A Pure Jazz Singer
“It was like I had discovered gold. Elena Welch is a pure, 24 karat, no kidding around jazz singer. Every number, whether off-beat or classic standard comes with a deliciously unmistakeable jazz flavor. I thought she was good then, but when I heard her CD, Catnip Cafe I was thoroughly blown away. As a jazz singer, she’s the equal of anything I’ve heard in the past decade or so. For sheer unvarnished jazz acumen, she is, in my opinion, about as good as it gets.”
Loren Abbey, Jazz Writer
Exerpt from a review of CD “Canip Cafe” and Dawn Ranch Lodge performance, Guerneville, CA August 5, 2007
A Voice In Hilo
“Elena Welch finds a home and audience on the Big Island. Elena is a touch of class with sass, engaging, with just enough irony to keep an audience on it’s toes.”
John Burnett, Staff Writer, Tribune-Herald
Exerpt from a review of Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Wai’oli Lounge performance, Hilo, HI May 9, 2008
“Elena’s singing style is somewhere between Diana Krall at a cotillion and Etta James at a bowling ally. Diana has
that perfectly placed inflection while Etta has that angry sexy soul. Elena hits that top dead center and to both sides. She knocks us all out accompanied by the Big Island Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band based in Hilo Hawaii.
S.L. Smith, Musician / Writer
Exerpt from a review of Imiloa Astronomy Center Concert, Hilo, HI July 5, 2013
Elena Welch is a jazz and blues vocalist greatly influenced by her 10 fun and formative years of living in the music city of Chicago, Illinois. She has a degree in voice from Columbia College Chicago where she studied under the direction of William Russo, Stan Kenton’s musical director. She attended the Stanford Jazz Vocal Program headed up by jazz greats, Madeline Eastman and Sheila Jordan. Elena lived and performed in the Bay Area for 15 years where she often returns for appearances in San Francisco, Sonoma and San Mateo counties. Elena also resided on the Big Island of Hawaii for over eight years where she performed regularly with her quintet as well as with Island Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece traditional swing big band. Elena is pleased to have four CDs to her credit. “Catnip Cafe” a swinging compilation recorded with Harold Jones, Count Basie and Tony Bennet’s dummer and an all-star 6-piece band produced in 2003; “Talk to Me” an intimate and soulful work completed in 2008 featuring bebop piano man, Greg Hester; “Live at the Blue Dragon” recorded live at a wonderful club in Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island in 2011 with top island jazz players; and “Eastside Sessions” recorded in 2012, which is a tribute to and features the late great bassist, John Parker. The CD is an elegant union of favorite Bay Area and Hawaii musicians. Elena has been performing for over 30 years in her home town of Chicago, as well as San Francisco, Sonoma County, Big Island of Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Rome, and Paris. Elena is excited for the opportunity to perform at your beautiful venue and connect with a new community of music lovers.
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