In this years Jazz Singing School Christmas Boot Camp 2016 (28th – 30th December) Anita Wardell and I are holding a new three-day course. Join us for another inspiring jazz singing course.

What's happening

On the first two days of the course, we are covering vocal technique and warm-ups, as well as more jazzy exercises based on feel and groove. We look at phrasing, improvisation and solo building, incorporating technique to facilitate these ideas. The class splits into two groups, and each group studies with both Anita and me.

On day three, we are working with a rhythm section, and participants choose their own material to work on. Anita and I lead the session. In the evening concert, each participant is given the opportunity to perform to an audience.

All in all, it's going to be an intensive, inspiring and enjoyable experience.

Where

LCCM, 50-52 Union Street, London SE1 1TD

Full details

For full details, please visit our website at www.jazzsingingschool.com.

 

 

My latest album The House is a collaboration with pianist Andrea Vicari. For the past few years we've been performing duo gigs around London, and Andrea’s beautiful tunes have provided me with the inspiration to write some new lyrics.

I really wanted the challenge of singing and writing something stylistically new, and Andrea’s songs have been the perfect vehicle. My lyrics are about people and places in my life, and I hope my honesty will resonate with audiences and perhaps make them reflect on different aspects of their own lives.

The album is a change of direction – stylistically the tunes are more contemporary sounding. The drummer-less quartet is chamberlike in quality. The melodies are haunting and the arrangements have strong counterpoint lines.

Joining Andrea and me on the album are Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Martin Hathaway on sax, flute and clarinet.

On Wednesday 18th May, Trudy launches her new album The House.

Plus mini-set from The Trinity Laban Singers and an open mic. Trudy Kerr  (vocals), Andrea Vicari (piano), Geoff Gasgoyne (bass) and Martin Hathaway (sax/flute/clarinet).

“Top London-based Australian jazz vocalist who has collaborated with the likes of Georgie Fame, Acker Bilk, Mulgrew Miller and Jan Lundgren.”

The Spice of Life, 6 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5NA. Wednesday 18th May. Doors: 6pm. Music: 8-10.45pm. Doors close: 11pm. £10/£8.

Book tickets here.

I’m really happy to be singing at the Archduke wine bar on the Southbank once a month.  I’ll be performing a duo with Andrea Vicari on piano on Saturday  March 26th and April 30th  It’s from 7.30 - 9.30 so if you are in the area please pop in for a drink.

For the past year I’ve been working on a new album called The House.

This is a new project for me and a new direction. I have collaborated with pianist Andrea Vicari to write a set of new contemporary songs. The music is chamber-like but has room for improvisation. I really wanted to try something different and develop my song writing skills. The lyrics I write are about people and places in my life and I hope my honesty will resonate with my audience perhaps making them reflect on different things in their life.

The album launch for Songs of Life takes place on Wednesday 18th May at The Spice of Life, 6 Moor Street, London W1.

I am so excited to be chosen to perform at the 1st International jazz Voice conference in Helsinki in October.

My lecture concert will tell the story of the Art of Vocalese and my personal discovery of the art form. Vocalese is taking an instrumental solo and putting words to it.  Great exponents of the Art are King Pleasure, Jon Hendricks and Kurt Elling to name a few.

Some of you may remember my kids CD, Jazz for Juniors which was released a few years ago. We are currently working on Christmas Jazz for Juniors which features loads of well known Christmas songs and a children’s choir.

Early in the year I was in Derek Nash’s Clowns Pocket Studio recording a new CD. It will be my 12th release and features fabulous musicians Andrea Vicari (piano), Martin Hathaway (saxe/flute/clarinet) and Geoff Gascoyne (bass).

The album has more of a chamber-like quality to it, there are six original compositions as well as some interesting takes on other repertoire. Final touches are being made to the album and I hope to have the album out by the end of the year.

Jazz Singing School is a new website I have been working on with my long time Aussie pal Anita Wardell.

We have joined together to build an educational website. It’s for anyone who is interested in singing jazz from beginners to advanced level singers.

Anita and Trudy are currently organising a Xmas Jazz Voice Boot Camp to celebrate the launch of the site, details will be available soon.

Join me at the 606 Jazz Club on Saturday 13th December for the launch of my new album Contemplation

This compilation showcases Trudy's versatility as a singer... her beautiful ballad interpretations, her musicality when singing Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan lines, and her accuracy when singing fast vocalese on Coltrane's "Moment's Notice".