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
The Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been quietly, or depending on where you’ve been spending your evenings, not so quietly, carving out a name for themselves as one of the driving forces in the London jazz scene. Their reputation, built on their incendiary live shows, has recently been cemented by the release of their full debut album and the opening of their own bar venue in East London.
The House Band don’t like to be boxed in. As their debut album exemplifies, they make wide use of the the sour mash of styles that has allowed them to cross the divides between generations and dispositions. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans ethnic music, and gospel, they relentlessly pursue a sound of their own, seeking out and creating a genre-blind audience for their music. The Sunday Times summed it up nicely, saying ‘Conservatories or cocktails? If jazz is to survive it will need more bands (like this one)’.
Matt Cardle is one of the UK’s best male vocal and songwriting talents of the last decade. As the resounding winner of The X Factor’s highest rating series ever in 2010, Matt Cardle stunned over 19 million viewers with his breathtaking four-octave vocal range. Brit Award nominee Matt has since gone on to sell over 2.2 million records in the UK including a number of hit singles. Perhaps the most unique among his achievements is his 2015 award for Best West End Debut, won for his show-stopping stage performance, alongside Beverly Knight, in the acclaimed West End production of Memphis.
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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