Gigs

Devon Harrison Quintet

Jazz @ The Bonded Warehouse

Jazz and classical vocalist Devon joins Mark & Theo Buckingham to reprise some of the great songs of Johnny Hartman, Billy Eckstine, Oscar Brown Jr., Horace Silver & Gregory Porter, in an evening full of soul. Devon is one of the most versatile and charismatic jazz singers currently performing today. His rich baritone voice, seductive in popular ballads, also demonstrates controlled power and flexibility in a variety of mid and up-tempo jazz, blues and soul classics. Devon's passion for music was awakened early on at his home in London from the sounds of the Caribbean and America, from ska & rocksteady, reggae, calypso, blues, jazz and soul, to British pop music and, later on, opera. All contributing to meld into his own unique style.

His first real opportunity as lead vocalist came in the late eighties when he was asked if he would stand in for the regular vocalist in a band led by the brilliant alto player - and former Maynard Ferguson sideman - Andy Mackintosh. The evening was a huge success and he continued as the regular vocalist for some while and was encouraged by the likes of Art Themen, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Don Weller, Gail Thompson, Jim Mullen, Dudu Pukwana, Ronnie Ross, & Harry Beckett. Devon has gone on to perform with many well-known artists, ensembles, show bands, and theatre companies and in his own right as a lead vocalist. Between 1986 and 1995 he toured the Caribbean with Soca band 'Kalabash', India with his Soul Revue Show, Australia as lead and backing vocalist in 'The Elton John Tribute Show', and in Europe with legendary soul singer and songwriter Eddie Floyd.

With Mark on saxes, Theo on drums. Richard Hughes on keyboards and Wayne Matthews on bass,