An all-round national treasure

EARL Okin, who is coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Friday 12th January, is a man of many parts – musician, raconteur, philosopher, broadcaster, composer … owner of absolutely no casual clothing and wearer of spats.

Self-styled as a “jazz cabaret artiste”, and described as the finest performer of bossa nova outside of Brazil, he is a singer, songwriter, “mouth-trumpeter,” pianist, guitarist, comedian, former-schoolmaster and all-round national treasure!

Active since the 1960s, Earl has toured with Paul McCartney and Wings, performed alongside Billy Connolly, appeared on television with Michael Parkinson and the Two Ronnies, performed for royalty, successfully took his one man show to Edinburgh Fringe for 18 consecutive years, travelled internationally plying his craft and met and worked with just about everyone who’s anyone! He is also a long-time regular at Ronnie Scott’s legendary London jazz club.

Earl is unsure who would play him in a movie about his life, now that Cary Grant is gone, but there is a forthcoming documentary about his illustrious career.