Appearing with Gibbons at Ryles will be New York-based pianist John di Martino who, according to jazz critic Will Friedwald, "is fast emerging as one of the major pianist-musical directors around town," New York-based, Italian bassist Marco Panascia (who works frequently with Eldar Djangirov) and Boston's own powerhouse drummer, Bob Gullotti.
General admission seating tickets are on sale now at www.rylesjazz.com for $10.00. For more information and to purchase by phone, call 617-876-9330.
Polly Gibbons descends from a grand tradition of jazz and blues women whose singing exudes strength, defiance, and sassy wit. There are many pretenders to that throne, but Polly’s artistry demands attention. British-born and just thirty when she made this album, Polly has a raspy, lived-in tone, a walloping sense of swing, and a dramatic flair that grabs the heart. Emotionally, her singing ranges from a slow burn to a bonfire; interpretively, she always rings true.
In London jazz circles, Polly is acquiring a growing chorus of champions. Peter Quinn of the monthly magazine Jazzwise pronounced her “a truly exceptional, once-in-a-generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it.” After hearing her at Ronnie Scott’s in London, Van Morrison acknowledged her “great voice.” Johnny Mandel attended her American debut show in February 2014. The venerated arranger and composer—who has written for Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Shirley Horn—said afterward: “They don’t come along very often, but this one’s a star.”