Elise Walsh-Bella Groove at The Underground
Corner Church and Bolton Streets, Newcastle, NSW, NSW
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.
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.
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
Elise Walsh – Voice / Flute
Tim Rollinson – Guitar
Gavin Ahearn – Keyboard
Ashley Turner – Double Bass
Toby Hall – Drums
Doors Open: 7:30pm
Tickets: Full $20 / Concession $15 / Member $10