Salena Jones to celebrate her lifelong contribution to Jazz with London anniversary show

Jazz doyenne, Salena Jones, will be celebrating 70 years in music with a show at London’s prestigious Purcell Room on Friday 28th September. For the American singer who has called Britain home for the last fifty years, it is fitting that one of the acknowledged great interpreters of song has chosen London to mark this notable anniversary, with a 22-piece orchestra conducted by her husband, renowned composer and arranger, Keith Mansfield.

Born Joan Shaw in Virginia, her family direct descendants of the Indian Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse, Joan moved to New York at an early age, her precocious talent seeing her release 15 records by the time she was 15 years of age. Growing up around legendary musicians like Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Charlie Parker, she recorded demo tracks for artists such as Peggy Lee and Lena Horne, before emerging as a headline act with her own “Blues Express Orchestra”

Growing racial tensions led to a move to Europe in 1965 and saw her name-change to Salena Jones, with fans across the world recognising her, to quote her Asian fanbase, as “The Queen of Jazz and Blues”. Salena still holds the record for the longest residency at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, a remarkable seven weeks, and where she regularly still sells out.

Her career has spanned Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia; working with a who’s who of legends, from Louis Armstrong to Sarah Vaughan, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Salena has released 43 albums with another shortly due.

Salena Jones’ cool, relaxed phrasing and delivery is wonderfully free from artifice. At the lower end of the register, her voice is smoky and sensual. Not for her, though, vivacious displays of double-time gymnastics or virtuoso scat choruses; she is a storyteller who allows the lyrics to speak for themselves and although ballads are her strongest suit, she can swing with the very best.

Salena Jones is almost impossible to categorise; the attraction lies in the quality of her voice, pure and simple. She is totally comfortable in diverse styles that she makes her own: blues, jazz standards, pop, Latin, big band and orchestral are all in her repertoire with a little Aerosmith thrown in for good measure, and will be fully in evidence at the Purcell Room.

The Purcell Room concert is a not to be missed opportunity to see and hear one of the great singers of our times.


London Dates:


Saturday 14th/Sunday 15th September 2018 – Soho Jazz Club, Dean Street

Friday 28th September 2018 – Purcell Room, Southbank

Sunday 21st October 2018 – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho

(December – tour of Japan)

Friday 18th January – Crazy Coqs, Zedel, Piccadilly

Friday 22nd/Saturday 23rd February – The Pheasantry, Chelsea  


Nu-jazz band, Cécile Nordegg/No-Ce, releases new single Les Maux D'Amour

No-Ce Celebrates the Art of the French Chanson with their New Album!

No-Ce has just released their new album, ‘Jazz Proclamation Vol. 1&2’! Having a unique impact on the music industry, they are bringing a new experience with French jazz. No-Ce is fronted by Cécile Nordegg who was previously a successful film and TV actor in Vienna, Austria. Her band is packed with talented musicians who have already gained a known name for themselves: JP Chiche (who has had a background with successes such as Aeromsmith and Fats Domino), Andreas Pirringer, Walter Bass and Grammy Award-winning rock guitarist, Jamie Kime (rhythm guitarist for Dweezil Zappa).

The lead track for their new album is ‘Les Maux D’Amour’ and it has many rock riffs and the song is sung in an unexpectedly deep tone from Cécile. Along with how the whole song is sung beautifully in French, the track transcends language and genre. There is no doubt that No-Ce is a completely unique mix of talents all combing to create an outstanding experience that is worth seeing at the festival this year.

This year they are appearing at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, celebrating the art of the French chanson with a hint of rock n roll. The band contains a variety of instruments creating a cheery atmosphere to the music, containing the guitar, sax, flute, clarinet and piano. The combination is intriguing and creates a quite unique style of Jazz.

Follow Cécile Nordegg here:

Website: www.cecilenordegg.eu

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4nmntt4rvUIgjtdBplnhg

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Ricardo Bacelar recording piano for his Brazillian fusion album 'Sebastiana'

Ricardo Bacelar and Elena Rose present sultry rendition of ‘Somewhere in the Hills’

Brazilian jazz pianist, Ricardo Bacelar, has unveiled a rendition of ‘Somewhere in the Hills’ by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

The cover sees him enlist Venezuelan torch singer Elena Rose to croon the sultry and wistful melody of the moonlit romance, while dancer Isabelle Dubois adds fire in the video with her impassioned movement and balletic choreography.

‘Somewhere In The Hill’ is the fifth video spawned from Bacelar’s recent album ‘Sebastiana’. The record is an ode to the works of Brazilian composers and a celebration of the Latin music diaspora.

‘Sebastiana’ is available to stream and buy as MP3/CD/Vinyl here.

The deluxe LP and CD packages features a booklet containing imagery from the studio sessions, landscapes which inspired some of the tracks and the distinctive artwork of Emiliano Di Cavalcanti.


Follow Ricardo Bacelar:

Spotify: http://bit.ly/Sebastiana-Spotify

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ricbacelar/videos

Facebook: https://facebook.com/ricbacelar

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ricardo_bacelar

Website: http://bit.ly/RicardoBacelar-Sebastiana-en