To Beer or not to Beer

The Giocoso ladies were left feeling a bit baffled after our latest gig at Castle Bromwich Heritage and Beer festival. Held at the beautiful 17th Century Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, the Heritage Festival was right up our street. Battling monsoon-like downpours, we opened the event with our first set (avoiding the cliche of “Singing in the …

Giocoso plays the Blues (so to speak)

Last weekend we were delighted to support Autism Birmingham’s inaugural fundraiser ball, hosted in the Jasper Carrott suite at St Andews, home of Birmingham City Football Club.  A particular highlight for Abi and Ellie was a bit of “When the Saints go marching in” blasted round the empty stadium – fantastic acoustics! We rubbed shoulders …

Giocoso in the Roaring Twenties

We love to help support good causes. When that support involves us going all out and dressing as 1920s flapper girls, it’s even better! Eight Events, an events team from Birmingham City University, arranged a glamorous Great Gatsby themed evening of music and dancing in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice. Giocoso kicked off proceedings with …

Giocoso at the Dovehouse

Although it was one of the sunniest autumn days we’ve ever seen, we were delighted to be stuck indoors yesterday recording a promo video for our work with international rat pack singer Gary Grace at the Dovehouse Theatre in Olton. Full glamour was called for, and we can’t wait to see the results!    A …

Giocoso meets the New King of Swing

Don’t we live in a tiny world? A chance meeting via Facebook brought about yet another project for Giocoso – as the backing band for international rat-pack vocalist Gary Grace. Transforming his trademark “big band” sound for Giocoso’s unique sax-led ensemble, the collaboration is proving hugely popular on the wedding and party circuit. We’re also …

The Sisters are back in town

Festival season is here! Back by popular demand, the Giocoso ladies will be appearing with their fabulous back line (like the cousins that appear for the party) and John Hemming MP at this year’s Birmingham Jazz Festival. You can look forward to new luscious vocal numbers from Kate O’Malley including (‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Almost Like Being in …

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

We at Giocoso HQ, where the days are full of jazz and homemade cakes, are sad to announce that Alison (chief baker and all-round sax goddess) is moving down south to pursue her career. We already miss her but we know she’ll be back for the occasional booking! Every cloud has a silver lining though. …

Giocoso and the Basement Band in Temple Balsall

Performing to a capacity audience at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall on Saturday night was a delight. The Giocoso ladies – all five of them – joined forces with Birmingham’s Basement Big Band, led by Steve King, to liven up a cold November evening. With the Basement Band’s front row featuring three fifths of Giocoso, we …

Three gig week

Like number 13 buses, gigs always land at the same time (but unlike number 13 buses, at least our gigs are reliable). We started our week on Sunday 10th June at the Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.  We were delighted to be performing as part of the Stratford Fringe Festival, and what a gorgeous location!  We …

The Sisters are Back….

  As some of you may be aware, Giocoso provide the front-line to the group “John Hemming and the Sisters of Jazz”.  Along with Birmingham Lib-Dem MP John Hemming on keys, a female drummer and bass player complete the Sisters line-up.  Our debut was at the 2011 Lib-Dem post-conference jamboree known as the Glee Club …