Last night, I was honoured to join Collette Cooper and her friends at the charming Mitch Winehouse's album launch party at PizzaExpress' Jazz Club Soho off Dean Street. What a delightful and entertaining evening. I am so delighted I was able to attend. Big thanks to Collette and Mitch for having me.
Upon arrival, I received this lovely badge (see photo below) from the Amy Winehouse Foundation. You can get your own badge for £2 from the foundation's shop in addition to other goodies while supporting a good cause.
And what a charming venue it was. At 10 Dean Street in SoHo you will find a PizzaExpress unlike any other with a jazz club in the basement. There is an intimate stage, a well stocked bar, and a mixture of long rectangle tables and smaller circular tables for all different group sizes.
Starved, I was thrilled to see we had several delicious sounding choices of pizza for dinner and an ample selection of drinks to choose from. I went with an Elderflower Presse which was the perfect amount to compliment my meal.
And following Collette's fabulous choice, I went with the Florentina Classic sans the mozzarella cheese (avoiding dairy wherever possible) and what a treat it was! I ate the entire thing it was so scrumptious. Who knew an egg was the perfect topping for a pizza? Thanks Collette for being so genius. ;) And for those of you who are avoiding gluten, you will be happy to hear that there are gluten free pizza crusts available.
On to the charming man of the hour, Mr. Mitch Winehouse, who was as gracious a host and as charming as I remember from the previous times I have met him and heard him perform (here and here). I felt so blessed to be there for this joyous occasion.
As befit the occasion, Mitch and his great and entertaining band played/sang several songs from his upcoming album But Beautiful which is to be released on the 29th of September. Proceeds from the album will be going towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation which was set up "to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”
As charming a crooner and entertainer as Mitch is when singing, he is just as charming and delightful when telling stories about his special girl and how she helped him choose the songs that we are soon to enjoy on his sophomore album. I have no doubt she would give her dad two big thumbs up -- it is a lovely compilation of favourites and covered in love.
As I mentioned in my previous post about Mitch's performance at the Hippodrome, a new song was written by his friend and the legendary Don Black specifically for the album. It is charming, cute, fun and is sure to be enjoyed by everyone. Two greats collaborating on a number makes for a big smile from this admirer. :)
Friends if you enjoy jazz, classics, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and the old school crooners - you will surely enjoy this album. Bravo, Mitch! Keep up the good work!
Again my thanks and gratitude to Collette and Mitch for including me in this fantastic and charming evening.