International Swing Star Atila

I have worked with some amazing artists and I have been on stage performing with amazing artists and I have felt so privilege to have been on stage with them and to some I’ve been very humbled, such as performing alongside with the great British Hollywood Actor Sir John Mills, who actually asked if he could do a couple of duets with me on stage, well a couple of duets ended up 6 duets but it could of been a lot more if it was up to me, I remember this night which was the pinnacle of my singing career and remember it like it was yesterday.

A couple of years ago, maybe 3 or 4 years ago I received an email from a singer asking if we had any openings for him on our roster and said that he was a jazz singer and the american song book was he songs and my initial thoughts “oh here we go again another one”, you see at this time I was receiving so many young artists who were either “Jazz or Swing” that the industry was being bombarded. Yet Swing and Jazz is not the easiest style of music to sing. I only listened to a few bars of this young man singing and I was immediately hooked! This young artist was called Atila Huseyin and I have never been as proud to be one of his agents and I have watched him grow from strength to strength and I would say as well as many other’s in this Industry that Atila is our version of America’s Michael Buble!

Atila is an established Jazz singer from the UK. Sartorially stylish and musically classy, his interpretations of the American Songbook are internationally renowned, taking influence from early Frank Sinatra.

Atila began music professionally aged 15 with local big band ‘Young Jazz’. First playing saxophone, but then encouraged by Phil Revens to sing, Atila was at ease in front of the big band. He was invited by Bill Ashton to feature with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2002.

Atila learned his craft with NYJO, following extensive UK touring he fronted the group on the Norwegian Sun Jazz Cruise, with special guests Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller.

Then followed an album with NYJO. ‘Something Old, Something New’ (NYJCD023) was something of a debut record for Atila, and his performance being described by All about jazz; “he’s only a step or two away from becoming one of the finest young jazz singers to emerge in quite some time”

Atila’s first release under his own name was ‘How Do You Keep the Music Playing’ co-produced by conductor and arranger Evan Jolly. The 2005 album has tracks featuring small band, conventional big band and 64-piece orchestra.

In 2006 Atila met and toured with the legendary Buddy Greco. Buddy said, “I was knocked out by Atila. He has the voice and the class to show the world what great music is all about”.

Buddy added to this by handing Atila his library of big band music from the tour, then inviting him to Cathedral City (Palm Desert) to sing at his own club ‘Buddy Grecos’ the following autumn. Whilst there Buddy told him “No matter what happens just keep going, someone’s gotta take over when I’m gone. You’re gonna be a star kid”.

Buddy and Atila toured again in 2008. highlights of which was an appearance with the BBC Big Band at the 30th Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Big Band Special and four nights at Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Atila returned to the studio with a small group in 2007 and made his second studio album ‘Hello young Lovers.’Produced by Rupert Christie the album is centred around the piano trio with guest appearances from Alex Garnett, and was toured throughout the UK including Ronnie Scott’s. Pizza Express Soho, Pizza on the Park, The Stables, Wavendon, Bures Jazz Festival and the British Jazz Foundation Festival.

Atila returned to the big band format in 2009 with an invitation from the Nelson Riddle Foundation for Atila to perform in ‘The Nelson Riddle Story’ in Asbury Park, New Jersey and a special guest appearance with BBC Concert Orchestra and John Wilson Big Band, broadcast live from Cheltenham Jazz festival on BBC Radio 2.

‘Your’s Tonight’ EP, released in 2011 as a collaboration with arranger Tommy Laurence, celebrates Atila’s love of the big band format, by featuring the UK’s top musicians including Steve Sidwell. It also marks Atila’s first writing credit for the English lyrics to ‘Guaglione’.

Atila has performed live on the Alan Titchmarsh Television Show on ITV in 2010 and on ITV show Stepping Out, in 2013. He has also recorded advertisements for many international companies including the Emirates 2012.

In 2013 Atila was invited to perform with Buddy Greco for his 70th Anniversary Celebration.

Recently Atila has returned to the studio with an ambitious project centred around the early musical career of Nat King Cole. ‘King for a day’ came out of Atila’s long running residency at the Park Plaza hotel and the Arts Club Dover Street. The album supports Atila’s current touring show of the same name.

Atila is not only a client of Mike Russ Entertainments (MRE) Group Limited but also a very dear friend who I’m super proud of what he has achieved as a worldwide performer and may it continue to do so for many years to come.

Atila is the most perfect artist to book for any occasion, whether it is a corporate even, luxury wedding, private party or a theatre show, what is guaranteed is that you have booked an incredibly artist who is as passionate back the American Song Book as those American Artists who created it.

To book  Atila please contact Ross on 0161 706 0530 or email ross@mrent.co.uk

 

 

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Ross Sykes
CEO & Founder
Mike Russ Entertainments Group

 

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