Imogen Ryall more than holds her own in an exceptionally strong current UK jazz vocal scene. Her depth of expression, creativity, technique and musicianship are a constant source of joy and surprise to me” Julian Nicholas
"I love Imogen's voice. She sings with heart and intelligence, sensuality and style; a natural musician."
Claire Martin OBE
Imogen made her singing debut at the age of 17 at The Chichester Jazz Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2
Alumni of the renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama and former member of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Imogen’s career has since encompassed several recordings, a three-year residency at London’s prestigious Dorchester Hotel and several tours of Europe, the Middle East and South Korea.
Closer to home, she has performed at London's Jazz Café, 606 Club, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Barbican Hall and has worked with many of the country’s finest jazz artists including Julian Nicholas (Loose Tubes), Bobby Wellins, Liam Noble, and Jim Mullen.
Imogen's extensive repertoire also incorporates a number of 'vocalese' compositions and she has written lyrics to standard tunes and instrumental solos including Charlie Haden’s 'Waltz for Ruth’ and Charlie Parker’s 'My Little Suede Shoes'. Her lyrics to Bobby Wellins' 'CU CB', Larry Golding’s' 'Mixed Message' and 'Lawns' by Carla Bley, can all be heard on her forthcoming Quintet album.
Currently, Imogen is a member of Mark Edwards’ Cloggz. ‘A Rain Of Stars’ co-written by Imogen and Edwards and featured on debut release Sawdust & Spangles which reached No.5 in the iTunes chart was described by Clare Teal (BBC Radio 2) as a “Stand-out song.”
She is also working on the release of her debut quintet album with trumpeter Jack Kendon and featuring long-term collaborator Julian Nicholas. A trio album with Julian and pianist Mark Edwards is also planned for the near future.
"... Their sprite set showcased Ryall’s quiet power and articulation. Her newly written lyrics and rapid scat particularly her loose, edgy wordplay combined with Julian Nicholas’ sizzling tenor sax to agreeable effect.".
Jon Newey, JazzWise Magazine
"The input of vocalist Imogen Ryall also brings a subtle power to the musical palette."
Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Radio 3
“A very lovely voice indeed”
Sarah Ward (Jazz FM)
"...outstanding lyric writing and wordless vocals from Imogen Ryall applied to compositions by the likes of Carla Bley and Larry Goldings" Jim Burlong, JazzViews
"The addition of the honey-toned but incisive voice of Imogen Ryall was the icing on the cake. Her pitching flawless, she somehow manages to combine an apparently effortless precision with a warm, inviting sound, drawing the listener in to her beguiling world.Ryall had written lyrics to several existing instrumental tunes, and these were really very good. Intelligent, fitting and not at all laboured, as can be the case in lesser hands. An impressive and very promising commencement gig, leaving the audience hungry for more".