Val Kelly is a London based lead vocalist, front person & co- bandleader - think ’A modern day Nina Simone meets Tina'...
She is the front person & co- founder (along with drumming Dominique Pizzinat) of global performing function & jazz covers bands 'Freespirit', ' The Val Kelly Jazz & Soul Quartet & more recently Red (acoustic duos). ..
'... among others, Val has supported UK rock/pop/delta blues legends - Alabama 3 (composer/performers of The Sopranos theme tune), UK rock/pop act , UK Jazz legends Dame Cleo Lane & Sir Johnny Dankworth, & US pop singer Rita Coolidge; Thai popstar Nat Myria, performed at the Royal Festival Hall alongside Ian Shaw, Gill Manly, Georgio Mancio & Voicelab Choir supporting US acapella phenomena Naturally 7... toured countrywide with The British Rat Pack with Duncan Lamont Jnr's 18 piece swing band as part of Paul Haydn’s ‘Legend of Swing’ theatre show; dueted with Lee Musikar (pianist & MD of Tony Bennett) & Ian Gomes ( personal pianist to Frank Sinatra for 15 years)...and is one of the few in the UK who can honestly say that she and her band had had the privilege of entertaining the legendary Godfather of Funk & Soul – James ‘step on the good foot’ Brown.
A versatile repertoire which is comfortably able to switch & cater for a wide or specific age range and /or specific genre themed bookings - includes: vocal led jazz/swing eg.: Etta, Dinah, Nat, Sinatra, Bacharach - Soul & Old Skool classics eg. Al Green, Luther, Jocelyn Brown, Lisa Stansfield, , Mcfadden & Whitehead, Lionel, Denis Chambers, Cameo, Sister Sledge - to Pop & light Rock eg. Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Adele, Rolling Stones, Tina, BonJovi, Kings of Leon, Prince, Franz Ferdinand, Stretch, Robert Palmer, George Michael (Freedom), Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5...
She is available to perform in the following line ups:
* Duo (RED)
Guitar & Vocals or Keyboard/piano & vocals
* The Val Kelly Jazz & Soul Quartet/Quintet ( with sax or jazz guitar) - sassy stylish classic vocal led jazz includes familiar jazz/swing standards ( Nat King Cole , Sinatra, Bacaharach plus ( if variety required) a mix of blues, latin jazz ( eg.Jobim style) , blues & soulful jazzy interpretations of contemporary songs.
* Freespirit - international 5- 6 piece stomping soul to pop/rock band ( also versatile to perform jazz)
Featuring some of the UK’s finest – Nixon Rosembert / Henry Thomas (Bass), Rob Terry (Piano/Kbd), Tony Qunta ( Guitar) & Dominique ‘HRH Boom’ Pizzinat (Drums/co-bandleader), this a band of globetrotting musical chameleons), whose highly visible love of performing and infectious energy is guaranteed to have you up on your feet, if that is what is required or in a chilled sophisticated ambiant mood, if that is the order of the day...or a tasteful mix of both.
Musician credits incl: Mariah Carey, Bony M, Angie Brown, Cleveland Watkiss, Herbie Hancock, Van the Man Morrison, PP Arnold, Isaac Hayes, Ruby Turner, Sarah Jane Morris, Gloria Gaynor, Nina Simone, London Jazz Orchestra, Patrick Sebastien, Jacques Anthonin (Canada), Antoine Tome (Fr), Amanda Ambrose (US)... plus West End theatre shows - The Who's 'Tommy', The Story of Motown & Dancing in the Street...
Engagements include: bistros, bars, private clubs; champagne & other receptions; corporate events - parties, team building, mergers: galas/award ceremonies; wedding & engagement parties to venues, residences & festivals...
Locations include: London, UK wide, Kenya, Ethiopia, France, Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Monaco (Bar American - regular), Thailand, Malaysia, Oman, Morocco...
Look forward to hearing from you.
For testimonials, Mp3,s , vids, additional repertoire -
www.aliveband.co.uk ( about to undergo reconstruction)
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Fantastic band! The dance floor was full the whole evening and our guests are still speaking about it. This has been the best birthday party I have had and we want them for our wedding next year!