Polly Gibbons is a growing presence in the UK Jazz scene. She has already been nominated twice as Best Jazz Vocalist by JAZZ FM and the BBC. Fully embracing the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B, her career as a vocalist, composer and live performer is influenced by these genres. But Polly is hesitant to define her music as strictly Jazz; her eclectic repertoire and the ease and style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at a variety of music festivals and venues: from the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London opening for George Benson and Gladys Knight, or for Bozz Scaggs at the famous Montreal Jazz Festival. Equally, her fans might find her performing a weekly residency with her band at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, Ronnie Scott’s in London or at the funky new venue Rudy's down in Nashville. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers - and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has garnered her many new fans.
One might ask how a farmer's daughter (one of seven siblings), who grew up in a small market town in Suffolk, England, came to sing in some of the greatest venues in the world? Polly grew up in a family that loved various types of music and although acting was her first love, she first began to experiment with vocals at 13; and the well-known British vocalist, Ian Shaw, helped her secure her first gig in London at 17. Then she was off! She released her first album, My Own Company in 2014, and soon afterward she was contacted by the American producer, George Klabin, President of the established USA label, Resonance Records, a division of the non-profit RISING JAZZ STARS, INC.
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They don't come along very often, but this one is a star. —John Mandel
There’s a rare sense of joy in her voice, not to mention a depth of blues feeling” - London Evening Standard (Pizza Express Jazz Club Review)
“Polly Gibbons’ melismatic, gospel-fired tribute to Ray Charles was remarkable” – London Evening Standard (Ronnie Scott’s Review)
“A soulful young jazz vocalist destined to be a star!” – Time Out
“A truly exceptional, once in a generation talent, possessing a voice of such sizzling intensity and raw emotion you could fry an egg on it.” Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
“This talent is one in a million… miss her gigs at your peril!!” – Ian Shaw, Singer, Producer & BBC Broadcaster
“A soulful voice that will capture your heart… a real singer at last.” – Claire Martin, Jazz Singer & BBC Broadcaster
“A talent that ought to help build a career that lasts longer than any fad related thing” – Chris Wells, Editor, Echoes