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About Kate

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Kate Thomas will take you on a journey through Bohemia with her eclectic blend of jazz, latin, blues, gypsy music & alternative covers.

London based Singer and Singer-Songwriter Kate Thomas began her career in Italian Opera and has since travelled the world performing in many different languages and genres that include: Musical Theatre, jazz, Cabaret, blues, Latin, folk & gypsy music. Back in 2014 Kate was the only solo artist to make it through to the Battle of the Bands final at the Boisdale, she has extensively toured in France and has had the pleasure of gracing stages at Glastonbury, Ronnie Scott's, The Bulls Head Jazz Club, Fishery Wharf Jazz Festival, Jazz Verse Jukebox at Hoxton Hall, BTL Jazz and the Green Note to name but few. Kate's soulful, powerful and expressive voice has the ability to make you both laugh and cry. Kate has a strong reputation on the jazz circuit in London with her natural jazz tone but she will also take you quite the journey with her latin, gypsy and blues flavours. Expect a variety of languages to weave in and out of each set that include: Spanish, French, Romany, Italian and of course English! Think Billie Holiday, Pink Martini, Astrud Gilberto and Eva Cassidy walk into a festival! Kate can also provide more of a compere service for your event. As a trained Actor (East 15 Acting School) and her years of working on the Cabaret circuit Kate has the ability to charm you with her highly accessible and friendly stage chit chat. Kate can both step forward and entertain with plenty of audience participation but she also has the sensitivity to step back and provide more of a warm background ambience. And this is what they have been saying about her! "Phenomenal!" - ARTHOUSE MUSIC "Delightful Show!" - BTL JAZZ "Sultry dame" - ALL ABOUT JAZZ "Where the energy of rock blends in with the intimacy of folk" - A&R FACTORY "Will make you want to watch Chocolat again." - FREQUENCY 21 Kate is happy to perform with backing tracks, a band, acapella and can also perform solo with a guitar Larger line-ups available - please get in touch (Guitar, Percussion, Trumpet, Bass, Drums, Piano)

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Easy listening, Originals, Light music, Pop, Covers, Soul, Acoustic, World music, Balkan, Bossa nova, French music, Klezmer, Latin, Tango
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Actor, Perfect pitch
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Song list

Great American Songbook (Jazz standards)
Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, Gypsy
Blues
TV, Film & Musical
50's/60's
Alternative Pop
Other: RnB, Soul, Pop, Opera
Seasonal: Christmas Carols / Songs
(Please see below for a small sample of Repertoire)
LATIN
Besame Mucho (Bossa Nova)
Dance me to the end of Love (Tango)
Gypsy (Latin)
Quiza, Quiza, Quizá (Latin-Jazz)
Sway / Quien Sera (Latin-Jazz)
The Girl from Ipanema (Bossa Nova)
How Insensitive (Bossa Nova)
Eros (Bossa Nova)
Whatever Lola Wants (Bolero)
Donkey (Rumba Flamenca)
JAZZ
All Of Me (Swing)
Lullaby of Birdland (Swing)
Moondance (Swing)
Witchcraft (Swing)
Honeysuckle Rose (Swing)
I’m a Fool to Want you (Jazz-Ballad)
Stormy Weather (Jazz-Ballad)
Lover man (Jazz-Ballad)
Sophisticated Lady (Jazz-Ballad)
Cry me a River (Jazz-Ballad)
Summertime (Jazz-Ballad)
My Baby Just Cares for Me (Swing)
Feeling Good (Swing)
Fever (Swing)
Good Morning Heartache (Jazz-Ballad)
Senseless (Jazz-Ballad)
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (Jazz-Ballad)
Dream a Little Dream (Jazz-Ballad)
Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) (Swing)
I Love Paris (Gypsy Jazz)
The Kiss (Gypsy Jazz)
It Don’t Mean a Thing (Swing)
Buried Treasure (Jazz-Ballad)
BLUES
Careless Love
Stormy Monday
Hound Dog
I want a Little Sugar in my Bowl
Nobody Knows you
Ginger Beer
Black Coffee
Centrepiece
St Louis Blues
Got No Soul
POP
Havana
Babooshka
Female of the Species
La Isla Bonita
Creep
Back to Black
Valerie
TV/MUSICALS
Moon river
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
Smile
Do Right
Put the Blame on Mame
All That Jazz
What I did for Love
50’s/60’s
Spooky
The Look of Love
Will you Still Love me Tomorrow
Stupid Cupid
End of the World
RNB/SOUL
Georgia on my Mind
Feeling Good
Sitting on the Dock of The Bay
Ain’t No Sunshine
Rescue Me
Stand By Me
Natural Woman
At Last
Hit The Road Jack
OTHER
Mon Dieu
Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler
Djelem Djelem
O Sole Mio
Customer questions

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

Dependent on what set up you are booking acapella, backing tracks, guitar accompaniment or full band. In most cases we usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The vocals, variety, accessibility, theatricality and the audience interaction!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

El Garito, Nightjar, Luna Lounge, Arthouse Music, The Bulls Head Jazz Club, Fishery Wharf Jazz Festival, Green Note, BTL Jazz, Jazz Verse Jukebox at Hoxton Hall, Toulouse Lautrec, Spice of Life, The Boisdale, Ronnie Scott’s, Half Moon Putney, Pizza Express, The RARE Jazz Festival and The Brentwood Festival on the bill with UB40.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Pink Martini, Astrud Gilberto, Eva Cassidy, Esma Redzepova, Edith Piaf, Bessie Smith, Amy Winehouse, Madeline Peyroux, Kate Bush, Cesaria Evora, Gregory Porter

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

Most recent gigs at: Fishery Wharf Jazz Festival, The Bulls Head Jazz Club, Green Note & Jazz Verse Jukebox at Hoxton Hall.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£188
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£375
Available services
Compère / Master of Ceremonies
+£100

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Benedict G, 12 days ago

"Phenomenal!" Full review can be found at: www.arthousemusic.com/blog/gig-review-kate-thomas-el-garito

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Steve R, 7 months ago

"delightful show”