Award winner Ali Affleck, (Best Jazz Vocalist -Scottish Jazz Awards 2014), leads two bands of extraordinary musicality, ‘The Gin Mill Genies’ and ‘The Copper Cats’ – these bands include top artists Colin Steele, Steve Hamilton, Roy Percy and Dick Lee. With a powerful and conversant vocal approach, Ali’s heart lies with New Orleans Blues, Gospel, Torch, Chanson and classic Swing traditions and these have informed her original material. ‘Few singers can tether vocal ability to their crystal clear communicative emotions– absurdly gifted’ (heartoftheart) Ali performs throughout Europe and the USA and enjoys frequent collaborations with outstanding trad and swing NYC players such as pianist Gordon Webster.
Two brand new projects (with the superb Steve Hamilton and Colin Steele) reveal Ali’s extensive vocal capability: ‘The Preaching Divas’–a thoroughly researched project highlighting the strong and passionate first ladies of Jazz and Blues, encompassing energizing gospel and darker sultry blues. ‘Adoring Angels/Despairing Demons’ – a showcase of the most powerful songs ever written on love and loss within the blues and jazz genres-songs that speak directly to the heart.
A wild joie de vivre celebration of fun music with vivacious stage presence” (Scotsman) ! “Ali is not a household name yet- but I think she soon will be”(BBC Jazzhouse)…” Affleck’s vocals were mesmerizing, yet this was far from a solo show”- Edinburgh 49 “stunningly expressive” -San Diego Union Tribune. “Her voice was deep and smooth and I wanted to just wrap myself up in it” – Edinburgh 49. “I can think of no other singer of Scottish Jazz who can deliver this kind of material with such authenticity and so swingingly as Alison- hence her award.”-BBC Jazzhouse