Preview: Tina May/Enrico Pieranunzi

Vocalist Tina May and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi announce an eight-date tour of Scotland and England for late September and early October

Singer Tina May and acclaimed Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi (pictured right) bring their 2015 recording Home Is Where the Heart Is to the stage in a belated album launch tour around Scotland and England during late September and early October.

Since recording the album, which also includes contributions from saxophonist Tony Coe, May and Pieranunzi have been travelling almost constantly on different paths and finding a mutually suitable period to tour proved a problem.

"It’s really just the way things are as a freelance musician,” says May. “You take every gig that comes along, assuming a gap will appear, and before you know it, the calendar’s changed."

The album continues May’s career as a lyricist as well as a singer. Having put words to compositions including Joe Zawinul’s I’d Rather Be In Hippodelphia and Bobby Watson’s Hawk-man in the mid-1990s, she teamed up in 2002 with pianist Ray Bryant – accompanist to Carmen McRae and Betty Carter as well as sideman to Lester Young and Miles Davis – on Tina May Sings The Ray Bryant Songbook, adding hip lyrics to Bryant’s compositions including Swinging My Life Away, I’ll Blame It On The Samba and Little Lullaby.

May’s recordings with Ray Bryant took her into the studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where Rudy Van Gelder, who died on August 25, helped to shape the sound of modern jazz on recordings by John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Lee Morgan, among a host of others. “Recording in the studio where all those great Blue Note and Impulse albums were made was a fantastic experience,” says May. “It made you feel, even in just a small way, that you were being a part of jazz history. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Rudy Van Gelder comes up at some point on the tour.”

Tour dates:
Tue Sep 27: Langholm, Buccleuch Centre
Wed Sep 28: Findhorn, Universal Hall
Thu Sep 29: Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Fri Sep 30: Stirling, Tolbooth
Sun Oct 2: Southport, Clifton Hotel
Wed Oct 5: Luton, The Bear Club
Thu Oct 6: Leeds, Seven Arts
Fri Oct 7: Liverpool, Capstone Theatre

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