Thanks so much to everyone who came down to my album launch at The 606 Club. Here are a few photos of the evening, with huge thanks to Andy Teo for the fantastic shots!
I had a wonderful time performing at the gorgeous Pheasantry jazz club on Kings Road, London. I was supporting Nadim Naaman, a West End musical theatre star who recently released an album of original songs We all want the same. He was joined by several seriously talented colleagues such as Will Barrett and Siubhan Harrison, all of whom made me feel really welcome. It was good I was performing first otherwise I might have been overly daunted!
It’s the first time I’ve played to a silent audience (compelled to listen by house policy!). It was lovely. I actually don’t mind if people are chatting whilst I’m singing in the background; to be honest I used to find the attention of people looking at me singing a bit unnerving. And it’s always a bit difficult to access music one is hearing for the first time, but people were really appreciative and several people came up and said how much they liked the songs. My band: Joe Davison on keys, Dave Holden on bass and Stuart Mann on drums were all so fab and I love the way they have translated my harmonies into backing vocals.
It was a particularly special evening for me as Haroon, my son, came up on stage to play sax on ‘Love Affair with Life’ a song by Sade. It was the first time we have ever played together and was one of those heart-warming, tear-choking, life-affirming moments that stay long in the memory.
Also had my first review, which is below. I like the description of my songs as ‘endearingly melancholic’
Crossover singer-songwriter Nazneen, by day a professor at the Royal Marsden Hospital and internationally recognised scientist, charmed as the gig’s supporting act with her intimate vocals and gentle vibrato. Accompanied by Davison and Holden plus Stuart Mann on drums, her endearingly melancholic original songs were complemented by covers of numbers by Kate Bush and Sade, which represented a welcome change of pace in her set. Appropriately enough, given that the event fell on Mother’s Day, Nazneen was joined onstage by her son Haroon Taylor on saxophone for her final number, ‘Running Wild’.
Christopher Wiley, Musical Theatre Review