Predicted as one of the big hits of Birmingham 2014, Pepper and the Jellies are fronted by Ilenia Appicciafuoco who specialises in singing early jazz and blues: the presence of Fats Waller and Annette Hanshaw clips on her Facebook page suggests her range of influences. In 2010 she met the piano player Paolo Fornara and the guitarist Floriano Andolfo and together they founded the Vaudeville Stomp Revue and recorded the album Low Down Mama. She’s a permanent presence in Rome Cotton Club‘s calendar and in 2012 she published a greatest hits album called Ilenia Appicciafuoco and the Sticky Bones Live at The Cotton Club. In 2013, she founded The Pepper and the Jellies with Marco Galiffa and Emiliano Macrini, adding Andrea Galiffa later on.
See them during the 2015 Birmingham Jazz Festival: