Joan Davis and Byron Wallen, St James’ Wine Vaults, Bath, Thursday 1st November 2018
Tickets £12/10 Doors open at 8 pm
In a span of twenty years, 7 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist Joan Davis has built her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, jazz poet, scholar and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and other leading ladies of past generations, she combines various elements of jazz, soul, R&B and world music to create a captivating hybrid style.
Throughout her career as a vocalist and songwriter the elements of nature versus urban existence have provided a dramatic resource of images to express her vision of life through words and music.
Joan’s career has included performing with Tony Kofi, Bobby Mcferrin, Byron Wallen, Pee Wee Ellis and Clive Deemer; Just to name a few and for this performance it is Byron Wallen who joins Joan on stage. A leading figure of the British Jazz Scene and a firm favourite of the Vaults’ audience this will be a very special night!
“she can deliver any song she chooses with power and conviction, and any opportunity to see her performing has to be a treat for the ears. When Joan steps out, you can bet there’ll be a well satisfied audience somewhere.” Venue
“forthright and unaffected singing with style and intelligence.” The Guardian
Byron Wallen is “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” (Jazzwise Magazine). Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, he is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing.
“Byron’s always absorbing music genuinely draws in the disparate elements of African and Eastern cultures, while retaining true jazz spirit … ”