About

Bella Groove is a band led by Elise Walsh – vocalist, flautist and songwriter.

“A jazz singer and flautist with warmth and depth” (Beat Mag), Elise commands a broad repertoire of Jazz standards and originals, including some Blues, Soul, Bossa and Pop thrown into the mix!

As a performer

Elise has been a performer since the age of 10, with initial training at the Young People’s Theatre, Newcastle.

Elise was formally trained on the flute from the age of 11. She studied classical flute at the Newcastle Conservatorium and studied vocal and instrumental jazz with the Sydney Jazz Action Society, Bud Shank Jazz Workshops (West Coast, USA) as well as the Sydney Conservatorium.

In her adult career, Elise has performed at various venues and private functions in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra including Port Townshend (USA). Elise is now living in Canberra.

Influences

With an eclectic appreciation of many styles of music, Elise’s repertoire includes references to some of the giants of Jazz such as; Nancy Wilson, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as the modern jazz and Latin Jazz sounds of Kurt Elling, Dave Valentin, Herbie Mann, Don Burrows, Cassandra Wilson, Karrin Allyson and Mark Murphy. Elise also loves to interpret tunes performed and written by Soul and R&B Kings & Queens, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks and Australia’s very own, Vince Jones and Renee Geyer!