Sarah Spencer til Danmark igen i oktober 2006!


New Orleans Delight er ved at få ry for at tage os godt af vore solister. Derfor får vi til stadighed henvendelser fra musikere der gerne vil spille med os - fra både England og New Orleans. Vores gode samarbejde med Derek Winters har nu gjort, at den meget spændende saxofonist og sangerinde Sarah Spencer har vist interesse for at spille med os. Sarah bor i New York men i forbindelse med et eventuelt besøg i Danmark vil hun besøge sine forældre i England, så hendes rejseomkostninger vil blive overkommelige for os. Hun har et godt og tillidsfuldt samarbejde med Derek Winters som er med på hendes seneste CD. Hendes ønske er at en eventuel turné til Danmark også inkluderer Derek Winters så fronten bliver med fire blæsere som i det legendariske Kid Thomas Band med Emanuel Paul, George Lewis og Louis Nelson i frontgruppen.

Trods sin unge alder (35 år) er Sarah Spencer et kendt ansigt på den internationale traditionelle jazz scene. Sarah spiller flere instrumenter og er desuden en glimrende blues sangerinde men er dog mest kendt for sit spil på tenorsaxofonen. Hendes forbillede er Emanuel Paul der bedst huskes for sine mange år i Kid Thomas’ band. Sarah Spencer’s spil lader ingen tvivl om hendes store kærlighed for den ’ægte’ New Orleans jazz og men sin pågående stil er hun er ikke bange for ’at trykke den af’!

Sarah Spencer og musikere fra New Orleans Delight har spillet sammen ved flere lejligheder bl.a i forbindelse med Bude Jazz Festivals i Cornwall, England. Med deres fælles kærlighed til den gamle New Orleans tradition har der straks været fodslag, hvilket bl.a er årsagen til at der nu genetableres en turné som i september 2004.

At få lov til at spille New Orleans musik er en gave og en udfordring. Udfordringen søger New Orleans Delight bl.a. gennem at invitere gæstesolister til at spille med i orkestret. Rækken af solister er efterhånden lang men den kan blive meget længere så længe det lykkes os at skaffe nye job. En tour med Sarah Spencer og Deres Winters på samme tid vil være et ’gem’ for både orkester og publikum!

Ligesom Sarah Spencer har Derek Winters sine forebilleder indenfor ’den ægte vare’ dvs den sorte New Orleans musik og især Kid Thomas og De De Pierce. Derek er efterhånden et kendt ansigt i vores område gennem besøg med ”Chris Blount New Orleans Jazz Band” (1994) og Brian Carrick’s ”Algiers Stompers” (2001) og nu i flere omgange med ”New Orleans Delight”. Selvom Derek hylder det kollektive spil har han alle egenskaber som kendetegner en god solist nemlig; at han kan gribe situationen når den opstår, at han kan spille igennem, at han kan synge og foredrage en vise som få og endelig at han med sin naturlige og store udstråling kan skabe kontakten mellem orkester og publikum gennem en levende og inspirerende annoncering af musikken og baggrunden for den.

Se vores gig-list hvornår vi skal spille med Sarah og Derek, og se om der er mulighed for job i Jeres Jazzklub!




About Sarah ...
- fra Sarah Spencer’s hjemmeside: www.sarah-spencer.com

Described as "one of the exciting, new, young breed of traditional jazz players and the hottest tenor saxophonist on the Jazz scene today," Sarah's creed has always been to "play it Hot and Dirty".

Sarah started playing clarinet at the age of 8 and tenor sax at 15, later taking up the baritone, soprano and alto saxophones. She started playing on the British traditional jazz scene at 18, was the youngest visitor to play in Preservation Hall, New Orleans at age 19, and formed the first of her own bands at 20. In 1989, Sarah Spencer's Rue Conti Jazz Band was formed with the aim of playing New Orleans music "from Piron to Professor Longhair" and became one of Britain's most popular bands. They were the first to play classic New Orleans dirges and more modern, funky brass band numbers in a small band format of 6 musicians (instead of the traditional 10 or more).

Shortly after GHB Records of New Orleans, LA purchased the U.S. rights to the Rue Conti's compact disc, "Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulez" (recorded for Lake Records and later released on GHB Records in 1998), Sarah moved to America. Since then, she has made numerous guest appearances around the world, recorded several compact discs, and appeared at festivals around the world, including playing at the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. On one tour, she co-led an all-star band from the U.S. and Great Britain - including George Probert,Clint Baker and 'Tuba Fats' Lacen - which thrilled audiences at every concert and the high points ofwhich were the saxophone 'battles' between Sarah and George.

The 1996 Jazzology Poll rated her in the following categories: Favorite New Jazz Artist - 2nd; Favorite Tenor Saxophonist - 5th; Best Foreign Artist - 5th; Best All-Round Jazz Band - 6th.

Sarah has played with bands all over the world. Although her main love is the revival style of New Orleans jazz, she is equally competant and comfortable playing any style of traditional jazz (e.g. Dixieland, West Coast, New Orleans and small band swing).

George H. Buck, Jr. says "Sarah plays tenor sax in the true New Orleans style of that instrument.It is nice to hear a lady who has assimilated so much of the New Orleans feeling and tradition."

And, on hearing Sarah's vocal cd "Every Married Woman's Got A Back Door Man", George, again, honored Sarah with the following comment: "You have now become a fine blues singer in the classic tradition of the blues. Long ago, New Orleans jazz fans have considered you to be one of the finest tenor saxophonists in the New Orleans tradition and now you have added to your talented career the classic blues ... truly a double tenor sax."


Recordings ...

LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULEZ
(Lake/GHB): Sarah Spencer's Rue Conti Jazz Band: 1993

BIG BILL'S BRITISH BAND
(Jazz Crusade): Big Bill Bissonnette: 1993

IT LOOKS LIKE A BIG TIME TONIGHT
(Jazz Crusade): Sarah's British All-Stars / Johnny Parker: 1994

BY GEORGE (Jazz Crusade 3021): 1995

HERE COMES SARAH / HERE COME THE BRITS
(Jazz Crusade 3027):

IN THE GUTTER (Jazz Crusade):
The International Jazz Band: 1997

SARAH (PEK Sound): 1999

SARAH SPENCER AND HER TRANSATLANTIC BAND
(SJS Records): 2001

EVERY MARRIED WOMAN'S GOT A BACK DOOR MAN
(P.E.K. Sound): 2001



Review ...

EVERY MARRIED WOMAN'S GOT A BACK DOOR MAN
by Mike Pointon in Just Jazz Magazine - Oct 2001:

Sarah Spencer is a rare example of a British woman who has been steeped in New Orleans music for most of her life and it can be felt in every note she sings or plays. From an early age she, as a regular visitor to Preservation Hall with her jazz loving parents, and her gutsy tenor in Manuel Paul vein made itself heard on the European scene a few years back.

She has now settled in the USA and on one of her visits to Britain gathered a few friends around for this unusual album. It's unusual in the fact that Sarah has only recently begun to sing, but, unlike so many Europeans, she manages to get inside the blues style rather than give a pastiche.

As Derek Winters (who plays sympathetic trumpet here) writes in his intro notes, this CD covers a wide range of material from traditional blues, vaudeville songs and r&b, ending on a hymn - quite a range and certainly not superficial...

From Freight Train Blues, with surefooted piano by Browne, we get a taste of the Billie Pierce style, move back to Clara Smith's 20s Separation Blues contrasted later by an original Stormy Evening Blues, showing Sarah's mature approach to the idiom.

The many-faceted repertoire reflects several aspects of blues, all underlined by the singer's affectionate sleeve notes. Jay McShann's Fore Day Rider features some riffing sax, and another original, Why (not the Morton song) has shades of Cleo Brown.

The finale, We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City gives a warm rounding off to this highly original and relaxed album which deserves to be heard by those who don't believe blues can be sung this side of the Atlantic.

(You ask about its unusual title? That's a line from the intensely felt Ease It, a beautifully non-PC lyric Sarah's fond of!).