Liane Carroll

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Liane Carroll
Born 9 February 1964
London,[1] England
Genres Jazz
Instruments piano, vocal
Years active 1980–present
Labels Quietmoney Recordings; Proper Records; Splash Point Records; Hospital Records, Wah Wah 45s
Associated acts London Elektricity; Part-Time Heroes

Liane Carroll (born 9 February 1964 in London)[1] is an English pianist/vocalist who lives in Hastings, East Sussex.[2]

The Observer's jazz critic Dave Gelly has described her as "one of the most stylistically flexible pianists around, with a marvellous, slightly husky singing voice".[3] According to The Guardian's jazz critic John Fordham she is "a powerful, soul-inflected performer with an Ella Fitzgerald-like improv athleticism and an emotional frankness on ballads".[4] Nick Hasted of The Independent says that she is "still frustratingly little-known" but calls her "one of Britain’s most emotionally visceral and accomplished singers".[5]

Carroll has worked with many artists ranging from Sir Paul McCartney[6][nb 1] and Gerry Rafferty[nb 2] to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.[1] She has also performed as the lead vocalist and Wurlitzer keyboardist for the drum and bass band London Elektricity.[6] She is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and the 606 Club in London, and has made several albums. In addition to performing, Carroll also teaches at jazz summer schools in the UK and Europe and also conducts workshops.[7]

Carroll usually plays with a trio, The Liane Carroll Trio, which currently comprises Liane Carroll (vocals/piano), Roger Carey (electric bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).[8]

Early life[edit]

Liane Carroll grew up in a musical family[8][nb 3] in Hastings[9] and in south London.[7] She started learning the piano at the age of three[1][8] began composing at the age of eight,[7] and has been a professional singer, pianist and composer since she was 15.[6][10]

Professional career[edit]

In 1998 she joined Trevor Watts’ Moiré Music band and toured overseas with them.[10] Carroll became a respected session musician and also worked in bands under Dave Holdsworth, Gerry Rafferty, Jerry Donohue and Long John Baldry.[7]

She formed her own trio, recording albums for the Jazz Art, Bridge and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House labels.[7]

From 1996 to 2002, Carroll worked with singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Kitley, with whom she composed many songs. They appeared together on a charity single for Brazilian street children, on which Carroll’s backing singer was Paul McCartney.[7]

From 1996 onwards Carroll started working with Hospital Records. In 2003 she toured internationally with a band formed by Hospital Records' owner Tony Colman, playing at the Brazilian Electro Dance Music Festival in Brasilia. In the early 2000s she began recording for the Splash Point label, releasing a series of recordings that embraced jazz, R&B and the singer-songwriter tradition. From 2005 onwards, Carroll decided to focus on her jazz work.[7]


In 2013 Liane Carroll was a guest on Alex Horne's BBC Radio 4 comedy show Alex Horne Presents the Horne Section.[11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2005 Liane Carroll won two awards in the BBC Jazz Awards: Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz.[12][13] In 2006 she won the Marston Pedigree Jazz Award for best vocalist.[7] On 13 May 2008, Andy Burnham MP, then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, presented her with the 2008 award for Jazz Musician of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.[14][15] Her album Up and Down won in the Jazz Album of the Year category at the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Awards in May 2012.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Liane Carroll lives in Hastings[6][17] with her husband Roger Carey, bassist in the Liane Carroll Trio; they married in 1990.[10] She has a daughter, Abi, and grandchildren, from her first marriage.[18]


Dave Holdsworth-Liane Carroll Quartet[edit]

Album Record label Release date Notes
Ten Day Simon Cadillac 8 May 1990[19] With Dave Holdsworth on trumpet, this album features original compositions and standards

Liane Carroll[edit]

Album Record label Release date Notes
That's Life (Liane Carroll and Roger Carey) Jazz Art 1991
Clearly Bridge 1 October 1995 Features Dave Mattacks (drums) and Roger Carey (bass), with a guest appearance by trumpeter Dick Pearce
Dolly Bird Ronnie Scott's Jazz House 18 August 1997 Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Features Peter Kirtley (guitar, vocals), Steve Lamb (bass guitar) and Greg Leppard (drums)
Son of Dolly Bird Ronnie Scott's Jazz House 28 January 2002 Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in January 2001. Features Steve Lamb (bass guitar), Greg Leppard (drums) and special guest Julian Siegel (tenor saxophone)
Billy No Mates Splash Point Records CD (SPR001CD) on 14 September 2003[20] Carroll's first solo album.[10] Includes four original songs by Carroll: "Three Sheets to the Wind", "Fly Little Bird", "Dublin Morning" and "Billy No Mates"[13]
Standard Issue Splash Point Records CD (SPR003CD) on 3 October 2005[21][22] Recorded live on 5 June 2005 at Studio 1, Abbey Road Studios. Features the Liane Carroll Trio (Roger Carey on bass guitar and Greg Leppard on drums) and guests Ian Shaw (vocals), John Parricelli (guitar) and Bobby Wellins (tenor saxophone)[nb 4]
Slow Down Splash Point Records CD (SPR004CD) on 5 October 2007[23] Solo album; Ian Shaw guests on one track[nb 5]
Liane Live DVD Splash Point Records DVD (SPR007DVD) on 4 February 2008[24] Featuring concert by the Liane Carroll Trio (Roger Carey on bass and Mark Fletcher on drums) at the Brecon Jazz Festival 2006; Ian Shaw guests on one track[nb 6]
One Good Reason Qnote Records, distributed by Universal Music CD (QNT 10110) on 21 July 2008[25][26] Recorded in 2002, as part of "The Passion"[27] with Jacqui Dankworth and Sara Colman[nb 7]
Break Even (with John Etheridge) Dekkor CD (RCD 027) on 24 November 2008[28] With Hammond organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Mark Fletcher[nb 8]
Best Standard Issue SSG Entertainment CD (DC 9648) on 23 December 2008[29] This album was released in Germany.[29] It has 17 tracks: duration 74 mins[30]
Live at the Lampie (with Brian Kellock) Splash Point Records CD (SPR009CD) on 11 May 2009[31] Recorded live at The Blue Lamp pub in Aberdeen[nb 9]
Up and Down Quietmoney Recordings, distributed by Proper Records CD (QMR0001CD) on 27 June 2011[32] Recorded in London, Hastings, Brighton, Prague and Memphis, Tennessee, it features Kenny Wheeler, Kirk Whalum, Julian Siegel and James McMillan as guest soloists[33][34][nb 10]
Ballads[35] Quietmoney Recordings, distributed by Proper Records CD (QMR0002CD) on 15 April 2013 Recorded in Hastings,[36] it features Mark Edwards (piano), Gwilym Simcock (piano), Julian Siegel (bass clarinet) and Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone) with orchestration and big band arrangements by Chris Walden,[37] and includes Sophie Bancroft's song "Calgary Bay", performed with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra[38]

London Elektricity[edit]

Album Record label Release date Notes
Pull the Plug Hospital Records CD (NHS12CD) on 7 June 1999[39] Liane Carroll provides vocals on two of the tracks
Billion Dollar Gravy Hospital Records CD (NHS56CD) on 26 May 2003[40] Liane Carroll provides vocals on some of the tracks
Live Gravy (live DVD album) Hospital Records DVD (NHS72DVD) on 24 May 2004[41] A live concert at the Jazz Café, London, with two extra songs from London Elektricity's autumn 2003 tour, released on DVD
Power Ballads Hospital Records CD (NHS95CD) on 3 October 2005[42] Liane Carroll provides vocals on four of the tracks[42]
Medical History Hospital Records MP3 album (NHSDL06) on 6 December 2006[43] Liane Carroll takes lead vocals on five of the tracks
Syncopated City Hospital Records LP (NHS142LPX) on 1 September 2008; CD (NHS142CD) on 26 September 2008; Japanese Special Edition (NHS142JAPAN) with bonus tracks on 30 November 2008 Liane Carroll takes lead vocals on five of the tracks

Part-Time Heroes featuring Liane Carroll[edit]

Single Record label Release date Notes
"Pretend Paradise" Wah Wah 45s 12" single (WAH1209) on 26 June 2006 Liane Carroll performs on the track "Pretend Paradise", which is coupled with "Thin Air" featuring Lara Vane[44][45]
"Pretend Paradise" (remix) Wah Wah 45s 12" single (WAH12012) on 6 June 2007 Track listing – Track A: "Pretend Paradise" (Parta Herois De Tempo Mix); Track B: "What The Sun Brings"[46]

Compilation albums[edit]

Album Record label Release date Notes
Hospital Accapellas Hospital Records CD (NHS171) on 12 July 2010[47] Features various Hospital Records artists. Includes one track by Liane Carroll ("The Trap" [A cappella]). She is also lead vocalist on five of the six London Elektricity tracks[47]


  1. ^ Together with Paul McCartney, she performed with the Peter Kirtley Band on the 1998 charity CD single "Little Children".
  2. ^ She performed with Gerry Rafferty on his 1992 album, On a Wing and a Prayer. "Gerry Rafferty album: On a Wing and a Prayer, 1992". Music World. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  3. ^ In a short film by Sarah Linklater about Liane Carroll and her weekly performances at Porters, a small pub in Hastings, Carroll said that her parents were both singers and her grandmother had played the piano. Sarah Linklater for Hidden Gems (May 2011). "Liane Carroll (video)". Vimeo. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Peter Quinn. "Liane Carroll: Standard Issue". Jazzwise. Retrieved 21 May 2012.  Reviewing Standard Issue for Jazzwise magazine, Peter Quinn said: "her arrangement of Janis Ian's 'At Seventeen' is close to musical perfection."
  5. ^ As well as jazz standards, and numbers by singer-songwriters including Laura Nyro, Donovan and Tom Waits, Slow Down includes an original song, "You Can’t Slow My Heart Down", co-written by Liane Carroll with Peter Kirtley. Reviewing Slow Down for BBC Music, Kathryn Shackleton said: "On Slow Down Liane sings her way through the whole spectrum from jazz diva to fragile victim. Van Heusen and Cahn's 'All The Way' and Duke Ellington's 'In My Solitude' are remade as torch songs, with vulnerability oozing out of every verse, while 'Lazy Afternoon' perfectly captures her molasses low tones and silken high ones – her sparse electric piano accompaniment creating a brooding, hypnotic tension." Kathryn Shackleton (4 January 2008). "It doesn't just tug at your heart strings, it rips them out...". BBC Music. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Filmed by the BBC, the DVD is introduced by Julian Joseph.
  7. ^ Reviewing One Good Reason for All About Jazz, Dave Major said that "at no time does one voice truly overpower the trio. Even in dense, concerted passages, you can appreciate each subtle nuance, change in vibrato or balance". Dave Major (26 September 2008). "CD/LP/Track Review: The Passion: One Good Reason (2008)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Guardian reviewer John Fordham said of Break Even, "Carroll's confidence in the expressiveness of the smallest utterance gives her an irresistible eloquence, as strong at low volumes as it is at full throttle". John Fordham (13 February 2009). "John Etheridge/Liane Carroll: Break Even". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Guardian reviewer John Fordham said of Live at the Lampie, "Since Liane Carroll can loose off a jazz-singing broadside that might touch on Betty Carter and Bobby McFerrin (with soul-vocal asides including everyone from Aretha to Stevie Wonder), and Scottish piano virtuoso Kellock has a comparable range from Fats Waller to free-improv, the potential for repetition in this duo is low. Released from her singer/pianist responsibilities, Carroll has rarely sounded more spontaneous and relaxed." John Fordham (14 August 2011). "Liane Carroll/Brian Kellock: Live at the Lampie". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Guardian reviewer John Fordham said of Up and Down, "Singer/pianist Carroll is a world-class act, but this is the first recording to capture the full range of her expressiveness. Up and Down embraces intimate voice/piano performances, orchestra-backed extravaganzas and jazz jams with soloists of the pedigree of Kenny Wheeler and Julian Siegel."John Fordham and others (19 May 2011). "F&M Playlist". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 


  1. ^ a b c d Sean O'Shea (29 March 2013). "All that jazz…". Hastings Online Times. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Liane Carroll". Porters Wine Bar. 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Dave Gelly (9 October 2005). "Liane Carroll, Standard Issue". The Observer. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ John Fordham (23 June 2011). "Liane Carroll: Up and Down – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Nick Hasted (30 December 2013). "Liane Carroll, jazz review: 'Pure yet raw'". The Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Sarah Linklater for Hidden Gems (May 2011). "Liane Carroll (video)". Vimeo. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Liane Carroll: Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "The worst kept secret in jazz: Liane Carroll". Lancashire Telegraph. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Marcus Weeks (2008). Sussex Music. Alfriston: Snake River Press. ISBN 978-1-906022-10-5. 
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  11. ^ "Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section, Series 2 Episode 6 of 6". BBC Radio 4. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Success at the BBC Jazz Awards 2005". Woman's Hour (BBC). 4 July 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
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  15. ^ "All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group". Sandy Brown Jazz. 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jazz breaking news: Liane Carroll, Jamie Cullum and Jon Newey among the winners at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards". Jazzwise magazine. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Peter Quinn (27 May 2011). "Liane Carroll – On the Upside". Jazzwise magazine. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  18. ^ Helen Pearse (5 January 2008). "Liane Carroll: the generation game". magazine. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Dave Holdsworth: Liane Carroll Quartet – Ten Day Simon". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  20. ^ "Splash Point Records releases Liane Carroll's fabulous solo album, "Billy No Mates"" (Press release). Splash Point Records. 9 September 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Splash Point Records launches Standard Issue, the astounding new album by BBC Jazz Awards 2005 double-winner Liane Carroll" (Press release). Splash Point Records. 6 September 2005. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Liane Carroll: Standard Issue". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Liane Carroll – Slow Down". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  24. ^ [DVD-21709 "Liane Carroll – Liane Carroll Trio Live (DVD)"]. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
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  31. ^ "Live at the Lampie". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "Up and Down". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
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  34. ^ Dave Gelly (3 July 2011). "Liane Carroll: Up and Down – review". The Observer. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  35. ^ John Bungey (13 April 2013). "Liane Carroll: Ballads". The Times (London). Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  36. ^ "Jazz legend Liane set to launch new album". Hastings & St. Leonards Observer. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  37. ^ "Liane Carroll: Ballads" (Press release). Riot Squad Publicity. 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  38. ^ "Sophie Bancroft". Sophie Bancroft. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
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  40. ^ "London Elektricity – Billion Dollar Gravy". Discogs. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  41. ^ "Releases: London Elektricity – Live Gravy". Hospital Records. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  42. ^ a b "London Elektricity – Power Ballads". Discogs. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  43. ^ "London Elektricity – Medical History". Discogs. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  44. ^ "Pretend Paradise 12" Single". Wah Wah 45s. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  45. ^ "Pth Projects Pretend Paradise ft Liane Carroll". Kudos Records. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  46. ^ "PTH Projects Featuring Liane Carroll – Pretend Paradise". Discogs. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  47. ^ a b "Various Artists: Hospital Accapellas". Hospital Records. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

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