– Ela Southgate –

-jazz and bossa nova singer –

Ela Southgate is a quiet storm – she has a laid back style and an unassuming voice that demands to be listened to. Whether singing swing, bossa nova or ballads, Ela will delight you with her ability to express joy, sadness and every shade in between.” – John Harris, Kineo Jazz

About Ela

Ela has a passion for authentic music from the great jazz era, singing exclusively jazz and bossa nova. She takes inspiration from the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Joao Gilberto to name a few –  trying to find in her voice the things she admires in theirs – depth, emotion, tone, subtlety, nuance, pitch accuracy while still being rhythmically ‘in the pocket’ and the other important feature – fun, that’s a must!

Ela has been a full time musician for more than 10 years, singing with a wide variety of talented jazz musicians in duos, trios and larger ensembles such as her ‘Ela with Strings’ concert 9 piece jazz band with strings. She can also accompany herself on guitar so can be heard playing solo too.

Ela and Matt duo

Things they said!

“….and a thousand thanks to all of you for your wonderful contribution to the day. …Suffice to say everyone has been talking about how much they enjoyed your music.” – Fat Boy Slim aka Norman Cook

‘I could listen to you all day’ – Martin Taylor MBE

“I was deeply struck when I first heard them, as they seemed to play as a single person, their ensemble being so good.  They have been extremely popular with both audiences and venues, so I am always confident that their performance will go down well” – Toby Sims, Opera Mayhem, London

Ela Southgate Trio

Three Little Birds

Contact Ela

For bookings and enquiries please email –

Performances of note

Love Supreme festival with her harmony quintet ‘Three Little Birds’

Brighton Fringe Sell out with a nine piece band ‘Ela With Strings’

Duets for Jazz Lovers live stream for Ropetackle arts centre with Matthew Wall on guitar

Bossanova special with Julian Nicolas and Imogen Ryall at Ropetackle arts

The Brighton Verdict Jazz club with her trio with Matthew Wall and Tim Wade on trombone

Jazz at the Vic in Arundel with Big House jazz trio

Kineo Jazz Series with her bossa special and Three Little Birds

Feature in Sussex Jazz Magazine, May 2021 –
Ela comes from an artistic family with a professional jazz pianist father. She gained a first class degree in Music and Fine Art at Brighton…..

Ela with Strings Nonet

Social media links

You can also book Ela through the booking platform Encore Musicians  –Book Ela Southgate on Encore Musicians