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Sally Doherty Quartet is a latin jazz band fronted by Sally Doherty (vocals) and Piero Tucci (piano and accordion). Piero has been described as “a jazzer's dream… unpretentiously skillful”. They are joined by Colin Elliot (double bass) and Phil Johnson (drums). Sally instigated this project after years of listening to bossa nova and samba from Brazil as well as music from Cuba and Mexico and after being inspired by such jazz singers as Chet Baker, Nina Simone and Billy Holiday and Brazilian singers João Gilberto, Elis Regina, Maria Creuza, Rosa Passos and Eliane Elias. She approaches Brazilian bossa nova and samba and Cuban and Mexican boleros with the same ease as the ballads and swings that she carefully selects from the American songbook. Her set includes the bossa nova repertoire of Antonio Carlos Jobim and songs by other great writers such as Chico Buarque, Ary Barroso, Consuelo Velázquez, Luis Bonfa, Jimmy Van Heusen, Gershwin, Dennis and Adair, Romburg and Hammerstein and many others. Her singing has been described as ‘intimate and passionate’. She sings the Latin American songs in their original languages of Portuguese and Spanish because, she says, “they sound so much more beautiful”. Sally also performs this repertoire as a duo or trio (see live page for details of future gigs). Some favourite venues/gigs so far have been the Hear & Now Festival in Howden, Scarborough Jazz Club, Cinnamon Club in Altrincham, the Sands in Gainsborough, the HiFi club in Leeds, Marlborough Jazz Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival and Wigan International Jazz Festival. Sally has also performed this repertoire as a guest vocalist with Peter King and Neil Yates and with Alan Barnes as well as opening for Cleo Laine and Alex Wilson. Second Time Around Sally Doherty Quartet have released two albums to date: ‘Foolish Heart’ in 2005 (see below for more information) and ‘Second Time Around’ at the end of 2007, in which the quartet was augmented by a few guest appearances, the full line-up being: Sally Doherty: vocals, flute (on track 1) Piero Tucci: piano, accordion Colin Elliot: double bass, percussion, Fender Rhodes (on track 6) Phil Johnson: drums guest musicians Shez Sheridan: Spanish guitar Liz Hanks: cello Track 13 is part of a project with Donald Grant and involved Donald Grant: fiddle Catriona McKay: Scottish harp Matt Baker: double bass Red Skies Strings: Magnus Johnston, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan, Frances Grime, Tom Hankey, Catrin Morgan, Helena Roques: violins Nancy Johnston, Felix Tanne: violas Eilidh Martin, Lucy Payne: cellos Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.