Sunday 6 June 2010

It’s not every day you get to debut a new project at the most famous jazz club in the world but ‘Day by Day - A Tribute to Doris Day’ was scheduled at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club for the 6th June. Now, not being a fan of football I was not following or aware of the world cup and therefore didn’t know that England would be playing their last match in the tournament, much to the nations disappointment, although it does appear that the two are not mutually exclusive as a couple of friends cancelled for the football If only they’d known it was being played on the TV in the bar upstairs they could have killed two birds with one stone. It was also a beautiful day, one of the hottest of the year...

I had been hunting around for the perfect dress and found two from the great Blackout ll in Endell Street, a little gold number with matching gold gloves and a blue one with a great flower clip to match!

I don’t think I had felt this nervous since the Perrier awards in 1999 but what’s great about performing at Ronnie’s on a Sunday lunchtime is that all ages can attend so it can be a real family affair - in fact half of mine were there in the audience including new little niece Maya only 3 months old and my own offspring Dolly and Arthur.

Shahan the sound engineer had been asleep in the dressing room all night (!) so we quickly sound checked and waited for the doors to open. Line up was Duncan Haynes on piano, Gabriel Garrick on trumpet, Spencer Brown on bass, Simon Pearson on drums and Simon Golding on guitar.

All went well for us: the audience enjoyed the music and the cake and happily we left and went out into the sunshine... unlike the English football team - what a disgrace.