Well... last year saw the release of my first big band album!
A Swinging' Songbook is an album of original compositions written in the Sinatra/Nat King Cole tradition.
It features co/composer bassist Geoff Gascoyne and full jazz orchestra and was recorded at Angel Studios.
"In collaboration with Europe’s hottest producers, Iain Mackenzie achieves an enticing mix of cool, chill out grooves upon enchanting melodies and swingin’ dance floor beats, framing luscious earworm themes…"
What else has been happening… Well, I'm still very privileged to regularly sing with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, under the baton of the masterful (and quite funny) Mr Pete Long… we had a bloomin' lovely time at Chelsea Flower show last year! It was also a very Sinatra filled year, with a string of concerts celebrating Ol' Blue Eye's - performing with the London, Manchester and Scottish Concert Orchestras under the baton of Richard Balcombe, in venues as beautiful as Birmingham Symphony Hall. Another Sinatra highlight were a fantastic series of centenary celebrations labelled UK Salutes Frank, with Pete Long's big band and entertaining educational narration from Mr Leo Green. We finished the run of concerts to a full house at the Apollo in Hammersmith with some special guests - George Gallagher, Jack Pack & Michael Ball.
The Frank & Dean Christmas Party at Boisdale in Canary Wharf was a great success again, and will be happening next December too. Since Jan 2010, I have been on tour eight times with Brendan Cole’s (now ex-Strictly Come Dancing)... last year's shows were delivered to sell out houses across the UK and a second tour of 'All Night Long' is already booked for October this year! Book your tickets here!