Photograph: Ken Drew
Emma Fisk is a UK based jazz violinist, specialising in Hot Club/ Gypsy Jazz,Classic Jazz and Swing styles. She has received critical acclaim both for her spirited gypsy jazz performances, and her interpretations of early jazz violin master, Joe Venuti's music.
Emma's current projects include her quartet 'Hot Club du Nord'; a Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang inspired duo with guitarist James Birkett; The Ushaw Ensemble led by Paul Edis and a violin/ piano duo with Paul Edis. She also appears as a guest soloist at jazz festivals and clubs and was a longstanding member of Gypsy Jazz quartet Djangologie with whom she toured and recorded c.2000-2015.
She has played alongside many inspiring musicians including Ke ith Nichols, Jeff Barnhart, Remi Harris Trio, Spats Langham, Daryl Sherman, Enrico Tomasso, Matthias Seuffert, Duke Heitger, Daryl Sherman, Cecile McLorin-Salvant, Andy Schumm, the Tony Oreshko Trio, Michael McQuaid, Josh Duffee, Frans Sjostrom, Guy Barker, Mike Piggott, Mellow Baku, Morten Gunnar Larson, Lars Frank, Martin Litton, Robert Fowler, David Boeddinghaus and Jean-Francois Bonnel.
Hot Club du Nord have some lovely gigs around the region during the Autumn and into Winter, finishing the year with a Christmas special at one of our favourite venues, Hexham Queens Hall on December 20th. Be sure to get your tickets well in advance if you would like to join us for this festive, gypsy jazz end to the year! Box Office number is 01434 652477!
Check out the gig page to see where else you can catch us this season.
James and I are delighted that our Venuti/Lang inspired duo has been chosen for Jazz North's Northern Line touring support programme. This means venues, promoters and festivals can book the duo at a subsidised fee for performances between September 2017 and December 2018. We have our first Northern Line supported gigs this autumn on September 15th at The Jazz Café in Newcastle, The Witham on September 27th, Scarborough Jazz Club on October 4th, Marsden Jazz Festival on October 7th and Huddersfield Jazz on November 26th.
Paul Edis's Ushaw Ensemble were also selected so I'm also looking forward to doing more performances of the St Cuthbert Suite and new work for this unique line-up!
In the last week of October I will be at Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party having a ball with the guys and gals at Whitley Bay Village Hotel. This year I'll be playing some Ragtime, some Fred Elizalde, Dorsey Brothers and an intriguingly titled set - 'Meat Packin' Mama'!
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Hope to see you at a gig soon!
"In a concert packed with moments to savour, just to hear Barker’s recreation of Bix’s sublime solo on ‘Singing the Blues’ was a joy but then so too was violinist Emma Fisk’s recall of Joe Venuti on the small group version of ‘Raggin’ the Scale’, complete with David Horniblow’s bass saxophone and the guitar work of Martin Wheatley."
Peter Vacher, Jazzwize Magazine