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Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Gregory Porter and Madeline Bell were my co-stars. Actually I'm doing one or two of the numbers from that show at the Norwich Jazz Festival. You definitely take after your father Grammy Award Winning legend Mel Tormé with your velvety voice – did he encourage you to follow in his footsteps? No not really! Although he was more than aware of my musical talent, a life like his of living out of a suitcase, banging your head against a wall as a music artist was nothing he envisioned, or hoped, for me. I think he coined the phrase ‘absence makes the heart go wander’. But I just can’t help being in music. And if you’re lucky enough to identify something you love, and you have a bit of talent, you should go for it. Anyway to answer your question, I’d like to think he'd be proud of the work I do. I have felt his presence several times during performances, which I tell myself is a good sign.. You’ll be “celebrating the greats” Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Mel Tormé and more. You’ve met some of the “greats” in real life – can you name a few and do you plan to sing any of their songs at the Norwich Jazz Festival? In terms of the show, this is something I have wanted to put together for a long time – a

celebrating of a 'generous helping' of the recording artists, songwriters and arrangers that have shaped my musicality, and consequently my career. Tat said, we do change who we salute a bit for every show (to keep an element of surprise), but among the people we'll be celebrating are Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Peggy Lee, Ella FitzGerald, Ray Charles, Fred Astaire, (my father Mel Tormé of course!), Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle and many more. It's such fun to do this. I spent time with several growing up. Te CTG tour has been amazing. We've been able to do it all over the world. So needless to say I'm very grateful for that. We all are. You’re also the grandson of the legendary actress Tora Hird (She’s loved in the UK), what was she like as a grandmother? Just the way you'd think. Super loving but also down to earth – she could tell you off if you needed it. But she could also make you feel so good. It all balanced out. In the end, I've drawn enormous pride and inspiration from her amazing career just as I do from those of my mother (actress Janette Scott) and father. I'm a product of all of them (all of it) if you think about it.

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