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About Gabriella Romano

Versatile singer with a 25 years experience of performing in front of large crowds and small intimate audiences.
East Sussex

Gabriella Romano is a versatile singer/songwriter who has performed across the UK and internationally at both smaller venues and leading festivals. She has performed as a solo artist, country duo, as part of a choir, backing vocalist, female double act and fronted her own 8-piece band that had success on the country folk scene (supporting acts such as Billy Bragg, and The Unthanks) Her musical curiosities have led her to explore rockabilly, country, folk, blues, gypsy jazz, samba and more recently, jazz fusion with the band Pelican Assembly. She has written up to 30 songs, released one album, 2 EPs and contributed to 7 recording projects with other artists. She now concentrates on jazz with the band Pelican Assembly who perform original music influenced by latin rhythms and french flavours. She also performs as a featured singer contributing to various jazz ensembles: from duos to full sized jazz bands. Just ask and she will make it happen for you! She can sing in italian, french, spanish , portuguese and english.

Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, Gypsy jazz, Easy listening, Experimental, Originals, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Soul, Calypso, Brazilian music, Latin, Tango, Samba
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Dancer
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Song list

Whatever Lola Wants (Sarah Vaughn)
Give Me The Simple Life (Lorez Alexandria)
Agua De Beber (Astrud Gilberto)
How Insensitive
These Boots Are Made For Walking (Nancy Sinatra)
Dancing on the ceiling
Sentimental Mood
Besame Mucho
You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Helen Merill)
Miss Brown To You (Anita ODay)
Deed I Do (Blossom Dearie)
No Moon At All (Anita O'Day)
Beautiful Love
Exactly Like You
Route 66 (Nat Kin Cole)
It Could Happen To You (Chet Baker)
C'est Si Bon (Louis Armstrong)
Autumn Leaves
Misirlou (Pulp Fiction)
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Why don't you do right (Peggy Lee)
Les Eaux De Mars
Les Etoiles (Melody Gardot)
Night and Day (Ella Fitzgerald)
Honeysuckle Rose
Hit The Road Jack (Shirley Bassey)
All of Me
A Tisket a Tasket
Agua De Beber
After You’ve Gone
Night and Day
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Sweet Sue, Just You
Stars fell on Alabama
The Nearness of You
Comes Love
“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
“Lush Life” by Johnny Hartman
“God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday
“How High The Moon” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Mack the Knife (in Berlin)” by Ella Fitzgerald
“At Last” by Etta James
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
“My Funny Valentine” by Chet Baker
“Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
“Fever” by Peggy Lee
“Lullaby of Birdland” by Sarah Vaughan
“Summertime” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Birdland” by Manhattan Transfer
“My One and Only Love” by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane
“I Loves You Porgy” by Nina Simone
“Every day I Have the Blues” by Joe Williams w/ Count Basie and his Orchestra
“Autumn in New York” by Billie Holiday
“Misty” by Sarah Vaughan
“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Feelin’ Good” by Nina Simone
“Fine and Mellow” by Billie Holiday
“My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone
“One for My Baby” by Frank Sinatra
“Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Something Cool” by June Christy
“Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles
“I’ve Got You under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra
“Sweet Georgia Brown” by Anita O’Day
“All of Me” by Billie Holiday
“Black and Blue” by Louis Armstrong
“The Waters of March” by Susannah McCorkle
“Fly Me To the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
“Good Morning Heartache” by Billie Holiday
“You Go to My Head” by Louis Armstrong
“Mumbles” by Clark Terry
“My Man” by Billie Holiday
“Peel me a Grape” by Diana Krall
“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
“Stardust” by Nat King Cole
“Let’s Get Lost” by Chet Baker
“Lover Man” by Billie Holiday
“Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy
“They Say It’s Wonderful” by Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane
“Compared To What” by Les McCann and Eddie Harris
“Cry Me a River” by Julie London
“Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway
“Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I think it's my ability to engage audiences to feel at ease, feel immersed in the sound and the performance. My style is approachable and warm and hopefully nourishing to the soul!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed all over the place including Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, France and leading UK festivals and venues. Venues includes: Brixton Hootenanny, Chats Palace, Jamboree, Spice of Life Soho, The Pelton Arms, lots more! Festivals: Camp Bestival, Red Rooster, Leigh On Sea, GreenBelt, Barking and Dagenham Festival, Hope Festival, and more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Andrea Motis, Lorez Alexandria, Helen Merrill, Nancy Sinatra, Beth Ditto, Sharon Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Ella Fitzgerald, Melody Gardot, Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz, Soledad Bravo, Betty Carter, Anita O'Day

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

Green Belt Festival Main Stage in front of 2000 people.

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

I always try to work as flexibly as possible with as much notice as possible. Just let me know. All about transparent and straight forward communication.

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

No problem at all. If you require a deejay I am well connected in the music world so can add this to your requirements.

How much time do you need to set up?

It depends on the location, how accessible it is, how many musicians there are, whether there is a sound man and the types of instruments they play. We like to give it a 2 hour window to set up to allow for delays logistical issues and make sure it runs really smoothly.

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

Yes of course and please do suggest any that you like so we can prepare them in advance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

If you require PA we can arrange this. However we do prefer for clients to arrange this themselves. For low key/acoustic sets we provide our own amps.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes of course with as much notice as possible!


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480


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Danny D, 1 year ago

A superb singer I have admired over many years since her early days in folk & country influenced bands. She really came into her own with her current kitsch, jazz tinged sound with the band Pelican Assembly that displays a unique and soulful quality delivering both a sensual mood and power when it is required.

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Steve M, 2 years ago

Gabby is a sensational, versatile musician and an amazing live performer! Gabby sang complex, varying 50’s / rockabilly style backing vocals where we recorded an entire album in a day. It took a huge amount of spontaneous talent and creativity! Gabby wrote vocal parts which hugely enhanced our album ‘Can’t Get Arrested!’ - Which thanks Gabby, is not only the best sounding records I’ve made.. but one of the best albums I’ve ever heard! Hire Gabby!

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