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Earl Okin

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: January 31, 1947    

Earl Okin

Earl Okin, who lives in London is one of those rare performers..... a true original!!!

Genuinely versatile, his talents range from that of a fine Singer-Songwriter, (in styles ranging from chart orientated tracks to the classiest of Jazz-Standards, via authentic Bossa-Novas), to that of Pianist, Guitarist, world class Jazz-Singer, as well as his unique standing as ' Vocal Trumpeter, Trombonist and Clarinetist'.

Added to all of this is his Humour, sophisticated and witty enough to have made him perhaps the leading music & Comedy act on the unforgiving London Alternative Comedy Circuit!

Earl has performed at such Jazz clubs worldwide as Birdland in NYC, Ronnie Scott's in London, L'archiduc in Brussels, etc...and Jazz Festivals such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Cork International Jazz Festival in Ireland, etc......
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USA

“You are quite a genius you are - you have managed to find a niche in Cabaret I have never seen nor heard before - you are simply brilliant. Hard to categorize - musician/comedian or what - I guess you are anything the audience wants to categorize you as long as they book you.

One must see you in person to “get you” - even though your musicianship is fantastic!!! Your guitar and especially piano playing is thrilling in all the genres!

One thing I gleaned from your performance is that one must “experience you” - live - “where you live - you need an audience! Those little nuances you have in your “kit” needs people to experience them..”

BUDDY BREGMAN (2008) (Legendary producer/arranger of the Ella Fitzgerald 'Songbook' series, who has worked with just about everybody..from Sammy Davis Jr. to Bing Crosby, etc...)

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SCOTLAND

“Age does not matter for he appeals to all from 17 to senility... master of the art of cabaret.”

RUSSELL HUNTER. 'The Scotsman' review at The Edinburgh Festival.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

“Earl's ability to change the mood without losing the thread of the performance was brilliant. Because they have so many good 'home-made' artistes, if you don't measure up, a Belfast audience will talk right through your set. While Earl was on, you couldn't hear a sound from the crowd and it was no real surprise when one encore wasn't going to be enough.

When called back a second time, Earl played a gentle Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn number to close the evening; the perfect end to a perfect performance.”

GRAHAME MORRISON. Belfast Herald.

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NEW ZEALAND

“Okin moves from Blues to Swing to Bossa Nova on Guitar and piano. His version of Ellington's 1928 Black Beauty was brilliant!

His encore brought the house down, and the applause was deserved.”

PETER KITCHIN. New Zealand Festival of Arts.

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HOLLAND

“If you ever have an opportunity to organize a musical event, invite Earl Okin - British; a great musician and showman. It had been a long time since I witnessed an artist win a crowd's favours in two minutes. This happened last night at the North Sea International Jazz Festival in The Hague.

His music? You have to find this out for yourself. He sings (with a beautiful voice, perfect for the Brazilian/Jobim type of Bossa Nova songs he does). He plays guitar and piano. (He didn't play piano at North Sea, but I have his Pitter Panther Patter and Blood Count on CD. Brilliant. Delivering the message, with good taste and ample technique).

A real treat is his 'voice trumpet': he can make those fantastic sounds that helped make the Mills Brothers famous. Earl's inspiration here is clearly the early Duke Ellington horns. He can do an astonishing Whetsol. But he also did a brief Cootie, Brown and Bigard. Earl's instrumental imitations are to my ears art - not just 'funny' or a novelty-type trick. They're too good for that. It's quality, for lack of a better word. How to incorporate Ellington in your music and make it work? Check out Earl.

And yes, he does wear spats in public.”

LOEK HOPSTAKEN. Review of Earl's first appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

  • Bossa Britanica

    Warner Bros. Records
    2009
  • Musical Genius & Sex Symbol

    Warner Bros. Records
    2004
  • The Vienna Concerts

    Warner Bros. Records
    1996
  • Earl's Caught

    Warner Bros. Records
    1986
  • “Himself”

    Warner Bros. Records
    1981
  • Mr Okin Comes To Town

    Warner Bros. Records
    1978
  • Mango And Other Delights

    Warner Bros. Records
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