“The Music of Melissa Cantzlaar"
The Meredith White Trio
Entry Requirements: Under 18s to be accompanied by an appropriate adult
“The Music of Melissa Cantzlaar": Featuring Meredith White, piano, Dave Jones, bass, Winston Clifford, drums, together with the vocals of Madeleine Jones and special guests. Melissa Cantzlaar was a wonderful soul and jazz vocalist, composer, sister, daughter and friend who was sadly taken from us in March 2018. She deeply touched the lives of many musicians in the London area with her music, her personality and her gift. She captivated audiences with her talent which also carried over into her love of song writing and music production. Working with draft demos of Melissa’s music tonight’s musicians plus a number of special guests are preparing Melissa’s music for a CD to be released later in 2019 and tonight will be the first performance of many of these songs. Profits from the event will support the CD project and it is planned that any monies from the CD will pass to charities supporting treatment and research into cancer. New Zealand born pianist and teacher Meredith White worked closely with Melissa as she developed many of her songs. Winston Clifford is one of the UK’s most respected jazz drummers having consistently played with the cream of UK jazz throughout his career. His wonderfully supportive and textural playing has been by Carleen Anderson, Stanley Turrentine, Archie Shepp and Freddie Hubbard among others. Bassist Dave Jones also supported Melissa as she developed a number of her songs and they recorded a number of demos together which form the inspiration for much of tonight’s music. Madeleine Jones is an emerging talent on piano and voice performing and composing in ensembles across jazz and contemporary genres. 8.00pm Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door and NUS £5
The Meredith White Trio
The Meredith White Trio brings a wide range of repertoire and styles to the classic jazz piano trio format and delivers with a depth of expression and creativity. Expect original compositions alongside old and new jazz standards (from soul and pop repertoire), through swing, Latin and funk grooves and textures influenced by the band leader’s classical background.
The trio includes drummer Paul Cavaciuti and bassist Dave Jones, each bandleaders in their own right, who complement and support while bringing a unique voice to their roles.