Alice Black (formerly Alice Coulam) began her career as a singer in 2002 whilst completing a music degree at Sheffield University. She formed the Black Coffee Quintet with a group of fellow student musicians to help support her through University. They began by performing for nearly every University function in the city and then moved into the clubs and bars around South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Upon graduating, Alice continued to sing with Black Coffee whilst undertaking postgraduate research in jazz vocal studies. She then worked as a freelance jazz singer in Manchester for a couple of years before moving to London. Alice has since worked all over the UK in both the Jazz and Big Band scenes with some of the country’s finest musicians including Brian Dee, Alan Barnes, John Pearce, the John Miller Orchestra and the Len Phillips Big Band. She was also the female vocalist for the Nick Ross Orchestra for 6 years in which she worked alongside the highly acclaimed singer Matthew Ford and Musical Theatre star Jez Unwin.
Today she regularly performs on the jazz scene with her husband, the tenor saxophonist, Dave Black and works with the Too Darn Hot swing group. Alice’s recording credits include backing vocals for Richard Hawley’s album Low Edges, featured vocalist on Mark Robert’s Subway Journey and female vocalist on the Nick Ross Orchestra albums My Favourite Things and Jeepers Creepers. She has also made several recordings with her own projects over the years. Alongside her work as a singer, Alice is a classical pianist and composer, she has a BMus, a PGCE in secondary music and is currently completing a Masters in Education.
She has been Director of Music in three preparatory schools and co-authored the research paper: Davidson, J.W., Coulam, A., (2006) Exploring jazz and classical solo singing performance behaviours: A preliminary step towards understanding performer creativity in Musical creativity (published in Current research and theory in practice, Oxford University Press, New York.)
- Duo: piano & singer: £400.00
- Trio: piano, singer and double-bass: £575.00
- Quartet: piano, singer, double-bass & drummer
- Or piano, double-bass, singer and saxophone / flute: £750.00