– Ela Southgate –

-jazz and bossa nova singer –

‘Authentic, subtle, strong and nuanced,
Ela sings with emotional depth and technicality’ 

About Ela

Ela has been a full time musician for more than 10 years, singing with a wide variety of jazz musicians from the south coast around Brighton where she lives. She 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, nauance, pitch accuracy while still being rhythmically ‘in the pocket’ and having a lot of fun shine through!

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…..

Contact Ela

For bookings and enquiries please email –

Listen to Ela on Spotify

I’ve just got a few songs on here, do have a listen, more to come before long!

Ela Southgate Trio

Ela with Strings Nonet

Ela and Matt duo

Social media links

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

Things they said!

“….and a thousand thanks to all of you for your wonderful contribution to the day. You made my year letting my Dad sing, it was a magic moment!
 …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

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

“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

Upcoming shows

Live jazz at the Maris & Otter

Thursday 21st April, 8.30pm-10.30pm
Harvey’s brewery have opened a new pub! I’m going to be singing with Paul Richards for their first jazz night! 

Free. The Maris and Otter, 114 Western Road, Hove.

Previous shows

Live jazz session and cheese!

Sunday 20th March, 2pm-5pm
This is a fantastic new pub from the HandBrewCo who bought you the well loved Hand in Hand in Kemptown Brighton. It’ll be my first time there, and I’m looking forward to it alot! I’ll be singing with the lovely Matt Wall on guitar. See you there!

Free. The Toad in the hole. 1 Newlands Road, Worthing.

Jazz at the George - special guest

Monday 21st March 2022.
Popular weekly Jazz night. Ela will be singing her jazz and bossa nova favourites with the swinging Jason Henson trio. Friendly atmosphere, food can be ordered til 9pm.

Free. The George Payne, 18 Payne Avenue, Hove BN3 1HB

Jazz at Saint James Tavern

Wednesday 30th March 2022.
I’ll be part of the weekly jazz trio session at the St James along with Paul Richards on guitar and Oz Dechanie on double bass.

Free. Saint James Tavern, 16 Maderia Place, Kemptown, Brighton

Jazz sunday roast at the Walrus

Sunday 13th March 2022.
Listen to my jazz trio while you eat the famous Walrus Sunday roast! I’ll be playing downstairs with Jason Henson on guitar and Nigel Thomas on bass in the plush cocktail lounge. We’ll be swinging some tunes while you are noshing some tasty supper! 

Free. The Walrus, 10 Ship Street, Brighton.

Jazz at the old Albion

Sunday 5th Dec, 5pm til 7pm.
Ela joined by Matthew Wall on guitar and Robin Watt on saxophone. We will be playing jazz and bossanova classics.

Free entry.

Back in the jailhouse with Vamos muchachos

Thursday 25th November, 8pm.
After an enforced long-covid absence we’re delighted to be back. Bringing the good news will be your favourite Latin band, Vamos Muchachos featuring Stefano Casio, les Migels – Combero e Carero, Paulo Hodginico, David ‘El Screechio’ Hepperfuente and the alluring vocalista Ela d’el Sudporto.

Tickets – Adults £10

Jazz at the Vic in Arundel

Thursday 7th October, 7.30pm.
Ela is special guest at Jazz at the Vic, singing with Big House trio, fabulous musicians Mike Carey piano, Mike Comber bass and Dr Stephen Cass on drums. 

Tickets – Adults £10

Southern Belle, Waterloo Street

Weds 18th Aug 2021, 8-10pm
Ela joins Paul at his regular Wednesday gig at the Southern Belle. This is an intimate listening gig. The pub is an established Hove melting pot of characters and friends alike.

£free, booking recommended but you can just turn up too.

Rockwater Cafe Brighton seafront

Sunday 15th Aug 2021, 12-3pm
Ela joins Paul at his regular Sunday gig at the Rockwater Cafe, providing beautiful background music on Hove seafront. This is a super popular venue, updated and reopened this year. 

£free, booking recommended but you can just turn up too.

Gin & Jazz at the Stirling Arms

Sunday 1st Aug 2021.
Ela joins Paul at his regular Sunday gig at the Sterling Arms, Sterling Street, Hove. This is a really fantastic pub with a real community, stylish decor and friendly feel.

£free, booking recommended but you can just turn up too.

The Hand in Hand

Sunday 11th July 2021 2pm (not 8pm!!)
Sunday night jazz is back at the Hand, but as it’s a pretty special night for the footie, myself and Matthew Wall will be playing a special afternoon set to get you a little calmed before the big night! We will be playing outside 2pm to 5pm

Free, just turn up…

The Brunswick Jazz Brunch

Saturday 10th July 2021.
Jazz Jam host of 10 years, Paul Richards and very special guests each week. Really looking forwad to being the special guest.

£5 per person – tickets in advance.

Ela Southgate duo with Jason Henson

Saturday 26th June 2021.
This is a lovely festival held in the Sussex countryside. Ela and Jason are playing in a garden where cream teas will be served while we serenade you with guitar and voice from Brazil and beyond.


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