Kel brings her bluesy jazz

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A north Northumberland community venue is playing host to a night of wry, bluesy jazz later this month.

Whittingham Memorial Institute welcomes local audiences, from near and far, to an evening from an exciting quartet led by double-bass-playing, sassy jazz singer, Kel Elliott, on Sunday, March 30.

Kel takes her life experiences – and her views on the state of the nation – and hammers them out on stage with humour, irony and a touch of mischief.

Her big voice and the ecstatic support of guitar, keyboards and percussion from her talented band have audiences offering thundering applause and crying out for more.

Inspired by a diverse range of artists from Tom Waits and Ella Fitzgerald to Bonnie Raitt and Michelle Shocked, Kel’s vocals are distinctly rich and powerful, ballsy and sweet, but it is the impressive combination of voice and double bass that sets her apart from her contemporaries.

The band, featuring Kelvin Leitch (rhythm guitar and vocals), Leo Steeds (keys) and Tom Voce (drums & percussion), has wowed audiences from Ireland to Finland and blend their collective influences – blues, jazz, swing, soul, Latin – into a positive, fun and upbeat evening of music.

Geoff Hoskin, promoter at Whittingham Memorial Institute, said: “We are looking forward to another great Highlights evening of good music. There will be a licensed bar, in aid of the Scout Group, and a raffle. “It’s a great night out on your doorstep.”

Highlights Touring Scheme works in partnership with a network of promoters in village halls and community venues across Northumberland to provide professional touring performances, workshops and exhibitions.

For more, visit www.high lightsnorth.co.uk