PERCUSSION MAESTRO Steve Rushton and jazz and big band vocalist Louise Cookman present a new show celebrating the music of jazz legends Anita O’Day and Gene Krupa; a five piece band features in a dynamic show to coincide with the launch of their latest album, entitled “Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat”.
The project is an exploration and re-imagining of the music that Anita performed and recorded with the iconic drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa, along with insights into theturbulent lives of the explosive Krupa and the equally fiery and determined Miss O’Day.
Louise Cookman is an acclaimed singer with a unique quality of phrasing, warmth and vibrancy, combined with a love of communicating with a live audience and a sheer joy in performing. Louise started her career as a dance band and big band vocalist, specialising in the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s; she was the vocalist with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for over five years, she was a regular guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and over the past few years has had the pleasure of touring the UK as guest vocalist with the great Ken Peplowski and the BBC Big Band, as well as with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.
She has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, appeared in Period TV Drama, performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls and made countless concert and cabaret appearances throughout the UK and Europe. She was recently also the featured vocalist on “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet” and “Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days”, both for BBC4 television.
Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Steve Rushton has become one of the UK’s busiest and most in demand drummers, with an impressive list of credits to his name. A flamboyant and stylish performer, he is perhaps best known currently for his work with Imelda May, touring the world as a member of her band, featuring on her last three number one albums, and on the Grammy nominated Jeff Beck album and DVD, Rock ‘n’ Roll Party (Honouring Les Paul).
“….singing sultry vocals that sit perfectly amid the rich settings of the band” – Alyn Shipton, The Times