Updated Aug 2009
STACEY KENT & THE JIM TOMLINSON QUARTET
Award winning jazz 'The Jim Tomlinson Quartet featuring Stacey Kent' launched the monthly Jazz Club in Spalding in 2007 when the golden couple of jazz performed material from the acclaimed 'The Lyric' album
She returns in Autumn 2009 with her band featuring Jim Tomlinson: saxes, Graham Harvey: piano, Jeremy Brown: bass, Matt Skelton:drums
Sit back and savour the award winning vocals of Stacey Kent as she treats you to songs from her 2009 Grammy nominated album, 'Breakfast on the Morning Tram'. A collaborative work including classic standards and new songs written and produced by her saxophonist husband Jim Tomlinson, and lyrics by award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.
'Whatever the mood, listeners frequently feel that Stacey's music was intended for their ears only.' John Fordham, The Guardian
In 2007 Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson experienced success with their album 'The Lyric' which featured prominently in the charts around the world. Time Out described the album as 'timeless, artful and utterly gorgeous.' Jim Tomlinson's 'The Lyric featuring Stacey Kent' was voted best album at the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards
Their 2006 appearance at Birdland in New York prompted New York Times critic, Stephen Holden, to observe, "What raises it all to another level is the intensely romantic connection between the singer and her tenor saxophonist and husband, Jim Tomlinson. As he curls his horn around her voice, their entranced rapport and mutual adoration conjure memories of Holiday and Lester Young and of Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. Love is in the air."
Recently signed to the prestigious Blue Note Record label, Stacey has received high praise from jazz aficionados and reviewers alike.
"Kent takes beautiful standards and gently unfurls their lyrics; and the supremely empathetic understanding she shares with (husband) Tomlinson recalls the sublime beauty of Billie Holiday's recordings with Lester Young. Timeless, artful and utterly gorgeous."
Kerstan Mackness TIME OUT
Listen to their music at www.staceykent.com