PREVIEW: The Royal Bopsters at Pizza Express Jazz Club (3 July 2017)

The Royal Bopsters
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The queens and kings of jazz vocal harmony are coming to town. Peter Bacon previews.

Torchbearers for the honourable art of jazz vocalese, The Royal BopstersAmy London, Holli Ross, Pete McGuiness and Dylan Pramuk – begin a brief European tour with a night at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London, next Monday, 3 July, before they fly on to Austria.

The quartet is multi-generational and comprisess some of the finest singers working in New York, with CVs that also include academic posts, lyric-writing and producing of Grammy-nominee stature. Their 2016 album, The Royal Bopsters Project, featured the group with guests Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Bob Dorough and Sheila Jordan, and was very well received by the critics. (REVIEW)

Allen Morrison, writing in Downbeat, said: “Extraordinary… The Royal Bopsters Project vividly makes the case for a revival of the art of vocalese.”

For their London date they are accompanied by Nikki Iles on piano, Mark Hodgson and bass and Rod Youngs on drums.

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