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About Budley

Vintage Jazz romance from Budley's Ella inspired vocals with a dash of Blossom Dearie

Budley is a Hebden Bridge based Jazz singer who loves to bring out the character and fun of American Songbook greats, with improvisation, scatting and a soulful bluesy tone, she has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald crossed with Blossom Dearie. Budley sings with aplomb swinging uptempo classics such as How High the Moon, as well as more reflective and emotionally powerful ballads and can be hired with a guitar duo, or as part of a trio or quartet.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Swing
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Actor
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Song list

A nightingale sang in Berkley Square
Ain't Misbehavin
Angel Eyes
April in Paris
As time goes by
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Body and soul
Born to be blue
Bye Bye Blackbird
Can't help loving that man
Cheek to cheek
Come rain or shine
Cry me a river
Day Dream
Dream a little dream of me
Early Autumn
Easy living
Easy to love
Embraceable You
Every time we say goodbye
Foggy Day
Gee Baby ain't I good to you
Get out of Town
God bless the child
Goody Goody
He's a tramp
Honeysuckle Rose- Lena Horn version
How high the moon
I can't give you anything but love
I concentrate on you
I could write a book
I didn't know about you
I didn't know what time it was
I got rhythm
I love Paris
I thought about you
I'm in the Mood for Love
I'm Old Fashioned
In a mellow Tone
It could happen to you
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
It had to be you
It might as well be spring
It's alright with me
It's De-lovely
It's only a paper moon
It's you or no one
I've got a crush on you
I've got you under my skin
Jeepers Creepers - F
Just a lucky so and so
Let's Begin
Let's do it
Like someone in love
Love for sale
Lullaby of Birdland
Midnight sun
Mood Indigo
My baby just cares for me
My Funny Valentine
My one and only
Nice Work
Night and Day
One note samba
Our love is here to stay
Prelude to a kiss
Remind me
Ridin' High
Round Midnight
She Didn't say yes
So in Love
Someone to watch over me
Something Stupid
Sophisticated Lady
Speak Low
Sugar in my bowl
Sunny - Am
Sunny side of the street
Take the a Train
That old black magic called love
The man I love
The nearness of you
The very thought of you
The way you look tonight
They can't take that away from me
This time the dream's on me
Turn me on
What is this thing called love?
Where or when
Why was I born
Without a song
You don't know what love is
You go to my head
You're the Top
Customer questions

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

I am happy to be flexible around timings as I know organising events can be tricky. Just let me know of possible changes in the run up to the day.

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

I am happy to provide a iPod playlist of classic jazz tunes between sets

How much time do you need to set up?

I would usually require 40 minutes to set up before a performance.

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

I am happy to work with you to create a set list that will go down well

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I will bring all equipment needed

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If there is a song not already in my setlist I am happy to discuss.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The energy, musicianship and fun of rediscovering classic songs- people like to be moved by music -whether its tapping their toes or sipping an elegant cocktail to a brooding ballad, audiences love the interaction between musicians, my friendly confident manner and singing a song with heart.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have enjoyed playing at the Savoy London, Scarfes Bar Rosewood Hotel, The Connaught Hotel, Cafe Boheme, Oxo Tower Restaurant, The Bloomsbury Hotel, the Allis, Mash bar, The Rubens Leopard Bar and when I can get down there the jam at Ronnies!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Cecile McLorin Salvant,Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson for vocalists with a personality to their voice and their own style of delivery on stage- I love a warm vintage tone! I enjoy attempting to transcribe Charlie Parker and Bud Powell.

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

I am performed at a number of private parties with large audiences.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£90
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£360
Guitar Duo
Vocals and guitar duo - 2 x 45 min sets, includes PA


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Ervina K, 2 years ago

I’m thoroughly impressed by Budley’s professionalism - we have been working together for more than a year now. The way she sings, talks, moves, looks and smiles is truly magnificent. She is seriously gifted at this! Budley goes an extra mile during the live music evenings at MASH - she surprises our guests by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ songs

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Giovanni S, 2 years ago

With her elegance and style, Budley la Roar cuts a beautiful, diminutive figure, gracing The Coral Room with the quality of her voice and the flair with the drums. Her voice has developed a quality which gains the attention of even the most inconsiderably engrossed talkers in our hotel bar. Not only that, she sings each number with her own distinctive twists and quirks, making them different from a standard performance.

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