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In October I will be launching a monthly open mic session for jazz singers at the Hill Station in New Cross Gate SE14.  It’s a brilliant local venue with a friendly relaxed crowd and accompanied by a fabulous jazz trio, it’s the perfect place to gain experience and confidence. So all you budding singers are invited to come along – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

Laura Zakian’s ‘Songs for Modern Lovers’ has brought a fresh, elegant approach to a wide range
of songs without ever losing the heart.
There are fresh colours to the jazz palette with skilful, beautifully arranged interpretations of some great contemporary songs
from the likes of John Martyn and Paul Weller to redefined covers of classics from the American songbook.
I love her version of I Thought About You with its stylish, cool and slightly dark hued approach.

So an iced bourbon, a mellow evening and a song for a thoroughly modern romance? It’s all here.

Sarah Ward, Dinner Jazz

……. about Songs For Modern Lovers

“I absolutely love the album. I listened to it a lot when you first sent it, and really enjoyed it. Stop… You’ve sung it beautifully. Nice to hear a different take on it:)

Need to get it on my ipod.

It is such a treat to hear someone singing proper jazz… it really does have a classic vintage feel to it. Great music the old fashioned way!”

Inspired by the iconic Frank Sinatra album Songs for Swinging Lovers, Laura Zakian’s new project, considered her best work yet, is a fresh take on an old theme. This is Laura’s ‘mixtape’ of songs of personal significance, a mixture of modern classics alongside new versions of standards featured on Frank Sinatra’s iconic Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. Re-arrangements of the original tracks are complemented by an eclectic array of contemporary love songs that Laura grew up with. New acoustic takes on tunes by Joe Jackson, Sam Brown, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Chicago have been arranged by some of the country’s leading jazz musicians, including Pete Saberton, the undersung but brilliant pianist, improviser, composer and arranger who sadly died in 2012, shortly after completing the charts for Songs For Modern Lovers.

For the launch I will be joined by my stellar band

Steve Lodder (piano)

Simon Thorpe (double bass)

Nic France (drums and percussion)

John Parricelli (guitar)

Paul Bartholomew (baritone saxophone)

Mark Lockheart (tenor saxophone)

Joe Auckland (trumpet)