This is cool, sophisticated jazz and soul, sometimes more appropriate for intimate functions, garden parties by the pool, dinner, cocktail, or restaurants… or to the outdoor or indoor welcoming of guests at large events.
Backed by some of London's finest jazz musicians, songstress Val Kelly's deeply warm and sultry vocals ~ reminiscent of the likes of Nina Simone and Julie London ~ have continued to captivate audiences both home and abroad since 1995. Performing a melange of cool sophisticated jazz standards, bossa-nova, Latin jazz as well soulful 'easy-listening' music, The Val Kelly Jazz & Soul Quartet/Quintet has been the highlight of many exclusive private/corporate functions, 5 Star hotels, clubs and festivals. Their repertoire can aslo include some Pop, funk and R&B music for the appropriate venue or audience.
Appearances include the Nice-Cimiez Jazz Festival, the Soho Jazz Festival, Le Meridien Waldorf (Jazz brunch), Jazz FM summer jazz Festival (2003-2004) and 8 weeks as the support act to Dame Cleo Lane & Sir Johnny Dankworth and Rita Coolidge at the Green Room, Café Royal, London, Penny West Charitable Trust, Capgemini, Ernst & Young, Alan & Avery Solicitors, The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association Ltd, Mezzo, The Prince’s Trust… the list is very long.
“..A dynamic, versatile and exceptionally good outfit suitable for the classiest functions or the coolest jazz..”
[Colin Finlay ~ Editor of The Stage, UK’s leading entertainment Journal