315 West 44th St
New York, NY, 10036
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 5:30 PM
Voice: Polly Gibbons
Piano: Matt Baker
Bass: Endea Owens
Drums: Mark Whitfield Jr.
Trumpet: Ingrid Jensen
Fully embracing the inspiring, expansive array of American jazz, soul and blues influences that have infused her dynamic career as an artist and live performer, Polly Gibbons fashions a frolicsome, freewheeling musical history lesson on Is It Me…?, her second release on the indie jazz label Resonance Records.
Capturing the joyful essence of the 12-track collection, the multi-talented British singer, a staple of the UK Jazz Scene since the mid-2000s and recently nominated Vocalist of the Year by Jazz FM says: “It’s a massive melting pot, varied but beautifully linked because I love every style I’m singing. Jazz would never have happened without the blues, which came out of the gospel tradition – and blues is the foundation of contemporary Western culture and pop/soul music, and so on.”
Polly has cultivated her craft and eclecticism over the past decade, performing at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and as a regular at the legendary venue Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where she has sung with the All-Stars, led by pianist and house musical director James Pearson. In 2016, she opened the sold out UK tours for George Benson and Gladys Knight and had two acclaimed performances at the Royal Albert Hall. She was also a featured singer with the Liverpool Philharmonic in a presentation of the music and life story of John Lennon.
Polly is quickly establishing herself in the States as well She released her critically acclaimed UK debut album My Own Company in 2014.
Polly's influences are brilliant, broad and inspired - from the poetry of
Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, to the be-bop of Charlie Parker, the deep wails of Mahalia Jackson's gospel, to the emotional depth of Donny Hathaway, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone; the soul of Marvin Gaye, and the blues of Buddy Guy.
"A voice that is to Jazz what Adele's is to pop: rich, powerful, soul baring!" -- London Evening Standard
"If you're a Gregory Porter fan, you might long for a female counterpart who also combines the classic jazz of Billie Holiday with the old school soul of Donny Hathaway into a savvy nix of originals and covers. If so, you're probably not imagining she'd hail from rural Suffolk in eastern England, but that's Polly Gibbons, who having conquered the British jazz scene with a recipe similar to Porter's is now winning fans in North America.".......Downbeat Magazine
“I love her voice, really soulful. Can’t wait to hear more of Polly…” – Joss Stone
“She’s got a great voice!” – Van Morrison