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Kaz Simmons

Raised in Hove, East Sussex and now based in London, Kaz made her stage debut singing solo at the age of four at the Brighton Dome. She studied Music at Goldsmiths University and Trinity College of Music and shortly after graduating, recorded her first album, the jazz based, Take Me Home (33 Records). In 2005 she was a finalist in the international www.jazzconnect.com competition, which featured 147 contestants from all around the world. She has performed with the likes of Lyn Dobson (Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake) and Jamie Cullum, Ife Tolentino and jazz wunderkind Gwilym Simcock is featured on Take Me Home. In 2007 she formed a record label, Fast Awake and released her second jazz album, Different Smile which showcased her songwriting skills for the first time, as well as her love of Brazilian music. Her third album Dandelions (Fast Awake, 2011) was a new departure for Kaz

Signs

Label: Fast Awake Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Last; I Know You; Your Love; For The Love Of The Big L; London Loves; Staying In; Signs; If Time Stopped; You Belong To Me.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases Of 2013

Read "Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases Of 2013" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

As 2013 drew to a close the Jazz Police appeared to be resurgent, at least in the UK--busily condemning those foolish enough to make and/or enjoy popular music and entertainment rather than listen to the latest cutting-edge ensemble from somewhere or other. Thankfully, the musicians just got on with it. In at least ten cases, they ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kaz Simmons: Signs

Read "Signs" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's album number four from London-based singer and songwriter Kaz Simmons. It's called Signs. It deftly explores the fertile ground that encompasses jazz, folk and the quirkier end of '70s British psych-rock--and it's a joy. Simmons has slimmed down her band for Signs--a small but perfectly formed quartet share the musical honors, compared to ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

The Art Of The Song

Read "The Art Of The Song" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singing is possibly the most universal of the arts, certainly of the musical arts. The human voice is the most portable of instruments, always there, always available. It's also the most expressive of instruments: almost every instrument invented in history has at some time or other been used to mimic the voice; none have truly succeeded.

Dandelions

Label: Fast Awake Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Whatever; Stuck; Pachamama; the Dandelion Song; Almost; The Wall; Nice Life; The End.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

What sort of a year did jazz have in 2011? On the evidence of my Top Ten, a very varied and fascinating one. The human voice did well--Liane Carroll and Kaz Simmons produced beautiful, engaging and honest recordings that stir the emotions in very different ways. Finland did alright too, thanks to superb albums from Iiro ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kaz Simmons: Dandelions

Read "Dandelions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Combining a voice of crystalline purity, a neat lyrical touch, some superb backing musicians and a few lushly romantic arrangements, Kaz Simmons' Dandelions has a gorgeous heart and a few twists and turns that surprise, delight and occasionally mystify by turn. This is Simmons' third album: the second on her own Fast Awake ...


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