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I am Kay Shelley, a former journalist whose career included the Uxbridge Gazette. I manage a Hillingdon-based band called Pimp My Jazz, which plays gigs in West London and beyond, and has an album of original songs to complement the well-known standards we perform.
We are a 5-6 piece outfit consisting of drums, bass guitar, lead guitar, alto sax OR keyboard, and vocal, plus occasionally rhythm guitar with male vocal. We occasionally perform as a 7-piece if required. We have played at a variety of venues – mainly pubs and festivals, but we are happy to entertain at weddings, parties and corporate events.
All our musicians are talented, but our chief attraction is the mellow-toned voice of our main singer Lonette Charles, whom everyone seems to love!
Our music is easy-listening jazz, swing, Latin, ballads and 40s/50s songs, but a quarter or a third of our repertoire consists of original songs from our album, which is sold on Amazon UK and at gigs. We adapt our playlist as required, depending on whether venues require smooth or upbeat music or a mixture.
The 14 songs on the album were written by my partner Gavin K. Sparks (composer) and myself (co-lyricist).
We always get good feedback from performances and album sales, because the music is varied and has a wide appeal. You can see more, including pictures, comments and gig guide, on our band
website: www.lemonrock.com/pimpmyjazz or our general website: www.pimpmyjazz.co.uk
We have 2 Facebook sites – one called Pimp My Jazz and one called Gavin K. Sparks, which we use more frequently. We also have a Twitter account (Kay Shelley@PimpMyJazz). Some of the music can be played on these sites and on Soundcloud.
We also have a ten-minute video on YouTube entitled 'pimp my jazz live 2013', but we plan a new video soon.