Band leader, vocalist and flautist Elise Walsh, has an eclectic appreciation of many styles of music. Elise also enjoys performing with the finest local jazz musicians. The set lists include interpretations of classic jazz standards, modern jazz and original tunes, to familiar rock and pop numbers with a modern jazz & Afro Cuban twist.
Elise has released the debut album, City Lights, which is available on all the popular music stores and streaming services.
“A jazz singer and flautist with warmth and depth” (Beat Mag)
Elise has been a performer since the age of 10, starting out at The Young People’s Theatre Newcastle. She was classically trained on the flute from the age of 11 and started learning jazz flute & vocals at the age of 21 with teachers from the Sydney Conservatorium and with the Jazz Action Society.
Elise’s love for jazz stems from early beginnings. Her grandfather was a Jazz band leader in the UK in the 30s and 40s. Elise’s mum played jazz piano and her Aunty played double bass. Music was always part of the Walsh household.
As a regular performer in her home base, Canberra, Elise always brings “good cheer” to all performances so that her “wide jazz family are having a good time” (Eric Pozza, Canberra Jazz).
NIMA, Grand Hotel Highlights
- City Lights Bella Groove 04:53
- Serenade to a Cuckoo Bella Groove 04:38
- Open Your Mind Bella Groove 07:55
Your rich lower register reminds me of how strikingly Sarah Vaughan could use her’s to such stunning effect. – Ian Muldoon, jazz appreciator
An enthusiastic crowd packed into Ainslie Arts Centre for the launch of a jazz album by Bella Groove, (“Beautiful Groove”) the band led by vocalist and flautist Elise Walsh, a reminder that this city was once a serious contender for the title of jazz capital. – Helen Musa, City News
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