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American jazz diva set to get audiences dancing at Hornchurch theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 October 2015

American jazz singer Kai Hoffman, who is coming to Queen's Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

American jazz singer Kai Hoffman, who is coming to Queen's Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

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International jazz sensation Kai Hoffman is bringing the fabulous ’50s back to Hornchurch for one night only.

American jazz singer Kai Hoffman, who is coming to Queen's Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch. Picture: Chris HuningAmerican jazz singer Kai Hoffman, who is coming to Queen's Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch. Picture: Chris Huning

A regular swing singer at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Kai will be bringing her vintage style to Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, on October 18.

Kai’s enthusiasm is self-evident and, thanks to a partnership with award-winning vintage brand Vivien of Holloway, she never looks anything less than a jazz singer straight out of a time machine.

Speaking to the Recorder, she said: “I’ve always loved the 1950s for the sound and feel-good quality of rock and roll.

“I love how it makes you want to tap your feet, dance and smile and just have a great time. I guess it’s just the fun party atmosphere of it.”

On the London jazz scene, her spectacular shows are widely heralded as some of the best on offer, with her infectious energy never failing to get her audience off their feet.

She said: “I see myself as much as an entertainer as a singer. I know the effort people go to to get to a performance and when people are actually there I want them to have a good time.

“I want to entertain them and make sure that everybody’s paying attention and really into it, and if they’re not into it then I want to make sure that I bring them round.”

So how does Kai plan on bringing her audience at Queen’s round?

“I might grab a few people and get them up to dance!

“It’s verging on cabaret when you do that, but there is something about coming out into the audience that wakes people up and makes them realise that they are actually part of the performance and they aren’t just watching it.”

Promoting her second solo album, Luckiest Girl Alive, the Boston-born jazz artist will be covering some of the biggest hits of the ’40s and ’50s, as well as thrilling the crowd with four new original songs.

The show is billed as a tribute to the great divas that influenced Kai’s throwback sound, but the singer hasn’t always been as confident with the microphone in hand as she is now.

“I’ve gone from maybe being a little bit nervous in front of people to kind of forgetting about myself altogether when I’m performing now.

“It’s all about making the music come across as well as it can and making sure everybody’s having a good time.”

Kai Hoffman’s Hot Rockin’ Diva is on October 18 at 7.30pm. For tickets, visit queens-theatre.co.uk or call 01708 443333.

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