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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, AWARD-WINNING JAZZ ARTIST KRISTINE MILLS PERFORMS WITH ALL STAR BAND AT PIANO SMITHFIELD, BARBICAN, IN LONDON, FRIDAY, 30 OF SEPTEMBER 

American jazz vocalist, Kristine Mills is thrilled to return to the Piano Smithfield stage, Friday September 30 with an ALL-STAR band performing From Basie to Bossa, The Sarah Vaughan Songbook. Krisitne, an award-winning performer, is joined on stage with an exceptional trio lead by pianist Janette Mason, with bassist Darren McCarthy and drummer Darren Beckett!  

This show covers the prolific, four-decade long, recording career of “Sassy” Sarah Vaughan. Songs from the Great American Songbook fill the first half of the set with hits from her early solo career into her mid-century recordings. Her love of Brazilian music from the 60’s to the 80’s is featured in the second set. Oh, there’s a huge surprise! We’re presenting cuts from an amazing, yet little known recording from her later years. You’ll have to attend the show to find out more! 

"I feel so embraced by London!" said Kristine Mills. "It’s a thrill performing and collaborating with such spectacular musicians in these iconic venues.”  

Mills is known as being a constant and persisting voice in the jazz scene. With her latest album project, "Looking Back. Moving Forward." a key moment in her three-decade long career, she received critical acclaim and media support back in the States. She premiered the single “Hold Fast” with Houston CityBook on June 29 and celebrated the premiere with a sold-out show July 1 at Warehouse 72.   

She followed up with two EP release concerts, Thursday, Nov. 4 in Austin, Texas at Parker Jazz Club with Kris Kimura’s house band, and Friday, Nov. 12, Houston at Warehouse 72. Shortly after Kristine’s move to London, she debuted at Piano Smithfield on January 20, 2022 with pianist Janette Mason and bassist Simon Little.   

The new album, as well as her other releases, are available on Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming platforms.  

“'Looking Back. Moving Forward." EP is the retrospective of my songwriting career,” expressed Mills. “It encompasses songs written at different times in my life, but they share universal truths about love, life, and death. Sentiments that are relatable to all of us.” 

Raul da Gama with World Music Reports says, “Kristine Mills’ talent for songwriting goes well beyond that realm. She is a fine writer of The Song, an even better writer of The Ballad and best of all she writes a compelling narrative. In short, Mills may be considered a complete musician."  

Reviews

"Kristine Mills’ talent for songwriting goes well beyond that realm. She is a fine writer of The Song, an even better writer of The Ballad and best of all she writes a compelling narrative. In short, Mills may be considered a complete musician." - World Music Report, Raul da Gama 

"The saucy babe with the Kelly Cuoco sneer and the shelf full of awards is back with album 6, a tasty adult collection of lite jazz delivered with a classic thrush voice. With one of her feet in the Ellington world and the other in Brazil, Mills’ jazz worthy chops are well suited for bringing the past into the present and future making this sweet jazz for nu ears. A solid performer all the way around, Mills makes it happen in fine style." - MIDWEST RECORD - CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher 

“Graced with beauty, sensitivity, and a magnetic voice. She makes every song have the effect of an aphrodisiac on the senses.” - Jazz Inside Magazine

KRISTINE MILLS QUARTET at Piano Smithfield, Barbican London

From Basie to Bossa - The “Sassy” Sarah Vaughan Songbook

Versatile and vivacious American jazz vocalist Kristine Mills presents From Basie to Bossa, The Sassy Sarah Vaughan Songbook. This award-winning performer is joined on stage with an exceptional trio lead by pianist Janette Mason, with bassist Darren McCarthy and drummer Darren Beckett.

This show covers the prolific, four-decade long, recording career of “Sassy” Sarah Vaughan. Songs from the Great American Songbook fill the first half of the set with hits from her early solo career into her mid-century recordings. Her love of Brazilian music from the 60’s to the 80’s is featured in our next set. Oh, there’s a huge surprise! You’ll have to attend the show to find out more.

“So Ms. Mills’ vocal ability is more than ‘a way with a lyric,’ it’s an immersion into material that she owns, not something someone else built. This is her intimate familiarity with lyrics that become almost instantly familiar inside your head. This isn’t mouthing words...This is considerable vocal talent.” - girlsingers.org

...songs hold true to the infectiously jazzy sound that has propelled Mills into headliner gigs at events like the Brazilian International Jazz Festival and allowed her to play sold-out shows in theaters and performing arts centers around the world — from Houston to Sao Paolo.” - Daniel Renfrow

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