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Julie Horton

Jazz Vocalist


How it all began....

Back in 1990 some guy tried to chat

me up in a pub in Alverstoke, Gosport.

I told him that I sang jazz and I gave

him my card with my number, not

because I thought he was cute, but

because he said his dad played jazz

piano... I never heard a thing!

Then 6 months later this guys dad,

Vince Wharton, who happened to live

at the end of my road, contacted me

and I went along to audition. From

then on I spent 3 -4 days a week

learning jazz tune after jazz tune, words

and more words, transposed keys and

varied arrangements... I loved every

minute of it. 

I started to play Vicky's Wine Bar in Gosport, the Swordfish Restaurant and the Anglessey Hotel. Wow, that takes me back. I even sang at the Gosport Jazz Club which used to meet at the Football Club and I loved to chat to the legendary Nat Gonella. Then, in March 1991 we organised a show at the Fernham Hall in Fareham and packed it with 300 jazz fans on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. The article above was featured in the Portsmouth Evening News publicising

the event.

I moved from Gosport in 1995 up to Guildford but I continued singing with the musicians and bands that I'd been working with around the south coast. I joined the Maryland Jazz Band and The George Regis Jazz Band and guested with Otis B Driftwood and the Stane St Jazzmen. Then in 2002 I joined Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra which coincided with a move back to Hampshire.

I have gigged at the 100 Club in

London, the Palm Court Restaurant at

the Waldorf Hotel, the Goodwood

Revival and the Upton Upon Severn

Jazz Festival (where the whole band

got their feet covered in mud ...

that's another story...!)

But my favourite was the Breda Jazz

Festival in Belgium, that was

extraordinary. An old vaudville style

theatre with a 2 tiered stage and a gallery all full of jazz fans wanting their jazz fix. The Jiving Lindy Hoppers were also featured with us and their dance numbers really got the audience fired up to enjoy the evening.

My singing has taken me to many places and has introduced me to many

people. At Steyning Jazz Club a few years ago, an old lady came to

compliment the band. She shook my hand and said that I was shaking a hand

of a person who'd shook the hand of Thomas "Fats" Waller in the 1930's.

Well there's a thing! I will never cease to be amazed by what Jazz means to

different people.  

Singing Jazz is something I really enjoy and I hope to continue well

into the future

Jazzyjulie x