Voice, style and presence – she’s got it all! Humphrey Lyttelton
Esther Miller was born in Port Elizabeth, studied medicine in Cape Town before giving in to ‘the lure of jazz’ and becoming one of South Africa’s leading singers. Having established her reputation in South Africa she settled in England in 2000.
Esther went on to build a reputation in the UK as a jazz singer in the classic mould, bringing technique and sensitive interpretation to songs ranging from ballads to bop, from sultry to swinging. As well as numerous UK festival appearances – at Swanage, Swindon, Isle of Wight, Lockerbie, Cheltenham, and Birmingham International – Esther performs regularly at clubs and concert halls around the UK.
Esther’s musicians have included some of the UK’s best – guest musicians Karen Sharp and Mark Nightingale, for example – and for her visit to CJC her accompanists are outstanding.
On trumpet and flugelhorn will be Steve Waterman, who has led his own quartet since turning professional in the early 1980s and worked with Michael Garrick, Dave O’Higgins, Don Rendell, John Surman, and in numerous other bands.
Pianist Steve Melling has worked in several bands led by Clark Tracey, in Martin Drew’s New Couriers, and with Alan Skidmore, Pete King, and singer Claire Martin. He also leads his own successful trio.
Bassist Zoltan Dekany was born in Hungary, gained a BMus degree in Austria, and. moved to Los Angeles to study for a Masters degree. After several years in LA, playing jazz and teaching, Zoltan settled in the UK in 2001. Alongside his post as Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music he has worked with Jamie Cullum, Pete King, Scott Hamilton, Don Weller, and many others.
Singled out for his great talent and dependability drummer John Perry is a member of the Karen Sharp Quintet that played at CJC in March 2007 and at JITC 2008 festival, August 29. Among the many other people he has worked with are Anita Wardell, Clare Teal, Pete King, Steve Waterman, and Jim Mullen.
All meetings start at 7.45pm - doors open at 6.30pm