Plymouth-based jazz and soul singer Louise Parker will bring her Jazz Quartet to ThePlough@StAnne’s, Barnstaple on Saturday June 11 at 8pm.
Louise had a great career, including a coveted place at Glastonbury, and also supported the legendary late jazz musician Humphrey Lytellton.
Louise said: “I sent Humphrey my CD ‘No more Strangers’ in 2008, and he played it on his Radio 2 program. Then he called me and said he would like me to plays with him in London.
“After a few gigs at Bulls Head Barnes he asked me to record with him at his studio in London. He was witty, funny and charming in equal measure.
“It was a day I will never forget. He promised to take me with him on his next tour and said he wanted me to be ‘known’ on the jazz circuit.
“Unfortunately about two months later Humph died in hospital so it never happened. I was invited to his funeral at East Finchley Crematorium.
“There were so many people there, people had to stand outside the chapel.”
Growing up in a home filled with music, from the folk, calypso and opera enjoyed by her Jamaican-born mother to the trad, swing and bebop of her jazz-obsessed father.
Singer Louise Parker, aptly named Louis Armstrong, was born to create the kind of soulful sound that earned her a great reputation in the jazz world.
She is joined by her extremely accomplished and talented quartet for an evening that is sure to be filled with exceptional music.
Tickets for all shows and events can be purchased at www.theploughartscentre.org.uk or through the box office on 01805 624624.