There is no doubt the jazz genre is one of vocalist Sam Hetherington’s biggest influences – a passion for which was passed down to her at an early age by her father ‘Nat’ Oliver Hetherington, a popular trumpeter and front man on the Sydney circuit in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. This early foundation was further nurtured when Sam began studying her Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music in 2007. Naturally leaning towards jazz as a genre, she gained influence from the greats Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, along with the discovery of more contemporary artists like Kurt Elling and Esperanza Spalding. Taken under the wing by some of Sydney’s most prestigious jazz players (Sean Coffin, Greg Coffin, Trish Delaney-Brown of vocal group Idea of North, Joy Yates), Sam loved the vocal side of jazz – everything from a soft ballad to a complex vocalese.
Now, after performing solidly for 5 years in the UK and abroad (one half of duo Front Cover and more recently Sam & Andy alongside guitarist/vocalist husband Andy Walton), Sam is going ‘Back to Jazz’ this Sunday 12th October to play a one off show – a collection of her favourite standards with a few special ones thrown in! The show will take place at wonderful local pub The Griffin, N20 9HH and she will be joined by the fantastic Griffin house jazz band comprising Gareth Hunt (piano), Steve Plumb (drums) & Wally Shaw (bass). This is a brilliant pub that has made a name for itself as one of the most popular music venues for quality live music in North London. In short – you don’t want to miss this gig!
Sam Hetherington: ‘Back To Jazz’
Sunday 17th August 2014 at 7:30pm
The Griffin Whetstone N20 9HH
Vocals – Sam Hetherington
Piano – Gareth Hunt
Bass – Wally Shaw
Drums – Steve Plumb