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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 23, 2008: Much admired by the late Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz singer Louise Parker is gaining a big reputation as a singer with a delicious voice, wide range and great backing musicians. Joining the Villages in Action list of professional performers, Louise and the Craig Milverton Trio will be performing live at Hatherleigh Community Centre on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6.50/£4.50 and are available from 01837 810239 in advance, or just turn up on the night. There will be a bar and nibbles, a very relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome. Louise has a whole lifetime surrounded by music. With a jazz-obsessed father she sang from an early age, her style developing and becoming strongly influenced by Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday. Louise has added funky soul to her mix and with a hint of gospel from her Jamaican mother’s side of the family, she has a richly textured selection to draw on. Louise has a great personality too, warm, fun and responsive to her audience. In 2006 she was tipped by the Evening Standard critic Jack Massarik as the most promising new jazz singer. She recorded an album with Humphrey Lyttelton in 2007 titled ‘Cornucopia’, in fact she was due to record with Humphrey Littleton in the summer of 2008, but sadly Humph passed away. Louise however continues to sing giving performances that stir the soul and uplift the heart. The Community Centre at Hatherleigh is purpose built with car parking. It is spacious, warm and easy to reach just on the outskirts of the town. With a very full programme of activities and events it is a good place for a relaxed night out without having to drive a long way to the nearest theatre or cinema. Villages in Action is very pleased to be working with Rosie Bradbury the new Manager at the Centre and looks forward to many more successful performances. If anyone would like to arrange a similar event in their local village venue they should contact Villages in Action on 01363 773660 or email admin@villagesinaction.co.uk.



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