Upcoming Gigs / Past Gigs

Duke Ellington at the Philharmonic
25 June 2022 8:00 pm
Duke Ellington at the Philharmonic

Venue: The Music Room, Philharmonic Hall, Sugnall Street, Liverpool

Louise Gibbs sings the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with the Frank Griffith Nonet. In the intimate setting of the Music Room at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

£15/12 – To book:


9 September 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Curious Tales

Venue: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD

Louise Gibbs (joined by Martin Longhawn on piano) continues her exploration of storytelling through jazz and modern standards (sneaking in a little improvisation, of course). Songs by Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Annie Ross, McCoy Tyner, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Charlie Mingus, Esperanza Spalding, Lennon & McCartney, Joni Mitchell, often with a curious tale to tell.

Choice for Voice 2021
3 September 2021 - 5 September 2021 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Choice for Voice 2021

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Louise will be attending the British Voice Association’s  Choice for Voice 2021 – the multidisciplinary online conference for singing and speaking specialists, speech language therapists, laryngologists, medics and voice-related professionals. For more information. There’s always so much to learn…

Love You Madly: Ellington & Strayhorn at Seven Arts Back On!
30 May 2021 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Love You Madly: Ellington & Strayhorn at Seven Arts Back On!

Venue: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds

After a year of performance drought and a few postponements the Gibbs/Griffith/Weatherall Trio will be playing the music of Ellington and Strayhorn LIVE at Seven Arts at the end of May. Expect to hear the firm favorites,  Take the A’ Train, I Let a Song So Out of My Heart, the astounding ballad, Lush Life and lesser-known gems: Rhumbop (from Drum is a Woman-1956), Strange Feeling, A Flower is a Lovesome Thing, Chelsea Bridge.

Back to Uptown Lockdown
28 April 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Back to Uptown Lockdown

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I’m delighted to be invited back to UPTOWN LOCKDOWN – an online broadcast by The Duke Ellington Society UK (DESUK), hosted by Frank Griffiths. Joining us is Brian Priestley, the pianist, jazz nerd, broadcaster and author (with critical biographies on Parker, Coltrane, Mingus, the Rough Guide to Jazz). We’ll be talking, amongst other things, about Love You Madly, the album Brian, the Jazzpar Prizewinner, Tony Coe, and I made of Ellington and Strayhorn’s music at the end of the last century. And, latency and internet-permitting, perhaps even playing some music!
UPTOWN LOCKDOWN is co hosted by Frank Griffith and Antony Pepper, both board members of DESUK on Wednesdays, 5pm UK time. The program discusses matters Ellington and Strayhorn, playing tracks as well as snippets of live playing. Consider joining them at the Discord link from


29 November 2020 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Ellington & Strayhorn

Venue: Seven Arts Jazz, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds

THIS GIG IS POSTPONED TO 29 November 2020 – due to Coronavirus!
We celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with the classics (and some forgotten masterpieces) that forged jazz – from Mood Indigo, Take the A’ Train, Lush Life to th rarely performed Rhumm Bop (‘Drum is A Woman’) and The Blues (Black, Brown & Beige’).
Recreating the trio format of my ‘Love You Madly’  album that marked the centenary of Ellington’s birth (with Tony Coe and Brian Priestley – 33 Records, 1999) I’ll be drawing on the talents of US reeds (and stupendous clarinet) player Frank Griffith, and pianist Richard Wetherall. Twenty years on, and even better!

25 October 2020 12:00 am
LG with Frank Griffith Nonet sings Ellington/Strayhorn

Venue: Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool

Frank Griffith’s Nonet punches above its nine-piece weight with music spanning 1932 to 1966, the programme includes: It Don’t Mean a Thing, Daydream, Satin Doll, Take The A Train, Lush Lifeand Rhumbop (from Drum is a Woman-1956) as well as Ellington/Strayhorn instrumental classics: Raincheck, Sophisticated Lady, It’s Glory, Chelsea Bridge, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart and C Jam Blues.

31 January 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
100 Years of Jazz Song

Venue: Senior Common Room, London House, Mecklenburgh Square, London

Pianist, Sam Leak, will join me for a swift 55-minute journey through a century of jazz song from Bessie Smith to Esperanza Spalding. Our contribution is part of Music Week at Goodenough College residence for international students.

Finding Your Inner Jazz - voice, style & pedagogy
22 September 2019 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
Finding Your Inner Jazz – voice, style & pedagogy

Venue: Water Rats, 328 Gray's Inn Road, London

Though a century-old, jazz singing is still a mystery to many singers and teachers. This interactive study day with masterclass, (22 September 2019) run by the British Voice Association ( and led by expert jazz singers, teachers, and voice researchers, offers a practical and pedagogical overview of jazz voice and vocal style. You can learn about signature jazz voice timbres, their technical and expressive management, electronic manipulation, and similarities and differences to classical and pop singing. The event aims to demystify the role of improvisation in jazz vocal performance, and to help you find your inner jazz.

Presenters: Louise Gibbs, Pete Churchill, Line Hilton, Anton Browne, Sara Colman & Sarah Wright-Owens

For further information get in touch with louise – .

18 September 2019 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Head of Steam – Huddersfield

Venue: Head of Steam, St George's Square (Huddersfield Station), Huddersfield

There’ll be plenty of straight-ahead heat and steam when I join ace drummer Paul Smith and his Jazz Collective at their regular gig at Huddersfield train station’s Head of Steam pub. Paul is one of those sensitive listening drummers that singers want to play with – joyful, swinging.  Proper ale too!  The band: Munch Manship (tenor sax), Andrzej Baranek (keys), Paul Chamberlain (bass), Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

A CAMRA pub with good local ales. £3/5 music cover.



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