Val’s achievements as one of the country’s top singers have been recognised by her first British Jazz Award in 2008 and again in 2011 for best jazz singer. West Bromwich-born, she first sang with the Second City Jazzmen before moving on to national success and an extended stint with Monty Sunshine’s band. While raising a family, she was limited to occasional guest appearances, but the M&B Jam Session in 1984 heralded a return to the big time. For many years Val has starred with the Billie Holiday tribute, Lady Sings the Blues, but she also has numerous recordings under her own name. Recently she has turned to song writing with an acclaimed recording, Keeping the Flame Alive, based on the lives and works of the Bronte Sisters.
Val appears with Brian Dee and Len Skeat at The Garden House at 7:30pm on Friday 12th and The Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter at 12:30pm on Saturday 13th