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Viviana Zarbo jazz quartet

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Brasserie Zédel , 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED, London

Sicilian born but a London resident, Viviana Zarbo is starting to make waves on the UK jazz scene

Inspired by the great divas of jazz and the golden era actresses, she presents an elegant American songbook with a touch of Mediterranean sounds, and a selection of Italian, French and Brazilian tunes for a delightful vintage-style finish.

"Charming and…with a true passion for storytelling, Viviana Zarbo very much knows how to hold an audience…definitely the real deal “The Jazz.co.Uk”

Sicilian by birth but adopted by Britain, Viviana Zarbo comes back to the Pheasantry with a show celebrating the famous Italian songs which served as the background of her childhood in Italy. “I discovered many Italian music golden age treasures thanks to my father’s music cassettes, which he played on the car stereo, and I sang along. It is by singing those songs that I first found my love for singing”. However, her “amore” (Italian for “love”) for singing has become, in time, influenced by her favourite songs by the jazz divas, which she discovered along her artistic path in the UK. All these elements will be presented in a show made up of different musical styles, linguistic varieties, and surprises … not to be missed!

£15

Viviana Zabo presents Bad Girls

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Live at Zedel -The Crazy Coqs-, 20 Sherwood Street , London W1F 7ED

Don’t worry, this is not a show about “femmes fatales” or helpless victims… Viviana Zarbo and her top class jazz band remember some of the most important ladies in jazz, cinema and music – the ones who left an indelible mark on our hearts – with unforgettable timeless tunes.

The ‘Bad Girls’ celebrated will include Josephine Baker and Carmen Miranda from the days of naughty revues, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald from the golden era of jazz, ageless cinema stars Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren, and contemporary chanteuses like Madonna and Amy Winehouse, to name but a few.

Charming and strong, with a true passion for storytelling, Viviana is a versatile artist who is making very sweet musical waves in the Uk Jazz scene.

“ Zarbo very much knows how to hold an audience imagination…the audience could not keep their eyes from the stage” – The Jazz UK

“A velvety voice that Viviana has learnt to use well … a debut worth noting” – Jazz in Europe

£20

Viviana Zarbo jazz quartet

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Brasserie Zédel , 20 Sherwood St, London W1F 7ED, London

Sicilian born but a London resident, Viviana Zarbo is starting to make waves on the UK jazz scene

Inspired by the great divas of jazz and the golden era actresses, she presents an elegant American songbook with a touch of Mediterranean sounds, and a selection of Italian, French and Brazilian tunes for a delightful vintage-style finish.

"Charming and…with a true passion for storytelling, Viviana Zarbo very much knows how to hold an audience…definitely the real deal “The Jazz.co.Uk”

Viviana Zarbo live at 606 Jazz Club

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606 JAZZ CLUB , 90 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD

“...Viviana Zarbo very much knows how to hold an audience…definitely the real deal” TheJazz.co.uk

Italian-born but a London resident, singer/actress Viviana Zarbo is starting to make waves on the UK jazz scene. Since graduating from the American Musical Theatre Academy of London in 2014 Viviana has developed an innovative repertoire from the Great American Songbook, re-interpreting the songs by drawing inspiration from great jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Sarah Vaughan. At the same time she also incorporates influences from actresses/singers such as Julie London, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. She has performed regularly at some of London's most established music venues, including Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott’s and Crazy Coqs and has recently launched her debut album "Take Away" on the prestigious jazz record label 33Jazz Records. A classy and elegant performer with a sumptuous voice and winning delivery, her gigs are always swinging and fun.

"Charming and…with a true passion for storytelling, Viviana Zarbo very much knows how to hold an audience…definitely the real deal" thejazz.co.uk; “Take Away” is the expression of …a velvety voice that Viviana has learnt to use well…a debut worth noting" Jazz in Europe

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I am not Marilyn

Live at Zedel -The Crazy Coqs-, 20 Sherwood Street , London W1F 7ED

Andy Warhol’s paintings, the cheeky song for JFK’s birthday, a white skirt billowing over a subway grating.

Marilyn’s icon was build upon her unique blend of childlike innocence and provocative feminine sexuality. Despite being indisputably a hugely famous actress and a “bombshell”, Marilyn contributed to set the standards of the Jazz and Swing golden age of the 1940s/50s. Her breathy brassy voice singing My Heart Belongs to Daddy, I’m Through With Love or Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend is history.

Today, having premiered to sold out houses, and gained excellent reviews at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, Viviana Zarbo reinterprets her songs – masterpieces composed by geniuses like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin – in a personal way, devoid of clichés, with an amazing jazz trio.

Viviana creates an atmosphere in which tales of Marilyn’s life are intertwined with tales from her own life, and Marilyn’s role as an artistic model which shaped Viviana’s career is recounted through the great diva’s songs.

£20

Don’t worry, this is not a show about 'Femmes Fatale' or helpless victims! Viviana Zarbo and her top class jazz band are happy to mark International Women’s Day by remembering some of the most important ladies in jazz, cinema and music - the ones who left an indelible mark on our hearts - with unforgettable timeless tunes.

The ‘Bad Girls’ celebrated will include Josephine Baker and Carmen Miranda from the days of naughty revues, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald from the golden era of jazz, ageless cinema stars Rita Hayworth and Sophia Loren, and contemporary chanteuses like Madonna and Amy Winehouse, to name but a few.

Charming and strong, with a true passion for storytelling, Viviana is a versatile artist who is making very sweet musical waves in the Uk Jazz scene. “She can switch from being sensual as breathing to being as scary as a she-devil in a heartbeat” Somenthing Else. Band Line up" Viviana Zarbo: Vocals Chris Neill: piano Robin Banerjee: guitar Ali Watson: double bass Alfonso Vitale: drums Uccio Gaeta: percussions

£15

Viviana Zarbo with the Andrew Wood Trio

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Peggy’s Skylight , 3 George St, Nottingham

“ … Charming and strong, a velvet voice with a true passion for the storytelling, VIVIANA ZARBO very much knows how to hold an audience imagination, is definitely THE REAL DEAL........ the audience could not keep their eyes from the stage” - Jazz UK

Singer and performer, Italian-born but a London resident, Viviana is a versatile artist whose musical theatre background enriched and enhanced her naturally multifaceted jazz vibe and she is starting to make waves on the UK jazz scene. Having premiered to sold out houses in some of London's most established music venues, including Pizza Express Soho, The Peasantry, The 606 Jazz Club and gained excellent reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Viviana will be bringing her love of jazz and swing from the Golden Era at the at Peggy’s Skylight for the first time, accompanied by the wonderful Andrew Wood Trio.

Viviana has developed an innovative repertoire from the Great American Songbook, re-interpreting the songs by drawing inspiration from great jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Sarah Vaughan. At the same time she also incorporates influences from actresses/singers such as Julie London, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland and and she has recently launched her debut album "Take Away" on the prestigious jazz record label 33Jazz Records.

A classy and elegant performer with a sumptuous voice and winning delivery, her gigs are always swinging and fun. As she puts it: "with my shows I like to convey my love for jazz and swing, taking audiences back to the 1940's and 50s, from the streets of Harlem to the movie studios of California". A perfect way to spend a musical Sunday afternoon.

Marilyn's icon was build upon her unique blend of childlike innocence and provocative feminine sexuality. Despite being indisputably a hugely famous actress and a "bombshell", Marilyn contributed to set the standards of the Jazz and Swing golden age of the 1940s/50s. Her breathy brassy voice singing My Heart Belongs to Daddy, I'm Through With Love or Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend is history. Today, having premiered to sold out houses, and gained excellent reviews at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, Viviana Zarbo reinterprets her songs - masterpieces composed by geniuses like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin - in a personal way, devoid of clichés, surrounded by two amazing jazz musicians: Chris Neill on piano and Stephanie Legg on saxophone. Viviana creates an atmosphere in which tales of Marilyn's life are intertwined with tales from her own life, and Marilyn's role as an artistic model which shaped Viviana's career is recounted through the great diva's songs. ⭐⭐⭐⭐- Edinburgh Guide - "Viviana brings a sensuous, soulful mood and manner to her own modern interpretations...Ms Zarbo exudes vintage glamour as she relates Marilyn's short, tragic life-story with charming humour, heartfelt emotion and exuberant vivacity." ⭐⭐⭐⭐- The Southside Advertiser - "Slickly paced with a nice vintage jazz feel...that natural ability for singing and performing is something that Viviana shares with Marilyn".

Viviana Zarbo Jazz Trio

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Toulouse Lautrec Brasserie & Jazz Bar, 140 Newington Butts, Kennington,, SE11 4RN, London

Singer and actress, Viviana was born in Italy (Sicily). She has been based in London where she has graduated at The American Musical Theatre Academy of London and thanks to her great versatility, she has approached the world of jazz, researching common features between jazz music and musicals, and taking this stunning experience of contamination as a starting point, she has developed an innovative repertoire of music and songs somehow recalling the music from the American Songs Real Book which she endeavours to re-interpret by drawing inspiration from great female singers like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'day, Sarah Vaughan, and the theatrical verve of actress-singers like Julie London, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland; she also likes to venture into other genres that suit her voice and style, like Bossa Nova, Pop, Italian Classics, Musical theatre and Waltz musette.

Charming and strong, a velvet e voice with a true passion for the storytelling, VIVIANA ZARBO very much knows how to hold an audience imagination, is definitely THE REAL DEAL........ the audience could not keep their eyes from the stage .... The Jazz UK

Viviana Zarbo – Vocals Stephanie Legg – Sax Chris Neill – Piano

Viviana Zarbo at the 606

606 JAZZ CLUB , 90 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0QD

For this special Sunday lunch-time show, Viviana Zarbo presents a special musical recipe:

4lb 8oz of jazzy American songs real book

5 cups of Italian 1950/1960s nostalgia

4 cloves of swing

2 heaped tablespoons of funky

a dash of Bossa Nova

a pinch of Mambo

This mouth-watering concoction will be then crafted to perfection on stage. Amy Winehouse’s guitarist Robin Banerjee will gently mix the ingredients, while the young prodigy Ali Watson on double bass and the powerful drummer Uccio Gaeta will look after the balance of the flavours and the cooking time. The delicious result will be then served on a bed of note petals by Viviana. Join us for an unforgettable music lunch… tuck in!

Viviana Zarbo Jazz Duo

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Toulouse Lautrec Brasserie & Jazz Bar, 140 Newington Butts, Kennington,, SE11 4RN, London

Charming and strong, a velvet voice with a true passion for the storytelling, London based Italian singer Viviana Zarbo. She will be presenting some of her favourite music from across the world and generation in her fresh jazz way with the brilliant Duo, with Joe Bickerstaff on piano