Charlotte Keeffe’s unique approach and passion for jazz, experimental and freely improvised music sees her performing regularly as a soloist and as part of a variety of different ensembles, including her own quartet; Charlotte Keeffe(‘s) Quartet performed a sellout performance at Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2019 and their live recording from Jazz in the Round has been played regularly on radio stations around the world. Her quartet features Ashley John Long on double bass, Ben Handysides on drums and Moss Freed on guitar. (The) Charlotte Keeffe Quartet are touring the U.K. from June 2021.
Charlotte is a member of several collaborations; the London Improvisers Orchestra, Moss Freed’s Union Division and Calum Gourlay’s Big Band. She plays regularly with Alex Ward, Otto Willberg and Andrew Lisle, in Andrew’s trio and Alex’s Item 4 and 10. Charlotte is also part of Birmingham-based Andrew Woodhead’s Pendulums, and plays alongside jazz stalwart Annie Whitehead in Ben Higham’s The Brass Monkeys and with jazz stars Jay Phelps and Rosie Turton in Dan Samsa’s Contours. Alya Al-Sultani’s upcoming opera, Two Sisters, sees Charlotte playing alongside the likes of Alice Zawadzki, Robert Mitchell and Dave Kane. She also plays the role of Musician in Goblin Theatre’s production for children, The Legend of the Jazz Penguin.
She is part of the Mopomoso team behind the live concert series at The Vortex, London, and the online show, Mopomoso TV, which launched in June 2020. Charlotte programs, promotes and presents videos of freely improvised music from around the world; she is also a trustee of the free improvisation music trust, Mopomoso Trust. She was the Assistant Musical Director of the London Gay Big Band in 2019, before focusing more on her own music making; exploring her composed material with free improvisation. Charlotte is a jazz and improvised music trumpet professor at the London Performing Academy of Music.
Right Here, Right Now is Charlotte’s Discus Music (June 2021) release and debut album, featuring her improvised works for solo, duo, quartet and large ensemble. She is involved in several Discus Music projects as a composer and performer, including Hi Res Heart and Anthropology Band with; Jazz FM's Gold Award winner Orphy Robinson MBE, Chris Sharkey, Pat Thomas, Anton Hunter and Martin Archer. Charlotte is part of Emily Suzanne Shapiro’s Lonely Impulse Collective, which sees her releasing improvised pieces of music every ten days, each piece is only available for 24hrs.
Her further credits include performing at the World Economic Forum in 2019 to world leaders and celebrities, such as Sir David Attenboroug as part of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Orchestra. She has also accompanied the likes of Laura Mvula, Charlotte Church, Kate Nash and Liane Carroll performing in the Wilderness (Festival) Orchestra.
‘…Charlotte Keeffe’s blood-red, rasping flugelhorn and trumpet blew breathy cadences and messages as if her lungs were burning with an electricity all of her own.’
- Chris Searle, MORNING STAR
‘…characterful beautiful-toned flugelhorn…’
- Sebastian Scotney, LONDONJAZZNEWS
‘Fresh on the scene, trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe is a whirlwind of extended techniques and tactile puzzles, removing the mouthpiece to elicit a windy howl, using her left hand as a mute in the bell of the horn and revelling in restless possibilities.’
- Daniel Spicer, JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
‘Keeffe performs with great assurance and inventiveness and her playing in this essentially improvised context is a revelation.’
- Ian Mann, THE JAZZ MANN
Alex Ward’s Item 4 - Where We Were (Relative Pitch Records - RPR1106)
‘So many artists have attempted to tackle Electric Miles™ but Archer and Keeffe go one better by inhabiting their music with the very spirit of ruthless experimentation that defined the era.’
Anthropology Band (Discus Music - 90CD)