Fine & Mellow
FINE AND MELLOW - CD RELEASE FOR JAZZ SINGER LIZZIE SCOTT & 80 YEAR OLD SAXOPHONIST LEGEND LEW HOOPER. When jazz drummer Dennis Smith discovered that Lew Hooper had never released a CD, despite playing the UK scene for over 60 years, he set about to remedy the situation. They decided that their favourite singer Lizzie Scott would compliment Lew's sax style perfectly. Two of London's finest jazz musicians; pianist John China and bassist Murray Salmon, joined them to record 13 classic jazz tracks at the famous Tin Pan Alley Studios on Denmark Street. This recording was captured in one session; the empathy between Lizzie & Lew was natural and immediate on the first take! The result is 'Fine and Mellow' - reminiscent of Billie Holiday & Lester Young, these fine musicians have brought alive the music of the great jazz era. "Lizzie Scott has the kind of style jazz musicians love - direct and nicely phrased, with no showy tricks. Lizzie shares the limelight with Lew Hooper, unsung hero of British jazz. This whole CD was made in one session - by one good singer and four good musicians working together... exactly the right ingredients for a perfect session." - Dave Gelly, MBE, jazz critic of The Observer LIZZIE'S BIOGRAPHY Lizzie was born in Australia & was introduced to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong while watching her Father restore vintage cars in his back-yard garage. She's spent her entire life performing, beginning singing & dancing at age 3. She studied opera at Adelaide Conservatorium of Music & performing arts at The Drama Centre at Flinders University gaining a first class B.A. with Honours. In a move to Sydney, Lizzie was offered a role in Cameron Mackintosh's stage production of Elvis the Musical & subsequently sang with Sydney's top jazz & swing bands, including a 3 year residency at the famous Marble Bar in the Hilton Hotel and touring to Christmas Island. Quickly after moving to London in 2000, Lizzie became one of the most sought after jazz/swing singers; touring the UK & Europe with the most outstanding bands; the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, big band Jivin' Miss Daisy, The Do-Rites & the Boisdales Blue Rhythm Band and as guest vocalist with many acts including the Cotton Club Orchestra & the Pasadena Roof Orchestra at jazz festivals in Switzerland & Germany. She's recorded various CDs & performed at venues like Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Dorchester Hotel, the Savoy Hotel, Boisdales Jazz Club & the 100 Club. See lizziescott.com/jazz THE BAND'S BIOGRAPHY Lew Hooper - Tenor Saxophone 'Lew the Legend' is now more Lester than Young, but like any good legend he gets better with age. He's played with the finest jazz musicians in the UK & Europe including: George Evans big band, 2 years on U.S. Bases in France & Spain, 3 years on cruise ships, broadcast regularly with the Alan Littlejohn/Tony Milliner sextet & backed American visitors like Bill Coleman, Earle Warren, Ben Webster, Billy Butterfield, Peanuts Hucko, Cat Anderson & Jimmy Hamilton. Lew has also played with Freddy Randall, Sonny Dee & Acker Bilk. John China - Piano so brilliant they named a country after him, JC has played extensively in the London jazz scene for over 20 years at top jazz venues like the 606 Club, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Pizza Express Dean St and the 100 Club. He has performed with jazz greats like Tommy Whittle, Don Rendell, Maxine Daniels, Harry Beckett, Al Wynnett & is currently touring with Keith Smith featuring Georgie Fame. Murray Salmon - Double Bass 'hot-smoked salmon' has kept the heat up in the rhythm section at live shows & TV appearances with acts like Eartha Kitt, Lulu, Rosemary Squires, Des O'Connor etc. He's also much in demand to fire up the UK's hottest jazz bands including Ray Ellington band, Humphry Lyttleton band, Digby Fairweather band & has toured with Ramsey Lewis during which he played Cork Festival. Dennis Smith - Drums has given comedy, charisma & a swingin' beat to the UK scene over the years including; 2 years in West End Shows & 5 years for the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. His gags were first seen in dance halls on ship cruises & since he has played with John Surman, Mike Westbrook & in Bob Downes Music Trio broadcasts. He is currently holding the drum chair with Willie Garnett's big band, New Delta big band, the Boisdales Blue Rhythm Band & various top rhythm sections.