Helen McDonald's Future Groove

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Last Show: Monday 8 th April 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Celebrating The Jazz:  funk, Latin, rare groove, standards and crafted originals. Helen McDonald stamps her own song-writing prowess and joyously visceral vocal talent to the music tradition she loves. Backed by the funky improvisatory free-wheeling of her trio Future Groove.

"... Helen is a brilliant Jazz singer who is rightly regarded as one of the very best of the new generation of Jazz Vocalists... "


From an early age singer/songwriter Helen McDonald was influenced by many great jazz singers; Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone and the jazz funk, soul of The Stylistics, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to name but a few. With a notebook full of original songs and melodies, she sought musicians to collaborate with and bring her experiences and musical ideas to fruition. From within her other musical projects (Yaaba Funk, London Bridge Ensemble) she found like minded musicians hence Future Groove  was born. 

Expect rare groove rendition from the likes of Roy Ayres, Rotary Connection and Gill Scott-Heron. Expect scintillating originals but above all expect to DANCE!! 

The chances are you will have been wowed by Helen McDonald either performing at top events such as The London Jazz Festival, Womad, The PizzaExpress (Dean Street), Jazz Cafe, Trafalgar Sq (2017 Africa Day) or touring internationally with flautist Keith Waite or Yaaba Funk. 

She has played with many supreme artists such as the late great Gill Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Jean Toussaint, Jason Yarde, Robert Mitchell and Omar Puento. 

The band has been gigging continuously since its inception five years ago,  thrusting its jazz/funk soul renditions (tunes by Gill Scott-Heron, Roy Ayres, The Rotary Connection  Hugh Masekela ) and crafted originals on elated audiences at such venues as The Tabernacle (London), The Cambridge Jazz Festival, Derby Jazz, The Lambeth Country Show (Brixton), Jazz at The Crypt (Camberwell)  and Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club.  

Band Lineup

Helen McDonald (vocals)

Lesley Booth (bass)

Oheneba Kofi Adu (drums)

Yul Emirali (keys/piano)