Hetty Kate & James Sherlock
Join us for a weekend of beautiful standards from The Great American Songbook as popular Australian jazz duo, Hetty Kate and James Sherlock return again to Orange Studio for two nights of concerts. Joined by outstanding local bassist Michael Story, this trio performed a sell out show at the Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival on their last visit, and they never come to New Zealand without returning to their favourite city, Christchurch.
Hetty also toured New Zealand as part of James Morrison's acclaimed symphonic concert 'The A to Z of Jazz' with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 2015, and she is now based out of Paris, France. All acclaimed musicians in their own right, Hetty, James and Michael always create a special magic when they play together, and you will enjoy a masterful evening of music, fun and stories from three of the best.
Pure of tone and sweet sounding, jazz vocalist Hetty Kate was born in England and moved to Melbourne
as a young teenager. With nine diverse albums under her belt in the last decade, and a regular
international touring schedule, Hetty has built a reputation for being ‘truly one of the best swing-style
singers on the current scene’ (Will Friedwald, jazz critic and author.) She approaches each song and performance with a natural musicality, and is often lauded for the clarity in her voice. Hetty spent three years touring with James Morrison and was the featured vocalist in his award-winning symphonic
concert ‘The A to Z of Jazz’ which toured NZ in 2015. She is a regular at festivals around Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and her career highlights range from singing at the Sydney Opera House to touring Victoria with the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Share The Music Program. Hetty is now based in Paris, France.
“A stage presence only matched by the clarity of her voice” – James Morrison AM (AU)
Outstanding guitarist James Sherlock was born in Christchurch, before moving to Brisbane as a young teenager. Known for his ability to convey a lyrical and luscious timbre on his instrument, James has an ongoing duo project with celebrated Brisbane vocalist Kristin Berardi, and has worked with a variety of Australia’s finest; as well as many visiting artists such as Leroy Jones, Sheila Jordan, Cyrille Aimee, Jon Riley and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. He was awarded the Ike Isaacs International Jazz Guitar Award and as a bandleader has released six albums as well as appearing on many more for other artists. Close to home, James has a weekly residency with Melbourne bebop sextet Bopstretch, and is currently completing an new album, to be released late 2017.
“Sherlock is a wonderful guitarist, and a craftsman of songs possessing beauty and depth.”
– Ian Patterson : All About Jazz Magazine (USA)