Anita Williams & Rouge
Anita Williams & Rouge are a Cork based Jazz quintet fronted by the well known Cork Jazz singer Anita Williams. The band have gone from strength to strength since their formation three years ago with highlights including a sold out headline show at the Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, resident opening act at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival since 2008 plus regular appearance in venues around Ireland including Cork’s Pavilion and Bodega and The Button Factory, Dublin. Anita Williams & Rouge launched their debut single 'Take Me to the Paradiso' at An Cruibin, Union Quay, Cork on Wednesday 8th June 2011. The song was written by local Cork musician K. B. Violet and produced by Martin Leahy.
Anita Williams – Vocals. Anita is a graduate of the London Academy of Music & Drama (LAMDA). She studied voice training in London under Glynn Jones and returned to Dublin to resume her training under Veronica Dunne. Anita also worked in TV and Radio working with TV3 and RTE where she was Entertainment Correspondent for Ryan Tubridy and Dave Fanning. In 2008 she returned home to Cork and formed Rouge with Gary Baus.
Gary Baus – Saxophone. Gary was born in Baltimore, USA where he learned to play the saxophone at an Arts High School. From 1998-2001 he lived in Prague, CZ, and performed with two musicians from Cork who eventually led him to move to Ireland. He has a particular penchant for 1930’s and 40’s swing jazz most notably toward the style’s of Johnny Hodges and Lester Young.
Mo O’Connor – Guitar. Mo performed throughout America for over 15 years playing a range of styles from Rock, Bluegrass and Jazz. Since his return to Cork he has become a much sought after guitarist both at home and abroad. Rouge is the perfect vehicle for Mo’s rhythm and lead guitar skills delivering the unique sultry, smooth tones.
Pat Barrett - Double Bass. Started playing bass in his father's band at early age. Lived and played in London at age 16. Went to Leeds college of Music and achieved a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Jazz studies. Teaching at Cork Academy of Music. Pat passion, experience and love of Jazz has enhanced the performance of Anita Williams & Rouge.
Martin Leahy – Drums. As drummer’s go Martin has a very versatile take on every number he performs and again is very much sought after in the music scene. Having played drums for the past 15 years and in all different styles from trad to rock to blues to jazz. Anita Williams would not deliver its sultry style without the remarkable backing of Martin.
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