Jazz singer with residency at Ronnie Scott’s on stage at the Ent Shed

Natalie Williams at the Ent Shed, Bedford
Natalie Williams at the Ent Shed, Bedford

A jazz and soul singer who has a residency at Ronnie Scott’s is appearing in Bedford next week.

Natalie Williams will be performing as part of Jacqui Dankworth’s A Song For You series on Friday, January 23 at 8pm at The Ent Shed, accompanied on the piano by Charlie Wood.

Natalie and her incredible all star 10-piece band are in the 7th year of running and hosting a monthly residency, Soul Family Sundays, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where she has featured the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Jamie Cullum, David Ryan Harris, Jarle Bernhoft, Hamish Stuart, Alice Russell, Terri Walker, Gwyneth Herbert, Krystle Warren, Eska, Roachford, Emeli Sande, Omar and many more.

Natalie has toured extensively around the globe, performing at a number of the world’s leading live music events including opening the London Jazz Festival (2009) at the Barbican with Guy Barker’s Jazz Voice, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Jubilee Pageant, amongst many more. Williams has appeared as a featured artist with RnB producer and DJ, Nu:Tone, collaborated with The Heritage Orchestra, Goldie, Bugz In The Attic, Jamie Cullum, Shlomo and the late Amy Winehouse, supported John Legend, Lemar, Alison Moyet, Babyface and the Neville Brothers.

She has recently performed backing vocals for Cee-Lo Green, Miss Dynamite and Keri Hilson and recorded on Jamie Cullum’s latest Release, Momentum.

Natalie performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jules Buckley at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013 for the Urban Music Prom, featuring Laura Mvula and Maverick Sabre.

In 2012 she started collaborating with Bluey from Incognito, co-writing three tracks on the acclaimed new album Surreal and she has since joined the band as one of the lead singers of the group, touring the USA, Europe and the Jakarta and Shanghai Jazz Festivals in 2012.

Their Japan Blue Note tour in 2012 saw Natalie appear alongside legendary songwriter, Leon Ware, performing his original classic Inside My Love, written for Minnie Ripperton.

Natalie’s drive and fluidly evolving artistry is undeniable – a drive that was rewarded in October 2010 when she was nominated for a MOBO Award for best UK soul, in a category alongside internationally recognised artists Sade, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Plan B.

Jamie Cullum said: “She’s Joss Stone and Erykah Badu x 20… I saw her play recently and it was just incredible. She’s a truly real, beautiful star, worthy of everyone’s attention.”

Ticket details available via the Perdido Records Website only at www.perdido.co.uk/calendar

Visit www.nataliewilliams.com and www.charliewood.us