Chrissie Hynde

LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road


The iconic frontwoman of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde will be performing a special concert at the EFG London Jazz Festival showcasing tracks from her brand new jazz album Valve Bone Woe, out September 6th 2019.

Displaying yet another volte-face in Hynde’s incredible career, Valve Bone Woe is inspired by the track Hynde performed with Frank Sinatra for his second album of duets. The album features the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble and presents innovative interpretations of songs by a stunning array of classic songwriters and innovators including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, Charlie Mingus, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Ray Davies and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

  • ‘ Absolutely sensational! I'm blown away by the completeness and maturity of this work: it sounds like they've spent a lifetime doing music like this. An amazing piece of work ’
    (Brian Eno)
  • ‘ Hynde sings it her own way to a jazz accompaniment, and after a while she wins – because she sings with passion! No matter what the jazz police would say – she is captivating! ’

I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it. I often bemoan what I regard as a decline in melody in popular music and I wanted to sing melodies.

(Chrissie Hynde)

Opening for Chrissie will be Hugh Coltman.

The former leader of blues-rock group The Hoax, Hugh Coltman blends his folk-rock songwriter roots into his passion for the finest in jazz heritage. In his latest album Who's Happy he breathes a New Orleans spirit into his songs, fusing every style of blues and folk, with his warm, journeyman's voice expressing his deep understanding of human emotions and sentiments