alison dewar

The South African Review

Bright future for SA jazz star

If you are looking for a special night out why not head to the Octave, located in the heart of London's Covent Garden. It is one of the hottest jazz venues in town and on Wednesday 4th October will feature one of the hottest jazz singers, who just happens to be a South African.

Alison Dewar was passionate about music from a young age and grew up singing and dancing in South Africa. After a first visit to the UK in 1993, Alison moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where she discovered a love of jazz through the music and styles of Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and her greatest influence, Shirley Horn.

Her love of jazz led Alison to study music at the Zurich Jazz School, The Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich and St. Gallen Jazz School. Following a move to London in 2005, Alison completed and released a 5-track EP, appropriately entitled 'Introducing Alison' as a means of introduction to the UK and international jazz scene. The EP is a showcase for Alison's smooth, sensual vocals and features the musical talents of some of the best jazz musicians in Britain.

Tracks from the EP have been played on radio stations from Scotland to Texas, on diverse airwaves from Humphrey Lyttleton's Best of Jazz to Royal Brunei Airlines and entered the Best Sellers list at Ray's Jazz. The album sold well in Johannesburg with sales now going nationwide in SA.

One track, Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise, reached No. 1 on Greek station Rodon FM 95, was voted track of the month on Nova Planet Show, plus voted Top 20 album on the same station. All this, and an invitation to showcase for some record companies in LA.

The future certainly looks bright for Alison. Look out for her full debut album, scheduled for release in early 2007.

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