London, United Kingdom, July 01, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Five years after making her professional debut with the late, great British jazz lynchpin Humphrey Lyttelton, Mbop Promotions' vocalist Verona Chard has wrapped her sultry tones around a clutch of classic compositions on her own offering, Fever, due for release on July 21. Inspired by the music of another of the nation’s great jazz stalwarts, John Dankworth - and his 1964 release Shakespeare and All That Jazz - the West Country chanteuse is now set to take the album on the road.
The London-based siren will launch the album with a show at Chelsea jazz institution the 606 Club on the day of its release before playing a series of intimate shows across England and Scotland. On the record, which features her refreshing take on Peggy Lee’s title track, Verona was joined by a cluster of renowned musicians, including the award-winning saxophonist Alan Barnes and harpist Fiona Clifton-Welker as they breathed new life into the work of Elton John, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim plus Lyttelton and Dankworth themselves.
Available from Amazon, play.com, direct from the www.veronachard.com plus major outlets - prior to Fever being officially launched, Verona will also play the Marlborough Jazz Festival on July 10 before embarking on her 15-date UK tour in August:
Sunday 8 August Ronnie Scott’s, London, 8.00pm
Tuesday 24 August Roof Garden, Hammersmith Lyric, London 7.30pm
Friday 27 August The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh 2.00pm
Saturday 28 August The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh 2.00pm
Sunday 29 August The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh 2.00pm
Thursday 9 September Café Chai, London - Ealing 8.00pm
Friday 10 September The cornerHOUSE, Surbiton 8.00pm
Thursday 16 September The Big Top, Stratford 7.00pm
Saturday 18 September The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham 7.30pm
Sunday 19 September VoiceBoxUK, Derby (+ day workshop)8.00pm
Friday 24 September The Library Theatre, Luton 2.00pm and 7.45pm
Thursday 30 September St James’ Wine Vaults, Bath 7.45pm
Friday 1 October The Bear Hotel, Devizes 9.00pm
Monday 18 October The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield TBC
Wednesday 20 October The Spice Of Life, London 7.30pm.
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