Join singer, songwriter, pianist Estelle Kokot and bassist Geoff Gascoyne with drummer Gene Calderazzo as they take you on a musical journey from Abdullah Ibrahim’s Mountain to Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand. This Presentation will feature works by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Stephen Sondheim, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Estelle’s originals and more
UK born South African singer/songwriter/pianist, Estelle Kokot, has performed her music from the Jazz Clubs of South Africa to the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall in London as well as various European Jazz Festivals.
“Estelle Kokot is a powerful, soulful and independent artist.
Kokot’s is a personal, unselfconscious talent… her music is often vividly surprising, and unquestionably all her own.” John Fordham – The Guardian
In mid 1993, Estelle relocated to the UK in order to further her musical quest. She has since performed and played in many well known London and European Jazz Clubs and Festivals and is a well respected figure on the London Music Scene, not only as a musician in her own right, but also as a consultant in the field of musical education.
In March 2007, Estelle was nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA) for her album ‘Information’ in the ‘Best Jazz Vocal’ category. Estelle followed up the nomination with a nationwide tour. Highlights include, Jazz on the Lake in Johannesburg alongside Cuban pianist Omar Sossa and South African diva Sibongile Khumalo as well as appearances at Kippies Jazz Club International.
Her current album Information is due for re release with Sony Music Entertainment South Africa.
If you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot. Standards and originals perfectly compatible side by side, an excellent arranger of her own and other people’s material The Guardian
Compellingly dramatic ‘Live’ A powerful yet intimately confiding vocal style, cogent and persuasive lyrics the subject matter of which ranges from unflinching despatches from love’s front lines to meditations on contemporary African politics and their human consequences. Vortex Jazz Review