High 5, with Judith Owen

Acclaimed pianist, singer-songwriter and storyteller Judith Owen is bringing her show to The Caves in Edinburgh on Sunday, 20 November.

Judith will be joined on stage by legendary bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Pedro Segundo and cellist Gabriela Swallow for an evening of grown-up pop, jazz and humour.

Bryan Ferry is a big fan of Judith following their tour together, and Sunday Times Culture described her latest album Somebody’s Child as “Embracing grown-up pop, jazz and blue-eyed soul a la Steely Dan – her latest outing could be her best yet.”

AAA caught up with Judith for a chat ahead of Sunday’s gig (ticket details below)…

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Favourite Film 

It’s a draw between This is Spinal Tap and Some Like It Hot, which is comedy genius. Luckily I got to meet Billy Wilder at the end of his life and thank him in person for This is Spinal Tap because it’s the musician’s ‘bible’.

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Favourite Single 

Respect – Aretha Franklin. It’s just not possible to hear that song and not want to dance down the street. It makes you feel good to be alive. She’ll always be the Queen of soul for me!

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Favourite Album

Songs in the key of life – Stevie Wonder. It got me through some rough times as a kid. Again it brought some necessary joy at a time when I was struggling. The first record I owned actually.

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Favourite Gig 

Earth Wind and Fire at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2009. I thought the bloody stage was going to collapse when they started to play those opening chords to ‘September’! There were so many of us standing on the side of the stage jumping up and down and dancing like lunatics. It was crazy but it was magical.

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Favourite Book 

Crimson Petal on The White By Michael Faber. Literally the greatest page turner and that’s coming from a dyslexic who listens mostly to audio tapes. A stunning portrayal of Victorian London’s underbelly long before Ripper Street or Penny Dreadful. I think Richard Thompson told me about it!

Judith Owen, The Caves, Niddry Street, Sunday, 20 November, doors 7pm, £15, 0131 510 1122

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