Hannah performed pop and jazz with her duo (voice and piano) on Sun 12th and Sun 19th August between 1 – 4pm at Davy’s Wine Vaults in Greenwich.
Davy’s of London – Purveyors of fine wine:
Winebars – Davy’s Wine Vaults – Greenwich, 161 Greenwich High Road SE10 8JA
She is a classically trained singer and is in high demand with The Hannah Northedge Jazz ensembles that include some of the most skilled jazz musicians in the UK. Hannah Northedge has performed at prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican Centre, The Royal Festival Hall and in The Lincoln Center, New York.
She made a very successful appearance at Greenwich Jazz Festival twice last year and has been invited back this year and has also been booked to play at Mill Hill and Harborough Jazz Clubs.
She is frequently invited to sing at the 606 Jazz Club with The Russ Henderson (MBE) Piano Trio and other acts.
In 2006 she had the great privilege of singing in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Phillip and former Prime Minister, Tony Blair in the Veterans Concert in the Great Hall of Westminster Methodist Church.
Hannah who grew up in Leicester and Australia started to sing jazz in her mid teens but then considered training as an opera singer as she was drawn to the drama and passion of the repertoire and was offered a place at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on the Opera course.
She considered jazz more seriously when friends commented that she had a definite “jazz and blues sound” whenever she sang contemporary music in her lower vocal register.
She was also drawn to glamorous films from the 1930s and 40s especially Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies and others that featured music by Gershwin, Porter and Berlin and these were to provide a lasting impression on her.
Ultimately she realised that jazz was her authentic and natural voice and found that she felt more of a connection for the music when singing in her natural or chest voice and it is in her rich and warm lower register that she found her distinctive vocal identity.
Hannah has been a guest singer with The Rat Pack Trio and Orchestra since early 2006. She continues to tour sold out theatres with them nationwide.
Hannah’s powerful voice, musicality and talent for jazz repertoire leads to frequent requests to front other well known jazz outfits including 7 piece 1930s and 40s swing band Rockin’ in Rhythm, Kind of Jazz function band, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, 78rpm and The Rob James Orchestra. She works with former BBC Big Band leader, composer and pianist Ronnie Smith, internationally renowned pianist and composer Simon Wallace, Christian Vaughan and Kit Massey and guitarists Shane Hill and Alex Steer.
Hannah was privileged enough to sing with John Colianni and his Jazz Quintet in Greenwich Village, New York. John is the pianist for Les Paul the legendary guitarist and plays in his quartet weekly at Iridium Jazz Club in New York.
Hannah’s vocal agility has led her to front top function bands Kind of Jazz, Six Til Midnite, Club Deluxe, Madison and Special Offer performing at weddings, corporate events, private parties and other international prestigious venues. With function band Wishful Thinking that she fronted with Graham Parker – renowned London guitarist and guitar maker, Hannah undertook cruise contracts for 2 years.
For 15 years Hannah has sung with choirs and choral groups and with the London Symphony Chorus from 2004 – 2007, performing major choral works by composer such as Mahler, Beethoven, Mozart and Berlioz with world renowned conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Richard Hickox. Tours have included visits to New York, Italy and France. Hannah found her role in this choir, widely reputed to be the best in the world, very rewarding and it improved her musicality and sight reading skills immensely.
Hannah has sung as a classical soloist at many prestigious venues including Trinity Church, New York and Birmingham Symphony Hall and has given many recitals.
Hannah has worked as an Operagram at many events. For this rather unusual singing engagement she is booked to discreetly arrive at a venue and then is announced as a surprise guest to the other event guests. She will then “deliver” 2 or 3 songs to the unsuspecting recipient and read out any announcements that have been requested!
At weddings Hannah continues to be in demand to sing classical repertoire (Ave Maria, Voi Che Sapete, etc) during the ceremony and then is frequently booked to sing with her jazz bands during the drinks receptions or dinner!
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