Women in Jazz Media at the EFG London Jazz Festival: The All Female London Gay Big Band

14th November 2023 - Toulouse Lautrec

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Returning for the third year and opening the Women in Jazz Media EFG London Jazz Festival events at Toulouse Lautrec, a specially formed all female small big band is going to bring the house down The London Gay Big Band!  Founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational jazz orchestra made up of predominantly – but not exclusively – LGBT musicians and vocalists, bringing a fresh and fabulous vibe to the London music scene.

Line up:

Lara de Belder - vocals (MD)

Charlotte Keeffe - trumpet (MD)

Clara Daly Donnellan - trombone

Nichola Pope - sax

Maria Noronha - piano

Danielle Hodson - bass

Suzanne Cross - drums

Stefan Doering - manager

Since its formation, the Band has gone from strength to strength, performing at a number of high profile events, including EFG London Jazz Fest, (2021), London Pride, and top venues throughout London and internationally.In 2014 the LGBB reached the Semi Finals of Britain’s Got Talent, performing live to a television audience of 7 million people!

‘All brilliant performers!’  – David Walliams 

Previous appearances include Ronnie Scott’s, BST Hyde Park Festival, Southbank Centre, main stage at Trafalgar Square for Pride in London, main stage at BT London Live in Victoria Park (part of London 2012 Olympics), Roundhouse, Hackney Empire, The Lord Mayor’s Show & Charing Cross Theatre, among many others. They have recently released our second album, FREEDOM, which follows our debut album BRAVE recorded at Abbey Road Studios with some of Britain's finest vocalists from Jazz and West End, including Ian Shaw, Clare Teal, Claire Martin and Emma Hatton.