SOULFUL jazz will captivate listeners at the Bridport Arts Centre tomorrow night (14).

Oxford-based singer Polly Josephine will perform at its Jazz Café.

Josephine evokes the emotion of the great blues and jazz singers and the euphoria of soul and gospel. She brings alive the sophisticated lyrics of the likes of Cole Porter as sung in the smooth jazz tones of Ella Fitzgerald, the intense atmosphere of Nina Simone and the sheer joy of Etta James and Aretha Franklin’s soul.

With a mixture of the best 1930s and 40s sultry jazz, uplifting 60s soul and moody blues, she transmits her own depth of feeling and excitement to the audience through the music she loves, with stylish piano accompaniment from Philip Clouts.

On hearing her sing, Scott Haynes of ‘Music in Oxford’ was moved to write 'Polly Josephine seriously impresses with her soulful voice and assured renditions of Jazz standards. Polly transports the audience to the smoky, late night Jazz club with her rich, chocolaty voice and relaxed performance. She hits every note with ease and makes it all seem effortless, which is a mark of a great talent.'

Josephine has been performing jazz, soul and blues for many years, saying: “Ever since I was a teenager I have been captivated by the emotion and depth of the great blues and jazz singers and the euphoria of soul and gospel. Aretha is my heroine and I try to recreate those songs with the same dynamism and excitement for the audience that I feel when I listen to them.”

Polly Josephine will perform at the Arts Centre tomorrow night from 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from the box office on01308 424204.

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