Val Wiseman

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b. 15 August 1942, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. Wiseman began singing as a young girl and at the age of 18 joined a local jazz band. In 1963 she joined Monty Sunshine where she remained for…
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b. 15 August 1942, West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. Wiseman began singing as a young girl and at the age of 18 joined a local jazz band. In 1963 she joined Monty Sunshine where she remained for three years and also sang at clubs, concerts and on radio with many other bands, including Alex Welsh, Humphrey Lyttelton and the Al Fairweather - Sandy Brown Allstars. In 1986 she sang with Eggy Ley’s Hot Shots, appearing with the band at that year’s Birmingham International Jazz Festival. This performance resulted in an invitation to headline the following year’s festival tribute to Billie Holiday. Entitled Lady Sings The Blues, this show subsequently toured regularly throughout the UK and Europe and featured several leading jazz instrumentalists, including Digby Fairweather, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes and Len Skeat. Wiseman has also appeared in the touring package Drummin’ Man, singing the Anita O’Day songs from the Gene Krupa repertoire. Wiseman has also recorded extensively, appearing on albums by King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys, Sunshine, and the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. In addition to packages and as singer with several bands, Wiseman has also toured as a solo artist and in these settings broadens her repertoire to include the great standards. Although popular in various parts of the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Canada, Wiseman is not as well known as her skill and stylishness so clearly warrants. Her vocal sound, warm, relaxed and with effortless swing, makes her one of the best singers working in the UK jazz field in the new millennium.