Live jazz, artists, venues and education in Leicester
Juliet discovered her talent for singing whilst studying for an economics degree at university but it took some time before she found her musical identity... "Although many of my peers were recording albums of standards, I waited until I felt I'd developed my own sound and eventually recorded my debut album which was mostly original material. Although I love jazz standards, I wanted to share my own perspective of jazz-influenced music - music that can appeal to a younger and more diverse audience as well as to more mainstream jazz fans." Juliet recorded her debut album Aphrodite's Child (33 Records) in 2003. It featured Juliet's original songs and garnered excellent reviews from critics in the UK and the US as well as widespread radio airplay. Her songwriting ability has also been widely praised and she took honours in the jazz category of the 2004 International Songwriting Competition. In 2005, Juliet performed with top UK jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine in a live broadcast for BBC4's Jazz Britannia season at the Barbican. This was followed by two successful sell-out concerts in Russia and her debut US performance that took place at New York's Sweet Rhythm jazz club. Juliet's second album, Delicious Chemistry (Chantiko), further showcased her talents for writing laid-back, accessible jazz. In 2006 Juliet opened for the Grammy-award winning vocal group Take 6 as part of the London Jazz Festival at the Barbican and saw demand for her accessible jazz spread overseas leading to more sell-out shows in Germany, Greece and Russia. Licorice Kiss (Purple Stiletto) is Juliet's third album. Referencing influences as diverse as Soul II Soul, the Eurythmics and Soft Cell, she offered up her own take on some 80's classics alongside her own creations that range from toe-tapping grooves to latin-inflected ballads. Juliet's project entitled Celebrating the Divas of Jazz is a tribute to the jazz singers past and present who have inspired and influenced her. Including songs from Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, this performance showcases popular favourites and introduces lesser-known gems. Juliet and her band completed successful sell-out UK tours with this new project that brought jazz to new audiences. She has also carried out rural tours visiting villages and community centres in idyllic settings around the country. Family Jazz Allstars is a version of Celebrating the Divas of Jazz adapted to suit a family-friendly audience of all ages. Spellbound Stories is the vocalist and composer's latest project and is a set of songs based on some of her favourite novels. Novels used as inspiration include "Vanity Fair" (William Makepeace Thackeray), "The Colour Purple" (Alice Walker), Veronika Decides to Die (Paolo Coelho) and "White Teeth" (Zadie Smith). Juliet's Arts Council supported UK tour of this project in 2014 was met with great enthusiasm and her highly anticipated album of this new material was released in June 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. WORKED WITH MUSICIANS ... Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Jim Mullen, John Etheridge, Gary Crosby, Orphy Robinson, Alex Wilson, Seb Rochford, Dimitri Vassilakis, Tony Kofi, Kate Williams, Tony Remy, Jason Yarde, Byron Wallen, Omar Puente, Roger Beaujolais, Carleen Anderson, Julie Dexter, Jonny Phillips, Kit Downes...
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