"..her voice is magnificent" - Everything Theatre
Rebecca Askew is an experienced freelance performer, composer, vocal animateur, musical director and theatre maker with a background in jazz and improvised music; she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As both a soloist and an ensemble musician, she has performed at home and abroad, in venues large and small, including Shakespeare's Globe, the National Theatre and jazz clubs up and down the country.
As a composer and bandleader, she has toured her music to venues and festivals around the UK and abroad, including the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House). She receives commissions for her work and has written and arranged many choral pieces.
WOMEN IN JAZZ
An evening of songs and stories that celebrate female jazz composers of the twentieth century, featuring songs from some of the most accomplished and prolific musicians who created hits for the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.
Illustrated with archive audio and visuals the show tells the story of the woman who was instrumental in shaping the sound of the swing band era; introduces the woman from South London who was in Harlem that day in 1958 when Art Kane took his iconic photograph of jazz musicians; and solves the mystery of the two Irenes.
With multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson, pianist Victoria Wilson and bassist John Bedford