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Tina May & Nikki Iles

Tina May is one of the UK’s finest jazz singers. Recognised as a musician as much as she is for being an outstanding interpreter of lyrics, she is completely in command of her material. Her relationship with pianist Nikki Iles is particularly special, and has created an understanding which is much more than that of singer and accompanist: they’re a team who respond to each spontaneously and create magic in the moment. The songs they present range widely from afterhours intimacy to uptempo swingers, from the Great American Songbook to the chanson of Edith Piaf (May is a fluent French speaker) to blues and bossa nova and into the pop-rock-soul  canon of Earth Wind & Fire and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen. Add to their musicianship a natural and completely engaging onstage personality and May’s knowledgeable and witty between song chat, and you have an evening of jazz that’s superbly satisfying and thoroughly entertaining.

 3rd September, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £10, concession £8

Jay Kilbride Ternion Trio

Glasgow bassist Jay Kilbride leads his trio featuring Fat-Suit’s Scott Murphy (sax – and whistle), Chris Whitehouse (drums) and joining them is long-time Scottish jazz hero Chick Lyall on piano. They will play original compositions in the ECM Records European jazz tradition. The band name, from the Sanskrit meaning ‘by, with or from 4’, reflects the collaborative nature of the music. Expect strong melodies energetic with dynamic group interplay.

10th September, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £10, concession £8

Elliot Galvin Trio

The Blue Lamp hosts Emilia Martensson and Barry Green following a great performance at the London Jazz Festival. Over the last decade, Emilia has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene. But you won’t find her simply churning out hackneyed jazz standards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.Mårtensson is reunited with bright young UK pianist Barry Green, with whom she recorded her albums. Tonight you will hear the duo play songs from both these albums, which continues to blur the lines between Jazz/Folk and Alt- Pop and contains both original compositions as well as their own interpretations of songs by Paul Simon, James Taylor, Jacques Brel and others.

17th September, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £10, concession £8