Louise Cookman with the Peter Long Orchestra: Guilty Pleasures
“Louise Cookman is THE big band girl vocalist sans pareil in this country.
Girl singers simply do not sound or look like this anymore, which is why she is every big band leader’s dream!”
– Jay Craig, BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Originally from Whitstable, international vocalist and entertainer Louise Cookman started her career with dance bands and big bands, specialising in the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s. The vocalist with the world famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra for over five years, Louise has been a regular special guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and over the past few years has had the pleasure of touring the UK as guest vocalist with the great Ken Peplowski and the BBC Big Band, as well as with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.
Led by Peter Long, musical director of the Jazz Orchestra at Ronnie Scott’s, the hand-picked nineteen-piece orchestra accompanying Louise for the Guilty Pleasures show will include some of the finest session musicians in Europe.
Including a full set of freshly commissioned arrangements by Peter Long, Guilty Pleasures sets Louise and her favourite songs in a variety of contexts designed to at once excite, entertain, and bring a warm glow of nostalgia for the jazz infused, glitzy world of TV showbiz which accompanied her early years. Not only does Louise take us on a whistle-stop tour of the world of song, but we are also given a huge variety of musical colour, taking in the very brightest showtime swing, the brooding ballads and lush bossa novas.
Watch: Louise Cookman with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band – “Night and Day”
Louise Cookman has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, appeared in period TV drama, performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and made countless concert and cabaret appearances throughout the UK and Europe. She also featured recently on “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet” and “Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days”, both for BBC4 television.
Louise’s first experiences of singing were in the King’s Hall; come along to see just how much this local girl has made good.
Louise is the vocalist on various recordings, including the 2002 album “Here and Now”, by the Pasadena Roof Orchestra; UK clarinettist Pete Neighbour’s 2015 album “Back In The Neighbourhood”, also featuring pianist Dave Newton and guitarist Jim Mullen, “Are You Havin’Any Fun?” by The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and two albums in collaboration with UK drum supremo, Steve Rushton: “On a Clear Day” and “Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat”. Her own album of jazz standards, “That Old Feeling”, is available to download via iTunes.
“….singing sultry vocals that sit perfectly amid the rich settings of the band”
– Alyn Shipton, The Times