Louise Parker Quartet
with Jonathan Gee on piano
Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6RQ Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm. This is a seated event.
Bar meals are available, ordering advised. Checkout their menu here
Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay
Louise Parker grew up in a house filled with music from the folk, opera and calypso loved by her Jamaican mother, and the extensive collection of Blue Note and Atlantic jazz and blues records played by her father. She came late to singing, after being encouraged by a friend, and after gaining confidence when she studied performing arts in Plymouth.
Louise has played at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Glastonbury Festival Jazz stage in 2005, and after sending in her album (“No More Strangers” featuring Alan Barnes on tenor sax), which was played by Humphrey Lyttleton on his “Best of Jazz” radio show on Radio Two. He subsequently invited her to play with him and his band at The Bull’s Head Barnes. She was the last singer to record with him at his studio in London – “Cornucopia 3”
“On all the normal counts of what makes a good jazz singer, Louise Parker seems to qualify; clear diction, fine projection, warmth, a feel for the lyrics and, most all, she seems to give every song the right ‘weight’.” Just Jazz
“There’s no substitute for good time and tone… Tender or wild, her voice never lost its warmth and her phrasing had an in-built propulsion rarely heard from others.” Jack Massarik London Evening Standard