About

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange & Alexander L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (singer-songwriter, formerly soprano and Musical Director with the five-time Grammy® Award-winning vocal group The Swingles) and Alexander L’Estrange (award-winning composer, arranger and jazz multi-instrumentalist) formed their duo back in the 1990s shortly after they met as music undergraduates at Oxford University. From their debut set at an Oxford ball to gracing the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall some 30 years later, the couple has achieved international recognition as a writing, performing and choral-leading partnership par excellence.

Debut album
Their debut album New things to say (2012), dedicated to the memory of Christiane Legrand the original Swingles soprano, received plaudits galore - “Quality vocal writing” “Impeccable performances” “Utterly musical at every turn” “Joanna’s voice is stunning”  “Unbelievably luscious” - and was launched to a sell-out audience at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Collaborations
L’Estranges in the Night have collaborated with many of the UK’s finest jazz musicians including Dave Newton (piano), Alan Barnes (sax) and Clark Tracey (drums). With the Nonsuch Singers, conducted by Tom Bullard, they recorded Will Todd’s iconic choral work Mass in Blue, featuring Joanna as solo soprano, as well as some jazz numbers including their famed version of Michel Legrand’s How do you keep the music playing?

From duo to family quartet
In 2020, L’Estranges in the Night released a Christmas single, Green Christmas, for which they were joined by their two teenage sons on bass and drums.

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Green Christmas

CD Cover - Green Christmas by L'Estranges in the Night

New things to say: Songs of L’Estrange & Legrand

CD Cover - New Things To Say by L'Estranges in the Night

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