I last saw bass player and singer Kaeli Earle play some soulful tunes at the last night of the now-defunct Star Club a couple of weeks ago, and after talking with her, she let me know that she and her musical pals, pianist Conner Helms and drummer Alex Roemmele, are looking to play some house concerts before she heads back to Boston’s Berklee School of Music on Aug. 15.
Earle, a 2011 graduate of Sehome High School, moved to San Francisco after high school to go to school, but says her goal was always to make it as a bassist. Before long, she says, she started working with a touring gypsy-jazz band, and admits the conflict became too much, so she dropped out of college.
But, she says, she kept singing and composing, and getting really good response. She finally had this thought – what if she could make it as a bandleader? So she went back to school after receiving a scholarship to Berklee.
She, along with Helms and Roemmele, have been playing gigs as the Jazz Kids, but recently started calling themselves Kaeli Earle and Company.
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“Conner and I have been playing together for five years, right when I first picked up the bass,” she says. “We play the Bellingham Farmers Market when we can, weddings when we snag ’em, and club shows. We play a mixture of jazz covers and my originals, which are Amy Winehouse-esque; jazz-soul-rock.”
“I’ve got an EP in the works and I’ve still got horns to arrange,” she says. “It’ll be out Oct. 1, alongside a music video for one of the singles, ‘Sincerely For the Last Time.’”
The trio will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Fireside Martini & Wine Bar, 415 W. Bakerview Road, and she’s playing solo at the Women’s Showcase Aug. 2 at the Wild Buffalo.
Give her a listen by searching her on YouTube. She also has a website in the works, she says.
Earle is looking for people in the area to host house concerts. Those are hourlong, admission-by-donation shows in which a host invites about 20 people to their living room and the trio puts on a show at no cost to the host.
Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.