Two top jazz musicians on the way to the Bedford Arms

Zoe Francis
Zoe Francis

The Bedford Arms has the privilege of having not one but two highly respected jazz musicians visiting to guest at its weekly Monday night session.

Vocalist Zoe Francis learnt her craft as a jazz singer in New York. She has been described by London Jazz News as having “a quality that suggests something of the classic singers of the past - even Billie Holiday - and yet there is no obvious attempt to be anyone but herself”.

The Observer said of her: “Zoe Francis is a singer to listen out for. She communicates a love and understanding of classic American song with the lightest of touches”

Dearie who bewitched me with their phrasing and interpretation.”

Performing alongside Zoe will be guitarist Jim Mullen.

Jim has been a major figure on the European jazz scene for many years, perhaps best known for his long and fruitful association with the late Dick Morrissey in Morrissey/Mullen. He is the first choice guitarist for many visiting Americans, having performed regularly with Jimmy Smith, Mose Allison, Gene Harris and Terry Callier, for example.

Jim’s own current quartet includes Gareth Williams, Mick Hutton and Gary Husband, and he runs a very successful Organ Trio with Mike Gorman and Matt Skelton.

The music starts at 8.30pm, with a suggested donation of £5 asked from the audience to pay the musicians for their performance, at the end of the first of their two sets.