Notting Hill Unplugged: Orla Murphy and Ping Lee

26/11/2015 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
£10 in advance; £15 at the door (Advanced ticket sales end at 5pm on the day of the event)

“Murphy has elements of both modern jazz and 60s/70s soul singers in her dusky voice…Her voice has a gorgeous lived-in quality, with a little Etta and Dusty, and Wonder’s own soulful phrasing…The songs are arranged with flair and imagination, and drawing them all together is Murphy’s lovely voice: bluesy, jazzy, smoky with a touching understatement – you just want to keep listening.”
Alison Bentley, LondonJazz

“Belfast-born, London-based singer Orla Murphy’s second album, a heartfelt homage to the great Stevie Wonder, is remarkable.”Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

“If you haven’t heard Murphy yet, then Wonderous Visions – her second album – should definitely make it on to your wish list.” Peter Quinn, JAZZWISE

“Soulful contralto from N. Ireland in telling trio readings of Stevie Wonder with J. Gee, A. Hamill, S. Lodder et al.” **** JAZZ JOURNAL (April 2012) – awarded 4 stars (out of 5) to the album in their ‘Finger Snaps’ section of their ‘Record Reviews’.

“Tall and tender, with a deep well of bittersweet Irish blues in her voice, the Belfast-born diva delivers 10 Stevie classics with real feeling and a laid-back elegance.”Jack Massrik, London’s Evening Standard

“Orla’s dark rich voice is a breath of fresh air for me, with so many female vocalists trying to break into the jazz scene…Her voice is a great mixture of soul, jazz and blues…her dark brown voice…the more I listen to this album, the better is gets’” Showcase of ‘Wonderous Visions’ on UK Jazz Radio

“…Murphy’s creamy smooth voice…”

‘’A Masterpiece! Orla Murphy presents us with a completely unique voice. Her interpretations of songs is completely individualistic…This recording is one of the most inventive in the field of jazz that I have heard in quite some time…Kudos to every person who has played a part in this artwork. Hope to definitely hear from Orla in the future.’ Dr. Mark A. Goral cdbaby

‘Belfast born Orla has a vocal talent of depth and imagination echoing the female jazz greats…’ Keith Ames, Musician

“Singer Orla Murphy’s subtle, dark-hued voice and emotionally adventurous approach to jazz is fast making a name for her in UK jazz circles…Orla has developed her engaging, tonal quality through a repertoire of fresh and imaginative arrangements featuring great American standards and newer material by Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell.” Rupert Mallin, East Coast Arts News, May 200

Orla Murphy is a talented Irish Jazz Vocalist. Her voice has been described as possessing a distinctive, rich sound with a deep and soulful timbre; and often comparisons are made with great Jazz Vocalists Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Diana Krall.

Orla performed regularly at various jazz and music venues throughout London, and the Greater London area since 2005, and at the following notable venues: The National Portrait Gallery, The Spice of Life, The National Theatre Foyer, The Archduke, Mill Hill Jazz Club, Rays Jazz at Foyles, JAZZ7 at Hugos, Pizza Express (Maidstone) and The Stables at Wavendon, among many others.

She has worked and recorded with many of London’s leading jazz musicians, some of which feature on her second album ‘Wonderous Visions’, which was released in the UK on the 6th March 2012. The album is a presentation of new jazz arrangements and re-workings of Stevie Wonder songs, chosen from his works mainly from the 1970s (his classic period). Several other songs outside this period are featured on the album, plus an original ‘Timeless’, written by Orla and accomplished pianist Steve Lodder. The album continues to receive great feedback, and notable reviews can be read at the ‘Press’ page. You can also listen to a couple of tracks from the album – which are posted on the ‘Welcome’ page.

Orla has also performed at various International Jazz Festivals throughout the UK and Ireland, notably Glasgow, Derry, and Sligo. She has also performed at jazz venues in her native Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; as well as performing in Italy and Malaysia.

In May 2008, Orla released her debut album ‘Wishful Thinking’, co-produced with pianist Simon Wallace. The album gained notable praise from jazz musicians and critics alike, and its release coincided with a very successful Jazz Services-funded tour in England; which began at the National Portrait Gallery in London on the 30th May 2008.

Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Orla’s interest in jazz was fuelled by the plethora of great jazz musicians that performed at her late father’s bar and music room ‘The Bridge’, during the early to mid-1990s. The venue played host to local, national and international jazz musicians such as Paul Dunmall, Jean Touissant and Hugh Fraser. It was around this time that her interest and love of jazz began, and so too her quest to pursue a career as a Jazz Vocalist.

Photo of Ping LeePing Lee

Ping Lee is an experienced and versatile guitarist based in London. He has performed all over the city, throughout the UK and abroad.

Most notably, Ping was ‘artist in residence’ at the Southbank where he worked alongside Nitin Sawhney, British Indian musician, producer and composer, for the re-launch of the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has also worked with the likes of The Puppini Sisters, Lazarus and The Plane Crash.

Ping is also a composer and arranger. Over the years his own projects have spanned an eclectic mix of styles ranging from a modern jazz guitar/bass/drum trio (Ran) to his collaboration with French singer Sandie Safont.

Food and Drinks available all night.