Shirley Smart is equally at home and well versed in jazz, folk, Middle Eastern and World Music. Building on her acclaimed debut album Long Story Short, she now extends her trio to a sextet, and presents a new programme drawing on the evocative world of Middle Eastern melodies, dance grooves and jazz improvisation.
She is joined by a line-up of some of London’s leading jazz musicians, all of whom also have shared interests in music from around the world, and their intersections with jazz.
Shirley Smart Cello
Tim Quicke Trumpet
James Arben Tenor Sax/Flute
John Crawford Piano
Liran Donin Bass
Demi Garcia Sabat Drums/Percussion
Originally trained under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guildhall School of Music and Janos Starker in Paris, Shirley subsequently moved to Jerusalem where she studied and performed and absorbed the rich and overlapping worlds of North African, Arabic, Turkish and Balkan music as well as jazz, working with some of the region’s leading artists, including Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital, Khaled Jubran, Sabreen and Yasmin Levy. Her debut album Long Story Short, released in 2018, was critically acclaimed, and she has since performed at festivals around the UK and Europe, including the London Jazz Festival, and Vivacello, Moscow. Highlights in 2020 included Biennale Festival at Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Birmingham Jazz Festival and a UK tour.
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