Phil Peskett Trio with Natalie Williams
Pizza Express Dean Street
19:30, 26 April 2012
- 10 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RW
- 0845 6027 017
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- Natalie Williams, Vocals
- Phil Peskett, Piano
- Robin Mullarkey, Bass
- Stephen Keogh, Drums
Natalie is a Mobo nominated singer-songwriter whose accomplishments as one of the UK's leading soul-jazz stars speak of a woman who understands how to combine her femininity and independence with a superior talent to create songs of love's highs and woes that resonates with the soul. It's a gift that was first developed as child growing up in Berlin. Born to a Hungarian mother and British poet, John Hartley Williams, Natalie first realised her love for jazz music after discovering her dad's immense record collection. Listening to artists such as Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin inspired her to take the singing further than just a hobby and after attending a series of workshops at high school, she was awarded a scholarship in 1995 to do a course at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. She then spent a term at the Hanns Eisler School for Music studying jazz under the tutelage of the renowned vocalist Judy Niemack and two years later, she moved to London to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Throughout her career, Natalie has toured extensively around the globe, performing at a number of the world's leading jazz events including opening the 2009 London Jazz Festival at the Barbican with Guy Barker's Jazz Voice, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, as well as Glastonbury with Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra. She has also appeared as a featured artist with The Heritage Orchestra, Goldie, Bugz In The Attic and with and alongside Amy Winehouse, Shlomo, John Legend, Lemar, Alison Moyet, Jamie Cullum, Babyface, the Neville Brothers and recently with Manu Katché on his French TV show 'One Shot Not'. By 2000, she was touring Europe as a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra, and spent her last year at Guildhall collaborating with a number of underground producers before signing a development deal with urban independent label Eastside Records. Over the last few years, she has also been developing her own label, Sound Tribe Records, to release all her upcoming material in a joint venture with Eastside Records.
As Natalie goes from strength to strength, it's clear she's the kind of artist who's pioneering the DIY ethos with a fierce belief in her craft – a drive rewarded in October 2010 when she was nominated for a MOBO award for best UK soul, in a category alongside international legends Sade, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Plan B. Whether she's moonlighting as sensational singer-songwriter, producer, label owner, or champion of burgeoning talent, she'll forever be the epitome of a true artist.