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The Elephant Inn • 283 Ballards Lane • London • N12 8NR
020 8343

“The jazz was amazing… five stars to you and the Elephant Inn”

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Sunday 2 June 2024
Doors open 6pm (if possible please arrive in good time to be in your seat by 7pm, and to avoid the rush on food & drink orders).

Performance times: 7–9.15pm


Students/unwaged: turn up on the night and pay what you can

2 June:

Zoe Francis & Jim Mullen


An all-star band comes to the Elephant in June – not only Zoe Francis’ enthralling presentation of some unusual repertoire including the songs of Blossom Dearie, but the dazzling guitar of maestro Jim Mullen AND the mutli-layered keyboard stylings of Liam Dunachie.

Jim Mullen is a multi-award winning musician with a unique jazz style and sound, who is regarded as the high priest of the instrument by most young jazz guitarists.

Having played with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, appearing on the band’s first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie MacIntosh, Mullen then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band. It was while both musicians were touring the U.S. with Average White Band that Mullen met up with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and he found considerable critical acclaim as joint leader of the pioneering British jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. (Locals may remember a classic series of gigs at the late-lamented Torrington pub in the 1980s.)


London-born Zoe Francis grew up in Northern Ireland in an artistic environment – her father John and grandfather Colin Middleton MBE were celebrated artists and encouraged a lifelong love of art.

On a visit to New York while learning Tango and going to Jazz clubs, a musician introduced her to the vocal workshops of pianist Barry Harris. This was a turning point for Zoe. She discovered her love of great songs and lyrics and was encouraged to pursue singing. Alongside the weekly workshops Zoe began singing in the many jam sessions held around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Harlem. This led to her performing in local clubs with musicians of the calibre of Harry Allen, Joe Cohn, Warren Vache, and Chris Flory.

Although she loved her time in New York, a homesick Zoe returned to the UK and moved to Bristol where she began performing with award-winning pianist David Newton. In 2013 she recorded her first album Looking For a Boy with David.


with Liam Dunachie: keys • Jeremy Shoham: sax • Rick Finlay: drums



The Elephant Inn, 283 Ballards Lane, North Finchley, London N12 8NR • UK



020 8361 0265

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