Lunchtime Jazz: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie
Friday 19th August 1pm
Lunchtime Jazz | Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie
Live | £7
Doors open 12:30pm
Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart and Gloria Gaynor.
After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz. Having signed to London-based jazz label, Lateralize Records, she recently received a raft of rapturous reviews for Weathering The Storm, her debut with guitarist, Jamie McCredie. The Guardian dubbed it ‘a little gem of an album: simple, modest and perfect,’ whilst BBC 6 Music’s Iggy Pop fell in love with her voice, calling her “a very fine jazz singer.”
Beyond the mellifluous perfection of her chocolate and cream voice, there is always a beautifully bruised intimacy at the very heart of Jo Harrop’s music. It’s almost as if she’s staring directly into your soul when she sings
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, over the last few years Jamie has cemented his reputation as one of the UK's busiest and most versatile guitarists. In 2001 Jamie won BBC Radio's Guitarist of the Year competition before studying music full time, gaining two separate Masters of Music qualifications; The first in contemporary composition (Newcastle University 2003), and the second in jazz performance & arranging (Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2009).
Jamie has featured live & on record with a multitude of other artists including 2017 BGT winner Tokio Myers, The 2017 X-Factor final for Kevin Davy, Una Healy (The Saturdays), Will Young, Nell Bryden, Simple Minds, Jools Holland, Melody Gardot, Kid Creole, and many more. His guitar playing and arrangements have featured in many dramas and film scores around the world, and he frequently contributes to international radio & TV.