Robert Mitchell & Omar Puente
(featuring Deborah Jordan)
@ the Vortex & Pizza Express Jazz Club
(Photography 10 November 2006 & 26 January 2007)
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Robert Mitchell biography
Pianist, keyboard player, composer and lyricist,
Robert Mitchell has performed in over 70 different projects. He
has collaborated with artists such as Courtney Pine, Norma Winstone,
Vaughn Hawthorne-Nelson, Steve Coleman, I.G Culture, Greg Osby,
Steve Williamson, The Jazz Warriors, Sillhouette Brown, Ntoumos
and Omar Puente.
2002 would see Mitchell appear in the Peter Bogdanovich
directed film ‘The Cats Miaow’. In 2004, Mitchell won
the BBC Jazz Innovation Award with the F-ire Collective. He has
also won various National and International awards with the groups
Quite Sane and J-Life.
In 2006, Mitchell’s band’ Panacea’
performed a Radio 1 Session for Giles Peterson, as well as the North
Sea Jazz Festival. The album “Bridges” featuring Omar
Puente was released in November 2006 to critical acclaim.
At present Mitchell has a busy schedule touring
with Omar Puente, he is also working on various projects with artists
such, as Jhelisa Anderson and Nina Simone Project. Mitchell is a
visiting teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, he also teaches
Omar Puente biography
Omar Puente was born in Santiago de Cuba. He studied
classical, and Cuban music at the Escuela Nacional de Arte and the
Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Visiting tutors included Dizzy
Gillespie and Paquito d'Rivera. Fellow students included Gonzalito
Rubalcaba and Oriente Lopez.
Puente has toured extensively with the Nacional
Symphony Orquestra de Cuba, Ruben Gonzales and Guillermo Rubalcaba.
Since re-locating to England in 1997, Puente has recorded with Kirsty
McColl, the Temple of Sound and acclaimed pianist Robert Mitchell,
amongst others. He has performed with Jools Holland, Eddie Palmiere
and the Cuban All-Stars.
Puente teaches Jazz Studies at Leeds College Of
Music, Trinity College London and continues to teach in Havana,
Deborah Jordan biography
Deborah Jordan was surrounded by music from an
early age. Her father was a lead singer and bass player, so it seemed
natural for her to become involved at some stage. Her musical journey
began at school with the recorder, violin, flute then piano. Jordan
attended university after leaving school and continued to explore
music by joining groups. At age 18 she was singing jazz standards.
“I developed my style by listening to anything
and everything, and trying things out. I hear someone do something
I realise I haven’t tried and try to figure it out, see if
it works when I do it. Just as an instrumentalist practices so should
a vocalist – so I thought I should try to keep learning”.
For the last six years Jordan has worked with Robert
Mitchell’s ground breaking jazz band Panacea. Further musical
projects with artists such as Eska Mtungwazi and Bembe Segue have
also proved fruitful. Jordan’s voice has been featured on
two releases in Japan through Dome Records. ‘Silhouette Brown’
(on the Ether Record label, 2005) was Jordan’s first full
album release as a lead singer. Acclaim and support has come from
the likes of Gilles Peterson, Trevor Nelson, Patrick Forge and Benji
Jordan’s influences are diverse, but she
admits she is a soul girl at heart. Artists such as Minnie Riperton,
Patrice Rushen, and Patti Austin are confirmed as her key influences.
Male artists such as Stevie Wonder, Eric Benet, Brian Mcknight and
heavy rock guitar guru Frank Zappa also feature on her list of positive
The aphorism, ‘first impressions are lasting’
is used by many individuals who have had the pleasure of meeting
Deborah Jordan. Her passion for life and down to earth approach
are qualities this hard working photographer embraced with open
Robert Mitchell – piano / keyboards
Omar Puente – violin / vocals
Deborah Jordan - vocals
Tom Mason - bass
Shane Forbes - drums
Corey Mwamba - vibes