The songs of the Broadway and West End stage have historically provided a rich trove of repertoire for jazz artists. The Frank Griffith Quartet (Frank Griffith – sax and clarinet, Robin Aspland – piano, Jeremy Brown- bass, Rod Youngs- drums) along with singers Tina May and Michael Roberts will present an evening of gems from Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well as Sondheim’s song Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch. There will also be a premiere of Frank and Tina’s new song, Lucky Lady.
Vocalist, Tina May, was the first winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Artist Award and has fifteen CDs to her name. Tina recorded “Sings the Ray Bryant Songbook” in 2002 featuring her lyrics to the legendary pianist’s tunes. She has appeared with Stan Tracey at St Paul’s Cathedral performing Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts.
Vocalist, Michael Roberts has appeared with the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr, Sir John Dankworth, Imelda May and Supergrass.
American saxist and clarinetist, Frank Griffith, has been resident in the UK since 1996 and his Nonet appeared regularly at the Ealing Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Pizza Express and Ronnie Scotts. He curated and led the Festival Tentet for the Billy Strayhorn Centenary Concert at Cadogan Hall as the part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival. Frank has also played with and/or arranged for Sir John Dankworth, Dame Cleo Lane, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Torme, Ron Carterand Lionel Hampton.