SOPHISTICATED LADY the Duke
With Martin Litton’s Ellingtonians
An inspired presentation with arrangements by celebrated
pianist Martin Litton, re-creating the wonderful music of
Duke Ellington and featuring many of his timeless classics.
"It was a lovely concert of Duke’s music – played with
a lot of affection and a great deal of skill – the applause
at the end of every number was never less than wildly
enthusiastic." Spice of
Life 2007 - Duke Ellington Society Magazine
Presented with the Brontë Legacy musicians or in solo
This is pure musical theatre bringing to life through
narrative and song the lives and passions of the Brontës.
Lyrics by Val Wiseman and music by distinguished
pianist and composer Brian Dee.
“Her captivating stage presence
and multi layered interpretations were pure joy – a
wonderful, fresh and entertaining tribute to the rich
heritage of the Brontës, brought to us by some of the most
accomplished musicians you are likely to find.” Buxton
Festival Review 2009
with her musicians or as guest vocalist.
tribute to the singers who have inspired her throughout her
songs performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie
Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day and Sarah Vaughan.
Cullum and the latest divas notwithstanding, start spreading
the word – Val Wiseman is still here!”
PETE KELLY’S BLUES AND ALL THAT JAZZ
Presented with her musicians or as guest vocalist
An informal and anecdotal review of some of Val’s favourite
films with special feature on the atmospheric 1950s film
directed by Jack Webb who also played the title role and
co-starred Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.
SOLO GUEST APPEARANCES
Val is a popular guest, presenting her stylish
programme of standards and jazz classics with resident
musicians in venues across the UK.
The Joys Of Jazz Singing: a lively and informal
autobiographical journey illustrated with recordings of
Singer Val Wiseman’s presentation “The Joys Of Jazz
Singing”, was a delightful journey in words and music
through her career – a wonderful hour went by all too
quickly.” Sinatra Music Society October 2009
The Brontë Legacy: celebrating the
lives and passions of the Brontës with music and narrative.
"Just a short note of appreciation for the sheer
professionalism and talent you exhibited on Saturday.
The number of plaudits from the members as they left was
extraordinary - they, in short, thoroughly enjoyed your
performance and I am sure would have sat there for
Middlesex Federation of Womens
Institutes. February 2010
LADY SINGS THE BLUES
“Lady Sings The Blues is a tribute to the memory of Billie
Holiday in the best possible way – presenting the songs she
sang, in the style of her period. It is not a play. Neither
is it a documentary, nor a slavish recreation of Billie’s
original recordings, but an evening with seven of Europe’s
finest musicians and a most remarkable jazz singer.”
Dave Gelly – The Observer
Contact: Big Bear Music on 0121 454 7020 firstname.lastname@example.org
JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIES
Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen and
A highly entertaining revue of favourite film tunes in a
joyous and dynamic mix of jazz and romantic ballads
orchestrated and presented by award winning bandleader and
broadcaster Digby Fairweather.
Contact: Paul Ripley Music on 01905 778177
Dewsbury Brontë Festival 2009
Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen and Val Wiseman
Val Wiseman & George Melly
John Petters and his Broadway Melodists
Capturing the spirit of the jazz age, Broadway musicals and
featuring the timeless songs and music of the sensational
George and Ira Gershwin.
Contact: John Petters on 01406 365731
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John Petters Swing Band
Celebrating the great American Songbook and the glorious
sounds of the swing era with music by Gershwin, Porter,
Berlin, Kern and Ellington.
Contact: John Petters on 01406 365731