Catherine Lima Jazz Quintet ‘The Allure of Miss Lee’

Peggy Lee tribute: Catherine Lima Jazz Quintet

A fantastic tribute to Peggy Lee by the Catherine Lima Jazz Quintet, is to be held at All Saints Church. This is a fundraiser for Highams Park Food Aid, and the net proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Hub. Wine and other refreshments will be on sale.

Doors open: 7:00 pm
Concert starts: 7:30 pm

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Adult tickets – £12.50 »
Under 18’s ticket – £2.00 »

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The Allure of Miss Lee

2020 celebrated the centenary of the birth of jazz icon Peggy Lee. A songwriter of note, an entertainer for 60 years and one of the great female jazz innovators. Some of her songs have always been in my repertoire, but I thought it was time to explore the extensive back catalogue of this troubled and very talented woman.

It has certainly been a fascinating, and at times, daunting, voyage of discovery exploring her rise from humble beginnings in North Dakota, to her first break as a big band singer with Benny Goodman through to her successful solo career as a singer/song writer and Hollywood actress. I say daunting because when a singer has produced over 50 albums, that’s quite a lot of songs to choose from.

The songs I have decided to feature in my show are first and foremost songs that I enjoy singing but that also chart Peggy Lee’s fascinating rise to fame and help explain how she maintained her prominence on the music scene for so many years.

Reviews for The Allure of Miss Lee

Holly Foster Wells, Peggy Lee’s granddaughter in charge of Miss Lee’s legacy , said

“I listened to her version of “The Folks Who Live On The Hill” and it’s really lovely.  Not at all an imitation but her quiet delivery captures the essence of Peggy Lee”.

Catherine Lima’s show The Allure of Miss Lee is a very fine piece of work .. London Jazz News (see full review)

Highly recommended. Excellent show, well researched and presented.  Steve Wright – Headgate Theatre

Great gig, great musicians and a lovely voice. Another National Jazz Archive goodie – Mike Rose – National Jazz Archive

We enjoyed your performance very much . . . so like the original arrangements we are familiar with. I closed my eyes during some of the passages, and thought, Yes, that is SO Peggy Lee, sung with great expression and tenderness – Mike Ewington, musician

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