Here's the official blurb:
Vocal Zone is jazz singer and songwriter Juliet Kelly’s new monthly show on UK Jazz Radio and will reflect the vocal contribution to the current vibrant jazz scene both in the UK and abroad. Although acknowledging the great debt today’s singers owe to the jazz icons of the past, she will be focussing mainly on present-day established and rising stars. Juliet is also keen to introduce you to under-rated and up-and-coming singers who have yet to hit the radar.
For the first show the theme was Standards and I played tracks by established artists from mostly the US although there were a couple from UK singers too. The overall theme for Vocal Zone is to promote current artists, and hopefully encourage people to discover and support singers new to them by going out to see them live when they are performing nearby.
November Playlist - Standards:
Cassandra Wilson – Polkadots and Moonbeams (Cassandra Sings Standards – Verve)
Dianne Reeves – Exactly Like You (That Day – Blue Note)
Tina May – Darn That Dream (Fun – 33 Records)
Carmen Lundy – My Favourite Things (Self Portrait – JVC)
Lizz Wright – I’m Confessin’ (Dreaming Wide Awake – Verve)
Liane Carroll – How Insensitive (ft John Parricelli & Bobby Wellins) (Standard Issue – Splashpoint)
Patricia Barber – Bye Bye Blackbird (Nightclub – Blue Note)
Dee Dee Bridgewater – Pretty Eyes (Love and Peace – Verve)
Kurt Elling – I Like The Sunrise (Nightmoves – Concord)
Next month the theme will be "Under-rated". I will be playing tracks from vocalists I feel deserve more exposure/recognition. Sadly it seems as if it's always the same voices that get airtime or column inches. I'm not saying these singers are not deserving but why not spread the love! It's the same story with instrumental bands but as this radio show is called Vocal Zone I'll reserve that argument for another time. :-) One of the tracks I'll be playing in the next show is from an album by Christine Tobin. It's a crime that it took SO long for her to eventually get a BBC Jazz Award in 2004. She didn't win but she was nominated once again in 2008. I'm not sure when she started singing but I know that when I was starting out in the mid-90's she was already an outstanding artist and it wasn't until a decade later that her talent was recognised by the "tastemakers". Happily, Christine won the award second time round but jokes that she "put the kibosh on it" as that was also the year the BBC decided to stop sponsoring what was arguably one of the most respected awards in jazz...
But November is also the month of the London Jazz Festival to which the BBC still lends its support and long may that continue... There are some fabulous bands to go and see between 12-21 November. Sadly I'm not performing this year (sob!) but I'll will be showing my support by going out to see some great gigs starting with the Jazz on 3 Launch of the festival at Ronnie Scott's on Friday.