Florence Joelle is a London based singer, born in Paris, and it’s the Gallic charm that seeps through her songs. It is also the spirit of the great Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone which provide starting points for her music. This is the sound of the smoky jazz clubs of the 1940’s brought right up to date. An accomplished singer and blues harpist, she lets the rhythm guide her vocals with sometimes astonishing results. Her ‘Devil’s Overdraft’ demonstrates her skills as those old clubs are evoked over a blues/jazz beat. Sparse musical accompaniment serve to colour the vocals as she swoops and sways over a story which Robert Johnson would have been proud to sing. The devil may very well be in Florence, but this is a playful one.
Watch this lovely video of her performing Kiss Of Fire at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec.
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