It all started with a private concert for Prince William....
It all started with a private jazz concert at Windsor Castle for Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Prince William on the eve of the Prince’s engagement to Kate Middleton. Grammy nominated guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns had been spotted by British TV mogul Michael Parkinson, a man responsible for launching the careers ofDiana Krall and Michael Buble. And that’s when it got interesting……
JOE PASS & ELLA FITZGERALD
You see Martin Taylor had already achieved Top 10 jazz albums in both the UK and US but when he decided to record an album inspired by the intimate 1960’s duo recordings of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald there was only one singer he wanted to work with. Yes, Martin had already recorded with some of the world’s leading interpreters of The Great American Songbook including
- Peggy Lee
- Dianne Schuur
- Dionne Warwick
But for this new project the collaborator he wanted was a singer who had already played London’s Royal Albert Hall and the communist party headquarters in Shanghai but had rarely toured North America. So let me explain….
From Scotland to Detroit
Surrounded by the surfeit of little girl voices prevalent in jazz today, it’s almost a relief to encounter a mature but flexible voice like that of Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns’. Brought up in Scotland’s equivalent of Detroit, Alison grew up drawing inspiration from the recordings of jazz greats like Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. From her humble beginnings the flame-haired jazz singer built a loyal fanbase as she toured festivals, clubs and concert halls in Europe, Canada, Australia and the Far East. Her 2007 debut album on an independent jazz label received the kind of accolades normally reserved for big budget albums including:
Jazz Rag Magazine
'She has the ability, rare in all but the best jazz singers, to make even the most frequently heard, over-recorded standards sound fresh and interesting.'
Now Here Comes The Good Part...
In 2014 Martin Taylor & Alison Burns will hit the road and play a series of shows in North America as part of a worldwide tour to promote their latest album 1:AM.
The album, produced by legendary producer Tony Platt (Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Buddyy Guy) takes its inspiration from the Grammy award winning collaboration between Joe Pass & Ella Fitzgerald, mixing repertoire from the The Great American Songbook with contemporary material from James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
To enquire about availability for this tour please contact:
Shows already confirmed or previously played
- Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York
- International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, Toronto
- Royal Albert Hall, London
- Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, Scotland
- City Winery, New York
- Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok
- Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London
- Ancona Jazz Festival, Italy
- Penang Island Jazz Festival
There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. Her debut album, Kissing Bug, released in March 2007 was received with universal acclaim and became the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10. So far she has played in far-flung destinations such as Tokyo, New York, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai and guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Big Band. When not on the road she divides her time between Vancouver, Canada and Le Marche, Italy.
Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton have seen him garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’ by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.
On Martin Taylor
“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable” - Pat Metheny
“THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine>
“No matter how complex or daring, Taylor’s interpretations never short change the melodies; indeed, his remarkable fluid touch embues a seamless beauty. Martin Taylor is something to behold.” - The Washington Post
On Alison Burns
“Burns confirms her pedigree with the lightest of touches – imperceptibly hurrying a word here, stretching another into a soft hoot, stretching a sound into a whispered glissando.” - John Fordham, The Guardian
“Burns has a honeyed and assured voice” - Clive Davis, The Times