The Jake Fryer Quartet with Special Guest Melanie Stace
"Jake Fryer is a stellar saxophonist who has earned a reputation as a player to be watched." - L.A. Jazz Scene
Jake has performed at Ronnie Scotts, The Royal Festival Hall, The Ritz, The Royal Albert Hall and The London Jazz Festival. He has recorded with Randy Brecker, Richie Cole, Bud Shank, Mike Wofford, Joe LaBarbera and Bob Magnusson. He has also performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Gospel Choir, Motown Legends The Four Tops, and Emeli Sande.
His quartet have played at jazz festivals and clubs in Paris, Tokyo, Auckland, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and New York.
His debut album "On Our Terms" was signed to a record label in the UK and sparked a tour in theatres, festivals and clubs across the country. His second album "In Good Company" was recorded in San Diego with bebop maestro Bud Shank and his quartet.It was signed to The American label Capri. This received excellent reviews including the following:
"Fryer comes across as an equally fleet fingered saxophonist who serves as a good foil to Shank."
Recent recordings have included a centennial birthday tribute to Dizzy Gillespie with trumpet master Randy Brecker and a collaboration with bebop brother Richie Cole entitled" Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty".
Jake is thrilled to be making his debut at Birdland with such a stellar band and the fabulously talented Melanie Stace.
Melanie Stace has appeared on stage and screen all over the world.Highlights’ include appearing on The Royal Variety Show in the presence of HRH The Prince Of Wales, The London Palladium, playing leading lady roles including: Polly Baker in the Tony Award winning musical Gershwin Musical Crazy For You, April in the Lawrence Olivier Award winning Tap musical Hot Shoe Shuffle,and Lola in Barry Manilow’s Copacabana on the West End. She has performed her show in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Moscow, San Francisco and in New York in such legendary venues as The Metropolitan Room, Feinsteins at The Lowes Regency, 54 Below and Birdland: Jazz Corner Of The World. She has also headlined numerous times with her show "Melanie Stace Steppin ' Out With The BBC Big Band."
Her debut album How Lucky, featured songs she much admired and had performed in Musical Theatre, Her second album, The Key To Me, is in a completely different musical genre and all of the songs are original,
written by Stace and her writing partner, Wayne Brown. Melanie is thrilled to be returning to Birdland, a place she fell in love with, and has performed at frequently since she re-located to the
City ten years ago.
In the words of one US Critic : “Stace possesses an extraordinarily and powerful voice, with all the range and emotion to send shivers down your spine".