Louise Dodds

Louise Dodds

 London, England, GBR
BandJazz

Louise Dodds is a young jazz singer from Scotland, now based in London, "with a flair for ambitious takes on jazz songs" and a distinctive tone which will capture any audience. Working with some of the best jazz musicians in London she has performed around the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Biography

Hailing from Scotland, vocalist Louise Dodds has seen her work take her throughout the UK, Europe and around the Middle East. Since emerging on the jazz scene in 2005, Louise has performed throughout the UK and overseas at many prestigious venues and events, including Pizza on the Park, the Glasgow Jazz Festival and the 7 star Burj Al Arab Hotel, and her first eponymous album was featured on several BBC Radio shows (including a live interview broadcast from her headline gig at Pizza on the Park, Knightsbridge, London).

She boasts an impressive jazz repertoire of over 300 songs, including bebop and vocalese numbers as well as songs from the Great American Songbook and current jazz artists and her own compositions.

2011 brings her much-anticipated second album Airs and Grace Notes. This new recording showcases Louise’s skills as a vocalist and lyricist, as the album is a collection of previously released jazz instrumentals which she has penned lyrics to, including some famous solos.

The album features songs by some of the greatest jazz artists of all time including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver and has given Louise the chance to explore her love of vocalese. Since first discovering Lambert, Hendricks and Ross many years ago it has been one of her main loves in singing.

Now based in London, Louise has the honour of working with some of the best jazz musicians in town and the band will be performing the new album live in due course. Live dates including album launch will be available shortly on the website.

As a songwriter, she has been commissioned to write for film as well as penning music for her own performances, which are a blend of soul, jazz and pop.

Lyrics

There She Stood

Written By: Louise Dodds

Backstage Sally’s what they called her
Every night they waited for her
Cos with Sally they knew they’d have a good time
Every time

But they never figured out from where she came
And she’d never tell ‘em what her name was

My Wonder

Written By: Louise Dodds

Alone and I can’t help but miss you
It’s just far too easy

Through the day it’s not so bad
But oh, the night time

When the sun begins descending
I can’t go on pretending
My thoughts turn to you
My love, my wonder
I wonder where you are now?

Alone and I can’t help but call you
But its far too late
Oh its too late

Alone and I can’t help but wonder
Why did I let you go?

Discography

Louise Dodds - 2006

Airs and Grace Notes - Due for Release in 2011