Chiswick musicians Vanessa Rose and Sandy Burnett playing Jazz at George IV

Images above: Vanessa Rose and Sandy Burnett

This week’s Jazz at George IV session – the Greg Davis trio – features two well-known Chiswick musicians.

Vanessa Rose, when she’s not all glammed up singing in central London’s top jazz venues, can be spotted taking her teenage boys to football at Rocks Lane or to school at the West London Free School in King St.

Originally from Hammersmith herself, she won a music scholarship to Pimlico School, which kick-started her career.

“When I was younger I did dance music. I started doing session singing and just sort of fell into jazz” she told The Chiswick Calendar. Pre-Covid she used to sing at the Polish Centre POSK in Hammersmith sometimes, with her father Willie Garnett, a well-known drummer on the jazz scene,  performing with the Willie Garnett Big Band.

“There is no genre I haven’t been influenced by” she says. “It’s literally from Mozart to Madonna”. She is currently writing her own songs, working with a Drum and Bass artist.

This Thursday, 3 February, she will be playing an atmospheric mix of classic jazz standards and Latin grooves with the Greg Davis trio. Always in demand to play at top venues such as the Chelsea Arts Club the trio will be featuring Greg Davis on tenor sax, Cliff Charles on guitar and Sandy Burnett on double bass.

“Expect Cole Porter classics alongside sultry Bossa Novas by Antônio Carlos Jobim”

Sandy is also a long term Chiswick resident.  A musician and broadcaster, he is equally at home with classical or jazz music and describes himself as “an evangelist for music”.

He has travelled all over the world lecturing and leading music tours. Over the past couple of years he’s developed the Listening Club – a series of weekly meetings over Zoom in which he explores some of the masterpieces of classical music. He’s in the middle of a six week course now, exploring the music of Elgar and Ravel, sampling exotic scores by Rimsky-Korsakov and Debussy.

On Thursday he’ll be playing his double bass in a ‘magical musical melange’ loosely described as ‘classic’ jazz.

“Expect Cole Porter classics alongside sultry Bossa Novas by Antônio Carlos Jobim” he says.

“The Boston Room is a perfect place for laid back Jazz” Sandy tells The Chiswick Calendar. “The layout means no one in the audience is ever too far away from the performers but they also have their own space”.

He, like Vanessa, is looking forward to playing locally.

Tickets here: Jazz at George IV – Greg Davis Trio with Vanessa Rose

£13 / £11 for Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders

Venue: the Boston Room of George IV, 185 Chiswick High Rd.

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The Chiswick Calendar had a chat with Sandy on video in 2018, when he talked about how he mixes classical and jazz music in his professional life.

Video above: Sandy Burnett talking to The Chiswick Calendar in June 2018

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