Three to see in January
020 7439 0747/http://www.ronniesbar.co.uk
With her retro frocks, a sharp line in banter and above all a powerful and hard swinging vocal technique, it’s no wonder that Ian Shaw has dubbed American jazz singer Kai Hoffman ‘The Queen of Swing’. She’s been touring with all round hep cat Ray Gelato in the show “Hey Boy! Hey Girl!” celebrating the magic of the 1950s boy girl duets but at Ronnie’s Bar will be appearing with her jump-jive outfit Kai’s Cats for a hedonistic night of swing dancing and all round good times.
020 7352 5953/http://www.606club.co.uk
Benet is a fine pianist whose powerful, driving piano playing has been heard with the likes of Kevin Haynes and Dennis Rollins’s “Badbone & Co” with whom he has toured and recorded. The music is primarily Benet’s excellent compositions, which are an intriguing mix of Jazz, “groove” and hip-hop as featured on his tremendous CD “Cliches (For Another Day)” and his most recent album “In The Land of Oo-Bla-Dee”. A remarkable performer, playing hip hop one minute and stride piano the next, and then singing like Stevie Wonder. Highly recommended.