‘British songwriters rule the world’ – The Guardian. ‘Jo Harrop & British Standard TIme’ is a unique jazz project in which Harrop and pianist/arranger Alex Webb present an evening of British songwriting at its best. From the jazz-era masters Ray Noble and Eric Maschwitz to music theatre writers like Antony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and Lionel Bart, from the pop giants Lennon & McCartney to Elvis Costello and Amy Winehouse, Harrop and Webb mine a rich seam of material and present it in a cool, contemporary jazz format.
Expect classics like These Foolish Things, The Very Thought Of You, As Long As He Needs Me, Roxanne, Almost Blue and Norwegian Wood as well as forgotten gems by John Dankworth and Victor Feldman – along with some carefully-chosen originals and a couple of surprises. The usual band line-up is Alex Webb (piano), Jihad Darwish (bass), Pete Hill (drums), Denys Baptiste or Tony Kofi (saxes), Ife Ogunjobi or Andy Davies (trumpet).
‘A singing sensation…. her voice is amazing’ – Bebop Spoken Here Blog on Jo Harrop. Durham-born Jo ‘was born to sing jazz!’ according to Blues & Soul magazine. Her warm, intimate voice reflects her childhood absorption of the records of Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Julie London & Peggy Lee, the vocal masters who inspired her to sing. In the pop world she has provided backing vocals for major names including Neil Diamond, Liann Rimes and Enrique Iglesias; her co-written song ‘Little Laughter’ was recorded by Acoustic Alchemy on their album ‘Radio Contact’. She has worked all the London jazz venues including the Jazz Café where she supported The Blind Boys of Alabama; her fans include composer Howard Blake OBE and jazz pioneer Courtney Pine CBE. Jo Harrop recently guested on the recent album ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb & The Copasetics, delivering what jazzman.com called ‘a smoothly sumptuous vocal’ on the Webb original ‘End of The Affair’, with the album receiving four-star reviews in the Guardian and Evening Standard.