Rachel Sutton Quartet
wall2wall Jazz Festival
Time / Date
Saturday 1 September 2018
- Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD
Festival Quick Links
- w2w Plus: Various dates and times
- Festival Dinner: 7pm for 7.30pm
- Dale Store – Sounds of New Orleans: 7pm
- Ben Creighton Griffiths (Jazz in the Bar): 8.15pm
- Enrico Tomasso Quartet – Swing ‘Till You Bop: 9.15pm
- Daniel Newbury Quintet: 12.15pm
- Dave Jones and Guests (Jazz in the Bar): Various times
- Alison Rayner Quintet: 2.30pm
- Ben Holder Quartet: 4.45pm
- Rachel Sutton Quartet: 7pm
- Tony Kofi Quartet: 9.15pm
2nd September: Jazz Alley (free entry)
2nd September: Charity Swing Party
- Electric Swing Circus: 8pm and 9.15pm (doors open 7pm)
Main Sponsor 2018
Rachel Sutton spent her childhood in the Kent countryside and grew up listening to the romantic ballads of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, together with the soulful sounds of Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel.
Rachel studied theatre at Glamorgan University and The Welsh College of Music and Drama. She went on to play some of the lead roles in Shakespeare, touring with theatre companies across the UK and Europe. Her appearance in the award winning rock musical, ‘The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid’ propelled Rachel into the world of singing full time.
It is her background in theatre that adds an extra dimension to her performance, which is both exciting and moving for her audiences. She recently appeared in the jazz musical ‘Lansky: The Mob’s Money Man’ at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at Cadogan Hall, where her performances received great acclaim.
Rachel’s work as a lyricist has been included on the album ‘In My Wildest Dreams’, featuring Liane Carroll, Lance Ellington and Jane Milligan.
She now collaborates with some of the best musicians on the jazz scene and her extensive repertoire, including her own compositions, is both exciting and moving for her audiences.
“Rachel has a powerful, soulful voice and great delivery”. John Etheridge
“Rachel Sutton’s soaring vocals pack a power and perception which belie her years.” Jazz Journal
Rachel has performed sell out gigs at top London jazz clubs as well as venues and festivals across the UK and abroad. Her theatrical training is at the core of every song, and her flair for entertainment and easy rapport with an audience is gaining her a first class reputation.
Amongst Rachel’s band members is a very fine headline act in his own right – the versatile and brilliant Roland Perrin (Annie Ross, Dudu Pukwana, Brotherhood of Breath, Salsa Celtica).
On drums, there is the extraordinary Paul Robinson, who played with Nina Simone for many years. Completing the line up is the contagious grooves of top session bass player, Curtis Ruiz.
Her wall2wall show will feature classics from the American Songbook, beautiful arrangements of more modern material, and some of Rachel’s achingly tender original pieces.