Lee Gibson

b. 5 March 1950, Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Gibson began her show business career as a singer and dancer, performing in many of the top nightspots in London’s West End. These included the Talk Of The Town, where she headlined and was heard by a BBC radio producer who booked her for her first jazz broadcast. During succeeding years she made over 1, 000 broadcasts for the BBC and toured with several big bands, including those led by Syd Lawrence and Don Lusher and the BBC Radio Big Band. Her parallel career as a session singer extended into films and television and she also appeared at seven Royal Command Variety Shows. She was a member of the folk rock group Chorale, recording a self-titled album for Arista Records in 1980, and the single, ‘Riu Riu’, which charted in several European countries.

Meanwhile, Gibson extended her reputation as a solo singer throughout Europe, performing at concerts and on radio and television with leading orchestras. In Finland she sang with the UMO Jazz Orchestra, in Denmark with the Danish Radio Big Band, directed by Thad Jones, in the Netherlands with the Skymasters and the Metropole Orchestra, recording 1998’s Night Songs with the latter, and in Germany with the WDR Orchestra and the Francy Boland Band, conducted by Lalo Schifrin. She also sang the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at a Royal Gala concert in London. Her jazz festival performances have included Munich, Sydney, Montreux, Birmingham, Cork and Grimsby, appearing at the latter with Michael Brecker. Gibson sings with elegant charm, her interpretations of lyrics being eloquent and understanding. Adjusting to the needs of the material and the nature of the performance, she can deliver the popular repertoire with warmth and enormous confidence while her jazz work is suffused with an intense yet subtle sense of swing.

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