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A dynamic quartet with a tightly honed set of Swing, Latin and funky numbers to provide the feel good factor for any event
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With their roots firmly in jazz, the band’s repertoire is a tightly honed mix of Swing and Latin, rounded off with their ‘twisted standards’ - unique arrangements of well-known tunes with funky makeovers, added reggae grooves and more. Prepare for a musical treat and enjoy the feel-good factor as the band take a fresh look at The Great American Songbook. Vocalist Elaine Crighton has been cultivating a name for herself on the Scottish Jazz scene these last few years. From her origins in the North East of Scotland she has now performed widely across the country putting an indelible stamp on modern jazz, vocalising and bringing out the best that The Great American Songbook has to offer. While studying on a 3 year Jazz Programme at St Andrews University Elaine was the recipient of the Linda Trahan award for Outstanding Performance in 2016. An ever popular presence on the Scottish Jazz Scene she has helped to grow the Garioch Jazz Club and is the driving force behind the Inverurie Jazz Festival too. She has jazz running through her core and the Scottish Jazz Scene is all the better for it. Working with various musicians from Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh the full quintet performs an eclectic mix of classic swing pieces alongside cool arrangements of Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis tunes and Latin standards, many sung with original Portuguese lyrics. Elaine’s repertoire is vast and varied. Elaine can be booked as a Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet or Sextet. Accustomed to playing restaurant gigs, pubs, and small venues, the band have the ability to sensitively read the audience and vary the intensity and material accordingly. Also playing in larger jazz clubs, for parties and music festivals gives them the chance to cut loose with some original arrangements of well known tunes.

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JazzLife's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Encore Customer
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

10/10 on everything thing would 110% recommend this group to anyone they were cheap and done a great job thank use very much Mathew X

Mathew L
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

10/10 on everything thing would 110% recommend this group to anyone they were cheap and done a great job thank use very much Mathew X

From other customers:

Declan C
4 years ago, for a Concert in 13 Hope St
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5 out of 5

Wonderful and creative set from Elaine Crighton. Beautiful voice, dealing with an array of styles and supported by an excellent band. Elaine’s stories and facts between songs engaged effectively with the audience and it’s always a bonus to learn about the lyrics or history of a tune. A very enjoyable evening listening to a great performer.

7 years ago

“Elaine performed at our Inkwell Divas jazz series in Chapel Allerton Leeds last year. We think Elaine is one of Scotland's treasures - and a true up and coming jazz vocalist. She has charisma and flair but she has also travelled to study the art of jazz singing with some of the UK's top singers and educators and taken the jazz course at St Andrews - and it shows in her singing style - she can improvise and scat with a passion!” Steve Crocker, organiser JazzLeeds

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JazzLife's Song list

All of You
Almost Like Being in Love
Black Coffee
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cheek to Cheek
Close Your Eyes
Devil May Care
East of the Sun
Gotta Be This or That
How about You
How Little We Know
I Can't Get Started
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Should Care
I Thought About You
I Wish You Love
I’ve Got The World on a String
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
If I Had You
If I Should Lose You
It Could Happen to You
Lullaby of Birdland
Mean to Me
My Foolish Heart
My Secret Love
No Moon At All
No More Blues
Night and Day
Satin Doll
Sometimes I’m Happy
Stars Fell on Alabama
Stompin’ at The Savoy
That Ole Devil Called Love
Till There Was You
Two Sleepy People
The Girl from Ipanema
Vivo Sonhando
Watch What Happens
When Sunny Gets Blue
What is this thing called Love
You and the Night and The Music
You Turned the Tables on Me
You Don’t Know What Love Is Alone Together
Blue Champagne
Blue Monk
But Not for Me
Days of Wine and Roses
Devil May Care
Early Autumn
Easy to Love
Feel Like Makin’ Love
God Bless The Child
Goodmorning Heartache
How High The Moon
I Wanna Little Sugar (In my bowl)
I’ll Be Seeing You
I Should Care
Let’s Get Lost
Love For Sale
Moonlight in Vermont
My Shining Hour
Old Devil Moon
One Note Samba
Pennies from Heaven
Scotch and Soda
Song for Bilbao
Stella By Starlight
Tenor Madness
That Old Black Magic
The Touch of Your Lips
The Very Thought of You
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
When the Sun Comes Out
Willow Weep for Me
Yardbird Suite
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
You’re Everything
Young and Foolish

JazzLife's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£620
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£1200
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

Yes the singer is the bandleader for this line up

Do you have different line-up options?

We play usually as quartet or quintet - Quartet - guitar/bass/drums and voice Quintet - piano/guitar/drums/bass and voice We can add more frontline instruments such as saxophone or trumpet on request

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We understand that sometimes when planning an event things change - the main thing is to keep in communication and we will be happy to accommodate any slight variations in the programme

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We can provide music through iPod in our set break or once we are set up we are happy to start this. We offer this as part of our inclusive package. We don't have a DJ service

How much time do you need to set up?

30-60 minutes is enough time

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

yes by all means you can pick what you would like. We have an extensive repertoire and we will be happy to chat through what you want.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

PA is included

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a particular song you would like then let us know, we may already know it, if not we will be happy to learn something.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love the varied repertoire and the twists we sometimes put on a well known tune

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2019 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2018 Leith Jazz and Blues Festival 2018 and 2019 Whighams Jazz Club The Marcliffe at Pitfodels Aberdeen Hopeville Social Club Inverurie The Blue Lamp Garioch Jazz Club Inverurie Thainstone House Hotel Moray Jazz Club Elgin Palace Hotel Peterhead Inkwell Arts Centre Leeds The Black Swan Pickering

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Cyrille Aimee Emilia Martensson Ella Fitzgerald Nancy Wilson Sarah Vaughn Mark Murphy Betty Carter Blossom Dearie Liane Carroll Fionna Duncan

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Probably Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival because it was part of such a huge music extravaganza
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