Photos taken from a concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club March 2016 in London. A very photogenic crew in my humble opinion. Enjoy please.
Lucinda Belle is an artist who has produced an album and played numerous concerts over the last few years but who has been a little quiet this last 12 months.
This week March 2016 she played two nights at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean street London and was simply amazing. Her new music sounds fresh and interesting and she is one the artists that genuinely sound better live than on recordings.
Her performance was inspirational and the music excellent. The only critiscism was that I could have listened to another few hours of music.
The Pizza Expresss venue is in my opinion the worst place to photgraph in the whole world and I will devote a separate blog to that in due course, but maybe one of the best to hear live music. Her band are also superb and I have had the pleasure of hearing Sheldon Conrich and Philipp Groyssboeck play many times in the LBO.
Enjoy some of these shots from the other night.
Ray Shell is an African-American film, TV and stage actor, as well as an author, director and producer. He is famous for creating the roles of Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe and Rusty in Starlight Express. He is a Creative Director of the Giant Olive Theatre Company, resident Company at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town.
His theatre credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Gone with the Wind, Miss Saigon and The Lion King.
I had the pleasure recently to see him sing at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, an awesome venue. his repertoire was incredible, his persona interesting and not a trace of arrogance, only humility. His voice too was good. Enjoy these photos.
This is the third time that I have had the priviledge of seeing the LBO this year and the second at this same venue. On a miserable wet rainy night the venue was packed and LBO gave another excellent performance. Lucinda Belle is like a lead guitarist and singer except she has no guitar. Her instrument is the Harp which she plays sometimes slow and melodically and sometimes like a rock musician. This band are excellent and deserve to become famous. They sit on that cusp where their fans fill the venues but more media attention is needed. Perhaps the next album due out in early 2013 will do this. the songs from the new album are going to be even better than their first album and last night certainly were played with more emotion. The set was superb, the musicians were superb and sometimes there is a danger of forgetting that a whole band produces the amazing sound. Sheldon Conrich stood out last night not only as a singer, but also as a vocalist he is not too shabby either. He has great stage presence. This was a great set that we all enjoyed. I guess we all need to spread the word and tell others that this band is worth listening to. LBO play a few ( 2 in fact last night) covers, but really a few other bands would do well to play covers of the LBO songs.
The LBO sometimes has a different line-up due to space restrictions and no doubt monetary ones too but the sound is always the same. Great band, great evening and great chance that they will move onwards and upwards. A word of advice. If you get the chance go and see this band. They are on the cusp of achieving something special. I really hope they just fall over that cusp and end up being as famous as they deserve. Shame that none of the newspapers reported this concert today, shame for them that is.
A word of advice. If you get the chance go and see this band. They are on the cusp of achieving something special. I really hope they just fall over that cusp and end up being as famous as they deserve. Shame that none of the newspapers reported this concert today, shame for them that is.
I can make no apologies for re-visiting how wonderful this venue is to listen to music, although I struggle to consider the Lucinda Belle Orchestra as jazz, but maybe that is my jazz knowledge limitation. A few photographs to go with the many I posted last week really just to demonstrate how close to the music one is. There is also something that I disagreed with all of my party over. For me the pianist is an almost exact copy of Matt Smith AKA Dr who. Enjoy.
Occasionally one gets lucky with music. About a year ago my eldest daughter told me ( as she usually does) to listen to a CD by a band that I had not heard of. The drive home was about an hour and I listened, and listened and have not really stopped listening. Her presence on the social media front has been sporadic and the occcasional tweet sometimes informed that a gig was imminent. A month ago we were lucky to see her at the TurnerSims concert hall at Southampton university and there we learned that she was playing a 3-night residency at Jazz Club Pizza Express in Soho. Last night for a mere 15£ we went along. Just to be clear that this is the downstairs of a Pizza Express that has a club that unsurprisingly sells pizzas. The furthest table away is maybe 15 metres and the nearest literally less than a few inches. Acoustics are great, atmosphere is buzzy and prices not at all exhorbitant, bottlw of wine 17£ ( central london prices are often far more).
The music. Magical. She played a lot of songs from her album and a couple from her new EP, and a few new songs as the band are currently hovering in a studio somewhere and after the concert Lucinda told us that towards the end of this year we can expect more gigs. This girl is not just good but special. Her music is original and enchanting and varies sometimes to the pop end and then back down to what she called something like ” gypsy rock”. I am not sure why we have not heard more of her. She is 38years. Are her concerts and albums well marketed? In my humble opinion, no. When I compare the plethora of tweets from artistes like Tim Minchin and Kyla La Grange, who flog their concerts easily and then of course get the online social media feedback, her presence is minimal, but can be corrected.
All I can say is go and buy her album and follow this band online. Although Lucinda Belle fronts the band, and plays harp on most songs, she does relax and do vocals only on a few. Her band line up does seem to change but last night they totalled 7 members including Bass, guitar, keyboards ( a Matt Smith look alike), drummer etc.
Photos all taken without flash using ISO speeds of 12500-25000 so grainy shots as you expect.