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REVIEWS

WHAT THE PROMOTERS SAY..

"All the patrons told me you were the best they've seen here, and I agree. You are a breath of fresh air in the Jazz scene!"
- Denny Noble -The Allen Club

"I thought your music provided the perfect sound for the National Theatre Foyer, I'd be delighted to have you back anytime."
- David Gallagher NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON

"You and your band are so talented. It was a rare and wonderful treat. Everyone was so full of praise and we greatly enjoyed your repertoire, a strong selection - obviously songs that are close to your heart with early Jazz roots, yet accessible to the Jazz novice."
Promoter - Sophy Layzell

"I would like to compliment Katya and the guys for a fantastic performance - beautiful!"
- Old Cock Inn

"Katya, I really enjoyed your show, your connection to the audience as well as a great upbeat performance! I would love to have you back."
- Joogleberry Playhouse

"Katya, it was a pleasure to have you, the performance was excellent."
- Speakeasy Tavern

"LOVE TO HAVE YOU BACK!"
- Cinnamon Club

 

VIVANTE ONLINE MAGAZINE REVIEW

Canadian Jazz vocalist, Katya Gorrie, will be a name that fans of vocals will want to watch in the future. She is a vocalist of the sultry variety. She can sing low and sexy or with passion and drive, singing a tender ballad or a song of regret and loss she has the technical and emotional range to do it all.

The band on Pousse Café are more then capable: Denny Ilett, guitar, Oli Hayhurst, double bass, Frosty Beedle, drums and the wonderful Mike Gorman, Hammond organ & piano. They are perfectly in step with Katya’s music- called upon to be a little funky or bluesy or maybe to lay back and swing while the lady does her stuff- these chaps know their brief. Mike Gorman provides plenty of tasty Hammond to keep things interesting while Denny Ilett is a versatile and stylish guitarist.

This is JAZZ VOCAL WITH JUICE. Katya’s take on ‘Must be Catching’ and ‘Whatever Lola wants Lola Gets’ highlight the approach of this album very well- exciting swinging and pulsing with hints of the darkly erotic never far away. Katya also does lovely adaptations of both ‘Once upon a Summertime’ and Billy Strayhorn’s ‘Lush Life’ Very good album that all fans of vocal jazz can enjoy.

-- Sean Ormond Vivante Magazine

 

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 BOXFORD FLEECE REVIEW

Katya Gorrie – Pousse Café

Last October I was invited to the Fleece Jazz Club in Boxford Suffolk to review guitarist Denny Ilett who is a very respected musician and arranger.

The bonus was the band included a new to the UK Canadian singer Katya Gorrie and my expectations were that she would be sitting in on a couple of songs to give her some exposure to the British jazz scene. I could not have been more wrong and the band was really geared up to showcase Katya’s talents. The rest of the musicians including Denny Ilett on guitar and vocals, Mike Gorman on piano, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Dylan Howe on drums. They gelled together to provide one of the best jazz groups I have seen for sometime. This musical platform catapulted Katya into one of the most enjoyable singers I have ever heard and her musical background in Vancouver really showed her talent and professional attitude to her art of the jazz singer.

The gig started with a very unusual up-tempo version of Big Spender, which turned a good song into a real toe tapper and set the scene for what was a tremendously enjoyable and satisfying evening. The Fleece has a reputation for bringing the best out of any musicians who play there and I can confirm this to be a fact, the only other jazz club which managed to do the same is the now tragically closed Vortex in Stoke Newington, London.

For anyone who wants to get a sample of Katya Gorrie’s talent, she has released her first CD called Pousse Café with the same line up of musicians apart from Frosty Beedle who takes over on drums. It is very difficult to re-create the excitement of such a talented group on CD but they have made a very good effort to bring the live performance to your living room with a full and smooth recording.

Pousse Café starts with ‘Big Spender,’ as did the live gig and continues with a varied selection of ballads and up tempo numbers including ‘On a little street in Singapore’ and ‘Born to be Blue’ all of which show her individual style and approach to the music. Katya satisfies my needs for a straight forward jazz singer in the same way as Holly Cole has in the past. Buy the CD and also search out a live gig you won’t be disappointed!

-- Tony Andrews

 

VEUNE MAGAZINE REVIEW

The Suavely composed classic Jazz singer Katya Gorrie transforms nightclub! The comparatively unknown vocalist started her set with a surprisingly downplayed arrangement of ‘Big Spender’, briskly getting right to the point. She somehow sounded both jaded and brash, asserting her right to both the song and the stage. It’s the opening track on her 2004 CD ‘Pousse Cafe’, and the album, like her live performances, oozes with confidence as she lays claim to a place in the increasingly crowded world of jazz singers.

Her band are a tight quartet with prominent playing by Denny Ilett on guitar, firmly propelling songs like ‘On a Little Street in Singapore’ towards a deft Wes Montgomery- style solo before slipping back unobtrusively.

Ms Gorrie’s taste in songs emphasize melody and musicality, generally swinging from a tale of love lost (‘Lush Life’) to the casual power of the femme fatale (‘Whatever Lola Wants’) But whatever Katya sings, she imbues it with a consistent presence and quality that leave you in no doubt she knows exactly what she wants and, like Lola, she surely intends to get it.

-- Tony Benjamin, Venue Magazine

BATH CHRONICLE REVIEW

Katya Gorrie Band
Moles Jazz & Blues Club
Sunday, September 26

Moles Club, for 25 years a rock emporium, was transformed into a jazz scene and an urbane nightclub for a few candlelit hours last Sunday.

It takes more than candles and a few tables to create a jazz club, It actually takes good jazz, and that’s where Katya Gorrie and her Band stepped up to make it a richly memorable night.

It was quickly apparent that Katya, a recent arrival from Vancouver, Canada is an experienced and professional singer, clearly a jazz singer. She is at home on stage, with confidence, timing, vocal accuracy and a terrifically interesting repertoire of tunes, mostly by the classic Tin Pan alley writers, but not often essayed by most jazz singers.

What truly sets her apart, though, is not her expertise (there’s Plenty of that in jazz these days) or her song choices, it is the Personality she brings to her singing. She has a breathy, intimate voice which never dips too far into coyness, a touch of earthiness and a sexy delivery that also never descends into parody. In other words, just right. She sings with straightforward attention to the lyric, clear enunciation and a respect for the melodic content of each song. She sells each song like it’s the only song she’s singing that night, and she's singing it just to you.

Another thing that sets Katya apart is her partner, guitarist Denny Ilett. His playing comes straight out of the Wes Montgomery-George Benson school with full-bodied creamy tone and liquid flurries of notes. He steps out with an extremely strong blues side; they did several blues numbers which Katya sings with the style of a latter day Peggy Lee. Denny also has a welcome tinge of rock that makes not only his solos, but his accompaniment, exciting. We’re not talking about power chords and Van Halen finger-tapping here, just a bit of crunchy distortion, a wider range of tones, an effect here and there and the occasional accompaniment lick that draws more from Roger McGuinn than Freddie Green. All in all, Katya and Denny make a refreshingly good team that can do the chantoozy jazz standards thing without suffocating in retro-ness.

Huge musical depth was lent the gig by double bassist Dave Goodier, probably the premier jazz acoustic bassist in the Southwest. Once he got his volume right, he was, as usual, brilliant – playing some cool blues on that thing, too. Drummer Andy Tween is a master, which is why he is everyone’s drummer of choice, from John Law to Pee Wee Ellis these days and he helped make things swing very nicely.

Some of the outstanding – and unusual – songs were Mel Torme’s Born To Be Blue, The House Is Haunted by the Echo of Your last Goodbye, previously done by Kay Starr, Mel Torme and Marc Almond, Horace Silver’s Song For My Father and Jacques Brel’s Jackie.

The night had all the qualities of a scene in the making, with just the right combination of musicians in to check out the new band and hang out, along with jazz fans and curious punters. It was a pleasant night indeed and had a slight feel of the possibility of history in the making.

-- Charley Dunlap, BATH CHRONICLE

 

 

 

 

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