The Genius Of Ray Charles & The High Priestess Of Soul, Nina Simone

If you're looking for things to do in London and the UK this show is perfect for great nights out at jazz clubs, music festivals and theatre shows.

We celebrate two of the greatest stars in the history of soul music. The music of Ray Charles is recreated by Jeremy Sassoon’s 17 piece Ray Charles Project and Liz Fletcher takes the role of Nina Simone backed by her magnificent quartet featuring the great guitarist Nigel Price.

Jeremy Sassoon

Regularly booked into top jazz venues and festivals in London and Europe, including The A Trane Jazz Club in Berlin and in London, Jeremy can also be seen at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and at the exclusive Arts Club in Mayfair.  He was recently featured on the Jazz FM Discovery Show. 

 

As a keyboard player and musical director he has appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, London’s The Jazz Café, New York’s Iridium Jazz Club and at the Phoenix Festival in Arizona with Warner Bros recording artist Dana Bryant.

 

Jeremy can be seen regularly at Boisdale Canary Wharf and The Boisdale Jazz and Cigar Club in Belgravia.  He captures the sound and spirit of Ray Charles both as a pianist and a singer, whether performing with his superb small band or with the astonishing power and excitement of his big band.

Liz Fletcher

 

In 2012 Richard Pite collaborated with singer Liz Fletcher and pianist Christian Vaughan to produce a show called The Essential Nina Simone.  Liz seemed an ideal choice for re-interpreting the songs of Nina – she wasn’t an impersonator, she just was able to re-create that emotional drama that permeated Simone’s work.  Added to this she has a voice that could bring one out in goose bumps – a tone of rich creamy beauty and an  ability to turn a phrase with instinctive musiciality.

 

Liz has performed in Jazz Clubs and Festivals such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street, The Festival Hall, The Purcell Rooms, Pizza On The Park, The 606 Club, and Glastonbury.   She has had a residency at the Boisdale Jazz and Cigar Club since it opened in 1999 and has worked with most of the UK’s leading jazz musicians including Robin Aspland, Alan Barnes, Tony Coe, Jim Mullen, Andy Panayi, Marc Parnell, Julian Siegel, Matt Wates, Gareth Williams and many more.

Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller at Carnegie Hall 1939. Another Cadogan Hall production featuring the best jazz musicians playing Benny Goodman & Glenn Miller's greatest hits.

Mr Bojangles 

Liz Fletcher

Feelin' Good 

Nina Simone

Hit The Road Jack 

From the movie Ray