Elle Deslandes' vocal style and presence is the sum total of her many influences, ranging from commercial artists like Diane Reeves and Diana Krall, to more left of centre performers such as Dakota Staton and Julie London. Elle Deslandes can gently caress the soul of a tune or torch a number with all the panache and bravado it demands.
Elle's pre-eminent position in Perth jazz belies her young years. A veteran of the 80’s show bands, Elle’s glittering resume finds her at the forefront of local jazz, debuting with the fabulous Danny Moss Quartet before establishing the Elle Deslandes Sextet to showcase her unique vocal stylings, that have become an ever present elixir at all the right events and intimate jazz venues in Perth.
Her sextet has held popular residencies at the Universal Bar, the Norfolk Hotel and the Subiaco Hotel, whilst also showcasing their formidable talents at jazz festivals across the state. Elle is also songstress of choice for many of the South-West’s finest wineries, has supported luminaries from George Benson to Michael Crawford and in 2005 Elle held centre stage at Singapore’s revered Raffles Hotel, headlining with the Singapore Jazz Orchestra at the hotel’s New Year’s Eve Ball.
As a Designer by day & Diva by night, Elle’s performances at the Perth Jazz Society are a rare and cherished treat. When she does grace the club stage, Elle always gathers an ensemble of WA’s finest musicians to challenge and compliment her, her performances garnishing the highest of praise from those ‘in the know’, her peers.
An evening with Elle Deslandes or her sextet promises a performance right on ‘song’, locking into a silky groove. Her band includes Freddie Grigson on guitar, Carl Mackey on saxophone, Mat Jodrell on piano, Paul Pooley on bass and Daniel Susnjar on drums and will delight you with the jazz standards, evoking the smoky ‘Speak Easy’ of yesteryear whilst tempting you with fresh arrangements of numbers gleaned from other musical genres.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Elle, Paul and Tim for playing at our wedding on Saturday! It was amazing having them there and we received sooo many comments from guests on how much they enjoyed the music. We hope that they enjoyed the gig as much as we enjoyed having them there - it made our night even more special!
Wedding of Kristy and Daniel- November 2011
- Functions & Events