“Fly” is the latest release from Scottish jazz singer Louise Dodds. This new album contains a mixture of original compositions alongside fresh arrangements of classic jazz standards, and highlights her skills as a vocalist, composer, lyricist, improviser and arranger.
Louise enlisted the musical talents of some of the country’s most talented and renowned jazz musicians for her first recording project in 7 years – John Pearce on piano, Dave Green on double bass, Steve Brown on drums and Martin Shaw on trumpet and flugelhorn. Together they have numerous jazz awards under their belts, and have performed with the likes of Anita O’day, Peggy Lee, Mark Murphy, Cleo Laine, Art Farmer, Humphrey Lyttleton, Coleman Hawkins and Benny Golson – just a small glimpse at their incredible careers. The album also features a new arrangement of All or Nothing at All by Scottish pianist David Patrick.
Since emerging on the Scottish jazz scene in 2005, Louise’s career as a jazz singer has seen her perform throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and her debut eponymous album was featured on several BBC Radio shows. Her UK tour for the album culminated in a headline date at Pizza on the Park, from where a live interview was broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds. She was also a semi-finalist at the International Jazz Vocalist Competition in 2012.
Now based in London, Louise has been performing around the city as well as continuing to perform in Scotland, Europe and the rest of the UK.