London jazz star Symeon Cosburn signs to OT Records

Symeon Cosburn, who has been a regular feature on the London jazz scene, has signed a multi-album deal with OT Records.  Symeon Cosburn is one of the major young male jazz-influenced singing & song writing talents in London. His influences include Mel Tormé, Chet Baker, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae and of course Ella Fitzgerald; in addition to UK based artists such as Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw & Claire Martin. Symeons own brand of music is a mixture of swing and groove to lesser-known standards, modern classics & his own originals. Coupled with his improvisation and effortless ability to swing, he loves rhythmically manipulating the songs of his repertoire whether it be one of his own compositions or those of the great songwriters of yesteryear. His artistic personality led him into a few varied jobs before becoming a singer, which included freelance graphic design. He spent his free time training himself as a dancer from around the age of 19, and then a little later as a singer, which led him on to seasonal cabaret work abroad. He started writing his own material in 1997 but it wasn't until 2000 when he was performing in Europe that he started to alter the style of the songs that he wrote, into the style of music that he mostly listens to - jazz and swing. In 2001 he was asked to write the musical score for a play by The Pleasance theatre which opened at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002 called 'Who's Harry?', which won the Festival First Award and transferred to London. His debut album "Breakfast With The Blues" is to be released in March. The first single to be taken off the album is a stunning re interpretation of The Strangles classic "Golden Brown". The single features two versions of the song, "The Groove Foundry remix" and the regular "Album Version" and will be released in mid February. The album also features a special guest appearance by Communards singer Sarah Jane Morris and was produced by international jazz star Ian Shaw.