Guardian Award Winner, Cleveland’s career is testament to the eclecticism of his talent.

“Best Male Jazz Singer in Britain” Evening Standard


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