London born and Hastings raised, award-winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll is one of the UK’s greatest musical treasures.
A soulful, emotive singer, she is capable of reducing listeners to tears with her heart-breaking ability to inhabit a lyric or of making an audience jump for joy with her breath-taking vocal virtuosity.
What really makes Carroll stand out however is the way that she delivers every song as though she wrote it. A classically trained pianist since she was three, she possesses a true musicality that lifts her interpretations into the realms of art in their own right and to hear her sing even the best known standard or the most hackneyed pop song is to hear that song afresh.
In 2010 Liane signed to Quiet Money and released Up and Down featuring Kirk Whalum (saxophone) and the late Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn). Ballads followed in 2013 with arrangements specially written by Los Angeles based, Grammy winning orchestrator Chris Walden. The album was launched during a sell-out five-night residency at London’s renowned Pizza Express Jazz Club.
Her most recent album Seaside and her third produced by James McMillan of Quietmoney were released on Linn Records in September 2015. Happily settled in Hastings with husband (bassist) Roger Carey, Liane maintains a hectic schedule of touring both in the UK and abroad and regularly headlines at Londonâ€™s legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
A passionate educator, she is a tutor at workshops, summer schools and festivals and regularly works with young ensembles and choirs.
Winner: ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz’ – BBC Jazz Awards 2005
Winner: ‘Musician Of The Year’ – British Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008
Winner: ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’ – Parliamentary Jazz Award’s 2012
Nominated: ‘Best UK Vocalist of 2012’ – Jazz FM Awards 2013
Winner: ‘Best British Vocalist’ – British Jazz Awards 2013
Winner: ‘Best new CD’ – British Jazz Awards 2015 (Seaside)
2005 Awarded ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz’ at the BBC Jazz Awards for her album ‘Billy No Mates’ on Splash Point Records. – Recorded ‘Standard Issue’ at the famous Abbey Road studios in London – Awarded Marston Pedigree Jazz Award ‘Best Vocalist’ for Standard Issue2006 Liane’s performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival was recorded by BBC TV as an hour long special ‘Liane Carroll Trio LIVE, and released on DVD in 2008.
Since 1993, Liane has headlined at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London UK and in 2007 won ‘Best Female Jazz Vocalist’ at their first Awards. where she has also recorded two live CD’s for their Jazz House label.2007 Glastonbury Festival, The Liane Carroll Trio made a head-line performance to over 300,000 listeners on BBC Radio 3.
‘Slow Down,’ released on Splashpoint Records. The Sunday Times selected Slow Down as one of their top five jazz albums of the year. Featured by MOJO Magazine in their Top 10 Playlist for 2007.2008 British Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Musician Of The Year’. 2009 Performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Rochester Jazz Festival.2010 Liane signed to Quiet Money Productions – Recorded ‘Up and Down’ featuring Kirk Whalum on sax and on flugelhorn Kenny Wheeler. The James McMillan produced album received glowing reviews from Jazzwise, MOJO to The Sunday Times.
2012, Up and Down voted as Best Jazz Album of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Award’s – Liane awarded ‘Best British Vocalist’ in British Jazz Awards 2013, January nominated as best UK Vocalist of 2012 at the first JazzFM’s Awards Together with trumpeter, UP and Down producer James McMillan, Liane’s new album ‘Ballads’ was released on 15th April 2013. The album is reflective and has a different take on her previous recordings with the addition of strings. The arrangements have been especially written for Liane by Los Angeles based, Grammy winner orchestrator Chris Walden. The City of Prague Philharmonic, Gwilym Simcock, Kirk Whalum are featured on the track here’s to life.
April 13th St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings was the local Ballads launch with a 40 strong orchestra, with members from the East Sussex Youth Orchestra string section and musicians from the recording. This was followed by five sell-out launch nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Each night featured musicians from the Ballads recording, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Edwards, Ben Castle plus a 7 piece string ensemble.
2013 Liane guested on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Horne Section’ with Alex Horne. Conducts workshops and Masterclass’s in the UK, France, Italy, Hawaii and Portugal. Performs at music venue’s and festivals everywhere, solo, trio, quartet and with full orchestra.