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Carol Kidd Returns to Greenock

One of the greatest living jazz singers, Carol Kidd MBE, makes a welcome return to Greenock after some four years. But this time, it’s for her debut at the Beacon Arts Centre on Sunday, November 9th.

Kidd, who, since 2007 has resided in the sunnier climes of Majorca, makes occasional trips back to Scotland and this time it’s for three reasons. Firstly, for a series of concerts; celebrating her 70th birthday (19 October); and, demonstrating another string to her creative bow, the unveiling of a pop-up art exhibition in Glasgow display her portraits and landscapes.

With a triumphant career in jazz spanning half a century, Carol Kidd is widely recognised as ‘Britain’s finest ballads singer’ (Jazz Review). She has been named ‘Best Vocalist’ at the British Jazz Awards on four occasions and was appointed MBE for Services to Jazz. Kidd is renowned for her impeccable phrasing and delivery along with an unforgettable ability to breathe fresh life into any jazz standard.

Over the last couple of years, she has been performing intimate duo concerts with the renowned Scots pianist, Brian Kellock, and this led to Kidd’s first live recording. Entitled, Carol Kidd Live With Brian Kellock Present Cole Porter it features their interpretations of classic songs including True Love, I Concentrate On You, I Love Paris, So In Love and You Do Something to Me.

Carol Kidd’s paintings will be exhibited at iota, Unlimited Studios, 25 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, on 23 and 24 October; Carol Kidd and Brian Kellock perform at the The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock on 9 November (7.30pm). Their new CD, Carol Kidd Live With Brian Kellock Present Cole Porter, will be released on 23 October.