Cast away the Monday night blues with a jazz explosion

Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee

A top Bedford talent and a musician accustomed to playing some of Britain’s most prestigious venues will perform in the town on Monday April 25.

The weekly jazz session at the Bedford Arms in Bromham Road welcomes vocalist Rachel Lee and pianist Chris Eldred.

Born in Bedford into a musical family, Rachel had a vibrant and extensive start to her musical journey, exploring a range of genres and disciplines, which inform and enrich her performance.

In 2010, Rachel moved to London to study jazz voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, immersing herself in all periods of the jazz tradition. Her passion for swing stood strong as she grew to embrace the many different styles of the ever-changing genre under the tuition of esteemed tutors such as Nia Lynn, Brigitte Beraha, Simon Purcell, Martin Speake and Mark Lockheart.

Rachel has performed in some of London’s best-known music venues including The Spice Of Life, Ronnie Scott’s and The Royal Albert Hall.

Also a passionate music educator, Rachel has worked in schools as an instrumental and vocal teacher, creative practitioner and musical director and is currently the head of music at Leighton Middle School.

Chris is a London based pianist. He has performed in many world famous venues such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the 606, the Royal Albert Hall and Pizza Express Jazz Club. Chris has been involved with projects with Django Bates, Mark Lockheart, John Dankworth and most recently vocalist Noemi Nuti.

He held the piano chair with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 2008-2014, playing high profile performances such as the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC radio and television and many of England’s finest jazz festivals and concert halls. He still plays regularly with NYJO’s small group counterpart, the NYJO Nonet.

Completing the quartet will be London bassist Nick Ereaut and Mark Hale at the drums.

Music is from 8.30pm with a suggested donation of £5 per person to help pay the musicians.