Vocalist and trumpet player Peter Horsfall is a rising star on the international jazz scene. With a unique voice and swinging trumpet style, his delivery is inspired by a diverse array of classic jazz and soul vocalists including Billie Holiday, Johnny Hartman, Al Green, and the tight small groups of Nat ‘King’ Cole.
Pete has made numerous appearances at legendary venues, including sellout shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Lincoln Center in New York City. He is a member of the cult London swing group Kansas Smitty’s House Band and has made regular live broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.
“Peter Horsfall’s bittersweet beautiful voice and timeless trumpet” – Suzi Klein, BBC Radio 3
Kansas Smitty’s House Band have spent the last year playing more music than ever before. Whether it’s a four-night sell-out residency at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, a late-night tent takeover at Love Supreme, or a European road trip to Scandinavia, it all comes down to one thing; their unique brand of original music.
Music this good needs a place to live. That’s why the band run their own bar on Broadway Market, where they meet to record, play, drink, and entertain audiences. Fans leap at the chance to see the band in their rightful home, and their summer series of Basement Tapes shows sold out in days. As Cerys Matthews said, ‘they dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable’. What you can be sure of seeing the Kansas Smitty’s House Band is the electric atmosphere they bring to every stage.
After rising to fame as a contestant on BBC talent show ‘I’d Do Anything’ in 2008, Samantha Barks has wowed fans and critics alike with her stunning voice and captivating performances in film, theatre and television. She has since undertaken starring roles in the UK touring productions of ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Cabaret’.
It was Barks’ performance as Éponine in the West End production of ‘Les Misérables’, however, that led to her first movie credit, reprising the role in Tom Hooper’s Oscar winning adaptation. Showered with critical acclaim, she was nominated for a prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award and announced as Empire Magazine’s Best Female Newcomer. Following the completion of her lead role on the West End in Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years’, Samantha performed at Southampton Mayflower and the Royal Albert Hall and, most recently, made her New York debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
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