"McAlmont is one of British pop's most precious hidden treasures. His voice is a sublime and miraculous thing" - The Independent
Inspired by the legendary 1956 concert at which Billie's music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography Lady Sings The Blues, David McAlmont gives his unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from her extraodinary life story, with a band led by pianist / MD Alex Webb.
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.
Singer and songwriter McAlmont, best-known for his collaborations with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, has long had an interest in jazz, in 2004 releasing Set One: You Go to My Head; a collection of Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter-inspired standards. He has also recorded with Courtney Pine, Michael Nyman and David Arnold.
Webb is a songwriter, arranger and piano player; his songs have been recorded by jazz vocalists Liane Carroll, China Moses, Alexia Gardner, Mina Agossi and Alexander Stewart, among others. He recently premiered a musical about Lena Horne, Stormy, written with writer/actress Camilla Beeput. He leads a stellar band of Sue Richardson (trumpet), Katy Jungmann (tenor sax and clarinet), Flo Moore or Inga Eichler (bass) and Sophie Alloway (drums).
Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs. To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit us online at www.brasseriezedel.com/reservations.