Sam Carelse is a Brighton-based jazz vocalist.
Sam has performed hundreds of shows, in venues such as The Grand, Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Dome, and at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals including Love Supreme Jazz Festival and Brighton Fringe. As well as fronting her own bands such as the popular gypsy swing group Amuse Manouche, her professionalism, musicality and versatility means she is a go-to vocalist for many bands of all sizes and styles, including The Soultastics, Sour Cherries, Brighton Mafia Big Band and Les Paul Big Band.
Sam’s discipline, drive and enthusiasm combined with her technical knowledge has earned her the respect of her peers. She credits much of her sound to time spent listening to the greats, drawing particular inspiration from Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Annie Ross. In addition, her understanding of harmony comes from her abilities as a pianist, which she continues to study in her spare time.
Sam’s ability to deliver thrilling live performances as well as providing music suitable for dancing and mingling to has made her one of the most in-demand vocalists in the South East.
“The singer, one Sam Carelse, was extraordinary. I don’t know much about jazz singers but let me go out on a limb and say that I’ve never heard anyone who was white sound so much like Billie Holiday. This, I thought, is the kind of jazz I can live with.” Nicholas Lezard, The New Statesman
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