Upcoming Gigs / Past Gigs

6 October 2017 - 8 October 2017 All Day
International Jazz Voice Conference – Helsinki

Venue: Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki

“In Search of the Authentic Jazz Voice” is the title of my presentation to the Second IJVC in Helsinki in October, held at the Sibelius Academy. Here’s the abstract:

Jazz accommodates diverse and distinct voices. Besides the ‘Greats’, think of Johnny Hartman, Carmen McRae, Andy Bey, Abbey Lincoln, Mel Tormé, Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy or Blossom Dearie. Our study of distinct jazz voices and approaches to story telling, rhythmic gesture, expression, and improvising, signals our membership of the jazz tradition. Yet we want to sound distinctly and authentically ourselves. So how to reconcile being authentic to tradition as we search for personal authenticity in the creative present? This presentation evaluates jazz voices in terms of vocal tone, production, style and personal expression, demonstrating how the evaluation system can help performers and teachers to model distinct voices and better hear and understand what is distinctive about one’s own voice.

I’ll be in excellent company with vocalist-educators Deborah Brown and Damon Meader who are Keynote Speakers for IJVC2.

26 March 2017 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LG at the Malt Cross

Venue: Malt Cross, 16 St James's St, Nottingham

Louise Gibbs joins the energetic and ever-groovy Woody Woods (drums) and his house band for a set before the regular Sunday jazz jam. This is fun and relaxed gig in one of the most intriguing venues in the country, the Malt Cross, a restored Victorian music hall. We invite you to listen to songs: old, new, and blue, and to gaze at the stars (the real ones) through the ceiling atrium windows. Good food and drink too!

26 March 2017 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Roaring (sweetly) at The Lion

Venue: The Lion, 44 Mosley St, Nottingham


Sunday afternoon jazz at The Lion Inn in Nottingham has been a dedicated fixture for over 30 years, much appreciated for its talented roster of guests and listening audience. Louise Gibbs has received her invitation and will be roaring sweetly with the house band at The Lion for Mothers Day, 26 March.

10 February 2017 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm
Jazz Song Uncovered – Gibbs & Melling

Venue: Clothworkers Hall, University of Leeds, School of Music, Cavendish Road , Leeds

The programme marks 100 years of jazz song from its blues roots in Bessie Smith, the American Songbook of Billie, Ella, and Sarah Vaughan, the improvisational bebop of Betty Carter, the liberation soul of Abbey Lincoln, the Brazilian contribution of Tania Maria, to the contemporary jazz fusion of Esperanza Spalding and modern British jazz vocalists.

10 October 2016 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s – Again!

Venue: Ronnie Scotts Bar, Frith Street, Soho, London

Louise Gibbs returns to join the irrepressible tenor saxophonist Renato D’Aiello and his band at their regular Monday night fixture at Ronnie’s Bar in London on 10 October.

For this date Louise draws on the one hundred years of song associated with jazz to deliver standards, some originals and, in true jazz fashion, improvisation. We won’t always know what song’s coming next or who might be sitting in. But you can be sure that you’ll hear exciting music made in the moment!

Get your table early! Note the 8pm start! There’s now booking for Ronnie’s Bar (upstairs) and the price of £10 is a steal. You can turn up any time after 7.30pm.

4 June 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jazz Singing and Improvisation Workshop – 4 June

Venue: LG Home Studio, Headingley, Leeds

If you’re looking for a freer jazz approach to singing and performing then this one-day workshop is for you. Singers from all genres (pop, soul, gospel, classical, folk) are welcome. No previous jazz experience or music reading skills are necessary, just a willingness to sing and learn. You’ll explore your “jazz voice”, learn new repertoire, how to improvise, how to direct a band, prepare for a jam session, and perform with greater confidence. You’ll also gain invaluable experience working with a very supportive trio of top young UK musicians: Sam Leak (piano), Mark Lewandowski (bass), and Sam Gardner (drums).

The workshop is led by Louise Gibbs who brings depth of experience and expertise as a performing artist, composer, teacher and workshop leader. She has taught voice, jazz, improvisation and musicianship at all levels at Leeds College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Goldsmiths, University of London. She currently teaches voice at the Universities of Hull and Leeds.

The workshop takes place in Leeds and is limited to 10 participants.

Cost: £75 for the day (£60 full time student) – includes lunch & refreshments. For more information and to book a place: or 07813 684077

3 June 2016 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Jazz Song Uncovered for Headingley Music Festival

Venue: HEART, Bennett Road, Headingley, Leeds

To mark 100 years of jazz song and improvisation, Louise Gibbs, has devised The Jazz Song Uncovered especially for the Headingley Music Festival. The programme traces its blues roots from Marion Harris and Bessie Smith, through the American Songbook with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan, the bebop of Anita O’Day, the African Soul of Abbey Lincoln, to the contemporary jazz fusion of Esperanza Spalding.

The programme will finish with a contemporary mix of lyrics by Norma Winstone songs by Christine Tobin and some of Louise’s Seven Deadly Sings and other originals.

Louise is accompanied by Sam Leak (piano), Mark Lewandowski (double bass) and Sam Gardner (drums). Together they are the Louise Gibbs Quartet.

28 February 2016 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Nottingham Jazz Jam

Venue: Malt Cross, 16 St James's St, Nottingham

Louise is special guest for the Nottingham Jazz Jam at the Malt Cross. She’ll be singing with: Matthew Ratcliffe (piano), Martyn Spencer (double bass) & Andrew Wood (drums)

For more information contact: Andrew ‘Woody’ Wood at

18 November 2015 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Seven Deadly Sings in New Zealand

Venue: Creative Jazz Club, 1885 Britomart, Galway Street Central, Auckland

My Seven Deadly Sings suite will receive its Southern Hemisphere premiere in my home town Auckland, New Zealand, on 18 November at The Creative Jazz Club. I’ll be joining trumpet player, Mike Booth, and other members of the Auckland Jazz Orchestra. Sounds like it might be a tour in the making. More information to come…

17 October 2015 - 19 October 2015 All Day
International Jazz Voice Conference – Helsinki

Venue: Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki

Jazz Singing Beyond the Standard: new roles and repertoire is the title of my performance-presentation which has been accepted for the First International Jazz Voice Conference at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Carmen Lundy, Judy Niemack, Michele Weir, are amongst some of the key presenters.

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