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Peter King and Liane Carroll at Dizzy's - Made in the UK Festival

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Monday night at Dizzy's at Jazz at the Lincoln Center sees the launch of the Made in the UK jazz concert series, with shows by legendary British saxophonist Peter King (7.30pm) and award-winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll and her trio (9.30pm).

For nearly forty years saxophonist Peter King has been internationally recognised as Europe's leading Parker-disciple. His virtuosity as a bebop player led him to play in small groups alongside Bud Powell, Max Roach and Milt Jackson and with the big bands of Count Basie, Ray Charles and Johnny Dankworth. His immensely powerful playing technique has continued to evolve drawing on more recent harmonic innovations, while never losing innate swing. King continues to tour regularly in Europe and is a regular soloist with the Charlie Watts Quintet, but his concert at Dizzy's marks a rare return to New York, backed here by the Antonio Ciacca Trio.

Singer/pianist Liane Carroll is one of the most popular figures on the UK jazz scene. A beautiful singer, her shows lead an audience through soulful blues, powerful funk, and heart-rending ballads all delivered with wit and charm. She has worked with a huge variety of artists from Sir Paul McCartney and Gerry Rafferty to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Since 2007 Carroll has won a number of awards including 'Best Vocalist' and 'Best of Jazz' categories at the BBC Jazz Awards and 'Musician of the Year' at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008.

This month Rochester and New York City are playing host to America’s largest ever series of UK jazz concerts in June 2009. Arts Council England and Wales Arts International have agreed to support the British artists programmed at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, New York (XRIJF), as part of their international concert series ‘Made in the UK’.

Produced by ESIP, the artists selected for the nine XRIJF concerts from 12 – 20 June are The Peter King Quartet, Liane Carroll Trio, the Neil Cowley Trio, Tessa Souter Quartet, Tony Kofi Quartet, Norma Winstone with Gareth Williams & Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio. Huw Warren and the Paula Gardiner Trio will also be performing representing ‘Welsh Jazz’.

Additional concerts in NYC will be launched with a double bill of BBC Jazz award winning singer-pianist, Liane Carroll, and legendary saxophonist Peter King at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center on 8 June. Neil Cowley is also confirmed for Joe’s’ Pub in New York on 16 June, with Grammy nominated singer Norma Winstone pairing up for a double bill at Sweet Rhythm with NYC-based Tessa Souter on 20 June, while saxophonists Tony Kofi and Tim Garland double up at the same venue on Sunday 21st.

Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio continue their tour with a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington on 23 June before heading to Chicago, and then finishing up at the Catalina in LA on 29 June. Neil Cowley's Trio will play a date at Boston's Cafe 939 on 12 June.

For press enquiries about ‘Made in the UK’, please contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services - jazzpromo@earthlink.net

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