“Ali sings with the same kind of élan and swing that is very evident in the recordings of a certain Billie Holiday. Now this is high praise indeed but I can assure you that it is entirely accurate. ”
Winner and many times nominated for the award of ‘Best Jazz Vocalist’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards, Ali Affleck has earned her solid reputation as the quintessential ‘go to’ vocalist for authentic trad Jazz / prohibition era blues. As an American and a swing dancer, Ali is uniquely placed to deliver this music with authority. Representing the Pioneers of early music (particularly the forgotten heroines!) Ali's fresh interpretations breathe new life into this highly specialized music and this sees her leading the charge for bringing old school Jazz back to the attention of our modern ears! She is a resident musician at Edinburgh's Famous Jazz bar on Chambers Street and this is where she hosts her trademark 'Speakeasy Sessions’ - high energy events that feature the countries finest musicians performing early jazz, swing and blues - a favourite for the swing dance scene!
With an ever growing repertoire, Ali delights in her "lifetimes work" of exploring the jazz archives to find ancient gems to share - from saucy and fun, to dark and sinister, her bands are working hard to resurrect amazing forgotten songs and as an early jazz historian Ali offers up interesting and educational stage chat in a bid to help keep this rich musical heritage alive!
Passionate, expressive, unique and above all, refreshingly unpretentious...Ali Affleck is the real deal - a bona fide Jazz and blues vocalist with a heartfelt vintage twist.
“If you have not come across Ali Affleck before, then be prepared to be surprised as this award winning Jazz singer and band leader not only has an vast knowledge of the Blues Queens and their songs from this period, she is also one of the best interpreters and performers of them live on stage. Ali’s reputation in the Jazz world also means that her band is always made up of some of the best jazz and blues musicians out there.”
Tom King 2022 - Arts Reviews Edinburgh