Elaine Crighton

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Elaine delivers a dynamic jazz performance with plenty of sassiness. An engaging performer with a big personality and even bigger repetoire
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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. In 2018/2019 Elaine has charmed audiences at Leith Jazz and Blues Festival Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Aberdeen Jazz Festival Whighams Jazz Club Moray Jazz Club Garioch Jazz Club Inkwell Arts Centre (Leeds) The Black Swan (Pickering) Edinburgh Fringe Festival and regular slots in Aberdeenshire and beyond 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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Caroline G
4 years ago, for a Hotel / Restaurant event in 58 The Shore
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5 out of 5

Happened upon the jazz singer Elaine and guitarist Iain Carleton at the Leith Jazz festival. It was a great gig, Elaine is so engaging and a fun performer to watch. She has the most beautiful singing voice and was a joy to listen to from ballads to more up tempo tracks. Iain is equally as skilled and their winning combination, for me, make them a must see at future events

Pamela H
4 years ago, for a Concert in 13 Hope St
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5 out of 5

I loved the chilled out vibe at this venue - the singer Elaine Crighton and her band brought Summer to life with an up-tempo yet soulful set. Mixing traditional jazz with other grooves like Latin and Reggae - kept the mood fresh and energetic. This is a must see band for the jazz and music lover. Feet were a-tappin' and bodies a-swayin'.

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Elaine's Song list

Cheek to Cheek
Bye Bye Blackbird
Black Coffee
Easy to Love
I’ve Got the World on a String
I Can’t give You Anything But Love
Stompin’ at The Savoy
Moonlight in Vermont
The Very Thought of You
Guess I'll Hang my Tears out to Dry
St Thomas
Teach Me Tonight
All or Nothing at All
The Touch of Your Lips
Lush Life
Them There Eyes
My Romance
I Fall in Love too Easily
I Only Have Eyes for You
The More I See You
My Secret Love
Viva Sonhando
One Note Samba
God Bless the Child
Since I Fell for You
Yardbird Suite

Elaine's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£165
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£400
Customer questions

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

It’s understandable that timings change, just keep in touch in the run up to the event

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

We can put the iPod on through the PA no problem

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 hour prior to the start time

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

We usually try to craft the set to appeal to the event based on what we find people love to hear, with plenty notice we are happy to accommodate requests or learn certain pieces for you specifically

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes absolutely

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes of course. Depending on the complexity of the piece we may have to charge a rehearsal fee.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People usually comment on the good energy we bring

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Aberdeen Jazz Festival Whighams Jazz Club Edinburgh Leith Jazz and Blues Festival The Blue Lamp Aberdeen Inkwell Arts Jazz Leeds The Black Swan Pickering Vortex Jazz Club London Moray Jazz Club The Marcliffe at Pitfodels Aberdeen Garioch Jazz Club

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ella Fitzgerald Carmen McRae Sarah Vaughan Cyrille Aimee Diane Reeves Anita Wardell

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

Belladrum Festival
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser
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