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How to build a Pousse Café:

This is not a drink for the novice bartender... however it takes more patience than skill to get it right.

ounce Raspberry Syrup
ounce Anisette
ounce Parfait Amour
ounce Yellow Chartreuse
ounce Green Chartreuse
ounce Curaçao
ounce Cognac

Use a bar spoon to pour each layer into the serving glass, exactly in the order listed. One layer should float upon another.

Recipe from DrinkStreet.com

Other options:

Equal Parts: Sloe Gin, Anisette, Green Creme de Menthe, Blackberry Brandy

Equal Parts: Amaretto Almond Liqueur, Bailey's Irish Cream & Cointreau

Equal Parts: Orange Curacao, Kirschwasser, Cognac & Green Chartreuse

Equal Parts: Grenadine syrup, Creme de Cacao, cointreau, green Creme de Menthe, white Creme de Menthe, green Chartreuse, cognac

Some bartenders like to set it aflame before serving... use your own judgement.


The Recipe...

Pousse Café is not a solo project.

Credit must go to the outstanding musicians who along with Katya recorded the whole album in an astonishing seven hours.

Denny Ilett: Guitar, Arranger, Producer, Musical Director

Mike Gorman: Hammond Organ, Piano

Oli Hayhurst: Double Bass

Frosty Beedle: Drums


Additionally, the production team deserves their own round of applause:

Engineered & Mixed by Keith James

Mastered by Tim Turan @ Turanaudio

Recorded at Big Squeak Studios on January 26th, 2004

Produced by Katya Gorrie & Denny Ilett

Album Photography by Lee Niel

Album Design by Nathan Brett Bowen, Left Design


Denny IlettBiography - Denny Ilett

At the age of eight Denny began to play the trumpet. It may have had something to do with the fact that his father Denny Sr., who is one of the UK’s finest trumpet players, would take pleasure in sneaking into his room at seven in the morning to blow reverie.

In school, age fourteen, Denny, started arranging for the school jazz band, and by sixteen discovered the GUITAR inspired by the likes of Hendrix and Jimmy Page. By eighteen, he joined a Django-esque group called Gypsy Jazz & played rhythm guitar for several years. He then began freelancing, leading several groups before he began teaching for the Oxford County Music Service and conducting and arranging for the Oxford University Big Band.

Denny eventually formed his own seventeen piece Big Band, conducting his own arrangements while playing the guitar and singing like ol’ blue eyes. In the mid nineties Denny returned to some of his initial guitar influences and joined the Lewis Taylor band signed to Island Records. He then met the wonderful gospel singer from New Orleans, Lillian Boutte and spent the next six years touring continental Europe, the U.S. and Australia, playing Jazz festivals, clubs and giving workshops.

Denny has run a Jazz night in Oxford for twelve years. He has written children’s songs, jingles, and commercials for the advertising company Tom Dick&Debbie, and has toured with the comedy duo MEL & SUE. He has worked with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Steve Howe, Clark Terry, Red Holloway, John Etherigde, Humphery Lyttleton, Warren Vache and Jim Mullen to name a few.

Denny is now working, writing, recording and performing with his partner, Jazz vocalist Katya Gorrie.


Mike GormanBiography - Mike Gorman

Born in Sheffield, attended University College Salford 1990-1993 where he gained a BA(Hons) in Band Musicianship. He attended the Postgraduate Diploma Jazz Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1995-1996 and since then has been working in London and throughout the UK. Has worked with US players Jimmy Witherspoon, Bill Watrous, Ken Peplowski, Basie band alto player, Brad Leali, Lanny Morgan. Has played with UK musicians including Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Martin Drew, Stacey Kent, Mornington Lockett, Matt Wates, Gilad Atzmon, Andy Panayi, Jim Mullen, Guy Barker, Dave O'Higgins, Trudi Kerr, Adam Philips, Jamie O'Donnell, Alison Neale, Paul Jones and Rick Bolton. He has recorded 'The Mood Was There' with the Holly Slater Quintet live at Ronnie Scott's and also appears on The Kick Horns album 'The Other Foot' (Lakeview), Peter Cook Septet 'That's Cooking' (Harlem), Richard Bolton Band 'City-Life Ballads and Funk' (Babel. Mike released his debut album "The Maze" on the label 33 Records in March 2002. The album received much critical acclaim and was named Jazz CD of the Month in the November '02 BBC Music Magazine.


Oli HayhurstBiography - Oli Hayhurst

Since moving to London from Cambridge in 1995 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, Oli Hayhurst has worked in a wide range of musical fields, playing bass guitar, double bass and guitarron. He was a founder member of The Orient House Ensemble with Gilad Atzmon with whom he toured extensively in the UK and Europe. He is currently working with saxophonist Tim Whitehead and singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma. He has also backed artists as diverse as Melanie C, Cara Dillon, Bob Monkhouse and Martin Speake.
Some quotes about Oli Hayhurst;
" Good solid bass playing" - Bernard Purdie
" ...like a well oiled machine" - Dick Heckstall-Smith
"You play very musical solos, you bastard!" - Pete Jacobsen


Frosty BeedleBiography - Frosty Beedle

Born: September 18, 1961 in England
Career Highlights:
* Cutting Crew drummer 1985 - 1991
* Resident player on QE2 cruise ship
* Played on Zucchero's Miserere (1994)
* Played on Marie Claire D'Ubaldo (1994)
* Played on Never The Bride (1995)
* Played on Sarah Brightman's La Luna (2000)





"Katya & Denny make a refreshingly good team that can do the chantoozy jazz thing without suffocating into retro-ness." - Bath Chronicle

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