B i o g r a p h y

MICHELE OSTEN

THE NOT JUST JAZZ VOCALIST & BAND LEADER

 

Born in Seattle USA, Michele now resides in England, raised listening to all of the great crooners of the 50’s and 60’s as well as Jazz, Soul, Blues and R&B. 

 

Michele began singing as a child but let her music slip to the back-burner at 18 when life took her in other directions. About 15 years ago, Michele discovered a vocal performance course and reignited her love for music. During this time she returned to her Jazz roots and this remains her favoured genre and where her passion lies.

Michele and her trio appeared at the Verdi Italian Kitchen at The Royal Albert Hall 2018 and were also pleased to have secured a slot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August that same year. Summer 2019 Michele debuted with her new The NOT Just Jazz Band at The OSO Arts Center and later in October at the Bulls Head in Barnes for a "Musical Smorgasbord". She also appeared at the first ever FemmeFest in the heart of Derbyshire countryside, September 2021.

​​Michele is also  currently collaborating  with a wonderfully talented song writer from Los Angeles, Denise Dimin www.denisedimin.com and debuted one of Denise's tunes titled Ease Away Slowly, last year at The Bulls Head in Barnes, Brighton and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

 

September of 2021, saw the worldwide release of Michele's first ever professional single, Ease Away Slowly which is still gaining momentum. Here's the link to the video created by vediographer Ben Henderson in London and produced by Bob McGilpin in Nashville.
https://youtu.be/XCLuu3dma2Q

 

Michele spent 5 years in France where she performed semi-professionally with various French musicians all over the Burgundy Region. At that time, she was also the principal singer with The Big Band at the Conservatoire in Nevers.

New Year's Eve has seen her collaborate with the ChiJazz Quintet on board a river cruiser,  where she performed for diners and party goers while sailing along the Thames River,  ending up at the London Eye for the spectacular fireworks display.

She also streams regularly to an audience online in a 3D virtual  world, Second Life as her avatar, MelodiousMolly where she has developed a dedicated following.

 

Michele has also performed at venues such as , Pizza Express The Phesantry - Chelsea, The Groucho Club - London, The Half Moon - Putney, The Ram Jam - Kingston, Bar Thirteen - Guildford, The Telegraph - Putney Heath, Grey Horse - Kingston, RYND KItchen & Bar Reading,  H G Wells Worcester Park, The Brave New World - Surbiton, The Old Moot House Kingston, 46 Battersea Rise and aboard The Battersea Barge…. pre-Covid 19 participated the Environmental Festival in Carshalton, The Surrey Steampunk Convivial - New Malden and at numerous other charitable events including the Greenwhich Screwball held at Up the Creek Comedy Club in aid of Age Concern. 

Looking forward to appearing at this year's Loughton Jazz Festival hosted by broadcaster and jazz singer Grace Black in Scotland, which was sadly cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic.

 
Michele performs with a number of talented Jazz musicians David Roberts, Steve Ashworth, Stephen Davies all on Keyboard/Piano, Richard Sandler and Marianne Windham Double Base and Maureen Hardman on Sax  just to name a few; as well as with drummers Dan Allsopp and Jeb Holsworth. Everyone of them have an extensive list of performances to their credit.


The future for Michele includes continuing her music career in Europe and anywhere else she is welcome : )

 

Ease Away Slowly - Michele Osten
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