FRANCESCA AND CLIFFORD
We have played Functions, Night Clubs, Jazz Clubs, Village Halls, Cafe-Bars, Private homes, Gardens, Restaurants and even a Beach! We also livestream (except in the Summer months) from our own studio. Here are just a few of the kind things that have been said about us recently:
"Thank you so much for your fantastic performance last week.. it was thoroughly enjoyable and everyone who was here loved it!"
The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe
Clifford and Francesca made my 70th birthday party a night to remember. Professional and organised in set up and preparation and then creative, sensitive and fun in creating the atmosphere and responding to the room and the guests. Soulful sax from Clifford, lyrical voice from Francesca, my guests and I loved them and we danced!
Helen Wells - Artist
"I just want to say "A VERY BIG THANK YOU " for playing such lovely music for Toni's Birthday party. It was BRILLIANT and we all so enjoyed it. You looked fantastic and you really turned it into a very special day. Many, many thanks"
Ren Cleary (Director of Wymondham Symphony Orchestra) - Private Party
"Francesca and Cliff were completely professional and are welcome back anytime"
Manager Junction Bar Night Club Berlin
"Francesca created a wonderful atmosphere for my guests for my house party! by the end of the evening everyone was dancing, singing or playing a percussion instrument that Francesca had given them - an unforgettable night my friends are still talking about"
Brigitte Ladwig Munster Germany - Private Function
"We would like to thank you for your excellent performance at our 50th anniversary party on the 3rd of September. Your performance perfectly fitted the venue and the audience and we have had many comments about the warmth of the atmosphere and the quality of the music.
We were all very impressed by the wide range of material, from Gershwin to Lou Reed, and the musicianship and style which melded the performance with wit and imagination. We would like to thank you for the thought and professionalism that had gone into the organisation and presentation.
It was a great night. Wonderful voice, musicianship and you matched the performance to the night and the audience beautifully. Really nice atmosphere. Many thanks and look forward to future collaborations."
Paul and the Halesworth Gallery Committee
" 'The best evening so far' - 'Francesca and Clifford were excellent and put on a great show' 'A memorable evening, Francesca and Clifford really reached out to the audience'
These were just a few of the views of audience members after they played two cracking hour-long sets at the Courthouse on a rainy Friday evening in November. The duo of Cliff and Francesca explored musical areas which were beyond the strict definition of “jazz” but the sell-out audience generously showed their appreciation.
The songs ranged from jazz standards by Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin to covers of more recent material – Amy Winehouse, Madeleine Peyroux, even Adele! The first set was more “jazzy” and the second stretched the boundaries through careful use of Cliff’s sampling box of tricks with some soul, r n b and reggae.
Throughout the evening Francesca bewitched the audience with her pitch perfect singing, Cliff connected with the audience by giving background on the songs and how they had approached their versions – and played magical sax and flute. It was obvious how much effort had been put into the evening not only from the resulting music but in the communication that we had with Cliff before the gig.
After a visit to the Courthouse in the summer, Cliff knew what the intimate venue could provide – and loved the sound in the room that he could get from his sax! Cliff gave us publicity material in good time for us to to get the word out and it paid off with the gig selling out two weeks before the night.
We couldn’t have been more happy to have had them entertain us and they have certainly set the bar high for future Courthouse music nights - we’ve already been in touch to book them for a return gig – can’t wait!
Ian Runeckles, Blofield Courthouse committee member
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