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An evening of Jazz in Chelmsford High Street
A celebration of Jazz in Chelmsford High Street
There are paid seats in front of the stage.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening of Jazz in the centre of the iconic city of Chelmsford. Get your tickets!!!
Amy Baker was born and raised in East London. She grew up in a music rich, family environment; her father was an accomplished musician playing in a variety of bands throughout Amy’s childhood. Surrounded by musicians from an early age, Amy soon developed a talent for vocals and harmonies, impressing both her parents and grandparents, who soon realised she had the ‘bug’ for performing.
At the age of 22 she auditioned for BIMM Music school and moved to Brighton where she went on to finishing her three year graduate degree with a BA Hons in Professional Musicianship.
Amy’s voice and performance grew stronger, enriching listeners with her gift for tone, vocal control and her ability to captivate her audience by bringing everyone to a standstill.
During the summer of 2019, Amy returned home to Essex, where she attended an open mic night hosted by professional players Cecil, Vosper, Newnham & Edwards at the Anchor Inn in Benfleet. In September, after impressing the guys with her vocal talents, Amy was invited to record a demo at Big Noise Studios in Southend.
In December 2019, Amy soared onto the music scene with her first local gig at the Railway Hotel in Southend; tucking a broad range of soul and blues songs under her belt and with the added sprinkle of Christmas spirit, the gig was a huge success! With an already humbling following, in March 2020 Amy took her audience to her homeland of Romford for a special evening of jazz, blues and popular all time classics at Heart and Soul.
Throughout the lockdown period, Amy has been working on her debut album which is set to be released in 2022. Working with variety of writers, with influences such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Adele and Amy Winehouse, the album is set to move listeners with her blues, upbeat funk & soul numbers and dreamy ballads. Amy has also appeared on BBC Essex Radio, Phoenix FM & more showcasing her music and talking about the album.
In May 2020, Amy was lucky enough to record a live stream show with the band at Hotbox Live Events in Chelmsford that aired on YouTube.
It'll be a lot of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and a few well-known songs changed into a jazz/swing form. I'm also going to do an original song from my upcoming album in a Jazz/ swing style!
Amy will be accompanied by.....
Saxophone player: Holly Barrett
Holly Barrett has been working in the South-East as a freelance saxophone player for the last 15 years. Although her main inspiration as a musician has been taken from the bebop tradition from players such as Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt she is equally adept when playing contemporary jazz and popular music. As a member of the late Reg Webb’s band, she has played at the 606 club and Boisdales as well as many other esteemed venues.
Guitarist Glen: Parish
Born and raised in East London Glen Parish started playing the guitar at the age of 11 and by the age of 13, he had played his first paid gig at 15 he then got on to the club and pub circuit where he learnt his trade as a musician. The next stage was playing in function bands playing weddings/ hotels up in London giving him the skills to play different styles. He then went on to work as a session guitarist for East-West Records and Global music working with Many artists including Robbie Craig (WomanTrouble) /Jools Holland / Mc Cabe/ Kenny Thomas. In 2002 he qualified for the finals of the guitarist of the year for Guitarist magazine. He also works as a guitar teacher and a solo guitarist performing all over the Uk. As well as playing the guitar he also writes music and has 3 of his songs published with Universal music.