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Few jazz bands can boast an award winning vocalist, but there again, few bands have such an enigmatic presence as Ali Affleck, winner of the acclaimed 'Best Jazz Vocalist in Scotland' award  in the prestigious 2013/14 Scottish Jazz Awards, 'Best emerging artist ' 2014 and Best Vocalist finalist 2017!
Ali Affleck leads three bands -'The Gin Mill Genies','Bedlam Swing' and 'The Copper Cats' and she frequently hosts her trademark 'Speakeasy Sessions' at Edinburgh's Famous 'The Jazz bar' on Chambers Street. The Speakeasys are fun filled events that feature the country's finest musicians performing together in all kinds of combinations! 


The Bedlam Swing band ranges in size from a trio to a septet with a repertoire that ranges from the 1920s to the 1950s with many standards from the Great American Songbook.. Ali maintains a refreshing authenticity that nods true to the evocative and slightly cheeky attitude of the early ‘Jazz Age’, when Dixieland and ‘Hot’ Jazz were in very much vogue.  
The Copper Cats perform a large amount of traditional New Orleans Blues with songs associated with Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey,  Ma Rainey, Merline Johnson, Hattie Hart and The Memphis Jug Band.  With a hugely varied set-list, the Copper Cats repertoire ranges from saucy and fun to dark and sinister and due to her 16 years living in the USA, Ali has amassed an enviable collection of  rare old Southern Blues - songs that are rarely heard outside of the Crescent City of New Orleans itself.

Ali knows the 'Vintage' thing inside and out; she has been running her  'Speakeasy Sessions' in both the UK and USA  for over a decade and she is also a Lindy Hop and Balboa dancer - this makes her qualified in that she  completely understands what swing dancers want!  With a balanced mix of tempos suitable for different swing styles and dancer ability; with some saucy old school Blues thrown in for variety- all the bases are covered! Ali offers a BIG BIG sound that can fit pretty much any budget and she can switch  the band line up to suit every event -a serious boon to any Festival,  Swing dance, Vintage event or Corporate occasion.

 Pitch perfect, passionate, expressive, unique, refreshing, swinging and above all, totally unpretentious...Ali Affleck is the real deal - a bona fide Jazz and Blues vocalist with a heartfelt vintage twist. 

The Musings (and occasional moanings) of Ali Affleck...

EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017!!!  SIX unique show runs!!

 and with some lovely recent views including this amazing title of "Scotland's bonafide Queen of vintage jazz and blues " ( ocweek) i feel a massive sense of responsibility! but I am ready for it!  

All star Scottish band will be Featured on every show! every show has a totally different setlist! and there is a 10% discount for those who attend than one show! 

I have spent years researching and building up to this years Edinburgh debut of  'The Birth Of the Blues ' two part show... I have uncovered such wonderful stories and wonderful forgotten songs... i cant wait to share them! 

The Birth of the Blues! - The Preaching Divas..... ...Part one of the amazing real life blues journey from 1800s to early 1900s! New Orleans, southern blues and gospel  
https://tickets.edfringe.com/…/birth-of-the-blues-the-preac…

The Birth of the Blues! - The Divine Divas .........Part two! - 1900s to 1930! The ladies of this new music called the 'blues' lay the way for birth of jazz! 
https://tickets.edfringe.com/…/birth-of-the-blues-the-divin… 

As usual i present the wild party that is The Speakeasy! with me my trusted Copper Cats! 

The Speakeasy Sessions - One Night in New Orleans..... 
THIS IS A RIOT! Ali and the acclaimed Copper Cats band transport you to the prohibition era! 
https://tickets.edfringe.com/…/ali-affleck-s-speakeasy-sess… 

I am steeling myself for Angels /Demons  - it is a very emotionally charged show and each song is very close to my heart.. I will try not to cry ! 

Adoring Angels / Despairing Demons - The Greatest songs of Love and Loss 
.......highly emotional and soul caressing performance with an intimate jazz trio.  
https://tickets.edfringe.com/…/adoring-angels-despairing-de… 

And no fringe festival can pass without my paying homage to the incomparable Lady in Satin.... 

Billie Holiday - a Celebration in Song....  
.....a heartfelt exploration of Lady Day's contribution to jazz and blues  
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/billie-holiday-a-celebration-in-song

And thrilled as ever i am to be with my lovely friend Dick Lee :)  

The Dick Lee Swingtet ........thrilled to work with Scotlands reeds maestro Dick lee - gypsy jazz flavours and simply swinging musicality  
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/dick-lee-s-swingtet-featuring-alison-affleck

Hope to see you at one of these shows! x

Edinburgh Fringe! 

currently enjoying some amazing gigs with the Dick Lee Swingtet at Valvona & Crolla ....only about four shows left in the run so hurry along!.....then its five nights of  Ali Affleck and Vieux Carre time at the Jazz Bar! REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!   
                                   and THEN it is five nights of Ali Affleck and the Copper Cats at The Outhouse!!    

 https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=show_performer%3A%22Ali%20Affleck%20with%20Vieux%20Carre%20and%20the%20Copper%20Cats%22

phew!!!

I have just posted some films on my Facebook page too- please do and take a wee look :) 

Jazz Bar ! 

We had a BLAST at the Jazz bar last night!!!! Perfomed a couple of  new tunes - including a very cheeky ( and very ancient!) blues number!
I wil be posting some film from the evening really soon.....

We had a lovely guest join us on stage for a few tunes too - Jonathan Green...we wil have to have him perform with us again very soon! 

banjo banjo banjo 

.....I foolishly agreed that i would play banjo on a tune or two soon........ oh lordy....

i think until that fateful day  I will ask the amazing Duncan Findlay to bring hs banjo along to one of our upcoming shows... Duncan is truly a banjo master..... an absolute delight to hear on some of our breakneck speed tunes!


Very VERY excited about our Jazz bar  gig on July 17th.... STUNNING line up  for our pre-album launch teaser....( new album is called 'Indeedy I Do') 

At the Jazz bar will be- Dick Lee,  Chris Greive, Duncan Findlay, Ed Kelley, Campbell Normand and Ken Mathison...plus moi...it's goning to be epic!

FESTIVAL FESTIVAL !! 

I am GIDDY with excitement that Ali Affleck and Vieux Carre are performing at so many festivals this year.....Particularly that we wil be at the Speigeltent for the EDINBURGH JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL on JUly 25th at 6pm.  We will be sharing the stage with the festival FOUNDER Mr. MIke Hart!! what an honor indeed!

...and....and....it wil be the FULL 7 piece band performing...... AND...TOM DAVIS - our original guitarist will be with us!!!

ARGH!!! it's almost too much to handle! Do come along and join in this crazily awesome event!!!

EXCITED!!!!
 

Jazz Bar 

Come see us at the Jazz Bar on Chambers Street , Edinburgh on Friday May 2nd...9 pm start...

Old timey tunes with some extra spicy blues thrown in for good measure......Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Piano, Guitar , Bass, Drums - what's not to love!

Live Jazz Bar footage 

Uploaded  a new film of our version of an Al Jolsen Classic 
Big thanks to the amazing guys performing here:
Dick Lee -Clarinet, Chris Greive - Trombone, Mike Nisbet - Guitar, Ed Kelley- Bass, Fraser Urquart - Piano, Kevin Dorian- drums ...Cheers to Bill K too!

Not the best sound quality but pretty darn good for an incognito phone recording! Thank-you so much Patrizia Henderson!

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The Jazz Bar Speakeasy

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Our fabulous Speakeasy! with special guests and a guaranteed joie de vivre spirit of New Orleans! We got all the bases covered for all you Swing dancers

The Jazz Bar Speakeasy

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Our fabulous Speakeasy! with special guests and a guaranteed joie de vivre spirit of New Orleans! We got all the bases covered for all you Swing dancers

The Jazz Bar Speakeasy

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Our fabulous Speakeasy! with special guests and a guaranteed joie de vivre spirit of New Orleans! We got all the bases covered for all you Swing dancers

The Jazz Bar Speakeasy

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Our fabulous Speakeasy! with special guests and a guaranteed joie de vivre spirit of New Orleans! We got all the bases covered for all you Swing dancers

The Jazz Bar Speakeasy

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Our fabulous Speakeasy! with special guests and a guaranteed joie de vivre spirit of New Orleans! We got all the bases covered for all you Swing dancers