Val Kelly Vocalist
Greater London, Grater London
With over 2000 gigs to her credit, the repertoire of musical chameleon Val Kelly & her amazing band ranges from smooth sassy jazz & blues ala Dinah, Etta, Eartha, Nina, Bacharach, Nat & Frankie Classics through to old skool dance floor fillers, classic & neo- soul, pop to pop/rock.
Stylistically versatile, well travelled globetrotters, she & her band of world class musicians have performed throughout UK, across Europe and as far afield as S.E Asia, Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco) & The Sultanate of Oman. Engagements range from intimate restaurant settings, trendy gastros & clubs, private functions ( champagne receptions, wedding parties, fashion shows, company & charity galas, launches, mergers , networking & team building events etc, large summer festivals, the band of choice for New Years Eve celebrations in some of the world's most luxurious hotels to guest appearance at the Royal Festival Hall.
Among other appearances - Val Kelly has performed at the Jazz FM, Nice, Bangkok & London Jazz Festivals; dueted with Lee Musikar ( the pianist & MD of Tony Bennett) and Ian Gomes (personal pianist to Frank Sinatra for 15 years); supported UK Jazz legends Dame Cleo Lane & Sir Johnny Dankworth, UK rock/pop/delta blues legends Alabama 3 (composer/performers of The Sopranos theme tune) & US pop singer Rita Coolidge; performed alongside Ian Shaw, Gill Manly, Georgio Mancio at the Royal Festival Hall (supporting US acapella phenomena Natural 7)... toured theatres across the country alongside The British Rat Pack complete with 18 piece swing band conducted by Duncan Lamont Jnr in Paul Haydn’s ‘Legend of Swing’ show ...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.
From Paris to Addis Ababa ~ Beirut to Monte Carlo ~ Casablanca, Muscat, Bangkok, Lucca, Nairobi to Kuala Lumpur...this a globetrotting musical chameleon, who at a blink of an eye has the innate ability to lead her audience from pin dropping silky smooth jazz & blues to infectious, energising, foot stomping, fist pumping rock (& funk) infused pop, soul & dance.
Available as the following:
Jazz & Soul ( Vox/Kbd)
Pop & Rock ( Vox/Guitar)
Quartet ( Voice, bass, kbd, drums ( + sax or synth violin)
as The Val Kelly Jazz & Soul Quartet - rep includes: Jazz, swing, jazzy blues, soul to light pop/ rock
5 - 7 piece as Freespirit - Party band -( Voice, bass, kbd, drums guitar + sax or additional vocalist/bvs or synth violin)
rep includes: old skool soul, dance floor classics to danceable Pop & Rock ( plus ambient swing & jazz for the early part of the engagement if required}. www.aliveband.co.uk ( soon to be revamped)
XR32 - new 5-6 piece (Voice, bass, guitars x 2, drums ( + backing vocalist or synth violin) - consisting of some of the above band members with guests Pop/rock, bluesy rock, & ska
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