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‘Stealing Flowers’ by Florence Joelle Quartet

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Time: 9.30pm
Room: The Jazz Club



£12 On the Door
£7 Adv Bookings & Restaurant Diners Only*

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"Gypsy Jazz & Old Time Blues, Savvy Originals & Standards"


Presenting her second album ’Stealing Flowers,’ this French singer-songwriter embraces chanson, doo-wop and early rock'n'roll, so, appropriately enough, it was recorded using vintage mics straight to two-inch tape. But Joelle's sensuous purred vocals and sprightly jazzy songs lend proceedings a contemporary edge while circumventing mere nostalgia. The sassy "So What" is a sure-fire hit and a delightful cover of Django's "Coucou" makes you want to get on the next flight to Paris.

Paris-born, London-based, singer / songwriter / blues harpist Florence Joelle was bred on jazz at home, and on the music of the Paris streets, the Gypsy art of Django Reinhardt, bal musette, and North African rai, Florence started collecting rock’n’roll, doo-wop, Latin jazz, and early blues as a girl. Her music draws from all these influences, carving out a unique sound that, although deeply rooted in the past, vibrates in the present.

A twee retro singer she is not, though. Ever socially conscious, her songs depict what happens around her. The gritty ’29 Bus Blues’ tells of an assault witnessed on a London night bus, while ‘The God Of Things’, written during the riots of August 2011, warns of the materialistic world we live in.

Her first album Kiss Of Fire, pay homage to jazz legends, like Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Mel Tormé, and of course, Django Reinhardt’s whose 1939 song ‘Coucou’ she recently recorded for her next album. “I have always liked the music of these times, mentally this is where I live.”, tells Joelle.

"Florence is a rare jewel and this second album captures her captivating style. She boasts deliciously suave vocal phrasing framed by a hot and agile band. Her savvy originals and jumping jazz standards are an unaffected joy. Blooming lovely."
The Daily Mirror

"Florence Joelle sings rock ’n’ roll like Billie Holiday might, croons a torch ballad as Wanda Jackson may, and spices it all with a bit of Patti Smith attitude."
Vintage Guitar Magazine




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