Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter, Zara McFarlane, is the UK’s foremost black British female jazz vocalist, positioned neatly between the twin worlds of modern jazz and nu-soul. Winning the MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’ in 2014, Urban Music Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’ in 2015 and a Jazz FM Award for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ in 2015 and with two critically acclaimed albums to her name, she inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material & reworking well known classics from the worlds of jazz and Jamaican music. “ARISE,” (Brownswood Recordings, September 2017) is her third studio album, produced by multi award-winning drummer Moses Boyd - a product of their exploration of the meeting points between British Jazz sounds and the rhythms of Jamaica, namely; Reggae, Kumina, and Nyabinghi. Both of Caribbean descent, the collaboration has resulted in a very sophisticated, honest offering of socio-conscious lyrics and pulsating rhythm. Zara’s music is seductive and earthy. As a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues with both her originals and choice of covers. “A classy celebration of black British music.” - The List
Zara McFarlane (vocals), Binker Golding (tenor saxophone), Peter Edwards (piano), Max Luthert (bass), Sam Jones UK (drums).