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Pete Saunders

Time: 7:30 – 10:30pm
Room: Restaurant / Piano Bar
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Full dining options available during the performance.
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TYPE OF EVENT : Blues & Jazz

Ex Dexys jazz reprobate Pete has an unmistakable style bluesy with hints of Tom Waits and Dr John. Soulful gritty singing catchy originals to timeless classics and some unexpected covers.

Its been a long journey from being a founder member of 80’s pop band Dexys Midnight Runners and playing and writing two songs on their celebrated debut album Searching for the Young Soul Rebels to London's hot new Burlesque and Cabaret scene. His life took a variety of ups and downs, playing with all sorts from the Damned, an album with Carmel to the Jive Aces. From stadiums in South Africa with Rodriguez to Berlin squats with Serious Drinking . Pete Saunders has done a lot of playing and a lot of living and you can hear it in his singing.

Four years ago Pete created the Blues and Burlesque show at Volupte and formed a regular team with Vicious Delicious and Bouncy Hunter. They provided the core of a weekly variety Live music show which featured some of the cream of London’s cabaret scene that they took to Edinburgh in 2012 with spectacular success.

"Saunders’ songs are insightful, his piano playing doesn’t miss a note, his chat is erudite as well as being amusing, and he has a great singing voice to boot”the clothes line."
Adelaide Magazine

"Charming from start to finish, Saunders has an art to working the house and a fantastic ease with which he weaves together the show. An accomplished pianist and songwriter, Saunders breathes the blues and gives a resounding performance with his three piece band. His songs are light-hearted and funny, teasing his audience."
Broadway Baby

"Mr Saunders provided the jazz, with the kind of effortless improvisation that we all know isn’t remotely effortless. His almost edible, gravelly, rendition of Let The Good Times Roll was a joy."
Erotic Review

"Probably best known for his association with wedding reception favourites Dexy’s Midnight Runners, he has carved out an impressive career as a blues maestro"
This is Cabaret

Jen & Sooz Jazz Mix Up Show ft. Gill Manly

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Door: 7pm
Show: 8pm – 10:30pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£10 On the Door
Online Tickets from £8

Only Bar food will be served in the Jazz Club.

To dine from the á la carte menu before the show
Please call 020 7582 6800 or Book Online
Please allow 60-90 minutes for dinner reservations.

TYPE OF EVENT : Jazz, Soul, World Music

Meridian 107 FM's Monthly Jazz Night with Special Guest Gill Manly

Every month a different show. Join Jen & Sooz 107 Meridian FM's presenters here at Toulouse Lautrec for a Jazz, Soul & world music fest. With resident vocalist Jenny Green and her top-notch house band, Adrian York, Neville Malcolm, Vince Dunn. Each month featuring a fresh guest vocalist, musician or both!!! So sit back with a drink and enjoy the show in a Jazz Club atmosphere.

Gill Manly began singing at an early age, never believing that she would one day rub shoulders with the great Eartha Kitt, whilst performing in Chelsea. Raised on a diet of jazz records by her father, Gill naturally began to immerse herself in the Great American Songbook. Aged 18, she headed for London to Drama School where she began to perform. Encouraged by her voice teachers, Gill tried her hand at opera and auditioned for the Royal College of Music. Turned down she decided to leave drama school a year early and get down to the business of working. Chosen to perform in various fringe musicals in London's West End, Gill soon discovered that her real love lay in musical theatre and the great Broadway Shows. Thus the singer was born.

On meeting Ian Shaw in 1983, Gill became convinced that interpreting jazz standards in a new way was her true path. The duo have been friends ever since. They went on to share bills with fringe performers of the era like Barb Jungr, Julian Clary and Rory Bremner. Together, they discovered the 606 Club and this was a turning point. Here they met other jazz musicians and Gill forged links with pianists such as Bill LeSage who became a mentor and teacher. She also began to collaborate with musicians like John China, Nick Weldon, Clarke Tracey and Robin Aspland. She then met a young pianist, John G Smith, at a jazz course at Wavendon, who immediately invited her to become the vocalist for his group featuring Alec Dankworth and horn player Dave O'Higgins. Gill was introduced to a whole new gamut of jazz - from Chick Corea to Al Jarreau and Charlie Parker to Keith Jarrett as well as singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell.

Gill began giving concerts at The National Theatre Foyer, The South Bank Festival, The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, Bulls Head and L'Escargot. From 1986.

Jazz FM radio was born and Gill became involved in many related projects and concerts. She hosted weekly jazz gigs at Smollenskys, introducing new and established singers live on various broadcasts. A very young Claire Martin performed with Gill live on radio, the singer having been inspired as a 16 year-old, when hearing Gill in a local club, to become a jazz artist.

In 1991 Gill was introduced to Mark Murphy. He became friend and mentor and was her inspiration in terms of improvisation and ballad singing. 1995 saw Manly release her debut album "Detour Ahead" on Parrott Records for which she received a nomination for "Best Jazz Vocalist". This led to more work on festivals and radio.