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Rosemary Clooney 'A Life in Song'

  • Annie's Jazz Club Thorpe Hall Golf Club Southend UK (map)

Uplifting and heartening this show blends together the delights of 1950s popular song with infectious Latin grooves, interspersing vocal jazz and all with a generous dollop of 'Rosie' signature warmth and honesty.

Joined by world class musicians Jenn Carr, Robert Rickenberg and Jonathan Lee, Seale's burnished sound, both old and new, energised and emotional, colours the song book of one of America's biggest female stars - Rosie - who's repertoire captures the essence of this bygone era whilst blurring the lines between pop and Jazz, motherhood and career.

Topping the British and American Charts with hits including Come On-My HouseThis 'Ole House, Mambo Italiano, Hey There, Tenderly and Half As Much Clooney's voice was once described as the “nearest thing to Ella Fitzgerald.” In the 1954 classic White Christmas she starred alongside, life long friend, Bing Crosby and rubbed shoulders with a whole host of musical royalty; the Gershwin brothers, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Perez Prado and Tony Bennett - too name but a few.

Reviewer Ken Dryden claimed “Rosemary easily ranked as one of the greatest vocalists to appear on a record with the maestro Duke Ellington and his orchestra. She built her second professional life around singing compositions written and played by Ellington, Gershwin, Mercer, Crosby, Billie Holiday and Nelson Riddle.” This clearly established the girl singer with “a laugh in her voice” as one of the greatest interpreters of American songs, solidifying her place in Jazz history.