November 2014 saw the unveiling of Zoe’s “Pannonica” project. Performing lyrical interpretations of compositions penned by the legendary pianist, Thelonious Monk. Originally inspired by the 1988 Carmen McRae album “Carmen Sings Monk” UK jazz vocalist Zoe Gilby’s new project features some of the North East’s most talented instrumentalists and primarily draws on the work of one of her musical heroines, American singer Carmen McRae, who recorded memorable interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s music in the 1960’s (including some of his best known tunes such as ‘Blue Monk’, and ‘Pannonica’ (written in honour of the Jazz Baroness, the muse of bebop).
“This was some occasion! A sparkling, luminescent Zoe Gilby presented Pannonica, a personal response to Carmen McRae’s “Carmen Sings Monk” album. Ms Gilby delighted a full house with expressive singing and many insights into the making of McRae’s late-career recording and the lives of the bop era musicians associated with Thelonious Monk and their loyal patron ‘Pannonica.’ ”
“All four musicians excelled on a magical evening.”
“Bebop Spoken Here”
Zoe Gilby – Vocals
Andy Champion – Double Bass
Paul Edis – Piano
Richard Brown – Drums