Val Kelly is a songstress who, given the accolade of ...'a modern day Nina Simone'... (Guardian) truly stands alongside London's finest female jazz & soul vocalists.
Her rich velvety vocals accompanied by a relaxed charismatic stage presence and the innate way in which she simply knows just what will move and touch her audience, is reassuringly uncanny and surpassed by few if any. Val is a unique and superb jazz and soul singer able to consistently give the 'wow' factor in any jazz club, venue or at any private or coporate function.
Accompanied by extraordinarily talented British jazz musicians all highly accomplished in their own right, Val has – to date captivated audiences throughout London, the UK and Europe and as far afield as the Middle East, Persia, South East Asia and Africa.
The Val Kelly Jazz & Soul Quartet is regularly performing @ Bar Americain, Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo.
Val Kelly can appear as a duo, quartet or quintet… or with an 18-piece swing orchestra.
Highlights so far include:
- Support act to UK jazz legends Dame Cleo Laine & Sir Johnny Dankworth (8wks) and US pop/jazz singer Rita Coolidge
- An evening performing for the Godfather of funk & soul - James Brown & his entourage at Le Casino du Liban, Beirut, Lebanon
- Performing alongside Ian Shaw, Gill Manly & Georgia Mancio at the Royal Festival Hall as part of last year’s London Jazz festival ( supporting Naturally 7)
- Performing at Le Bar des Artistes during the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1
- Regular performers @ Le Bar Americain,
Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo
- Other Festivals incl: Nice Cimiez Jazz Festival, France - Jazz FM Summer Festival - Soho Jazz Festival
- Performing for and in the presence of HRH Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand at the French Embassy, Bangkok
- Performing at the Bamboo (jazz) Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok
- Performing at the St Tropez Fashion Show, French Riviera
- Residency (4 months) at Cafe de Paris, Leicester Square, London
- New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Addis Ababa Ethiopia & the Grand Hyatts Muscat, Oman
- Prince’s Trust fundraiser organised by Cap Gemini Ernst & Young at Café de Paris London
- Residency at La Bodega de Papagayo St Tropez
- Celebration of the Centenary of the Cinema – Carlton Casino Club, Cannes (London Clubs International)
- Closure of the Olympics Games 2012 for ArcelorMittal at St Pancras Hotel, London.
- Performing at Muthiaga Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya.
Plus a variety of events entertaining diplomats, ambassadors, TV, sporting & music personalities incl: members of The Variety Club of Great Britain, Sir Michael Caine, Denise Van Outen, Moira Stewart, Nigel Manson, Dennis Waterman, Tessa Sanderson, Mick Hucknall, Jamiroquai... and King of Soul and Funk Jamers Brown himself.
- Villa D'Este, Lago Como, Italy.
An appealing blend of cool sophisticated jazz & Latin/Brazilian classics, foot tapping hip swerving swing to tasteful jazzy/bluesy/funky interpretations of familiar modern toons e.g. James Brown, Sting, Van Morrison, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Paul Weller, Al Jarreau…Depending on the venue or client’s preference, the performance may also include songs made famous by soulful artists inc: Al Green, The Temptations, Lionel Ritchie, Marvin Gaye, Dennis Edwards, Aretha, Dionne Warwick... Val’s selection is both familiar and accessible to all listeners. The occasion dictates the mood and style(s).... (See ‘Repertoire’ below)