Ela Southgate is a Brighton based singer specialising in swing jazz and Brazilian bossa-nova.
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To get a quote for live music at a party, wedding or concert you have in mind, please email me with ideas you have and we can work it out from there.
I can be booked as a solo act, as part of a duo, trio or larger ensembles such as my specialised project
Ela With Strings.
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Interview for Sussex Jazz Magazine… Vocalist Ela Southgate spoke to Jim Burlong ahead of her concert ‘Ela With Strings’ at the Brighton Fringe Festival. Photo of Ela Southgate by Lisa Wormsley.
How did you get into music to start with?
My family was very musical, my mum was a teacher but could have pursued dancing as a career. She dabbled in playing double bass when I was young and my Dad was a professional jazz pianist, so I grew up listening to him play at home and out on local gigs in North London. I first came to Brighton to study a degree course in both fine art and music. After that I worked doing graphic design for a few years and it just so happened that the guitarist John Harris was my boss there. He did a weekly trio gig with Jeff Howlett and Keith Baxter in Mrs Fitzherberts pub. They were most encouraging and I often sat in, later becoming a regular fixture with them. I then became more focused on jazz and enrolled to study piano at the Chichester jazz course in 2003 when it was run by Adrian Kendon. It was a fantastic start on the road to becoming a more rounded musician. It’s one of ‘the beauties of jazz’ that there’s always more to learn. I gave up the day job and have been a full-time musician for around ten years now… Continue Reading on Sussex Jazz Magazine website