Gigs ‘n’ news ‘n’ stuff ‘n’ all that jazz

Just a quick update on what’s happening in my gig world.

I’ve been doing a weekly Sunday afternoon jazz trio gig for a while now at a bar/restaurant in town called R House. This has now become a fortnightly gig for the time being. There will be music on the alternate weeks, but I hear it’s a guy singing R ‘n’ B to backing track, and I’m guessing if you like live jazz, you probably won’t like that too much, but do feel free to check it out.

Our next gig there will be on Sunday 5th May, 2:30-5:30. We play three 45 minute sets of jazz including a fair bit of swing and also a few ballads, bossas and some blues. The guitarist for this one will be Steve Hemsworth (aka Sonny Intervals The bassist is yet to be confirmed. The next one after that should be Sunday 19th May, but check the gigs page on my website to be sure: If you are thinking of coming along and having some food, it’s worth booking, because it’s quite busy there now, but if you just want to come for a drink you can just turn up. The venue is R House, 26-28 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EH.

In other news, I’m still running the Inspire Community Voices choir over in Bury, and we’d be happy to have more singers to join us (especially some men or ladies who like to sing low!). We normally meet the first and third Saturday of each month. Our rehearsals take place at the Met Theatre in Bury, 2pm – 4pm. It’s a warm and welcoming group, open to all abilities. There’s no need to have experience or to read music. All you need is the will to have a good sing! Our next rehearsal is Saturday 4th May. Have a look at our website for more info:

There’s a new piano-vocal duo in the offing. It’s going to be a soul-jazz-pop-Cuban type of thing. We should hopefully be getting some gig dates in the diary before too long, so watch this space for more news of that.

I’m getting very close to the end of the Professional Diploma in Comtemporary Vocals that I’ve been doing for the last year. I feel like I’ve been saying that for ages no, but it really will be over on the 8th of May come hell or highwater. I’ve learned a huge amount from the course, but I’m going to be so relieved to not have to write any more essays!

Below is a list of my upcoming gigs. As always, do check my gigs page in case of any changes and I’ll do my best to keep it updated. Thanks for reading, and may the force be with you!

Alyss x


Sunday 5th May, 2:30-5:30pm, Free
Jazz Trio @ R House, 26-28 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EH.
We’ll be playing three sets of swing, bossa, blues and ballads.

Sunday 19th May, 2:30-5:30pm, Free
Jazz Trio @ R House, 26-28 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EH.
We’ll be playing three sets of swing, bossa, blues and ballads.

Sunday 26th May, 8pm, Free
New Sense Brass and The Voice Collective @ Chorlton Arts Festival
The a capella vocal group I sing with is doing a joint gig with a fun and funky brass band.

Friday 21st June, 8:30pm, £6.50 on the door
Jazz @ Hyde Cricket Club
I’ll be singing with the fantastic Vinnie Parker Trio

Sunday 23rd June, 8:30pm-11pm, Free
Jazz Jam @ the Ram & Shackle, 393 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester, M20 4WA .
I’ll be singing in the house band for this one. Bring your instruments and voices and come and jam, or just bring your eyes and ears to soak up the music.


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