Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall starring Vimala Rowe

EFG London Jazz Festival

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  • Show Description
  • Starring Vimala Rowe and inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, this words-and-music show gives a thrilling insight into this immortal jazz talent.

    Rowe gives her unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from Billie’s extraordinary life story, with a band led by pianist / MD Alex Webb featuring Sue Richardson (trumpet) and Denys Baptiste (tenor & clarinet), Neville Malcolm or Flo Moore (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums).

    The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging – as did the Carnegie Hall concert – from the optimism of her 1930s work (What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine And Mellow) through her 1940s Torch songs (My Man, I Cover The Waterfront) to her self-penned classics Don’t Explain and Lady Sings The Blues – and many more.

    Vimala Rowe is a startling recent arrival on the UK vocal scene, appearing on two albums in 2016: ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb & The Copasetics, and ‘Out Of The Sky’ by Vimala Rowe & John Etheridge.  She is working on her next.


    ‘Vimala Rowe was sensational, managing convincing renditions not just of the standards, but also the closing number, “Strange Fruit”, delivered with eye-moistening poignancy’ – The Arts Desk

    ‘Flawless tributes to the great jazz vocalists are a speciality of hers’ – The Guardian




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