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Image Believin it
Claire Martin is joined by her all-Swedish trio as she celebrates another career milestone: recording her twentieth album for Linn Records. Making their UK debut at Ronnie Scott’s in 2018, Martin and her trio have played to sell-out audiences in Sweden, London and Madrid. Martin’s fascination with Sweden’s vibrant jazz scene began a decade ago, and via a shared love of songs she has cultivated a unique chemistry with her trio over the past two years. Uppsala-born pianist/arranger Martin Sjöstedt leads the trio comprising bassist Niklas Fernqvist and drummer Daniel Fredriksson. Sjöstedt, one of Sweden’s most gifted and talked about jazz musicians, has created imaginative new arrangements of contemporary material exclusively for Martin. Encompassing a century’s worth of tunes, tracks include ‘Broken Wings’ by Mr. Mister and ‘I’m Not in Love’ by 10cc, as well as favourites by Joe Locke, Joni Mitchell, Ivan Lins and Pat Metheny. Martin remembers legendary singer Lena Horne with her own arrangement of ‘Come Runnin’’ and pays tribute to Norway’s Karin Krog with ‘Cherry Tree Song’.

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Image Requiem pour L.
Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most iconic works in the history of western music. After exploring its labyrinth of secrets in several years of research, Fabrizio Cassol wanted to reframe the mournful ritual of the Requiem to express other emotions as well – such as joyfulness – transcended by music and dancing. He confided his wish to Alain Platel, who was immediately fired by the idea. The choice of musicians was key: the ensemble is made up of six singers, three likembes, accordion, guitar, bass, euphonium and percussion. The basic narrative and formal scheme of the original Requiem is retained: recognizable fragments from it are quoted in almost all the sections. Joy and intense exultation, the power of the ‘groove’ and profound incantations all meet and intermingle with polyphony from many different sources. Five African languages intertwine with the ancient Latin text, and invocations to the ancestors ring out, creating a unique journey towards the hereafter – a journey open to the reality of the world today.

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Image We Look to the Stars
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Image New Songs for Old Souls
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Image A Modern Art
Britains leading female jazz singer, Claire Martin, presents an acerbic look at what it takes to be a jazz musician in the celebrity-obsessed 21st century. The original and contemporary songs on A Modern Art are presented with a cool-edge, tinged with a touch of irony and razor-sharp wit.Originally released in 2009 A Modern Art has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue. A Modern Art is inspired by the tragic death of pioneering jazz musician Esbjörn Svensson, who Claire pays tribute to with a heartfelt rendition of Love Is Real.A Modern Art features songs by the 21st centurys finest writers; Michael Franks, Donald Fagen, Cy Coleman, Rogers & Hart and Rebekka Bakken. Mark Winkler has contributed lyrics to a great Joshua Redman melody on the track lowercase and As We Live and Breathe is by the New York Voices vocalist Lauren Kinhan. Claire Martin successfully creates new jazz classics as she tackles the thorny subject of jazz as a contemporary art form one routed in tradition but as relevant and vibrant as ever. Known as The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin has previously won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards on six separate occasions, an award she was nominated in 2013.Claire Martin has been a driving force behind the UK jazz scene for the past 25 years and in 2011 was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to music. Claire is known to thousands of jazz fans as a presenter of ""Jazz Line-Up"", the flagship jazz show on the UKs Radio Station of the Year, BBC Radio 3.



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Image With a Song In My Heart
A jewel in the crown of British Jazz for many years, but unrecorded since 1994, With a Song in My Heart saw Gill Manly make a welcome and decisive return to the studio.Originally released in 2009 With A Song In My Heart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Gill Manly is a jazz singer who has been described as an amalgam of Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan. Her debut album on Linn, With a Song in My Heart, features performances by trumpeter Guy Barker and singer Mark Murphy.A stalwart of London's live music scene for many years, Gill Manly has returned to the recording studio due to popular demand from champions such as Mark Murphy.With a Song in My Heart reflects a period of maturation and reflection. It is a gentle and flawless selection of jazz standards enhanced by the virtuoso playing of Guy Barker on trumpet.With a Song in My Heart sees Manly reclaim her place amongst the current jazz vocalists who have long cited her as an inspiration and a unique interpreter of the jazz singers vast cannon.Gill Manly has worked with the cream of UK jazz including Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr, Clark Tracey and Robin Aspland, Alec Dankworth and Dave O Higgins.Gill was nominated in the Best Jazz Vocalist category at the British Jazz Awards in 1995.Gill is a regular performer at key jazz venues around London (she was recently invited to honour Dudley Moore at Ronnie Scott's).



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Image Lifejacket
Ian Shaw fulfils his life ambition to release an album of originals in Lifejacket.Originally released in 2008 Lifejacket has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Shaw has been interpreting the great songwriters for most of his career, from Harold Arlen to Fran Landesman, David Bowie to Thom Yorke, then more recently Joni Mitchell, on his highly acclaimed collection, Drawn To All Things. A review of this album posed the question; isn't it time Shaw unlocked his own diary? Lifejacket is an album of highly personal stories and observations, mixing in Ian's love of jazz, folk and classical music. (It is called Lifejacket because of all the pressures to stay afloat in life.)Lifejacket questions the unsteady passage from young man to middle-aged child. Together with co-writer David Preston, Ian explores with humour the themes of drinking, growing older and love; with poignancy the heartache of war; plus a moving tribute to his father: A good and simple man.Songs include Forty-Two, a duet with award-winning singer, Liane Carroll, Love At First Tequila - a Mack The Knife for modern-day London which features the 2007 BBC Best Instrumentalist, Julian Siegel, on sax, and a stunning reworking of Rozz Williams' Flowers, featuring cellist, Gabriella Swallow.Lifejacket cements Shaw's skills as a consummate jazz performer and vocalist, and showcases his hitherto little known talents as an accomplished songwriter.Twice named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw is one of the UK's finest male jazz vocalists. His exciting, edgy and provocative style has made him a popular name both at home and in the States.Shaw has toured extensively in the UK - regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican.



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Image Drawn to all Things
Ian Shaw's debut album on Linn Records is a stunning collection of re-workings of classic and lesser-known songs by his personal heroine Joni Mitchell.Originally released in 2006 Drawn To All Things has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Drawn To All Things includes three songs which had not previously been recorded by anyone other than Joni; Talk to Me, Love Or Money and Stay In Touch.Top jazz vocalists and musicians lend their support; Claire Martin and Lea de Laria on vocals, plus trumpeter Guy Barker and guitarist Jim Mullen.Twice named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian Shaw is one of the UK's finest male jazz vocalists. His exciting, edgy and provocative style has made him a popular name both at home and in the States.Ian has performed with some of the UK's top jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Cleo Laine, as well as fellow Linn artist Barb Jungr.Shaw has toured extensively in the UK - regular venues include the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls, Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club, The Vortex, the Jazz Café and The Barbican.Ian has played at all of the major jazz festivals in the UK including Brecon, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh (where he was nominated for a Perrier Award), Grimsby, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Scarborough, Swanage and St. Ives.Shaw's ongoing and highly popular collaboration is a celebrated duet show with Claire Martin. Together they have toured the world in an intimate duo setting with Shaw playing piano and with the BBC Big Band.



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Image It´s a Nice Thought
Sarah Moule's debut album It's a Nice Thought features 14 songs with lyrics by Fran Landesman and music by Simon Wallace.Originally released in 2002 It's A Nice Thought has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.New York born and raised but London-based for many years, Fran Landesman is a genuine beat survivor and a lyricist with a humorous, lightly ironic touch, a deep humanism and flashes of penetrating insight. Songs she wrote with Tommy Wolf in the 1950s, such as Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most , went on to become standards. The songs on this album were all written in the last few years and encapsulate the gritty realism of modern life.Full of literate, often witty songs that lend themselves perfectly to Sarah's emotionally direct vocal style Simon Wallace has been working closely with Fran for around 8 years producing over 300 songs as well as maintaining a busy career as a jazz pianist and composer.Sarah Moule sings with a combination of gusty swing and sensitivity. Sarah brings to bear her own life experience to sing Fran Landesman's strong words with the self-assurance they require.Since she began performing with her quartet in 2002 Sarah has established a growing reputation as one of Britain's most exciting jazz vocal talents.In 2010 Sarah made her Southbank Centre debut as a featured artist, in A Night Out With Fran Landesman , together with singers Ian Shaw and Gwyneth Herbert, composer Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman herself. The show was reprised for the Art Of Song Festival in 2011.In September 2011 Sarah made her Ronnie Scott's Club debut as a featured artist with Ladies Sing The Blues. She now performs regularly with the Renato D aiello Quartet in Ronnie's Bar.



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Image Take My Heart
With tracks by Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Nick Drake and David Sylvian, Claire Martin takes a rare, and brilliant, side-step from her traditional jazz roots. Originally released in 1999, Take My Heart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. Claire Martin's eclectic taste, originality and flair ensures this foray into pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre, was highly successful. Claire invited Noel Gallagher to play acoustic guitar on Help! whilst other notable contributors include Paul Stacey, Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi,Jeremy Stacey, Jason Rebello and Mornington Lockett. Claire Martin co-wrote a few of the songs on Take My Heart, including Pleading Guilty which is Joni Mitchell-esque in style and Inner City Girl.



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Image Gypsy
Martin Taylor combines his strong, engaging stage presence with his signature style on this spirited live album recorded during his 1997 British tour.Originally released in 1998, Gypsy has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Gypsy finds Martin Taylor and his Spirit of Django band dazzling audiences with a combination of virtuosity, emotion and humor.Together Taylor and the band re-work compositions by Django Reinhardt and tracks the late Gypsy guitarist made famous, such as Chicago and Sweet Sue Just You . The Tipsy Gypsy provides the centrepiece for the engaging opening medley, written by Django collaborator and Bluegrass mandolinist, David Grisman.Taylor has written for many respected jazz performers and for TV and film; the mellow but upbeat Chez Fernand is one of seven original tracks he has contributed to Gypsy.Taylor's acoustic guitar is complemented by strong soloists such as accordion player Jack Emblow and saxophonist Dave O'Higgins.His enviable technique creates a sizzling Ol Man River and he applies a gentle melodic touch to 'I Remember Clifford.'



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Image Sound Of Love (The)
Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith reveals himself to be a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics by two of the most justly celebrated composers in jazz history: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Originally released in 1998 The Sound of Love has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.

'...this is not just another homage to Ellington and Strayhorn, Smith's renderings and keen vision clearly exhibit the obvious notions that Ellington and Strayhorn are embedded in his soul. Pianist Kenny Barron was the perfect choice for this project. His articulate phrasing and heartfelt performances provide the anchor for Smith's rich and multi- textured tenor sax passages.'
(All About Jazz)

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Image Make This City Ours
With a title song by the Brazilian troubadour Milton Nascimento, Make This City Ours was critically acclaimed, culminating in Claire being named ‘Best Vocalist' at the 1997 BBC Jazz Awards.

Originally released in 1997 Make This City Ours has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.

'The album has a vitality essential to jazz, thanks in no small part to an immaculate backing band who sound as though they had as good a time as Martin making this fine album.'
(The Observer)

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Image Years Apart
Martin Taylor's second recording with his Spirit of Django band features a star-studded guest list including the legendary violinist Stéphane Grappelli, plus Britain's leading jazz vocalist Claire Martin and pianist Brian Kellock.Originally released in 1996, Years Apart has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Following the success of the band's debut, Réunion, Years Apart was also released to critical acclaim and public popularity; it won two British Jazz Award categories: Best Guitar and Best Small Group .Taylor and Grappelli's mutual admiration was sparked when, aged 23, the youthful prodigy joined the jazz stalwart's regular touring band; their shared virtuosity and verve drew them together.Inventive with a Gypsy flavour throughout, highlights include the easygoing ballad Going Home Again and the well-crafted Hi Lily, Hi Lo , featuring Claire Martin - a piece rarely heard in a jazz setting.Grappelli sums up the appeal of Years Apart: Martin has managed to capture the true spirit of Django, yet do it in his own style.



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Image Offbeat
offBEAT was recorded live over six days at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in the year Claire Martin won the first of her seven British Jazz Awards for Best Jazz Singer.Originally released in 1995 offBEAT has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. offBEAT features Claire's regular trio of dynamic musicians (comprising pianist Gareth Williams,bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer Clark Tracey) plus special guests guitarist Martin Taylor (Some Other Time), vibraphonist Anthony Kerr (Monk's New Tune and Wishful Thinking) and trombonist Mark Nightingale (I'll Close My Eyes, Comes Love and Something Real). Renowned throughout her career for unusual and adventurous repertoire choices, Claire turns her expressively cool-toned voice to Stevie Wonder's Make Sure You're Sure and Paul Simon's I Do It For Your Love plus Laura Nyro's Buy And Sell. Leonard Bernstein's Some Other Time and Lost In His Arms by Irving Berlin, widely considered one of the greatest song-writers of all time, represent Claire's love of the Great American Songbook.There are also a couple of original songs - Worth The Wait, courtesy of Gareth Williams and Wishful Thinking by producer Joel Siegel and pianist David Newton.



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Image Full Flavour
The Full Flavour,the debut album of Ray Gelato Giants,is Vegas-style Rat Pack Swing at its very best.Originally released in 1995,The Full Flavour has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.Mixing the popular jump n' jive sound of the golden era of swing with Louis Prima influences and the spirit of Harlem,Ray Gelato is a dynamic and charismatic band leader.The set list includes tracks made famous by Louis Prima (That Old Black Magic and a medley of Basin Street Blues and Sleepy Time Down South),Charlie Ventura (Dark Eyes),Dean Martin,Nat King Cole,and a rare up-tempo version of As Time Goes By.Claire Martin, fresh from being named Best Jazz Singer at the 1995 British Jazz Awards is a guest vocalist,whilst band legend Benny Green contributes the booklet note.



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Image Return Journey
Return Journey sees David Newton illustrate his award-winning talents as a composer and jazz pianist through this expressive and heartfelt eclectic solo exploration.Originally released in 1994, Return Journey has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue.His third studio album finds Newton performing a collection of original and improvised works exploring the notion of time. Exuding emotion, power and beauty Return Journey sees Newton create a reflective mood with some hauntingly beautiful moments.



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Image Réunion
In the same year his critically acclaimed solo album, Artistry, topped the UK Jazz Charts for six weeks, Taylor and the legendary violinist Stéphane Grappelli briefly joined forces to make this remarkable duo recording.Originally released in 1993, Réunion has been re-issued as part of Linn s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label s award-winning catalogue.Taylor s signature fingerstyle frames the opening chorus of Drop Me Off At Harlem showcasing the apparently negligent ease with which Taylor supplies harmony, rhythm, linking phrases and supporting melody, all at the same time.The duo s mutual admiration was sparked when, aged 23, Taylor joined Grappelli s regular touring band; their shared virtuosity and verve drew the youthful prodigy and jazz stalwart together.In later life Grappelli s playing had taken on a new ardour and a kind of fearlessness thriving on new material and new collaborations.Grappelli s style finds a perfect echo in Taylor, whose composition Jenna brings out the full luxuriance of Grappelli s tone.



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Image Eye Witness
A master of jazz piano and acknowledged heavyweight of British jazz, David Newtons sophisticated playing is to the fore in his second studio album. Originally released in 1991, Eye Witness has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue.Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Eye Witness sees the award-winning pianist strike the perfect balance between well played standards and upbeat catchy originals.



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Image Don´t Fret!
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, Don't Fret! launched Martin Taylor's remarkable recording career and signature style.Originally released in 1990, Don't Fret! has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.The musicians highly developed degree of unity achieves a finely-tuned sense of give and take that infuses the music with a perfectly proportioned ebb and flow, utilising trio, duo and solo formats.Martin Taylor's fingerstyle guitar playing breathes new life into the Jerome Kern standard, I'm Old Fashioned , whilst Cole Porter's classic, I Love You , benefits from the attention paid to it by Taylor, Green and Ganley.The foursome deliver contemplative explorations of Blue In Green and Moonlight In Vermont , a fusion tinted Latin framed Mugavero and a loose airy groove on Oscar Pettiford s seldom heard Laverne Walk .To close, guitar and piano imbue Newton's You Know It's True with all the tenderness this lovely song deserves.



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Image Victim of Circumstance
Jazz pianist David Newton combines exquisite melodies and perfectly judged improvisations in his acclaimed debut album, Victim of Circumstance.Originally released in 1991, Victim of Circumstance has been re-issued as part of Linns ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the labels award-winning catalogue.Upon release the album received many excellent reviews proclaiming it as a beautifully mature and relaxed collection, a brilliantly accomplished recording and one to be highly recommended.



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Image Time & Place
Time and Place perfectly sums up Claire Martin’s jazz roots beginnings and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. Together Claire and The Montpellier Cello Quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music that encompasses new arrangements from an eclectic group of songwriters including Lennon & McCartney, George Gershwin, David Bowie and Thelonius Monk. With the connections borne of 30 years in the business Claire commissioned imaginative new arrangements, including Joni Mitchell’s ‘Two Grey Rooms’ by renowned composer Mark Anthony Turnage. Pianist Joe Stilgoe guests on his own track ‘Lost For Words’ and delivers a distinctive arrangement of Lennon & McCartney’s ‘She’s Leaving Home’. There are also echoes of The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby’ on a new arrangement of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. Claire’s long-time partnership with Richard Rodney Bennett is acknowledged with both song-writing and arranging credits; ‘Early To Bed’ is quintessential Bennett and Claire gives a heartfelt performance. From album opener via Claire’s own hugely catchy arrangement of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ to the album closer, ‘Goodbye For Now’, Time and Place sees Martin return with renewed vigour to pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre.

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Image Too Much in Love to Care
Widely acclaimed as one of the finest recordings of Claire Martin’s career, Too Much in Love to Care (Claire Martin sings with Kenny Barron) was named ‘Best New Album’ at the 2013 British Jazz Awards and ‘One of the Best Albums of 2012’ by Jazz History Online. Upon its release, Too Much in Love to Care received several five star reviews with Jazz Times describing her vocal talent equal to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn, two of Claire’s idols. Too Much in Love to Care is a collection of classic romantic songs and beautiful ballads from The Great American Songbook including Gershwin’s Embraceable You and How Long Has This Been Going On? and the title track from Sunset Boulevard. Too Much in Love to Care was recorded in New York and guest stars Kenny Barron, ‘one of the top jazz pianists in the world’ (LA Times) alongside bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The chemistry was immediate and many of the tracks were recorded in just one take, remarkable as it was the first time Claire and Kenny had played together.

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Image Every Grain of Sand: Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Barb Jungr’s Every Grain of Sand has deservedly become known as a modern cult classic and has won the singer a dedicated fan base around the world. Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook and entered the Top 10 ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ lists in The Sunday Times and The Telegraph whilst the Wall Street Journal described it as ‘…the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.’ Jungr’s revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan’s lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work. The album’s many fans include actor Jeremy Irons who named it one of his must-have albums on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Jungr’s passion for the material and her clever musicality ensure that everyone will find something to enjoy on this limited edition album. This album prompted more than a decade of Dylan performances with a Barbican tribute alongside Billy Bragg and Odetta, a highlight. Jungr is supporting the release with a ten date UK tour in 2017. Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. One of the country’s finest interpreters of contemporary song Jungr is always original and inventive with a voice that has drawn comparisons with Nina Simone and Peggy Lee. Jungr has won rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award). Jungr was recently shortlisted for a Manhattan Cabaret Award for Best Celebrity Artist and Best Vocalist by the London Cabaret Awards. Jungr’s acclaimed releases and unforgettable live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world.

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