100 YEARS OF CRAZY BLUES!

It's been 100 years since the first blues record was cut & there's been a whole lotta crazy-good blues since then! West End Diva, Simone Craddock, & her badass blues band led by Fringe-fave, Adrian Galante, smash out the hottest & hilarious hits of the last century! The best of Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash & more! From the spirituals of the Deep South, to Gospel, Country & Rock n Roll, no-one can resist the hip-swaying, whiskey-toting, laughter & lure of the blues!

Simone Craddock - Vocals 
Adrian Galante - Piano
Danny Moss Jnr - Bass

Mike Perkins - Drums

NINA, LOVE SIMONE

She was revered by millions for her virtuosity & definitive renditions of 'Feeling Good', 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' and 'I Put A Spell On You'. But how did little Eunice Wayman, with her dreams of becoming a concert pianist, overcome a life of adversity to become one of the most important voices in American history?
Simone joins forces with award-winning, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Galante to explore the inspiring life and music of The High Priestess of Soul.

WORLD PREMIERE AT PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2020!

TRANSATLANTIC JAZZ

Swing across the pond with lovingly reimagined jazz and blues standards from the likes of George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Dankworth and Sammy Davis Jnr. Get your Bossa on as we dance by the beaches of Brazil via the sounds of the Caribbean. Waltz up the coast of Africa to the Nordic Fjords, and re-live the British Invasion as much-loved hits are spun inventively into the jazz canon, such as The Beatles, Kate Bush, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin. A transatlantic journey of ridiculously good music.

THE GREAT BRITISH SONGBOOK

The best of British jazz & blues from the likes of Shearing, Noble, Coward and Chaplin. Classic hits from Bush, Costello & The Beatles, to Radiohead, Winehouse and Bowie. All lovingly re-imagined into the jazz cannon with Simone's 'clever and unique stamp" (London Jazz News). Expect anecdotes of British legends, original compositions inspired during her time in the UK, and as always, Simone's irrepressible sense of humour!

GREAT AMERICAN EVERYTHING

Simone pays homage to the hallowed ground of Berlin, Porter, Gershwin, Ellington, Lady Day and Ella, and extending the repertoire to include those later greats…Bernstein, Sondheim, Randy Newman, Elvis and quite possibly some Stevie Wonder, Beach Boys, Gloria Gaynor and where IS the line?! 

As always, delivered tastefully from a platform of genre-fluid jazz, and nearly always in the key of fun!

BIRTH OF THE BLUES

From the traditional spirituals of the Deep South, to country, rock n roll and blues-feel standards, no one can resist the rhythmic lure and laughter of the blues! Simone and her band trace the historical highlights of the most influential genre of all time with toe-tapping, whiskey-toting, hip-swaying songs made famous by  the likes of Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles,  Amy Winehouse and Elvis Costello. Spiced up with Simone's originals and served with a saucy side of storytelling...best leave the kids at home for this one, it gets a little blue in places!

SWINGIN' ELLA

Simone & her trio celebrate the great Ella Fitzgerald, drawing from her prolific songbook of hits such as 'Too Darn Hot', 'Beginning to See the Light', 'Every Time We Say Goodbye' and 'Tisket A Tasket'. Simone re-imagines the classics and unearths forgotten treasures in this timeless salute to the life and music of the First Lady of Song.

JAZZ ON FILM

Simone pays homage to the classic films that popularized the jazz standards we know and love today, and unearths forgotten treasures from the Hollywood archives! Follow the journey of Jazz from the first talkie in 1927 right up to contemporary releases, via the music of Ellington, Gershwin, Porter & Berlin, as heard in Casablanca, When Harry Met Sally, Round Midnight and Miles Ahead! Songs made famous by Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday and Doris Day are but a few of the gems you'll re-discover in this nostalgic look at Jazz on Film!

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