About Burgundy Blue
Smooth and sophisticated London jazz trio Burgundy Blue oozes romance, class and atmosphere. Fronted by charismatic singer, songwriter and actress Annalie Wilson and supported by the remarkable talents of Maurizio Minardi and Ben Hillyard, Burgundy Blue is equally at home in a smoky jazz club and a large concert hall, making it an ideal choice for a wedding, an engagement party, a milestone birthday or a corporate reception. Singer Annalie brings a contemporary freshness and personality to the traditional classics of female greats such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and many more. Burgundy Blue is also available as a larger band with drums and gypsy swing guitar. Burgundy Blue has performed several times at London's gypsy jazz hideaway Le Quecumubar, and at the Meantime Brewery festival in Greenwich to a huge outdoor crowd. Established musicians in their own right their stage presence and finesse is second to none, having played together and separately at an impressive range of including Ronnie Scotts, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal National Theatre, The Thames Festival, King’s Place, Hammersmith Apollo, The Jazz Café, The Vortex, The Old Vic Theatre, Messe Dusseldorf (Germany), Arezzo Wave Festival (Italy), Mile Stone Jazz Club (Poland) and many more. Annlie won the UK national Rock the House competition in 2014 as Best Solo Artist and performed at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. She has released two albums, an EP and several singles independently and toured in Central Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. Annalie first worked with bassist Ben Hillyard in jazz/funk band The Jezebel Sextet in 2004, and has since collaborated with him on many projects including her debut album, EP and forthcoming second album as well as numerous live gigs. Ben has played and toured with many bands including The James Taylor Quartet and has supported Take That at the 02 Arena. Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Maurizio Minardi is in high demand on the London jazz scene. He has played at jazz festivals and clubs all over Europe and the UK, produced music for film and TV and continues to record and perform with his own critically acclaimed jazz band as well as world music project Melange.
I hired Burgundy Blue in July 2013 for my birthday party. They were much appreciated by my guests for their sound, not too loud, but entertaining, and with the opportunity to dance if you so wished. Annalie has an attractive voice and presentation; I would thoroughly recommend her and the band.
Annalie is fantastic, she performed at our wedding reception and sang during the ceremony. She's got a beautiful voice and there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Annalie was happy to play the songs we requested and created an awesome atmosphere that really added to the magic of the day, I can’t recommend her highly enough!