Saturday 20th November sees the return of Kirsty Almeida and her phenomenal band to The Jazz Café promoting her debut album ‘Pure Blue Green’(Decca Records). It’s a ramshackle collective: percussion by way of a tea chest, toy piano, steel pan, masks, painting suits, piano, double bass and an acoustic guitar, all rounded off with the riotous and colourful brass sounds of “Hornography”, her brilliantly named horn section.
As for her, she does a deft tightrope walk between sexy and innocent, with a drawl in her voice that is sheer theatre and a purr on her lips that is sheer boudoir. The songs tell stories of spiders; voodoo and magic as the band play a mix of folk, jazz and New Orleans nightmares. What is so visually gripping is how the band interacts with each other on stage; be it the horn section leaning down to sing into the guitarist’s microphone, or the playful way she conducts her band. It looks so natural and relaxed that you almost forget there’s any join between the band and the audience.
“…she’s an artist who has to be seen live to be appreciated…it’s on stage, with her band in full bawdy flow and the birdcage juddering, that she flourishes.” – The Guardian
Saturday 20th November 2010 – Doors open: 19:00 – Concert starts 19.30
Tickets: £14.50 advance from www.jazzcafe.co.uk