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"Olly Chalk’s slinky, punchy, propulsive piano adorned the solid rhythmic pulse of Tom Dring’s bass and Gwilym Jones’ drums".
The Big Mama Trio came about organically as ‘band trees’ do, but Mama wanted to have a band that ‘got her’, understood what proper swing sounded like. Mama wanted musicians that could swing and she meant really swing!. She has also ended up being dubbed ‘London’s Queen of Swing’ a badge she wears with pride and honour given her influences; Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, etal.
The most important thing for Aydenne was that her musicians played with authenticity, not just what was in front of them on a staff/note sheet. The history of jazz is about how it feels. Feel something don’t just play it. One of Aydenne’s favourite composters is Duke Ellington who said “ If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good” . The Big Mama Trio musicians play as if they were born in the wrong era, they play jazz as if they were born to, so it comes from the heart!. Having been a jazz singer for nearly 30 years, to say the Big Mama Trio; Olly Chalk, Tom Dring and Gwilym Jones is the best jazz trio she has ever had is quite a statement, as she has worked with some super musicians, but a statement she stands by. Having been given a Sarah Vaughan album (‘You’re Mine You’ produced by Quincy Jones) at the age of just six, quality jazz is in Aydenne’s DNA.
Aydenne or ‘Mama’ says “ Olly, Tom & Gwilym just make it real for me. Jazz is so personal for me that it would be almost impossible to write down what I would nee from a jazz triod, but they manage to deliver it, they manage to deliver jazz at a level it should be played at, sheer quality, no snobbery, just authenticity, feeling and plenty of soulful heart”
A little background for you............Aydenne’s nickname actually came from a song she wrote ‘off the top of her head’ called ‘Mama told me’, which she performed at a wedding in Jersey with her function band ‘Jazz Culture’. That said, Aydenne’s nickname is ‘Big Mama’ has been adopted by so many, and, in African or black culture ‘mummy’ or Auntie’ is a mark of respect for women of a certain age. Usually a matriarch or senior member of a community of family, it’s lovely!. So, Aydenne is known as ‘Big Mama’ or more affectionately known as just ‘Mama’ as she has a reputation of being a matriarch for young jazzers in London.