Val’s achievements as one of the country’s top singers have been recognised through her first British Jazz Award in 2008. 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.
See them during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival: