Sunday 16th December 2018
£20.00 - £25.00
With plenty of festive cheer, “Queen of Swing” Kai Hoffman celebrates the inimitable Keely Smith with plenty of tunes to get your toes tapping and your cockles warmed. A huge fan of the Great American Songbook, Kai will be sure to bring a smile to your face with songs made famous by Keely as well as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and more.
American jazz singer, recording artist and Queen of the Vintage Vocals Kai Hoffman is one of the most charismatic swing jazz singers in the UK. Kai recorded with Ronnie Scott’s Best Band winners, Ray Gelato and The Giants on the album Hey Boy! Hey Girl! (2012), which featured many of the famous Louis Prima and Keely Smith duets. Kai has also sung with Blue Harlem, the Jive Aces, New York City bands Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band. Kai has also released two solo albums, Do It While You Can (2013) and Luckiest Girl Alive (2015).
Kai has developed a truly authentic vocal style, reminiscent of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th Century, and has performed with (and for) personalities including Bruce Forsyth, Joss Stone and the Prince of Wales, and at venues ranging from the Sheraton Hotel in Bangladesh to the Royal Albert Hall in London – with The Blue Note in Milan and Ronnie Scott’s Club in London in between.
“One of the greatest jazz-pop singers of all time” according to Tony Bennett, Keely Smith had a varied career which first gained momentum in 1950s Las Vegas with then-husband Louis Prima.
Keely went on to record over 20 solo albums. The first of these, I Wish You Love, included arrangements by Nelson Riddle, sold over a million copies and the single was nominated for a Grammy. Her career included performing for President John F Kennedy’s inauguration, the placement of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the award of the Cherokee medal of honour in 2000. (Info thanks to Peter Vacher, The Guardian, 17.12.17).
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