Kings Cross Hot Club

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Location: London

Website: kingscrosshotclub.com

Formed long ago in the mists of 1999, the Kings Cross Hot Club has evolved into a curious collective comprising some of the most indefatigable musicians in London. They seek to bring live music back to its raw essence - every song as though it were their last.

Their oeuvre is a veritable cacophony of fiery Manouche swing, Parisian musette, weepy jazz ballads and criminally forgotten pre-war melodies - with unexpected twists of Latin dance rhythm, rock & roll and vintage Italian soundtracks.

Led by vocalist and virtuosic clarinettist Alice Mary Jelaska, the band comprises guitarist/singer Bruce Beach (Malphino), Tuba player/singer David Aird (Malphino, Brass Roots), guitarist Ramiro Nocelli (Faith i Branko), trumpet player Mike Soper (Kongo Dia Ntotila) and percussionist Julian Valencia Arenas (Malphino, Sexteto Cafe).

They have performed across and around London & UK at a range of weird, wonderful and high end venues/events - including Twinwood Festival, Secret Garden Party, Alexandra Palace, Kensington Palace, Chelsea Arts Club, Victoria & Albert Museum, Hyde Park, Mall Galleries, Cockpit Theatre, The Savoy, Nightjar, Zedels and Foundling Museum.

Their previous album 'Alice in the Jungle' was self-released in 2016.


"absolutely fabulous"
- Tour de Force Theatre

"heavenly renditions"
- Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

"storming"
- James Millar

"Positively bubble with diversity in their refreshing choice of styles and repertoire"
- John Armstrong

The Do It Differently Fund grant will be used towards our ten-song album 'Alice on the Moon', and album of vintage-style dance songs and ballads with themes of the moon and the night. The fund will help us complete mixing, editing and remotely-recorded overdubs (required whilst we still have COVID-19 related restrictions).

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