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Bridging the generations

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

Interpretations album cover with Shane Hill and Frank Holder Picture Brian O'Connor - MUST CREDIT

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P ROFESSIONAL Reigate guitarist Shane Hill has collaborated with legendary 88-year-old jazz singer Frank Holder to produce a new album.

Called Interpretations Frank Holder and Shane Hill, it features a mix of classic jazz standards, pop classics and a few original songs.

The album pays tribute to such names ranging from George Gershwin and Cole Porter to George Michael, Amy Winehouse and Katie Melua.

Guyana-born Frank is a veteran of the UK jazz and Latin music scene and his credits include appearing at The Royal Albert Hall in London with the likes of Nat King Cole.

Holder was first discovered by the great band leader, Leslie Jiver Hutchinson, during the Second World War.

In the early days of his career he played at the 100 Club in London owned by the Feldman bothers and recorded for major record companies Parlaphone, Decca and London Records.

In the early Fifties he worked with John Dankworth's The Dankworth Seven and during the Fifties and Sixties he performed with a host of leading UK jazz musicians, including Ronnie Scott.

He even diversified into variety and cabaret performances, playing at famous London venues.

Frank still regularly performs today and many current musicians consider him an important influence on their career, including Katie Melua. Katie, whose song, I Cried For You, is covered on the album, endorsed Interpretations on her Twitter blog.

Frank also recently appeared in interview in BBC2 Culture Show special, Swinging into The Blitz.

Shane Hill's interest in music was originally fostered by his father, Otto Hill, who ran a Surrey-based band called The Echoes in the Sixties. The band supported such acts as Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and Richard Valence.

Later, Shane joined The Surrey Youth Jazz Orchestra and studied at Leeds College of Music and is now a tutor for guitarists in the orchestra.

Shane has recently played on a new version of Charles Trenet's classic song La Mer for Universal Music.

The recording featured on the album Héros, which features the French Foreign Legion Choir, made Number 9 in the main French album charts and Number 1 in The French Classical charts.

Shane has also played on records by Lionel Ritchie and Leona Lewis, among many others.

Today Frank and Shane even gig together.

Shane says: "It was with great pleasure that a chance meeting with Frank Holder at a party led to me producing an album with him.

"Music bridges the generations," continues Shane. "It is a great pleasure and education to work with such a renowned singer."

Interpretations Frank Holder and Shane Hill is available to buy as a hardcopy from shane@gwshill.wanadoo.co.uk or to download from iTunes and Amazon.

See The Frank Holder and Shane Hill Band play live in The Hawth Studio, Crawley, on Wednesday, November 27 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £14 on the door, £12 in advance from 01293 553636 or www.hawth.co.uk

They also play at Spice Of Life, Soho, London, in conjunction with The Jazz Festival on Wednesday, November 20.

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