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The Copper Cats



  • New Orleans Style Jazz and Blues act
  • Glorious repertoire of songs from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and more
  • Perform as a female fronted 6 piece band
  • Swing dance taster lesson option
  • Performance dancers also available


The act is based in the Scottish capital and will travel for events.

Standard Set Times

  • 2 sets of 45 minutes

About this Act

Ali Affleck's new band, The Copper Cats perform a traditional New Orleans Blues repertoire with songs associated with the great Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and Merline Johnson and with lots of wildly exciting instrumentals thrown into the mix too. The band are fronted by current recipient of the Scottish Jazz Federation's Jazz Vocalist of the Year award, Ali Affleck and comprising of some of Edinburgh's finest and most respected musicians.

After 16 years living in the USA, Ali has amassed an enviable musical collection rare old Southern Jazz and Blues and these songs are delivered with prowess and passion. Pulsatingly rhythmic, full of drive and passion, The Copper Cats offer up an exciting, hearty and delicious performance and where-ever they are, a floor-filling performance always results!

The Copper Cats are in high demand and are invited to perform at all the hottest Swing dances and Jazz Festivals ( and the BBC and STV!) and their high energy shows invariably attract large audiences and Swing Dancers. Unpretentious, vivacious , people pleasing and authentic - The Copper Cats will ensure your event is memorable!

Ali Affleck was a clear winner as best jazz vocalist in the Scottish Jazz Awards for one prime reason – she positively brims with vocal talent! She has a vocal styling of a young Billie Holliday with shades of June Christy and she constantly draws comparisons to the Jazz divas from the halcyon days of the 20s and 30s when style and elegance mattered as much as the music. Ali loves to share the stage and revels in the artistry of her band,...


"While Affleck’s vocals were mesmerising, this was far from a solo show, Her voice was deep and smooth and I wanted to just wrap myself up in it"

Edinburgh 49

“stunningly expressive”

San Diego Union Tribune

“I can think of no other young singer of Scottish Jazz who can deliver this kind of material with such authenticity and so swingingly as Alison- hence her award.”

“Ali sings with the same kind of élan and swing that is very evident in the recordings of a certain Billie Holiday. Now this is high praise indeed but I can assure you that it is entirely accurate.”


Stephen Duffy- BBC Jazzhouse

"Her vocals take you to a new place- somewhere between New Orleans and Paris!"

Dave Scott, 7Ahead

Set List

A Good Man is Hard to Find
Ain't Misbehaving
Back in Your Own Backyard
Bye Bye Blackbird
Blues Skies
Bie Mir Bist du Shoen
Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Careless Love
Comes Love
Down Hearted Blues
Diga Diga Du
Do Nothing til You Hear Me
Do Your Duty
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
Dream a Little Dream
Everybody Loves My Baby
Fly Me to the Moon
Gee Baby ain't I Good to You
He Likes it Slow
He ain't got Rhythm
I ain't got Nobody
I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl
I ain't got Nothing but the Blues
Is you is Or is you ain't my Baby
I'm So Blue
It's Too Hot for Words
I Saw Stars
I'm Gonna Lock my Heart & Throw Away the Key
Let's Do it, Let's Fall in Love
La Vie en Rose
Love Me or Leave Me
Monday Date
Moanin Low
Mean to Me
Please don't Talk about Me when I'm Gone.
Sunny Side of the Street
St. Louis Blues
Them There eyes
When I get Low I get High
When You're Smiling
You're Driving me Crazy


  • 6 Piece Band: Vocals, Tuba or sousaphone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Guitar and Drums
  • Dancer also available, from 2 to a whole troupe


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