LOUISE BALKWILL

"A true new talent, shining right here..."

Louise Balkwill at 606 Club - Photography by Trevor Clifford
Louise Balkwill and TY - Photography by Karolina Wielocha
Louise Balkwill at 606 Club - Photography by Trevor Clifford
Louise Balkwill with The Old Jelly Rollers at Ronnie Scott's - Photography by Mark Adri-Soejoko.jpg
Louise Balkwill at 606 Club - Photography by Trevor Clifford
Louise Balkwill and TY - Photography by Karolina Wielocha
 
 

BIOGRAPHY

A Musical Journey

Louise Balkwill is a jazz singer living and performing in London. She was born in Tooting and raised in Leicester by her hard working single mum of three, Vanessa, who encouraged and inspired her to pursue her interest in music from a very 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 interests to singing at the age of 16.


Louise formed her first jazz ensemble at the age of 17 and later obtained a scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She was awarded the Vivian Prindl Outreach Prize in 2017 in recognition of her projects of international acclaim.


"Totally bowled over by Louise Balkwill’s incredible vocals and engaging stage presence"​

- Sarah Chaplin, Jazzwise Magazine, 2015


Since moving to London in September 2012, Louise has had the pleasure of learning from and working with musicians such as Leroy Jones, 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, Nick Weldon, Martin Speake and Phil Peskett.

"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


Louise has been chosen to represent the UK in the Riga Jazz Stage Contest in 2021.

“Louise’s happiness on stage is contagious!” 

– Brigitte Beraha


Louise has performed in top venues all over London, such as Pizza Express Jazz ClubRonnie Scott's Jazz Club606 ClubThe ArchdukeCharlie 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 RuffinsLeroy Jones and Michael Kanan.

“A true new talent, shining right here…” 

– Ian Shaw


Currently, Louise directs and sings with The Old Jelly Rollers, a New Orleans style second line band that she founded in 2016 whilst in her final year of studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The group maintain an exciting blog and education resource that illustrates their pilgrimage to New Orleans and features interviews with some of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the western world.

"Her voice and everything else that comes with the package of a master vocalist is pure soul, swing and fire!"
- Leroy Jones, 2019

(Click here to visit The Old Jelly Rollers' website)

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.

 
 
 
 

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