The historic London studios responsible for some of the most famous recordings in pop and rock history, from the Beatles to Pink Floyd and Ed Sheeran, has announced it has reopened for business, following a 10 week closure.Having shut for the first time in its near 90-year history back in March, Abbey Road studios in St John’s Wood today opened its doors, with social distancing measures in place, to conduct a virtual recording session with jazz star Melody Gardot – and an entire orchestra.
American jazz singer Melody Gardot is inviting musicians around the world to play along digitally on her new album to overcome the solitude and financial strain of coronavirus lockdowns. For the song "From Paris with Love" on her new album, Gardot is asking orchestra musicians worldwide - strings, woodwinds or harp - to contribute remotely by playing along to a score and a backing track. Confined in her home in Paris, Gardot had been set to record part of her new album with the London Symphony
Grace Jones and Burt Bacharach are among the headline acts announced today for the 2016 Love Supreme Festival taking place in Sussex in July. The festival, which started 2013, is the UK’s only major greenfield jazz festival. Also appearing this year will be Dutch sensation Caro Emerald, Melody Gardot and Kelis. Jones, the Jamaican-born singer and actress, is popular in the UK, where she had a hit in 1981 with the single Pull Up to the Bumper.