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Presented by Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra
Performance date and time
Sunday, 14th April 2019
As seen at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival BBC Introducing stage, with Jamie Cullum and Jo Whiley.
Championed by jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum, sassy double-bass playing singer Kel Elliott is justly acclaimed for her rich and powerful voice and uplifting, genre-leaping songs, backed by impressive and unlikely instrumentation.
A passionate songwriter, most recently, she has been gathering stories and personal recollections from historic and reminiscence projects to transform into vivid and inventive story-songs. Here, she brings to light the very best; quirky, fascinating, soulful and wonderful. _________________________________________________________________
Kel Elliott: vocals, double bass
Kelvin Leitch: guitar, vocals, percussion, washboard, ukulele
Adam Cross: keyboards, saxophone, bass clarinet, accordion
Hugh Rashleigh: trumpet, piano, trombone, sousaphone
Uplifting, wry, bluesy jazzy folky music from a literate, witty and sassy singer-songwriter - with the unusual distinction of being a double bass player - and her exciting quartet. Matching Kel Elliott's velvety vocals and trademark bass are endearing between-song banter and an impressive range of instruments, from guitar and bass clarinet, to sousaphone, saxophone, accordion, ukulele and percussion.
Following (River Avon boat-based) Kel's recent project work with Live & Local on the 'Discover: Chedham's Stories' heritage cyber story-trail - offering a unique insight into the Chedham's Yard blacksmith heritage site in Warwickshire - Kel has been focusing her songwriting on personal stories gathered from historic and reminiscence projects. Zigzaging through the very beat and pulse of human life, Kel uncovers the quirky, the fascinating, the weird and the wonderful.
A joy to listen to and true crowd-pleasers Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra guarantee an evening of great entertainment.
'Kel's songs are upbeat in every sense - lyrically optimistic and musically infectious. Stylistically, the sound is richly produced bluesy cafe-jazz.' Performing Rights Society
Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra was chosen by BBC Radio 2 presenters Jamie Culham and Jo Whiley to feature on the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016 BBC Introducing stage, hosted by Jo Whiley. The showcase was recorded for broadcast across the BBC Introducing local radio network as well as Jo Whiley and Jamie Cullum's Radio 2 shows.
'Kel's upbeat tales of life and lost love are light-hearted and infectious… a star in the making.' Musicians Union Magazine
'Discover: Chedham's Stories': in the autumn of 2015, Live & Local were delighted to be awarded a grant from Warwickshire County Council's Tourism Event Fund to develop an innovative way to explore heritage sites. The project, piloting with Chedham's Yard in Wellesbourne, offers an enhanced visitor experience through a new mobile website blending historical and folklore stories, music and interactive artwork. Kel's conversations with Chedham's Yard volunteers and Wellesbourne residents brought to light wonderful tales about the site. The resulting songs, along with field and archival recordings (including recorded voices and sounds of blacksmiths at work) are enjoyed by visitors via their smartphones or on-site iPods as they walk through the Yard at their leisure.
'Brilliant.' Madeleine Peyroux (BBC Jazz Awards Best International Artist)
90 min + interval
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