Few jazz bands can boast an award winning vocalist, but there again, few bands have such an enigmatic presence as Ali Affleck, winner of the acclaimed 'Best Jazz Vocalist in Scotland' award in the prestigious 2013/14 Scottish Jazz Awards, 'Best emerging artist ' 2014 and Best Vocalist finalist 2017!
Ali Affleck leads three bands -'The Gin Mill Genies','Bedlam Swing' and 'The Copper Cats' and she frequently hosts her trademark 'Speakeasy Sessions' at Edinburgh's Famous 'The Jazz bar' on Chambers Street. The Speakeasys are fun filled events that feature the country's finest musicians performing together in all kinds of combinations!
The Bedlam Swing band ranges in size from a trio to a septet with a repertoire that ranges from the 1920s to the 1950s with many standards from the Great American Songbook.. Ali maintains a refreshing authenticity that nods true to the evocative and slightly cheeky attitude of the early ‘Jazz Age’, when Dixieland and ‘Hot’ Jazz were in very much vogue.
The Copper Cats perform a large amount of traditional New Orleans Blues with songs associated with Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Ma Rainey, Merline Johnson, Hattie Hart and The Memphis Jug Band. With a hugely varied set-list, the Copper Cats repertoire ranges from saucy and fun to dark and sinister and due to her 16 years living in the USA, Ali has amassed an enviable collection of rare old Southern Blues - songs that are rarely heard outside of the Crescent City of New Orleans itself.
Ali knows the 'Vintage' thing inside and out; she has been running her 'Speakeasy Sessions' in both the UK and USA for over a decade and she is also a Lindy Hop and Balboa dancer - this makes her qualified in that she completely understands what swing dancers want! With a balanced mix of tempos suitable for different swing styles and dancer ability; with some saucy old school Blues thrown in for variety- all the bases are covered! Ali offers a BIG BIG sound that can fit pretty much any budget and she can switch the band line up to suit every event -a serious boon to any Festival, Swing dance, Vintage event or Corporate occasion.
Pitch perfect, passionate, expressive, unique, refreshing, swinging and above all, totally unpretentious...Ali Affleck is the real deal - a bona fide Jazz and Blues vocalist with a heartfelt vintage twist.
The Musings (and occasional moanings) of Ali Affleck...
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017!!! SIX unique show runs!!!
and with some lovely recent views including this amazing title of "Scotland's bonafide Queen of vintage jazz and blues " ( ocweek) i feel a massive sense of responsibility! but I am ready for it!
All star Scottish band will be Featured on every show! every show has a totally different setlist! and there is a 10% discount for those who attend than one show!
I have spent years researching and building up to this years Edinburgh debut of 'The Birth Of the Blues ' two part show... I have uncovered such wonderful stories and wonderful forgotten songs... i cant wait to share them!
The Birth of the Blues! - The Preaching Divas..... ...Part one of the amazing real life blues journey from 1800s to early 1900s! New Orleans, southern blues and gospel
The Birth of the Blues! - The Divine Divas .........Part two! - 1900s to 1930! The ladies of this new music called the 'blues' lay the way for birth of jazz!
As usual i present the wild party that is The Speakeasy! with me my trusted Copper Cats!
The Speakeasy Sessions - One Night in New Orleans.....
THIS IS A RIOT! Ali and the acclaimed Copper Cats band transport you to the prohibition era!
I am steeling myself for Angels /Demons - it is a very emotionally charged show and each song is very close to my heart.. I will try not to cry !
Adoring Angels / Despairing Demons - The Greatest songs of Love and Loss
.......highly emotional and soul caressing performance with an intimate jazz trio.
And no fringe festival can pass without my paying homage to the incomparable Lady in Satin....
Billie Holiday - a Celebration in Song....
.....a heartfelt exploration of Lady Day's contribution to jazz and blues
And thrilled as ever i am to be with my lovely friend Dick Lee :)
The Dick Lee Swingtet ........thrilled to work with Scotlands reeds maestro Dick lee - gypsy jazz flavours and simply swinging musicality
Hope to see you at one of these shows! x
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