DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY
BIG FAT LIAR
Sisters in the Shadows
From Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thorton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clora Bryant, All-Female Orchestras and Janis Joplin up to Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Nubya Garcia, Laura Jurd and Brittany Howard, woman have always played a vital - and often overlooked - role in the evolution of Blues and Jazz.
In this new podcast series, Sisters In The Shadows - Women In Blues And Jazz, musician and actor Collette Cooper (herself heavily influenced by those iconic names) explores the careers of female artists – particularly celebrates the black female artists - from the earliest days to the present
time to mark over a century of Blues and Jazz.
In this new podcast from Pod People Productions, Collette talks to artists and broadcasters such as Soweto Kinch, Huey Morgan, Diana Krawl and many more about their favourite Blues and Jazz Divas and Composers, where they first discovered them, who are their influences and why they’ll never be forgotten.
In aid of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity, produced by the award winning team at Podpeople Productions
Tomorrow May Be My Last
Our first theatre piece Janis - Tomorrow May Be My Last is the story of the first queen of rock. Written and performed by Collette Cooper. MD, Mike Hanson
Janis is a one-woman play, driven by her music, performed with a live band and set in a festival in the late ’60s. Janis is an emotionally charged production that captures her funny energetic personality while exploring the dangerous path of excess her free spirit took her down.
Collette portrays an iconic artist by delving deeply into the inner turmoil that drove and ultimately destroyed her. It tells the story as raw and honest as her voice, as gut-wrenching as her music, and as vivid as her memory.
The show features some of her best-loved songs and also debuting an original track, ‘Tomorrow May Be My Last’ written by Collette Cooper and Mike Hanson, directed by Helen Niland. Produced by Thelonious Punk Productions