Elena Welch lives and performs in Portland, Oregon. Elena is greatly influenced by her 10 fun formative years of living in the music city of Chicago, Illinois. She has a degree in voice from Columbia College where she studied under the direction of William Russo (Stan Kenton’s musical director.) She also attended the Stanford Jazz Vocal Workshop headed up by jazz greats, Madeline Eastman and Sheila Jordon. 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 is pleased to have two CDs to her credit. “Catnip Cafe” a swinging compilation with an all-star 6-piece band produced in 2003 and “Talk to Me” an intimate and soulful trio instrumentation completed in 2008. Elena and her band are available for booking at your special event.
Elena is pleased to have four albums to her credit:
- “Catnip Cafe”, a swinging compilation recorded with Harold Jones, Count Basie and Tony Bennett’s drummer, and an all-star 6-piece band, produced in 2003;
- “Talk to Me”, an intimate and soulful work completed in 2008 and 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 2013 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.
4614 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR 97213