Vocalist Louise Parker, aptly named after Louis Armstrong, was born to create the sort of soulful sound that is earning her a great reputation in the jazz world - Credit: Plough Arts

Louise Parker to bring her Jazz Quartet to Barnstaple

Joseph Bulmer

Plymouth based jazz and soul vocalist, Louise Parker, will bring her Jazz Quartet to ThePlough@StAnne’s, Barnstaple on Saturday, June 11, at 8pm.

Louise has enjoyed a great career, including a coveted Glastonbury slot, and also supported the legendary late Jazz Musician Humphrey Lytellton.

Louise said: “I sent Humphrey my CD ‘No more Strangers’ in 2008, and he played it on his Radio 2 programme. Then he called me up and said he’d like me to play with him in London.

“After a couple of gigs at the Bulls Head Barnes, he asked me to record with him at his studio in London. He was witty, funny and charming in equal measure.

“It was a day I will never forget. He promised to take me with him on his next tour, and said he wanted to make me ‘known’ on the jazz circuit.

“Unfortunately, about two months later Humph died in hospital, so that never happened. I was invited to his funeral at the East Finchley Crematorium.

“There were so many people there, people had to stand outside the chapel.”

Growing up in a house filled with music, from the folk, calypso and opera enjoyed by her Jamaican born mother to the trad, swing and be-bop from her jazz-obsessed father.

Vocalist Louise Parker, aptly named after Louis Armstrong, was born to create the sort of soulful sound that is earning her a great reputation in the jazz world.

She is joined by her hugely accomplished and talented Quartet for an evening that is sure to be filled with exceptional music.

Tickets for all performance and events can be bought at www.theploughartscentre.org.uk or via the box office on 01805 624624.

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