Our penultimate gig of the season is a night of firsts – three artists all making their début at the club. Shirley and Kate are both incredibly versatile cellists who bring a huge range of influences to their playing, everything from classical and cabaret repertoire through to jazz and Arabic sources. Whilst, Tommie’s accordion playing takes in everything from the Cornish folk music of his childhood to the musical traditions of South Africa and India.
For this evening’s sets, Shirley and Tommie join forces to explore their combined musical influences through jazz standards, world music and improvisation and Kate performs her unique musical comedy work in a cabaret-style show. Don’t miss this inquisitive and experimental exploration of the cello!
Date: Thursday 8 December
Time: 7pm (music from 8pm)
Venue: Club Inégales, 180 North Gower Street, NW1 2NB
Nearest stations: Euston, Euston Square & Warren Street
As always, there’ll be delicious food from Taste of India available on the night and free WiFi.
Kate Shortt is a Classical & Jazz cellist, pianist and singer-songwriter who combines all with her show ‘Shortt ‘n Sweett’. Classically trained with Stefan Popov at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, she subsequently continued in additional studies in Jazz and free improvisation. Kate’s show evolved subliminally during her orchestral training and involves mixed styles coupled with tongue-in-cheek. abstract humour. It has found it’s way to cabaret and comedy venues throughout England, such as Mardis Gras for Classic FM, Edinburgh, Brighton, Covent Garden, Crouch End and more recently Austria.
Shirley Smart is one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in Classical, Jazz and Middle Eastern music. Originally trained in classical cello under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guilldhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of world music from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, as well as being highly involved with the jazz and improvised music scene.
Tommie Black-Roff is a pianist, accordionist, singer and composer working across a gamut of styles. From Cornwall, but now residing in London, he graduated from SOAS after studying Ethnomusicology and is currently working with a number of groups including contemporary folk trio TEYR and balkan band Tatcho Drom. Other recent projects include a multimedia opera with Gestalt Arts and a UK premier of Maskats’ Tango with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra.