Rare homecoming for stunning Mellard
SUZANNE Mellard – one of the UK's finest jazz vocalists – is playing a rare gig in her home town.
She will be making her debut at the highly-rated Beeston's JazzClub, upstairs at the Commercial Inn, on Friday, March 1.
She follows another home-town favourite in world-renowned saxophonist Tony Kofi, who opened the season at the venue to great acclaim earlier this month.
Mellard formed her first quartet in the late 1990s, singing her own arrangements of jazz standards, citing Mark Murphy, Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan as her influences.
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One of her earliest appearance's was praised by Humphrey Lyttleton on his BBC Best Of Jazz radio show.
Since those early days, she has widened her repertoire to include vocalising, scat, and her own unique, stunning improvisations on standards and jazz classics, fronting groups from trios to big bands and playing many of the major jazz venues in the UK and Europe.
Mellard will be accompanied by her partner, Andy Ferguson, at the drums, plus two members of the JazzClub resident trio BoHoP – Geoff Pearson on bass and Neil Hunter (keyboards).
Doors open at 7.45pm. Music from 8.30pm. £5 admission.