Joy Ellis is a jazz pianist, singer and composer based in London and an alumni of Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In March 2022 Joy released her third album with long-time collaborators Henrik Jensen on double bass and drummer Adam Osmianski. Recorded at the end of May 2021 her new material has a relaxed and minimalist vibe in keeping with the album’s title, ‘Peaceful Place’.
Moving through the pandemic Joy felt there were no words she could sing to capture the grief and sense of loss that she and other people she knew had experienced. Therefore she decided to compose an album with no vocals at all using her other instrument and first love, the piano.
Joy has toured all over the UK supported by the Arts Council, England performing her original music at various venues and festivals including Manchester, Cheltenham and London Jazz Festivals and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. The release of Peaceful Place is generously supported by Help Musicians Do It Differently Fund.
‘Evocative, completely immersive, and unapologetically beautiful.’
Mike Gates, UK Vibe ★★★★★
‘Stylish maturity of composition and playing.’
Tony Benjamin, Jazzwise ★★★★ (Editor’s Choice)
‘The best recording she’s made to date’.
Peter Jones, All About Jazz ★★★★1/2
‘Sparkling new album’.
Jez Nelson, Jazz FM
‘A shimmering triumph’.
Chris Philips, Jazz FM
‘Peaceful Place variously reminds of Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans. Its unbroken atmosphere is
testament to the trio’s chemistry, their musicianship never overwhelming the material’.
Andy Cowan, MOJO Magazine