Vocalist Emma Smith has been described by The Times as “An astonishingly mature performer...with exceptional agility”
"A confident and seasoned performer who engages her audience from the first moment, hers is a career trajectory to watch with interest." by Jazzwise magazine
At age 14 she had her first taste of big band singing with the Glenn Miller outfit 'The String of Pearls Orchestra'. She began to tour frequently with the band and received practical training in being a jazz musician. Having come from a family of musicians and composers, Emma decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. At only 15 she was made NYJO’s female vocalist and vocal coach; a chair sponsored by Cleo Laine and the Wavendon Foundation.
In 2007, Emma was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Purcell School of Music. She was the first ever jazz vocalist to do so. While at Purcell, she gained invaluable experience performing everything from choral chamber music in the Royal Festival Hall to contemporary jazz in the Wigmore Hall. She now continues her studies at the Royal Academy of Music under the likes of Gerard Presencer, Pete Churchill, Stan Sulzmann, Nia Lynn and Tim Garland.
Emma comes to the SE Collective @ The Amersham with:
- Sam Watts - Piano
- Sandy Suchodolski - Bass
- Ed Richardson - Drums
Read more about Emma Smith at her website
*** NOT TO BE MISSED!!***