PRESS RELEASE, March 2004 Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme
Liane Carroll Trio + support, National Tour, May 2004.
Line Up: Liane Carroll - piano and vocals Roger Carey - bass Mark Fletcher - drums
Plus supporting band, The Sue Richardson Trio: Sue Richardson - vocals and trumpet Andy Drudy - guitar Neal Richardson - piano
Biography: Splash Point Records UK - SpringTour 2004
Liane Carroll - piano and vocals Hastings-based Liane Carroll has an international reputation for her powerful and passionate performances. Both Liane's parents were singers and she has been playing the piano since she was three, performing as a professional pianist and singer since the age of fifteen. She has worked with big band line-ups and is in great demand at British and international festivals and as a regular at Ronnie Scott's in London. In 1988 she joined 'Moire Music' a contemporary jazz group led by composer/saxophonist Trevor Watts - and toured the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, New Zealand and India. She also worked with Watts' freeform "Drum Orchestra", with Belgian based jazz fusion band "Urbanised" and with "Voices from Somewhere" a contemporary choir led by pianist Veryan Weston and singer Phil Minton. Liane has had her own trio since 1987 and in 1989 they teamed up with trumpeter Dave Holdsworth for a lengthy stint of jazz club gigs and a CD release "Ten Day Simon". In a more blues-oriented venture she helped produce the music for an ITV mini movie "Palmer" and was seen performing in the nightclub sequence of that drama. She has also been involved in projects such as the pop rock band "Ten Seconds and Counting" and Harvey Brough's close harmony R'n'B. Her compositions are used worldwide. At the other end of the musical spectrum she has been touring New Zealand with the seminal live drum'n'bass outfit London Elektricity. The tour celebrates Liane's new sell-out CD Billy no Mates on SplashPointRecords.com, which is already into its second pressing - only five months since its release.
Mark Fletcher - drums A former pupil of percussion guru Max Abrams, Mark worked in clubs, bars, theatres, sessions, cruises until the mid-eighties, when he became in-house drummer at Ronnie Scott's. Dizzie Gillespie, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Mark Murphy, Tim Garland, Flora Purim, Norma Winstone, Georgie Fame, James Moody, Cedar Walton and Teddy Edwards are just some of the many artists that this exciting drummer has worked with.
Bass Guitar - Roger Carey Liane is joined on the tour by her husband Roger Carey, a fine bass player and singer in his own right. Born in Hastings, Roger is a self-taught virtuoso player, who started in rock and graduated to jazz, working with hundreds of the UK's finest players. He has toured the U.S. and Europe in various bands including Trevor Watts' Celebration Band, Jacqui Dankworth's Field of Blue, and with others including Long John Baldry.
The Sue Richardson Trio Sue Richardson is an unusual combination of jazz vocalist and trumpet player, one of just a few female singer/trumpet players worldwide. Her trumpet contrasts wonderfully with her smooth vocals. She began performing at an early age, touring with big bands by the age of 16. She has vast musical experience - from singing at the Last Night of the Proms to playing trumpet in free jazz recordings for the BBC. With her pianist husband, Sue has spent many years touring the world, gigging in a huge variety of countries and cultures from Brazil to the Middle East to Korea. Her repertoire includes jazz standards, latin numbers and original compositions, from breath-takingly gentle vocal ballads to sassy, swinging trumpet. She has appeared with jazz greats George Chisholm and Don Lusher. In 2002 Sue was chosen as a finalist at the Marion Montgomery Jazz Diva Awards. Sue's debut quintet album is due for release in early 2004 and will include many of her own witty and touching compositions 'Out of a Song' is being released on SplashPointRecords.com to coincide with the Tour.
Andy Drudy - guitar Having studied at the Musicians Institute in L.A. with Ron Eschete, Londoner Andy is a busy UK session guitarist, and film/TV composer. Tour/gig credits range from Gail Thompson to The London Philharmonic, taking in reggae singer Freddie MacGregor, Zeke Manyika (ex-Orange Juice) and 'Friends' TV show along the way. He is a regular contributor to 'Total Guitar' Magazine and co-producer of Liane's album 'Billy No Mates'.
Neal Richardson - piano Neal studied at Goldsmiths and also with Chris Wilson and Nick Weldon in London. After 5 years playing in 33 countries around the world doing hotel and cruise ship residencies with his wife Sue, he has settled once again in the UK and works both as a solo piano/vocalist and in various jazz ensembles. He also runs Impromptu band and Splash Point Records, for which he is the Executive Producer of Liane's sell-out album 'Billy No Mates'.
Liane Carroll: "Without a doubt one of my all time favourites. She has a remarkable delivery, powerful and soulful but at the same time she can sing a ballad to make you cry. And a personality to die for (one of the most entertaining performers we have here)." Steve Rubie, 606 Jazz Club, London
Sue Richardson: "A singer to watch out for" - Claire Martin "Great phrasing and feel" - Anita Wardell