Anyone who listens to the sensuous jazz pop of singer-songwriter Jasmine Power’s Stories & Rhymes will want to hear a lot more. On it she is joined by pianist Joe Armon-Jones, Jean Toussaint bassist Daniel Casimir, Dem Ones MOBO-winning drummer Moses Boyd and the singer’s contemporaneous Trinity Laban student trumpeter Harrison Cole.
Born in the Lake District in the early-1990s to Welsh and English parents, Power was brought up in Wales beginning to sing while at primary school continuing in a church choir and learning the piano, beginning to improvise and write lyrics. She formed a band and her influences include Nina Simone, John Mayer, Chet Baker and a host of others. Her mother started a jazz festival and Jasmine went to masterclasses when jazz musicians came to town. On her website she says: “We had players like Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen, Cleveland Watkiss, Clarence Penn and Claude Deppa down and they would always wish to stay with us in our country cottage as mum was such a cool host! We would stay up half the night listening to them jam and take them on muddy country walks. I was so inspired.” SG
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