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Auditorium - Monday 19 Aug 2019, 19:30

In a special evening celebrating the musical life of Scottish legendary jazz singer Annie Ross, we present in the first half a rare screening of the wonderful documentary ‘No One But Me’ and  after the screening a live set will feature the new vocal star on the jazz scene, Vimala Rowe with an all-star quartet.


Annie Ross is a jazz legend. Raised in Glasgow, her seven-decade career runs the gamut from precocious child star – ‘the Scottish Shirley Temple’ – to indefatigable living legend. In this intimate, revealing profile, she discusses her many lives from Paris singer in the 1940s to incomparable vocal gymnast and lyricist in the 1950s and Covent Garden impresario in the 1960s. Along the way there are tales of Billie Holiday, her lover Lenny Bruce, triumph and tragedy, drug addiction and her deep, abiding affection for beloved brother Jimmy Logan. Throughout it all there is the beautiful, beguiling music often with her own lyrics and always performed in her inimitable style. Regarding the film, Ross noted, "It's very blunt, it's very truthful. [...] It makes me a bit nervous, but one thing about the film – it’s honest.” Features contributions from musicians Jon Hendricks, Peter King, James Wormworth, Tony Kinsey and Warren Vache.

BBC Scotland 2012 Brian Ross 82m


After the interval at approximately 21:30, the Live Set will feature the astonishing new jazz vocalist Vimala Rowe supported by the great pianist Mark Edwards, multi-reed and flautist Andy Panayi, bassist Andrew Cleyndert who worked regularly with Annie Ross on her visits to the UK and our drummer Winston Clifford  is winner of a British Jazz Award.

Vimala Rowe has already made a huge impression with an

abundance of musical projects such as a highly successful duo

with guitar legend John Etheridge, a show as Billie Holiday with

Café Society performing at the Theatre Royal, a project with

Juliet Roberts, writing songs with flamenco legend Paco Pena,

and gigs with the late Bobby Wellins. Always inspiring critical

acclaim, Vimala’s performances are never less than expressive,

engaging, sensational. Andy Panayi is an inspirational musical

talent, held in the highest esteem by his peers and has worked

with a truly diverse range of greats from Patti Austin to Shirley

Bassey to Sir John Dankworth and Abdullah Ibrahim. Mark

Edwards always brings a spiritual dimension to any concert and

is recently to be seen on the world stage with Katie Melua.

Andrew Cleyndert has been central to the UK jazz scene for

well over three decades working with an incredible array of

great musicians.

The set will convey the spirit of Annie Ross’s swinging and

joyously celebratory contribution to the world jazz scene, her

work with the famous Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Basie and

the many other legendary personal musical associations that

featured in her career.

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