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5 Voices: Women 22 Jun 2016

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If it’s powerhouse vocals, raw passion and inimitable style you’re after, these jazz and blues vocalists featuring at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival will be just the ticket. From the USA to France, here's five female voices to watch out for this July. 

Shayna Steele is a featured vocalist on Snarky Puppy’s ‘Family Dinner’ and we predict a new star in r’n’b, soul and jazz. Shayna’s got plenty of experience under her belt and has backed up Bette Midler, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and many more. Her dynamite vocals are powerful and sensuous and she confidently delivers a diverse stylistic range.

One of the hottest tickets at last year’s Festival. Singer/pianist, Davina Sowers, is back from Minneapolis, with her high-energy band, for another set of rocking blues, New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, and southern gospel. She might be compared to Fats Domino, Etta James or Amy Winehouse, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Few singers can be hailed as a national treasure but Carol Kidd is one. Whether she’s swinging a standard or tenderly caressing a beautiful ballad, her impeccable phrasing and the golden timbre of her voice stand out.

"Lovely songs… tasteful and elegant” (The Scotsman). The sultry, sophisticated singer Lorna Reid salutes all the greats from Billie Holiday to Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall with beautiful standards and songs from her acclaimed album Falling Like Dew. Her All-Star line-up features Campbell Normand (piano), John Allan (bass), Jim Drummond (drums) and Konrad Wiszniewski (sax).

Charlotte Marshall likes the “scorched earth” policy. With her band, the 45s, it’s a rollercoaster of 60s soul and R&B classics with razor sharp vocals, and deep funky groove.

To buy tickets:

Website: buy online via the respective gig page and collect at the relevant venue 

By Phone: 0131 473 2000

In Person: Hub Tickets, Castlehill Edinburgh, EH1 2NE


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