Susie - made her solo singing debut aged 7. She wrote, directed and appeared in several Pantomimes and appeared in many stage plays. Then came a stint in Musical Theatre as Mama Morton in Chicago, Rizzo in Grease and Anita in West Side Story. After which she became lead singer in the award winning soft rock Band 'The Wishing Chair.' This success was followed by a period touring the UK as part of an 80's Tribute act and now she is following her true roots of jazz/blues music as vocalist in Smooth Duo.
Andy - is a self taught multi instrumentalist. He enjoyed success in the Indie band 'The Machines.' He then branched out into jazz, performing with his own trio and backing various Artistes. He later trained as an actor (LAMDA) & financed his studies by working as a session musician. He appeared in numerous TV shows, including Dr. Who, Emmerdale and Playing the Field but his love of music led him back to full time playing. He was part of a successful Soul Band, then later an 80's Tribute act both touring the UK extensively. He has now returned to his jazz roots in Smooth Duo.
Sophisticated and professional, 'SMOOTH DUO' are experienced and polished performers. Susie & Andy are a class lounge act.
Susie has a rich, soothing contralto voice, which is very rare these days and combined with Andy's skill & versatility on a variety of instruments including Alto Saxophone, Jazz Drum kit, Bongos, Latin Percussion, Keyboards/Piano/ Vibes/ Jazz Organ and Blues Harmonica they bring you a selection of musical memories from the Great American Songbook and the cocktail jazz club era.
Though they are not a Tribute Act, Susie's voice is reminiscent of Cleo Laine, Sarah Vaughan, Marion Montgomery, June Christy, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. And although Andy plays Alto Sax, not Tenor, his style will remind you of the great Ben Webster. Together, their music will bring back memories of Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth, Ronnie Scott's Club and Lounges from the 40s and 50s
when songs had melodies and meaning.
‘SMOOTH DUO’ specialise in cool background music with a
hint of jazz,
blues and swing over dinner.
They usually play two or three sets of easy listening music but they can tailor the length of set to suit your event.
They can also play background music during their breaks..
'SMOOTH DUO' has public liability insurance in compliance with Health and Safety Regulations.
There are a few Technical Requirements and some Small Print to consider before booking. Please click here for a list.