Jo Wise has worked with music all her life. Her rich voice draws you in to the pictures she paints with word and sound, and her lively humour keeps you on your toes. Her warmth of tone creates an emotional depth and an immediate rapport with her audience.
Jo’s songs reflect the influences of the music and rhythms of the countries of her mixed work and life. Her lyrics speak of the huge range of human experience and interaction, with a refreshing honesty about the emotions we all share.
Jo’s singing has attracted attention on the London jazz scene, and she is now working with a rich mix of her original songs and gorgeous jazz standards.
Jo has sung at many jazz and cabaret venues around London, including The Vortex, Crazy Coqs, Spice Jazz, Gt. Northern Railway Tavern, Ryan’s Bar, Elixir Bar and many more. She has also sung around the UK including with Laurie Morgans Trio at the Lancaster Jazz Festival. She has shared a stage with Gabriel Keen and his trio, Pete Billington, Bob Stuckey, Andy Hamill, Dudley Philips and many more.
Born in London, Jo and has worked all over the UK, Europe and beyond. She was a professional dancer for many years, working with musicians from many different countries. Her work as a choreographer is ongoing, and she is known for her east/west fusion and work with middle-eastern music. She has also worked with theatre and opera companies, using choreography, dance and movement with singers. She runs a dance school in London, and is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Here’s what people say about her singing and her songs:
“Great voice, and she can swing!” Carol Grimes
“A very creative songwriter” Steve, London
“Jo’s velvety voice draws you in and is like a warm hug” Margaret, Surrey
“I love Jo’s songs, they always seem to be from the point of view of slightly mad women!” Kay, Sunderland
“She has a way with a jazz standard, subtle and authentic” Jeff, Lancaster
“Great phrasing…” Pete, Norwich
“Jo’s songs always tell stories, and sometimes have unexpected endings!” Yvette, London