Jazz queen Juliet set to dazzle Berwick with her diva tribute

Juliet Kelly
Juliet Kelly

Looking to bring some sass and all that jazz to Berwick next month is Juliet Kelly with her new show ‘Inspired: Celebrating The Divas’.

The UK singer/songwriter is unveiling her latest project with a 13-date tour to arts centres and jazz clubs around the UK in February and March, and we’re in for a treat as one of the venues is The Maltings on February 19.

‘Inspired: Celebrating the Jazz Divas’ is Juliet’s tribute to the jazz singers past and present that have inspired and influenced her.

The London-based vocalist who has taken the jazz scene by storm with her distinctive velvety voice, mesmerising songs and Glam Jazz style has collaborated with up-and-coming arranger George Moore (who is also the pianist in her quartet) to arrange songs performed by some of the most loved singers including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.

Singers like Abbey Lincoln and Norma Winstone, who are less well known outside jazz circles, are also represented as Juliet hopes to introduce the audience to some lesser-known gems as well as showcasing popular favourites.

Juliet has worked with several outstanding musicians including Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh and Seb Rochford and supported high profile performers such as Georgie Fame and Take 6. Her three critically acclaimed albums have won her many fans and she has performed sell-out shows in venues around the UK as well as in Italy, Germany, Greece and Russia.

Juliet says, “Although I’m known as a singer and songwriter, I’ve always loved standards and usually include a couple in my set. After releasing three albums of mostly original songs, I thought it was time to go back to basics and pay tribute to those wonderful singers and songs that have influenced me.

And you can find out just who Juliet’s biggest inspirations in an interview with ‘In The Limelight’ next month.