We have played Functions, Night Clubs, Jazz Clubs, Village Halls, Cafe-Bars, Private homes, Gardens, Restaurants and even a Beach! Here are just a few of the kind things that have been said about us recently....
We have Cliff and Francesca here to play regular duo gigs for us on Saturday night - they play our piano and bring all kinds of instruments - love the congas Francesca! - Song Noir are: "Top Banana"!
Ed - owner of Platform Twelve Cafe Bar
We would like to thank you for your excellent performance at our 50th anniversary party on the 3rd of September. Your performance perfectly fitted the venue and the audience and we have had many comments about the warmth of the atmosphere and the quality of the music.
We were all very impressed by the wide range of material, from Gershwin to Lou Reed, and the musicianship and style which melded the performance with wit and imagination. We would like to thank you for the thought and professionalism that had gone into the organisation and presentation.
It was a great night. Wonderful voice, musicianship and you matched the performance to the night and the audience beautifully. Really nice atmosphere. Many thanks and look forward to future collaborations.
Paul and the Halesworth Gallery Committee
Song Noir were completely professional and are welcome back anytime Manager Junction Bar Night Club Berlin
“The best jazz evening so far” “Song Noir were excellent and put on a great show” “A memorable evening, Song Noir really reached out to the audience”
These were just a few of the views of audience members after Song Noir played two cracking hour-long sets at the Courthouse on a rainy Friday evening in November. The Song Noir duo of Cliff and Francesca, sympathetically and expertly supported by their friends Cath Evans on percussion and Simon Brown on piano, explored musical areas which were beyond the strict definition of “jazz” but the sell-out audience generously showed their appreciation.
The songs ranged from jazz standards by Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin to covers of more recent material – Amy Winehouse, Madeleine Peyroux, even Adele! The first set was more “jazzy” and the second stretched the boundaries through careful use of Cliff’s MPC sampling box of tricks with some soul, r n b and reggae.
Throughout the evening Francesca bewitched the audience with her pitchperfect singing, Cath varied the percussion by using a traditional drum kit and also a cajon slap drum and Simon, a stalwart of the Norwich jazz scene, proved that he could play reggae piano too!
Cliff connected with the audience by giving background on the songs and how they had approached their versions – and played magical sax and flute. It was obvious how much effort had been put into the evening not only from the resulting music but in the communication that we had with Cliff before the gig.
After a visit to the Courthouse in the summer, Cliff knew what the intimate venue could provide – and loved the sound in the room that he could get from his sax! Cliff gave us publicity material in good time for us to to get the word out and it paid off with the gig selling out two weeks before the night.
We couldn’t have been more happy to have had Song Noir entertain us and they have certainly set the bar high for future Courthouse jazz nights - we’ve already been in touch to book them for a return gig in autumn 2016 – can’t wait!
Ian Runeckles, Blofield Courthouse committee member
Song Noir created a wonderful atmosphere for my guests for my house party! by the end of the evening everyone was dancing, singing or playing a percussion instrument that Francesca had given them - an unforgettable night my friends are still talking about Brigitte Ladwig Munster Germany Private Party Function