Aydenne (aka ‘Mama’) has been a jazz and blues singer for nearly three decades.
There are many, many milestones for Aydenne including a lead role in “Break Away Angel” musical Theatre Royal, Stratford, London, a Royal Performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Jazz Cafe, Ronnie's, Cambridge University, Jazz FM's ‘Jazz in The Park’, Pizza Express (Olympia, Kensington, Beckenham), International Isle of Wight Jazz Diva Festival (2006,2007 & 2008), Wimbledon Theatre (2009 & 2010), and 5 star hotels such as The Cliveden (Berks.), The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore (3 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 2013 and 2015, Pizza Express Live, The Pheasantry May and December 2016, Brunswick Jazz , The Bulls Head Jazz Room, September 2016, January 2017 , May 2017, Barnes, Jazz & Blues Picnic, Isle of Wight 2014, 2015,2016 and 2017, Regular performances at the beautiful Piano Bar, Soho, Carlisle Street Jazz Jam 2016 and 2019, Peggy's Skylight in Nottingham, Toulouse Jazz, to name just a few….There are just too many to mention here.
Along with her fabulous musicians, and guesting with other bands, Aydenne is consistently busy delivering memorable performances across the UK.
Aydenne has had the pleasure of performing with the incredible Roger Limb for over 25 years. This partnership started very early in Aydenne's career and has done nothing but grow. These two share a love of great jazz, played well, with the melody properly respected. Many of the milestones in Aydenne's career were performed with Roger Limb at her side. Roger himself has credentials that speak for themselves including incidental music for Dr. Who, Miss Marple and over three decades as a producer at the BBC. Aydenne and Roger are a duo set in stone and still 25 years later wow their audiences.
Aydenne Simone had the great honour of performing with the fabulous Keith Ingham Trio (Grammy nominee), a concert celebrating the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald at The Newport Jazz Weekend, Isle of Wight . The result was the fabulous live album “All of me”, and three tours of southern Spain. Aydenne had broken her metatarsal bone , which was 4 months of agony and then on the morning of the concert, Aydenne woke up with full blown flu! But!! Aydenne is a soldier and she delivered a fabulous performance despite all of that!, so enjoy the album.
Aydenne's last album available on all the usual channels, 'Blue Skies' features songs that are favourites of both Aydenne & Liam Stevens, and every single song is a gem in it's own right! Aydenne and Liam are both fans of quality jazz and these tracks are selected to fit right under that heading!
Aydenne now has her own fabulous trio . As you may know her nickname is 'Big Mama' and of course her trio is named 'The Big Mama Trio' consisting 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 including London Jazz Festival in 2018 (read review here) , the fantastic new jazz venue Peggy's Skylight in Nottingham. and Soho.Live Jazz Week. A resident at her favourite venue Piano Bar, in Carlisle Street, London, W1
Aydenne’s most important influence is Sarah Vaughan. When Aydenne was only 6 years old her father (also a former jazz musician), gave her a Sarah Vaughan album, called ‘You’re Mine You’, produced by Quincy Jones. That album, and Sarah Vaughan in particular, (and Ella Fitzgerald and Eydie Gorme) have always been an inspiration to Aydenne, some would say because Sarah and Aydenne share that deep, velvety tone, playfulness and the love of a 'pretty' song that swings.
Photography - Kulvinder Hambleton-Grey
© 2019 AYDENNE SIMONE