Elvanelle is the time-traveling persona of award-winning jazz vocalist and instrumentalist Kimberly Hawkey. Elements of traditional jazz, vaudeville, blues, roots and contemporary music fuse through the shifting sounds of a modern jazz band. Elvanelle’s original songs provide a vintage-inspired contrast to re-spun traditionals borrowed from the American folk and jazz idioms.
Kimberly’s new album, titled “Elvanelle & The Escape Act”, features a 6-piece modern jazz band plus string quartet and a supporting ensemble of woodwinds, percussion and brass to evoke a classic Hollywood sound. The driving rhythm section, lead trumpet and soaring vocals bring the 100-year-old tradition into a new era through daring reinterpretations of American song. No style is out of bounds for Elvanelle when serving up a musical story.
This will be Kim’s second appearance at the Clayton Jazz Fest. She will be a featured artist on Saturday afternoon at the Frink Park Pavilion, drawing from her repertoire of big band, swing and American standards songbooks. Review the schedule for performance times.