Debut lounge album on Chinchin Records - Blow Your Horn - was released 4th May 2015!
"In collaboration with Europe’s hottest producers, Iain Mackenzie achieves an enticing mix of cool, chill out grooves upon enchanting melodies and swingin’ dance floor beats, framing luscious earworm themes…"
What else has been happening… Well, I'm still very privileged to regularly sing with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, under the baton of the masterful (and quite funny) Mr Pete Long… we had a bloomin' lovely time at Chelsea Flower show last year! It was also a very Sinatra filled year, with a string of concerts celebrating Ol' Blue Eye's centenary year - performing with the London, Manchester and Scottish Concert Orchestras under the baton of Richard Balcombe, in venues as beautiful as Birmingham Symphony Hall. Another Sinatra highlight were a fantastic series of centenary celebrations labelled UK Salutes Frank, with Pete Long's big band and entertaining educational narration from Mr Leo Green. We finished the run of concerts to a full house at the Apollo in Hammersmith with some special guests - George Gallagher, Jack Pack & Michael Ball.
Last year was full of creative stuff, in the form of writing and recording... Not only for my new lounge album, Blow Your Horn (available in all good records shops that haven't gone into administration) but I've also been writing and recording an album of 'new standards' with bass player, writer and arranger Geoff Gascoyne. An album of brand new songs, in the classic American Songbook style recorded at Angel Studios with full big band, 16 strings and harp! We had such a blast making it - news of that release will be posted here very soon!!!
The Christmas run at Boisdale in Canary Wharf was a great success again, and will be happening next December too. Since Jan 2010, I have been on tour five times with Brendan Cole’s (Strictly Come Dancing) Live and Unjudged and Licence To Thrill Shows… last year's shows were delivered to sell out houses across the UK and a second tour of 'A Night To Remember' is already booked for 2016! Book your tickets here!
Finally, I also had the privilege of recording 6 new songs written by Don Black & Alexander Rudd in December 2015... if and when they become available, you'll hear it here first!