Friday 24th September (7.00pm)
Jo Harrop Trio
Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias.
After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz, performing everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Sunset Sunside Jazz Club in Paris.
Having signed to London-based jazz label, Lateralize Records, she recently received a raft of rapturous reviews for Weathering The Storm, her debut with guitarist, Jamie McCredie. Effortlessly blurring the lines between jazz and folk, it’s an achingly beautiful album that is so shot through with pathos and pain, it could melt the hardest of hearts.
Jo will perform at the Wharf with
Alex Hutton - Piano
Jihad Darwish - Double Bass
“Jo Harrop is a very fine jazz singer… delicious.. I believe her…” Iggy Pop BBC radio 6 music
“What a voice” Jo Whiley BBC Radio 2
"Harrop's appeal is her seductive mannerisms and phrasing mixed with plenty of hip cachet. As interpreter of lyrics, she draws you into the narrative with effortless style and ease.
The voice is husky toned, with immaculate timing, and an unsentimental tenderness and a shrewd wit” Blues & Soul Magazine.