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EARL OKIN – THE SINGER / SONGWRITER
Although his careers as comedian and Jazz concert artiste have taken up much of his time, Earl have never stopped writing songs and there are now several CDs available of his songs both old and new.
Songs From A Garden Shed.
Indeed, Earl is working on a brand new collection of songs at this very moment!
Last but not least, Earl has recently written a full musical. Hopefully, this will be staged within 12 months or so.
EARL OKIN – THE JAZZ SINGER
Earl Okin is one of the world’s finest Jazz singers. In addition, he is probably the finest performer of Bossa Nova outside of Brazil. Though occasionally performing with a trio, he normally performs solo, accompanying himself at the guitar or piano as most appropriate for the song.
He first learnt his stagecraft in folk clubs and when they were replaced by comedy clubs, Earl moved effortlessly from one to the other and has been a headline act on the unforgiving UK alternative comedy circuit for decades, highly respected by all his fellow performers, young and old.
Earl has probably performed more ‘encores’ than just about anyone around and his blend of comedy and music (Tom Lehrer was one of his influences) is in demand literally around the world.Earl has performed at such festivals as Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, the Adelaide Fringe in Australia and Humorologie in Belgium with equal success.
He regularly performs in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Holland… and at such famous US clubs as The Comedy Store, Caroline’s, The Improv. and The Ice House.
For 18 years straight, Earl performed at the internationally famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe,consistently coming away in profit… a major achievement, as any Edinburgh performer will agree!
Last but not least, Earl is in high demand for both corporate and private parties, having entertained not only Queen Elizabeth II but the king and queen of Sweden, too.
As with everything else he does, Earl Okin’s comedy is unique!
He is, if anything, funnier than ever, just as amazing on both guitar and piano, and his ‘trumpet’ style is still mind blowing. To a most appreciative audience he exercised his magic again.
Age does not matter for he appeals to all from 17 to senility. This year’s show is ‘Nothing To Do With Sex Whatsoever’ and if you believe that you’ll believe anything. For much of the time you think he’s only ad-libbing, but slowly realise that you are in the presence of a master of the art of cabaret. The man is unmissable as singer, songwriter, Jazz musician, comedian and, possibly my favourite this year, as a dance-track singer.
He plays guitar and piano. (He didn’t play piano at North Sea, but I have his Pitter Panther Patter and Blood Count on CD. Brilliant. Delivering the message, with good taste and ample technique).A real treat is his ‘vocal trumpet’: he can make those fantastic sounds that helped make the Mills Brothers famous.
Earl’s instrumental imitations are to my ears art – not just ‘funny’ or a novelty-type trick. They’re too good for that. It’s quality, for lack of a better word.
How to incorporate Ellington in your music and make it work?
Check out Earl. And yes, he does wear spats in public.”
REVIEW – PIZZA EXPRESS, DEAN STREET, LONDON
“I was struck at first by Okin’s ability to sing to every member of the audience – not with a fixed stare but with a knowing look – especially to the noisy table who had, it seemed, misinterpreted the ‘silence’ policy.
He was wonderfully engaging. His Portuguese was faultless, and truly charming within the context of Bossa Nova.
And then there’s that vocal trumpet. It was every bit as good and as musical as I’d heard. In fact, it was better. I found this instrument to be as integral to Earl’s performance as his singing, or piano or guitar playing.
He has an extraordinary ability to sing a solo which really sounds like a trumpet, with accurate pitch and timbre, vibrato, even half-valve sounds, and a characterful attack and articulation. It was so appropriate to each particular style – whether it be a haunting ballad or swinging standard. At one point my guest turned to me and said, “He can play the trumpet better than I can!” And she’s a professional trumpeter.
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AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Silent Disco, now every Mon, Tue & Wed from 11pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best [Free Entry] plus Late Bar.