A MAJOR draw at such well known jazz clubs as Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club, singer Lianne Carroll makes a return visit to Cromarty Old Brewery on Friday 1st November to perform an intimate gig with friends Sophie Baxter and Sara Colman.
This has now become an annual event for the award-winning singer.
"It is just incredible that such a great star wants to come back to Cromarty, year after year," Old Brewery manager Mairi MacNeil said.
"We are always delighted. She is a great personality, and like Sophie and Sara, she has become a great friend of the venue."
Carroll started playing the piano at the age of three, under the tutorage of concert pianist Phyllis Catling, but soon developed a deep passion for everything jazz, soul and beyond.
At the age of 15 she started to appear with various bands both as a singer, pianist and composer. In 1990, she formed her own trio, married Roger Carey, now the resident bass player in the band, and continued to work with many visiting outfits, including two recordings and a tour with Gerry Rafferty, and many European tours with Long John Baldry.
2003 saw the launch of her first solo album, Billy No Mates, which won two BBC Jazz Awards. She is the only musician ever to have picked up two of these awards in the same year.
In 2005, she released Standard Issue, at Abbey Road studios, which proved a hit with the critics and enabled her to pick up the Marston Pedigree Jazz Award.
Her 2011 album Up and Down was voted as Best Jazz Album of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, and Carroll was also awarded Best British Vocalist in the British Jazz Awards.
Earlier this year she was nominated in the Jazz FM Awards as Best UK Vocalist.
Her latest album, Ballads, was released in 15th April.
Sophie Bancroft is a renowned vocalist, who plays acoustic guitar and hails from one of Britain’s top jazz families, with brothers Tom and Phil Bancroft. She is also involved with singer-songwriters from the indie world, folk musicians and hardcore traditional musicians, including Lau accordionist Martin Green, Sandy Wright, and Canadian cellist Christine Hanson.
Singer Sara Colman is a member of the trio The Passion, alongside Carroll and Jacqui Dankworth — who was seen at Eden Court theatre last weekend as a special guest of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Liane Carroll, Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman’s Cromarty Old Brewery show begins at 8.30pm. Tickets, priced £12, are available from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01381 600277.