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15 - 24 November 2024


Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot

Sat 19 November 2022

Stage time / 7:30pm

Doors / 7:00pm

Icons Voices


Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall,
Belvedere Road

Developing a career in music after a life-threatening bicycle accident, the American songstress has drawn comparisons to Laura Nyro, Nina Simone and Eva Cassidy.

Melody Gardot reached critical acclaim following the release of her debut album ‘Worrisome Heart’, which was reissued in 2007 by the Verve label.  In 2020, she worked with award winning producer, Larry Klein (known for his work with Joni Mitchell) for ‘Sunset in the Blue’, which featured an all-star cast of studio contributors including Till Bronner, Antonio Zambujo and arranger Vince Mendoza. 

'Sunset in the Blue’ is yet another benchmark record in the tradition of jazz music, showcasing Gardot’s grand insight as an original songwriter and her beautiful alto voice. She will be performing this album for the first time in London, for the Festival audiences.

Support for Melody Gardot comes from Toronto-based French/American Jazz singer Laura Anglade. Making a name for herself in the jazz world, Laura’s singing is reminiscent of many of the great vocal stylists of the 20th century including Anita O’Day, Shirley Horn, and Blossom Dearie, but her voice is uniquely her own. She digs emotionally and eloquently into a standard, her story-telling abilities portray a soul beyond her years.

The EFG Elements Series returns with 4 shows hand-picked in collaboration with our title sponsors, EFG, representing the richness and diversity of the Festival. The series reinforces our shared commitment to the next generation of emerging talent as well as the creation of new music.

Jazz FM’s Nigel Williams says:

'Melody Gardot performs her Sunset in the Blue album in the UK for the first time. The album that got me through Lockdown! Especially the line from ‘From Paris with Love,’ they fall in love like falling out of bed!'

That astonishing voice had a way of flaring into a sultry rasp, blending sexiness, defiance and vulnerability that evoked French singers of old

★★★★ Telegraph

When you rouse yourself from Gardot’s dream, it can be hard to recall any individual song, but the reverie is beautiful.

★★★★ The Telegraph

From our sponsors, the EFG Elements Series will reveal a range of handpicked shows from EFG.

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