Thoughts on The Jo Harrop Quartet + Nigel Price 27 September 2023


As well as doing the setlist below, Steve Jordan has made the following comment about the gig: “Jo Harrop was a great hit with the audience, myself included, with her seductive phrasing and warm delivery – one of the very best jazz vocalists that I have ever heard.  Of course, this was all complimented superbly  by the other musicians especially Paul Edis’s extraordinary pianism and Nigel Price’s mellifluous guitar-playing.  A special mention also to Simon Thorpe who never disappoints.”

I agree.

One of the trials of doing publicity is hunting for information about people. it helps if you have the right name. We were given Peter Adams for the drummer, could find nothing. His name is Peter Adam Hill, and there is lots out there. So there should be. Peter played the room beautifully – he is an honest listening musician and I would like to see him back again . He made Nigel grin trading riffs. Apologies, Peter, about the misnaming.

I should also add that Simon was a very last minute dep, That is still magic to me. I was expecting a difficult sound check. It took, as part of their rehearsal, about 5 minutes. Nobody commented on the sound. I got it right. There is a trick to this: make your ears do their research before the gig. In this case it was a real pleasure.

Highlights? To start, the programme design. It was varied in tempo and mood, and showed off Jo’s range of tone and sensibility. The contrast between “Ain’t Got Nothing but the Blues”, which had a lovely growl to it, the sweetness of “Our Love is Here To Stay”, and the up-beat “Secret Love” showed off that range. Jo is a great lyricist. Her collaborations with Paul, Hannah Vasanth and Natalie Williams were most enjoyable. 

During the rehearsal, Nigel took a moment to introduce the other instrumentalists to “Four On Six”, which they played at the start of the second set. “Brilliant” said the chap sitting next to the sound check. Indeed it was.  Their accompaniment was great, and Jo gave the lads lots of room to blow all through the evening.  She had one tune with just Paul, and one with just Nigel. You do that and you have nowhere to hide, In fact, those tunes were stunning collaborations.

Our next gig is on the 11th of October, and what a crew! Andrew Cleyndert leads on bass,  Mark Edwards on piano, Martin Shaw on trumpet and flugelhorn and Colin Oxley on guitar. it will be a feast for their and our soul.

Take care, 




  1. How Deep Is the Ocean? (Irving Berlin) Performed as an instrumental before Jo Harrop joined the band
  1. Easy To Love (Cole Porter)
  2. Short Story (Paul Edis/Kate Edis)
  3. Time After Time (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)
  4. Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues (Duke Ellington)
  5. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Gershwin)
  6. You’ll Never Be Lonely in Soho (Edis/Harrop)
  7. Charade (Henry Mancini) from the film of the same name
  8. No Moon At All (Red Evans/David Mann)

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  1. Four On Six (Wes Montgomery) Performed as an instrumental before Jo Harrop, once again, joined the band
  2. Red Mary Janes and A Brand New Hat (Jo Harrop, Hannah Vasanth, Natalie Williams)
  3. If Ever I Would Leave You (Lerner/Loewe)
  4. East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon (Brooks Bowman)
  5. The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants (Jo Harrop, Hannah Vasanth)
  6. Early Autumn (Woody Herman
  7. Secret Love (Sammy Fain/Paul Francis Webster) – as sung by Doris Day in the film, Calamity Jane
  8. Only Spring Will Decide (Paul Edis/Jo Harrop)
  9. On The Street Where You Live (Lerner/Loewe)
  10. Fine and Mellow (Billie Holiday)
  11. ENCORE: It’s That Old Devil Moon (Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg)

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