Platinum-selling singer brings her trio to perform their expanded and intimate Songs From Other Places to London in April
Following her sold-out residency at Ronnie Scott’s in the spring of 2022, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artist, Stacey Kent, returns to the London club for another run of fully booked dates in April with saxophonist/composer/arranger, Jim Tomlinson and pianist, Art Hirahara, to present more Songs From Other Places.
Songs From Other Places is a captivating and eclectic collection of voice and piano duets that originated when “I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again”, written for her by Nobel Prize-winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Jim Tomlinson, was the most requested song during 2020 at the height of lockdown. A remote recording project spawned an album and is now a hugely successful worldwide touring project which brings Stacey together with her two closest and longest-running musical associates.
“Some music seems fated to match a moment in time. SONGS FROM OTHER PLACES provides that level of sublime solace for ours… Stacey Kent’s clear-as-light vocals and Art Hirahara’s lyrical piano make their duo outing exactly “what the world needs now.” JAZZ TIMES
The now expanding repertoire of Songs From Other Places is an exploration of the themes of place, belonging, and the transformative power of travel. It includes songs by Paul Simon, Jobim, Weil & Gershwin, Lennon & McCartney, Stevie Nicks, plus new Tomlinson & Ishiguro originals, all performed in Stacey’s intoxicating style and a fusion of Romance languages.
With over 2 million album sales, approaching half a billion streams on Spotify and a host of awards including ‘Best Vocal Album’ for I Know I Dream (Sony) at the 2018 Jazz Japan Awards, and ‘Best Vocal Performance’ at the 2022 Jazz Music Awards for ‘Songs From Other Places’, Kent continues to grow as an artist and performer.
As always, Ronnie Scott’s is a homecoming for Stacey Kent, and in keeping with the performances along her worldwide tour so far, these sold-out performances, from April 12th to the 16th, are sure to enthrall once again!
“Stacey Kent’s annual residencies are more than just a highlight in our calendar,” Fred Nash, Managing Director of Ronnie Scott’s, noted, “she is part of the fabric of the club. Over the years the club has forged strong bonds with artists such as Stacey where it is like a relative coming to visit for their annual trip, and we believe the audiences feel exactly the same. A consummate artist, and with so many wonderful albums in her back catalog. Still, Stacey always brings new material to her shows and she has the audience hanging on her every note.”
Speaking ahead of the show, Stacey said: “I’m thrilled to return to Ronnie Scott’s. We’ve played there for so many years, and it’s always special with great energy, and the room reverberates with history. Ronnie’s is a destination venue, and people come from around the world to see us there. During the early years of my career, I would go and see some of my favorite artists perform there. When I finally got to perform there myself, Ronnie and Pete, the club’s original owners, were incredibly supportive, and so Ronnie’s has always felt like a musical home for me. It’s a great privilege to share my music there, and London, I can’t wait to be with you all again! And for all those who could not get tickets, we’re already working on our next set of dates at Ronnie’s, so check back soon.”
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club is located in the heart of Soho, London. Their world-famous venue has hosted legendary performers such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ray Charles, making it a unique and truly special place to experience live music. With a capacity of only 300 people per night, Stacey’s concerts of selection of Songs From Other Places with Jim and Art will be the ultimate of intimate affairs.