Earl Okin (31.Okt.2011, Mon. 20:30)
Earl Okin is one of those rare performers..... a true original!!! Genuinely versatile, his talents range from that of a fine Singer-Songwriter, (in styles ranging from chart orientated tracks to the classiest of Jazz-Standards, via authentic Bossa-Novas), to that of Pianist, Guitarist, world class Jazz-Singer, as well as his unique standing as ' Vocal Trumpeter, Trombonist and Clarinetist'.
Added to all of this is his Humour, sophisticated and witty enough to have made him perhaps the leading music & Comedy act on the unforgiving London Alternative Comedy Circuit!
Apart from appearances on British shows too numerous to mention, Earl has appeared at all the major London venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The London Palladium, Wembley Arena, The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and The Barbican. Earl has appeared alongside everyone from Paul McCartney and Van Morrison to Benny Carter, Stephane Grappelli and Cleo Laine. He has entertained the Queen and Princess Margaret.
Finally his one man show has made his name a legend at the amazing Edinburgh International Festival and venues literally around the world. He has been described as a cross between Harry Connick Jr. and Victor Borge, but there is really only one...
The above is a publicity montage from a charity gala featuring a whole galaxy of stars in Gt. Britain, compered by the doyen of British TV talk-show hosts, Michael Parkinson (bottom right). Also pictured above are the late, great Jazz-singer Marian Montgomery with her arranger-musician husband, Laurie Holloway, and another fine American singer who has chosen to live in the UK, Salena Jones.
Included on the bill were famous British comedians Jimmy Tarbuck and Ronnie Corbett, actress (and star of Fawlty Towers) Prunella Scales, legendary Australian entertainer Rolf Harris, the opera-singer Lesley Garrett and more!
Earl was received so well in this high-flying company that he was immediately snapped up by the theatre to perform his own one-man show!
JAZZ & BOSSA NOVA
Earl has performed alongside such musicians as Benny Carter, Cleo Laine, Joe Pass, Stephane Grappelli (see link to write-up below) and Barney Kessel etc.
Festivals appearances include The Guinness International Jazz Festival, Ireland, The Bracknell Blues & Jazz Festival, England, and the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, Scotland. Festivals in Brazil, Canada and Australia are currently under negotiation.
Earl wrote, sang and played in a gala concert at The Royal Albert Hall, dedicated to Duke Ellington, alongside such legends as the late Adelaide Hall.
Finally, Earl has often been asked to turn critic and write articles and liner-notes on various aspects of Jazz and Bossa Nova. The two articles offered here are about Duke Ellington and Adelaide Hall. His articles about Bossa Nova and Benny Carter have been published in the British Airways in-flight magazine...High Life.
Apart from the comedy-music of his SONY CD, Earl has also recorded a wonderful Jazz/Bossa Nova CD, 'BOSSA BRITANICA' showcasing his wonderful talents as Jazz-singer, songwriter and musician!