Recipient of a Canberra Critic’s Circle Music Award 2017, for her leadership as a vocalist, flautist and songwriter of the jazz band Bella Groove. Band leader Elise Walsh has an eclectic appreciation of many styles of music. Elise also performs with the finest musicians.
In 2017, Bella Groove released the debut album, City Lights, which is available on all popular music stores and streaming services.
Bella Groove’s “arrangements were brilliant, especially in the variety of styles and rhythms employed. It was good to hear not only the less-familiar tunes, but also the arrangements of them. From Walsh’s sultry vocals to her seductive flute playing, on both treble and alto flutes, there was the driving, bluesy rhythm of Charles Lloyd’s “Tagore on the Delta” and stunning scat singing in Wayne Shorter’s “Adam’s Apple”, to floating sounds in Morcheeba’s “The Sea”.
— Clinton White, City News Review
“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 later studied Jazz Flute and vocals at the Sydney Conservatorium and with the Sydney Jazz Action Society.
Elise also spent time in the USA studying jazz vocals with internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator Jay Clayton.
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.
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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