About Lou
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About Lou

Whether scat swing singing or lingering over a leisurely love ballad, the heart of Lou's work has always been her love of music, her passion for jazz and her delight in performing for audiences.

She grew up with the distinguished sounds of jazz and blues ringing in her ears and from an early age was intrigued by the music's variety, colour, vibrancy and joy. Both parents, Bobbie and Al, played professionally: alto / tenor / baritone sax, clarinet and violin in big bands and smaller ensembles. Her sister, Lynn, is a trad. jazz singer and brother Mike a trombonist.

Bobbie with Sax   -    Al right on alto

Lou has been working as a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist since the mid-seventies, incorporating a wide variety of material in her work: blues, lyrical, jazz and folk. Her music career has included television appearances and as a recording artist, two albums, including her jazz CD: INTO THE BLUE.

With her improvisational style, instrumental approach to the voice and soulful sound she has come home to her enduring roots in jazz, falling in love all over again with this endlessly beautiful musical form. With other gifted jazz musicians she brings you Latin, swing and soft ballads through to stonking blues - sung with crystal clarity and style. She has played in venues across the UK and in the USA.

Lou and her co-musicians have a reputation for adding warm atmosphere and vibrancy to an event. They perform well-known standards as well as Lou's own compositions. Do have a look at her REPERTOIRE. Her vocals have been described as: 'A stairway to heaven' and '...like being rolled in honey'. 

Her style has developed through tuition from some of the most prominent jazz vocalists of today: Lee Gibson, Tina May, Cathy Segal Garcia and Liane Carroll. 

Lou's work as a professional performer has run alongside her career as a sound and song therapist and natural voice teacher. She has received much recognition for her work with music in therapeutic settings, and as a result, in 2006, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship (see www.loubeckerman.com). Her CD MY GIFT TO YOU is an album of music for wellbeing.

She is currently based near Brighton in Sussex, UK. 

Meet the Instrumentalists

Lou is proud to present here some of the gifted jazz musicians who play with her:

Jazz pianist, composer and educator who has performed world-wide. He has played with some of the leading musicians in jazz including Alan Barnes, Alec Dankworth, Andy Clyndert and Tim Garland. A passionate jazz educator, he founded Brighton Jazz School and presents a weekly jazz podcast featuring interviews with world class contemporary players amongst others: Geoffrey Keezer, Christian McBride, Asaf Sirkis, Cathy Segal Garcia, Joe Locke and Joey Calderazzo.
'A virtuoso and a rare musical talent, keeping jazz traditions alive...' James Williams

Bassist and composer. During a career spanning four decades, Terry has recorded and played across much of the world and in highly exalted company including Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes, Liane Carroll, Joss Peach, Bonnie Tyler, Brian May, Graham Bonnet, Jan Akkerman, Gary Moore, Joss Stone, Samantha Fox and the list goes on. He has played Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club, The 100 Club, Pizza Express, Pizza On The Park and has released two acclaimed albums: What Happens Now and Palimpsest.

Terry Pack 
Loz Thomas

Freelance drummer Loz is influenced by a wide range of music from hip hop and soul/funk to jazz and world music. He has played live on 'Later with Jools Holland', various BBC radio live sessions, Corke Jazz Festival and many prestigious London venues such as Tate Modern, Ronnie Scotts and The Jazz Cafe. He is a member of the band 'The Mummers' with two album releases to date and successful tours in Europe.

Chris Sutton (piano/ keyboard), Charlie Anderson (drums), Steve Cook (double bass). Lou and this gorgeously versatile trio play mellow jazz at weddings, parties and corporate business events, and other functions in Brighton and around the UK. 

The Chris Sutton Trio
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