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About Ela

Lilting Bossa Nova and swinging jazz, Ela can be hired solo, or in ensembles.
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Brighton
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Ela’s London based childhood was filled with beautiful music with an accomplished jazz pianist father. She was a creative child and schooling eventually led to a first class degree in music & fine arts in Brighton. Later she did the dedicated jazz diploma at Chichester college in 2003 where she further studied piano and guitar as well as voice. She has been gigging on the Brighton scene ever since, singing with the rich variety of talented local musicians and bands from duos to big bands.

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Ela's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Martin E
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ela, what an amazing talent she is, a beautiful voice with a delightful repertoire of songs ; I booked Ela for my husbands surprise 50th birthday, she sang and played her guitar while we enjoyed our meal- it really made the atmosphere so electric , my guests had an amazing time. Thank you Ela, you were amazing and really made our celebration very special.

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Kricket L
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ela is an extremely talented musician with a great repertoire and a distinctive melodic vocal tone that went down a treat with our guests. Highly recommended.

Reply from Ela
2 months ago

Thanks so much Harriet! It was a real treat to play at Kricket, really warm response and what amazing food too!

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Georgina S
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Ela sang at our wedding in May. She has such a lovely voice and fantastic repertoire, it was the perfect accompaniment to our drinks reception! She was also v communicative and friendly in the run up the preparations. Would definitely recommend Ela for any upcoming events, she certainly won’t disappoint!

Reply from Ela
11 months ago

Thanks so much Georgina! I had a such a lovely time singing for you and your guests, and the setting so so gorgeous too.

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Amy K
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

She was amazing, Beautiful voice and the whole experience was perfect thank you

Reply from Ela
1 year ago

Thanks so much Amy! Thanks for being the perfect host, we had a lovely time.

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Richard B
5 years ago, for a Concert in Hassocks BN6
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5 out of 5

Ela Southgate and her trio have performed twice in the last 9 months at Danny House, an Elizabethan mansion in Sussex. They are so talented and entertaining that we keep wanting to invite them back again. Ela has a soft and hauntingly beautiful voice and she is supported by her talented and amiable guitarist and trombonist. The combination is nostalgic and unforgettable. Please come back soon Ela!

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Karen P
5 years ago, for a Birthday party in Brighton
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5 out of 5

we booked Ela with her lovely trio for our 65th birthday garden party. They were really good and really helped the party go with a swing. Lots of compliments from all our guests . They were just right for either listening to up close or as a background. I would wholeheartedly recommend them

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Ela's Song list

Swing
– After You’ve Gone
– Ain’t Misbehavin’
– Alfie’s Theme
– Alice In Wonderland
– All Of Me
– All Of You
– All Or Nothing At All
– All The Things You Are
– Alone Together
– April In Paris
– A Train
– Autumn Leaves
– Back In Your Own Back Yard
– Be Careful It’s My Heart
– Bewitched
– Blue Moon
– Bring Me Sunshine
– Cheek To Cheek
– Close Your Eyes
– Come Fly With Me
– Dedicated To You
– Do It The Hard Way
– Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
– Don’t Blame Me
– Dream A Little Dream Of Me
– East Of The Sun
– Embraceable You
– Exactly Like You
– Five Foot Two
– Fly Me To The Moon
– Foggy Day, A
– Frim Fram Sauce
– Garden In The Rain, A
– Gentle Rain, The
– Gone With The Wind
– How Little We Know
– I Can’t Get Started
– I Cover The Waterfront
– I Get A Kick Out Of You
– I Hear A Rhapsody
– I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
– I Only Have Eyes For You
– I Remember You
– I Wished On The Moon
– I’ll Remember April
– I’ll See You In My Dreams
– I’ll String Along With You
– I’m Beginning To See The Light
– I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
– I’m Old Fashioned
– I’ve Got You Under My Skin
– If I Had You
– It All Depends On You
– It Could Happen To You
– It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
– It Had To Be You
– It’s Only a Paper Moon
– It’s You Or No One
– Just You, Just Me
– Lady Is A Tramp, The
– Let There Be Love
– Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
– Let’s Fall In Love
– Let’s Get Lost
– Like Someone In Love
– Look For The Silver Lining
– L.O.V.E.
– Love For Sale
– Loverman
– Lullaby Of Birdland
– Lullaby Of The Leaves
– Man I Love, The
– Mr Sandman
– My Baby Just Cares For Me
– My Echo, My Shadow, And Me
– My Heart Stood Still
– My Ideal
– My Favorite Things
– Night And Day
– No Moon At All
– Oh, Lady Be Good
– On A Little Street In Singapore
– On Green Dolphin Street,
– On The Sunny Side Of The Street
– Our Love Is Here To Stay
– Puttin' On The Ritz
– Robbin’s Nest
– Skylark
– Sleepin’ Bee, A
– Slow Boat To China
– Someone Like You
– Song Is You, The
– Starlit Hour
– Stella By Starlight
– Summertime
– Tea For Two
– Tenor Madness
– That Old Feeling
– Them There Eyes
– There Will Never Be Another You
– Things We Did Last Summer, The
– Time After Time
– This Can't Be Love
– Under A Blanket Of Blue
– Walking Shoes
– What Is This Thing Called Love
– When You’re Smiling
– You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
– You Do Something To Me
– You Took Advantage Of Me
– You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Ballad
– All My Tomorrows
– Angel Eyes
– As Time Goes By
– At Last
– Blue And Sentimental
– Body And Soul
– Come Rain Come Shine
– Cry Me A River
– Darn That Dream
– Day Dream
– Detour Ahead
– Easy Living
– Every Time We Say Goodbye
– Georgia On My Mind
– Good Morning Heartache
– Grey December
– How Deep Is The Ocean?
– How Long Has This Been Going On?
– Hushabye Mountain
– I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
– I Fall In Love Too Easily
– I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
– I’ve Got A Crush On You
– I’ve Got The World On A String
– I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face
– If You Could See Me Now
– In a Sentimental Mood
– It Never Entered My Mind
– Lazy Mood
– Man I Love, The
– Misty
– My Ideal
– My Funny Valentine
– Nearness Of You, The
– Night We Called It A Day, The
– Over The Rainbow
– Prelude To A Kiss
– Russian Lullaby
– That old Black Magic Called Love
– That Ole Devil Called Love
– Smile
– Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
– Someone To Watch Over Me
– Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
– Stars Fell On Alabama
– There’s No You
– Unforgettable
– Very Thought Of You, The
– We’ll Be Together Again
– What A Wonderful World
– When I Fall In Love
– When Sunny Gets Blue
– When You Wish Upon A Star
– Whispering Grass
– Wild Is The Wind
– You Don’t Know What Love Is
– You Forgot To Remember
– You Go To My Head
– You’re Looking At Me
Bossa/Latin
– Adeus
– Agua De Beber
– Amor No Samba
– Another Star
– Bim Bom
– Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval)
– Breakfast
– Caravan
– Charade
– Chove Chova
– Corcovado
– Day Dream
– Dear Prudence
– Desafinado
– Desert Sky
– Dindi
– Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando)
– Estate
– Favela
– Felicidade, A
– Fool My Heart
– Frenesi
– From Russia With Love
– Girl From Ipanema, The
– How Insensitive
– I Concentrate On You
– If You Never Come To Me
– Laura
– Mas Que Nada
– Meditation
– Moon And Sand
– Nature Boy
– O Grande Amor
– Old Devil Moon
– Once I Loved
– One Note Samba
– Only Trust Your Heart
– Out Of This World
– Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
– Selfish Over You
– Shadow Of Your Smile, The
– So Nice (Summer Samba)
– Someone As Sweet As You
– Song For My Father
– Só Danço Samba
– Stories Of You
– Sway
– Triste
– Você E Eu
– Watch What Happens
– Wave
– You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Pop
– California Dreaming
– It Must Be Love
– Moondance
– Moon River
– More I See You, The
– Our Day Will Come
– Spooky
– Sunny

Ela's Prices

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)£160
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£250
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£250
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£250
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£100
Customer questions

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

I’m happy to be flexible and small changes to timings should be fine, just let me know as soon as you can. If the timings are very different then get in touch - we always try to make it work.

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

I am happy to play some iPod jazz recordings through my amp when I take breaks. Just let me know if you'd like this.

How much time do you need to set up?

We have a quick set up, usually only takes up about 15 minutes.

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

Yes please pick any favourite songs from my song list and I’ll include them in my sets. I always include popular ones such as Fly Me To The Moon, Putting On The Ritz, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, The Girl From ipanema. Then I play it by ear on the day and choose tunes that seem appropriate in response to the individual setting of each event as it happens.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we bring everything! We have a small set up, just one amp (I have battery options as well for outdoor settings) and our instruments.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes that is possible. If the song isn’t in my list, there’s a chance I already know it. I’m happy to learn songs if there is enough time before the event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People often say how relaxed & happy they feel listening to myself and my bands. They say we’re not stiff or stuffy! Plus they can tell we really love the genre and bring the joy of it to our performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brighton Pavilion Brighton Grand Hotel Brighton Metropole Hotel Brighton Yacht Club Too many to mention - pubs and restaurants in Brighton (Paris House, Gemini’s, Fitzherberts, Food for Friend’s, St Anne’s park cafe...) Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Park Chambers Bistro, Shoreham Little Bay, Croydon Cowdray Ruins Tillington Barns Many private houses gardens

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My dad! He was a pro jazz pianist when I was young.. then also by Bill Evans, Theolonius Monk, Joao Gilberto, A C Jobim, Louis Armstrong, Ella’s Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson...

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

Played last year at the Love Supreme festival in the grounds of Gyndbourne with my vocal harmony group Three Little Birds. Played a solo slot at London’s Kings Place for a fundraising event for the Arts4Demenia charity.
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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