A new album is out next week for vocalist, piano player and
songwriter - and Trinity Laban jazz alumnus - Joe Stilgoe.
Joe says "We look to the stars" is "...much more punchy, reflecting my early taste for Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Waller, through to Billy Joel, Elton John, Brian Wilson and Stevie Wonder, with a little bit of Nat Cole and Harry Connick Jr thrown in for good measure. At the same time I've had the chance to listen to some amazing music, people like Elbow, Bon Iver, Laura Marling and Adele, which all seeped in to the process somehow. I've been writing a ton of songs, and though not kicking jazz away, I'm using that great feel from jazz and swing records and hopefully updating my sound."
The album has already caught the ear of a few high profile fans including designer Christian Louboutin, who used Joe's song 'We Should Kiss' as the centrepiece for his acclaimed "Feu" show at Le Crazy Horse in Paris.
Fans include Sir Michael Parkinson, who said of Joe - "...a truly remarkable singer songwriter, not to mention outstanding piano player... I thank you for creating that most exciting of moments when, as a lover of good music, you know you have seen and heard something remarkable."
Sir John Dankworth commented - "Not since Oscar Peterson's halcyon days have I heard a jazz piano player who could be compared to such a great artist in both technique and inspiration."
The album will be released on 2 July and available from Amazon.