Roll on 2014

Happy new year!  I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself over the holidays, whether with friends, family or just the cats for company.  Now’s the time for New Year’s Resolutions and here’s one of mine: be better at promoting my performances!  So without any further sense of shame, here are a few highlights for me already in the diary for the year ahead, including a blues comedy show, CUJO performing with one of the UK’s top jazz vocalists and several public performances by Vesperados.  Diaries at the ready!

Mean Things I Did to My Sister
Friday 10 January, 19:30
Junction 2, Cambridge
A new show by Amanda Kelleher bringing together stand up comedy and original comic blues songs.
Amanda Kelleher brings her Irish wit to Cambridge Junction for one night only. With up to 5 live musicians on stage, she will explore the various twists and turns of a life lived on the edge via new comedy blues songs.

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions), via:
http://www.junction.co.uk/artist/6015

CUJO with Liane Carroll
Friday 31 January, 19:30
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
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Ronnie Scott’s Award and Double BBC Jazz award winner Liane Carroll is the special guest of Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra for an evening of vocal jazz.  The ensemble will be performing original pieces by Liane plus arrangements written specially for her by a variety of top arrangers, plus a few favourites from the CUJO back-catalogue.  I’m also doing an arrangement of one of Liane’s original tunes!

Tickets: £14 (£6 students) on the door or via ADC (available soon)

Further upcoming CUJO performances:

Saturday 8th February, Oxford
Saturday 22nd February, Clare Jazz, Clare College, Cambridge
Friday 7th March, Jazz@John’s, St John’s College, Cambridge

For full details see www.cujo.soc.ucam.org.

Vesperados
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I’m hoping to have a busy year with Vesperados, with a studio recording and promotional shoot in the pipeline.  Gig-wise, here are a few which are already in the diary.  Keep an eye on our Facebook or Reverbnation pages for full details about times, venues and tickets and for further performances.

Sunday 2nd March, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (afternoon gig)
Saturday 8th March, Clare Jazz, Clare College, Cambridge
Friday 21st March, Hot Numbers, Gwydir Street, Cambridge
Thursday 8th May, Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

Guildhall School of Music and DramaGSMD

In September 2014 I will begin a part-time Artist Masters qualification in jazz trumpet at the Guildhall in London.  Over the first half of 2014 I will be trying to raise, earn and save enough money to cover the fees and some living expenses. I’ve got a lot of work to do but am seriously looking forward to studying with and alongside some of the UK’s best jazz musicians, as well as visiting artists from around the world.

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