AWARD WINNING JAZZ VOCALIST
DEBUT ALBUM 'FIRST CLASS' OUT NOW!
RIGA JAZZ STAGE 2022 - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
"A true new talent, shining right here..."
- Ian Shaw
"Her voice and everything else that comes with the package of a master vocalist is pure soul, swing and fire!"
- Leroy Jones
Louise Balkwill is a jazz singer living and performing in London. She was born in Tooting and grew up in Leicester, where she was encouraged to pursue her love of music from an early age. Born into a family of musicians, Louise has never been short of inspiration and was raised as a multi-instrumentalist before turning her talents to singing at the age of 16.
Louise obtained a scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2012, where was later awarded the Vivian Prindl Outreach Prize in 2017 in recognition of her projects of international acclaim. She won first prize in the vocalist category of Riga Jazz Stage 2022 and performs with the Puppini Sisters as both their tenor and soprano deputy.
Louise has had the pleasure of learning from and working with musicians such as Leroy Jones, Shannon Powell, Barry Harris, Pete Churchill, Trudy Kerr, Brigette Beraha, Malcolm Earle-Smith, Ofer Landsberg, Simon Purcell, Liane Carroll, Sophie Bancroft, Sara Colman, Barry Green, Tina May, Nia Lynn, Anita Wardell and Nick Weldon.
Louise has performed in top venues all over London, such as Pizza Express Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 606 Club, The Archduke, Charlie Wright's and Oliver's Jazz Bar to name a few. In addition to her UK ventures, Louise has performed overseas and has won the hearts of audiences in New York, New Orleans, Japan and all over Europe alongside household names such as Kermit Ruffins, Leroy Jones and Michael Kanan.
An avid composer, arranger and lyricist, Louise has worked with the likes of legendary trumpeter Leroy Jones among other internationally critically acclaimed artists and bands.
Named by multi-award-winning singer Liane Carroll as a singer to listen out for.
"If the 606 seems miraculously and unusually flooded with light in these pictures, then that must be something to do the combination of Trevor Clifford's artistry as a photographer... and Louise Balkwill's character."
- Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News, 2018
"Totally bowled over by Louise Balkwill's incredible vocals and engaging stage presence"
- Sarah Chaplin, Jazzwise Magazine, 2015
"Louise's happiness on stage is contagious!"
- Brigitte Beraha