Great news - I've been booked for some tour dates in Tuscany, Italy. Love Italy and all things Italian so I'm really looking forward to it! I'll be working with some great musicians, the Daniele Gorgone Trio.
23 July - La Spezia
24 July - Livorno
25 July - Pisa
26 July - Rosignano Marittimo (at a festival taking place at the beautiful Castello Pasquini pictured above)
Closer to home, I had a lovely time at my first performance in Derby. We performed a family-friendly show of Spellbound Stories organised by excellent musician/promoter Corey Mwamba who is doing such great things for jazz, especially in Derby. It had been a while (since October last year) that we'd played the songs and I'm so excited that we'll be performing them again very soon for the launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club on 18 June. Tickets are available here:
More good news - the PledgeMusic target was achieved! Thanks so much to everyone who pledged. I appreciate it a lot. You can still pre-order the album and other exclusives up until the release date of 22 June. And remember, 10 per cent goes to Amnesty International. Just click the link below:
I was very happy to learn that Forbidden Fruit (the track inspired by Alice Walker's "The Color Purple") was played on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line Up by Julian Joseph at the beginning of this month. And there was a mention about the album release in the June edition of UK magazine Jazzwise. Exciting to have received the first bit of press and some radio play for the album!