Liane Carroll was born in London and raised in Hastings UK, where she lives today with her husband, bassist Roger Carey.
Encouraged to play piano from a young age, Liane received lessons from concert pianist Phyllis Catling. She developed a deep passion for everything jazz, soul and beyond culiminating in the formation of The Liane Carroll Trio in 1990.
Her vocal talents were recognized in
2005 when she was awarded 'Best Vocalist' and 'Best of Jazz' at the BBC Jazz Awards for her album 'Billy No Mates' on Splash Point Records. Liane recorded 'Standard Issue' at the famous Abbey Road studios in London, an album which saw her named 'Best Vocalist' at the
2006 Marston Pedigree Jazz Awards.
Liane's performance at the Brecon Jazz Festival was recorded by BBC TV as an hour long special 'Liane Carroll Trio LIVE', and released on DVD in 2008.
Since 1993, Liane has headlined at the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London UK and in 2007 won 'Best Female Jazz Vocalist' at their first Awards. where she has also recorded two live CD's for their Jazz House label.
In 2007 The Sunday Times selected Liane's third album 'Slow Down' as one of their top five jazz albums of the year. It was also featured by MOJO Magazine in their Top 10 Playlist for 2007. The following year Liane won a British Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Musician Of The Year'.
2009 took Liane to New York where she performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy's Jazz Club in New York's Lincoln Center, and the Rochester Jazz Festival.
Liane signed to Quiet Money Productions in 2010 and recorded 'Up and Down' featuring Kirk Whalum on sax and on flugelhorn Kenny Wheeler. The James McMillan produced album received glowing reviews from Jazzwise, MOJO to The Sunday Times.
' Up and Down' was voted as Best Jazz Album of the Year in the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Award's and Liane was awarded 'Best British Vocalist' in the 2013 British Jazz Awards and nominated as best UK Vocalist of 2012 at the first JazzFM's Awards.
Liane's 2013 album 'Ballads' has a different take from her previous recordings; the string arrangements were especially written for Liane by Los Angeles based, GRAMMY-winning orchestrator Chris Walden. The City of Prague Philharmonic, Gwilym Simcock, Kirk Whalum are featured on the track Here's to Life.
Liane's new recording is 'Seaside', which reunites Liane with multi-GRAMMY nominated producer and trumpeter James McMillan who worked on her previous two albums. 'Seaside' is a mix of original songs and covers broadly following a seashore theme, with sterling accompaniment comprising piano trio, guitar and brass and will be released on Linn in Autumn 2015.
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'Onomatopoeic delights and acerbic wit from top-drawer duo.'more >>Mojo
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'more >>Jazzwise
'exceptional album'more >>The Guardian
'...casually expressive, unblinkingly honest, and often charmingly autobiographical album by the superb British standards-and-ballads singer Liane Carroll...'more >>Jazzwise
‘Liane Carroll has that rare ability to meld effortless, often transcendent vocal and piano technique, with heart stopping emotion and soul bearing power. It should be no surprise then that her latest album, Seaside, combines all this with a savvy sophistication befitting of one of Britain’s finest jazz singers.’BBC Radio 2 'Jamie Cullum'
'Another great British musician; a big fan of hers…well worth your time, the whole album…the title track is a beautiful one written by Joe Stilgoe.'The Jazz Breakfast
'Liane Carroll has to be the most flexible singer in the business, capable of such sensitive delicacy one minute and such gutsy raunchiness the next. This disc continues her purple patch.'more >>BBC Radio London ‘Robert Elms’
Live In Session ‘She was great. It’s a really good album.’York Press
'Liane Carroll's finest work to date.'more >>The New Listener
,,Bei Seaside stimmt absolut alles, wodurch dieses Album unbestreitbar zu den hörenswertesten Jazzneuheiten zählt.''more >>The Observer
'It's a haunting piece ["Seaside"], beautifully arranged, which brings out her extraordinary ability to absorb the essence of a song and deliver it with such candour that you scarcely notice the artistry involved.'more >>London Evening Standard
'Carroll sends her big, warm voice swinging through "Almost Like Being In Love" and the Morecambe and Wise theme, "Bring Me Sunshine". There's soul here, too, on a version of "Mercy Now" by Mary Gauthier; a sensitive take on Alison Krauss's already fragile "Get Me Through December" is set to prompt oceans of tears.'more >>BBC Scotland ‘Jazz House’
‘She is just the biggest, best bundle of musical fun you could possibly imagine. She is also one of the most fantastic jazz singers and pianists in the world. Her name, is Liane Carroll…from it is a blistering version showcasing no only Liane’s fabulous piano playing, but her amazing scat singing on “Almost Like Being In Love”...It's quite phenomenal...She's a real star.'The Scotland Herald
'... immaculately produced by James McMillan, this is not only Carroll's best disc, but one of the finest non-classical releases in the Linn catalogue.'more >>AP Reviews
'...an inviting musical promenade which encounters sunny exuberance, swaggering grooves and tender, reassuring love, sometimes tinged with melancholy.'more >>The Sunday Times
'The title number, written by the irrepressible Joe Stilgoe, has to be one of the finest new songs of the year, the bittersweet lyrics burnished by Evan Jolly's brass-band arrangement.'more >>BBC Radio 3 ‘Jazz Line-Up’
'She has the remarkable ability to sing every song totally from the heart as if she has just written it herself...this is the title track written especially for her by the uber-talented Joe Stilgoe.'more >>The Scotsman
'The warm-voiced and open-hearted singer and pianist Liane Carroll pays tribute to her home port of Hastings, nailing her colours affectionately and often passionately to the mast.'more >>Bebop Spoken Here
'another outstanding project'more >>Jazz Views
'This is a wonderful album by one of our greatest jazz talents so full of quality and diversity. I doubt if there will be a better vocal based recording issued anywhere this year.'more >>