Zoe Francis Trio
12th January 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Zoe Francis, an extraordinary singer, stands out not only for her amazing vocal prowess but also for her impeccable musical taste. The compelling nuances in her phrasing eliminate the need for drums, beautifully showcasing the unique strength of her voice. Additionally, Zoe’s repertoire, filled with classic songs, serves as a testament to her deep appreciation for timeless melodies that resonate across generations.
As she delves into the musical landscape, Zoe draws inspiration from the enduring legacy of Blue Note records. She particularly focuses on the distinct magic created by Hammond organ and guitar groups associated with the iconic label. This exploration becomes the foundation for her artistic expression, significantly influencing both her song selection and performance style.
Taking a more intriguing turn in her musical journey, Zoe collaborates with acclaimed guitarist Jim Mullen and accomplished organist Ross Stanley in her trio. Enriched by a similar instrumentation to the revered Blue Note ensembles, they embark on a heartfelt homage to guitarist Grant Green and organist Larry Young. In the presence of Jim Mullen’s expressive guitar work and Ross Stanley’s skillful organ accompaniment, Zoe skillfully breathes new life into the timeless compositions associated with these influential musicians.
Together, Zoe, Jim, and Ross create a seamless fusion of talent, skillfully paying homage to the intricate artistry of Grant Green and Larry Young. Their performances transcend mere musical tribute; they become a vibrant celebration of the profound influence these artists have had on the world of jazz. Moreover, as audiences immerse themselves in the trio’s melodies, they embark on a captivating journey through jazz history, beautifully reimagined through Zoe Francis’s remarkable vocal artistry and the instrumental brilliance of Jim Mullen and Ross Stanley.