"Nimble and remarkably beefy bass from Jonty Fisher…a
stylish bassist." Jack Massarik - The Evening Standard
"Nice and laid-back, very, very nice. Good selection of songs and I think a lot of people will really like this style." Claire Martin .
Jonty Fisher with Naadia Sheriff on piano and James Fenn on guitar take their audience on a trip down memory lane while at the same time giving classic songs a fresh treatment.
All three are lovers of the type of trio formed by Nat 'King' Cole, who formed his first trio in 1937. Legend has it the band was supposed to be a quartet but the drummer failed to turn up. Whether this is true or not, the resulting trio of bass, piano and guitar was an instant success - a format used for many years by legendary pianist Oscar Peterson.
With their own unique arrangements, including three-part vocal harmonies, the ability to play more softly and the combination of two harmony instruments, enable Fisher and his two partners to create distinctive musical textures and possibilities. Paying homage to the late Nat 'King' Cole and performing classic jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, plus some originals thrown in for good measure, the trio combine virtuosity and swinging rhythm with infectious joie de vivre for a lively evening of classic jazz.
Jonty Fisher is a regular on the London music scene, playing at many of the UK's premier events and venues (including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament) and his time is punctuated by extensive world touring as well as film, radio, television and recording appearances.
Naadia Sheriff has released an album in her own name ('Gnarly Hymn') with her quartet and, as the musical director for Kate Dimbleby, with whom she released the duo album 'Beware of Young Girls: the songs of Dory Previn' which was featured on Jools Holland's radio 2 show.
James Fenn is a regular sideman in the London jazz scene and the European festival circuit. Although active in contemporary jazz stylings, he is in his element with standard songs and crafts melodic improvisations in the manner of the old masters.