About

Artist Name

Earl Okin

Genres

Jazz, Latin, Singer/Songwriter

Location

London

Biography

As singer-songwriter, signed to the same company as the Beatles in the 60s. Recorded at Abbey Road in 1967.

Songs covered by Cilla Black, Helen Shapiro etc.

Recorded at Abbey Road. 1967.

Supported both Jazz and Pop/Rock acts in the 70s. From Stephane Grappelly and Dame Cleo Laine to Van Morrison and Paul McCartney & Wings.

More recently has become one of the world’s finest Jazz & Bossa Nova singer/musician/composers and Cabaret acts.

He still writes in various genres, however. Pop songs of-course…but he also has a full musical and symphony to his credit.

He also has a side career as a musical-comedian.

He has performed everywhere from the Apollo in New York, to the Palladium and Royal Albert Hall in London…and

literally around the world.

A brand new 80 minute documentary about him, ‘Who Is Earl Okin?’ is on the point of being released….

(along with a brand new CD).

 

Discography

Discography

Single. Parlophone. 1967. Yellow Petals.

Single. 1969. CBS. Stop! And You Will Become Aware

LPs. ‘Mr. Okin Comes To Town’, ‘Himself’, ‘Earl’s Caught’, ‘Dancing Shoes’.

CDs. ‘Bossa Britanica’, ‘ Musical Genius  Sex Symbol’ (SONY), Songs From A Garden Shed’, ‘Songs From Another Shed’.

Press

Press Quotes

“You are quite a genius you are – you have managed to find a niche in Cabaret I have never seen nor heard before – you are simply brilliant. Hard to categorize – musician/comedian or what – I guess you are anything the audience wants to categorize you as long as they book you. One must see you in person to “get you” – even though your musicianship is fantastic!!! Your guitar and especially piano playing is thrilling in all the genres! One thing I gleaned from your performance is that one must “experience you” – live – “where you live – you need an audience! Those little nuances you have in your “kit” needs people to experience them..”
​BUDDY BREGMAN.
(Legendary producer/arranger of the Ella Fitzgerald ‘Songbook’ series, who has worked with just about everybody..from Sammy Davis Jr. to Bing Crosby, etc…)

Review of Earl Okin by Sarah Ellen Hughes
Pizza Express Dean Street.

My pre-gig research about singer/songwriter/Jazz singer/musician Earl Okin had come up with just two things: one was a quote from legendary producer Buddy Bregman : ‘One must see him in person to get him.’ And the other thing: that Okin is apparently a force to be reckoned with….on the mouth-trumpet.

Well, Buddy Bregman is right, there’s no doubt about that. I was struck at first by Okin’s ability to sing to every member of the audience – not with a fixed stare but with a knowing look – especially to the noisy table who had, it seemed, misinterpreted the ‘silence’ policy. They soon quietened down.

He was wonderfully engaging. He spent almost as much time talking to us as singing or playing, which was no bad thing. The tales he told about his career were spellbinding. His Portuguese was faultless, and truly charming within the context of his favourite style of music, Bossa Nova.

He also makes you laugh: You’re My Thrill had a brilliant injection of comedy. “Here’s my heart on a silver platter – yuk!” I found myself still chuckling about that one several minutes later.

And then there’s that mouth trumpet It’s easy to think of it as just a gimmick – something to be marvelled at but ultimately not to be taken seriously. But it was every bit as good, and as musical as I’d heard. In fact, it was better. I found this instrument to be as integral to Earl’s performance as his singing, or piano or guitar playing.

He has an extraordinary ability to sing a solo which really sounds like a trumpet, with accurate pitch and timbre, vibrato, even halve-valve sounds, and a characterful attack and articulation. It was so appropriate to each particular style – whether it be a haunting ballad or swinging standard. At one point my guest turned to me and said, “He can play the trumpet better than I can!” And she’s a trumpeter.

Review of Earl Okin by Sarah Ellen Hughes
Pizza Express Dean Street.

My pre-gig research about singer/songwriter/Jazz singer/musician Earl Okin had come up with just two things: one was a quote from legendary producer Buddy Bregman : ‘One must see him in person to get him.’ And the other thing: that Okin is apparently a force to be reckoned with….on the mouth-trumpet.

Well, Buddy Bregman is right, there’s no doubt about that. I was struck at first by Okin’s ability to sing to every member of the audience – not with a fixed stare but with a knowing look – especially to the noisy table who had, it seemed, misinterpreted the ‘silence’ policy. They soon quietened down.

He was wonderfully engaging. He spent almost as much time talking to us as singing or playing, which was no bad thing. The tales he told about his career were spellbinding. His Portuguese was faultless, and truly charming within the context of his favourite style of music, Bossa Nova.

He also makes you laugh: You’re My Thrill had a brilliant injection of comedy. “Here’s my heart on a silver platter – yuk!” I found myself still chuckling about that one several minutes later.

And then there’s that mouth trumpet It’s easy to think of it as just a gimmick – something to be marvelled at but ultimately not to be taken seriously. But it was every bit as good, and as musical as I’d heard. In fact, it was better. I found this instrument to be as integral to Earl’s performance as his singing, or piano or guitar playing.
He has an extraordinary ability to sing a solo which really sounds like a trumpet, with accurate pitch and timbre, vibrato, even halve-valve sounds, and a characterful attack and articulation. It was so appropriate to each particular style – whether it be a haunting ballad or swinging standard. At one point my guest turned to me and said, “He can play the trumpet better than I can!” And she’s a trumpeter.
A few tunes stood out for me: Butterflies – a delightfully mellow self-penned Bossa Nova; Lotus Blossom – a luscious and moving piano solo (by Billy Strayhorn). After an introduction into the origins of stride-piano, he treated us to an enthralling performance of Ellington’s ‘Black Beauty.’ He took particular pleasure in singing a version of Georgia On My Mind, which he had sung with saxophonist Benny Carter in the very same room 30 years ago.
Okin is a skilled singer. He sings effortlessly, with a captivating subtlety. During his last tune he ended a phrase with a note that lasted and followed through an entire blues sequence of twelve slow bars.
The recordings I’ve tried are definitely worth hearing, but to see Earl Okin live is the only way to go. If he’d been on for a second night I’d definitely have been queuing up to hear him again.
 

Press Releases

Earl Okin, one of the UK top Jazz and Bossa Nova performers as well as singer-songwriter in many styles is currently working on his next CD.

‘Songs From A Basement’. This will be a mixture of classic Cole Porter songs, his own songs in several genres, all self-arranged. BIG arrangements!

He is also seeking an orchestra to perform his symphony and a producer to mount his musical ‘A Harlem Story’ a sort of sequel to Porgy & Bess.

Music

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https://soundcloud.com/earlokin

Announcements

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Back at Ronnie Scott’s in March 2018.

Touring Italy in late April.

New CD ‘Songs From  Another Shed’ now available.

80 minute documentary film about Earl entitled ‘Who is Earl Okin?’ (director: Joe Snelling) won 2nd prize in the Brooklyn Film Festival and is in negotiations for screening on TV at time of writing.

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