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About Aydenne

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Photography - Kulvinder Hambleton-Grey

OTHER ALBUMS & SINGLES

© 2019 AYDENNE SIMONE

There are many, many milestones for Aydenne Simone aka Big Mama over the last 30+ years in the business. 

Aydenne’s performance record is extensive including the lead role in the “Break Away Angel” musical Theatre Royal, Stratford, London, a Royal Performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scotts, Cambridge University,  Jazz FM's ‘Jazz in The Park’, Pizza Express Live (The Pheasantry, Olympia, Kensington and Beckenham), International Isle of Wight Jazz Diva Festival, Wimbledon Theatre, 5 star hotels such as The Cliveden (Berks.), The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore (4 month residency), Don Carlos 5 Star Hotel (Malaga, Spain), Lady Butlin’s  (of  Butlin’s holiday) 85th Birthday party (Jersey C.I.),  Newport Jazz Weekend,  Jazz & Blues Picnic Isle of Wight, Piano Bar, Soho, London W1 (ongoing resident for 7+ years),  headline for Soho Jazz Jam Street Festival (now called ‘Soho Live Jazz Week) since 2016.

Aydenne has consistently ‘sold-out’ at key venues from London to Nottingham.  After 30+ years, it has continued, along with her fabulous musicians, and guesting with other bands.  Aydenne is consistently busy delivering memorable performances across the UK

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Aydenne's last album available on all the usual channels (Spotify, Amazon etc.) ,  'Blue Skies' features songs that are favourites of both Aydenne and one of her favourite pianists Liam Stevens.  Every single song is a gem in its own right!   

Aydenne's last album available on all the usual channels (Spotify, Amazon etc.) ,  'Blue Skies' features songs that are favourites of both Aydenne and one of her favourite pianists Liam Stevens.  Every single song is a gem in its own right!   

Aydenne currently works with her fabulous jazz trio 'The Big Mama Trio', incorporating  Aydenne’s nickname 'Big Mama'.  'The Big Mama Trio' consists of three of London's finest jazz musicians; Tom Dring (Bass), Olly Chalk (Piano) and Gwilym Jones (Drums), and together they have had the pleasure of playing sell-out shows at some of the finest venues. 

Aydenne’s most important influence is Sarah Vaughan.  When Aydenne was only 6 years old her father, also a ‘Jazzer’, gave her a Sarah Vaughan album, called ‘You’re Mine You’, produced by Quincy Jones.  That album has been a lifelong inspiration to Aydenne because Sarah Vaughan and Aydenne Simone share that rare deep, velvety contralto tone, (rare amongst female jazz singers), her playfulness, and the love of a 'pretty song’ and the ability to ‘swing like the clappers'. 

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