Polly Gibbons has just finished her sold-out tour in the U.K., including two acclaimed performances at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. She has opened for George Benson and Gladys Knight, singer/songwriter. Adding to her accomplishments this week Polly Gibbons celebrates the release of her highly-anticipated second album, “Is It Me…?” on Resonance Records at The Iridium in New York City.. Produced by the label’s owner and founder George Klabin, the 12-track collection fully embraces the inspiring, expansive array of American jazz, soul and blues influences that have infused her dynamic career as an artist and live performer.
Polly, recently earned her second nomination for the coveted and prestigious Best Jazz Vocalist Jazz FM. She has been a staple of the UK Jazz Scene since the mid-2000’s. In commenting on her new album, she states: “It’s a massive melting pot, varied but beautifully linked because I love every style I’m singing. Jazz would never have happened without the blues, which came out of the gospel tradition – and blues is the foundation of contemporary Western culture and pop/soul music, and so on. She’s especially excited by the buoyant seven-piece horn section, which enhances both her R&B and big band swing vibes. The piano and most of the arranging are shared by long time-collaborator and her musical director James Pearson, whom she performs with regularly at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club in London. Tamir Hendelman, the Israeli born, L.A. based jazz pianist to the stars, including Barbra Streisand and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is also on the CD. She was also backed by season musicians Shedrick Mitchell-piano ,Mark McLean-drums, Richie Goods – bass and on Paul Bollenback-guitar.