Boston, Massachusetts-born , Kai Hoffman is a versatile, vivacious performer inspired by the sounds of the 1950s whose music possesses, in the words of one critic, “an insatiable joie-de-vivre rare in these cynical times” (Stephen Graham, Marlbank).
With three previous LPs under her belt, she recently released her second solo album, Luckiest Girl Alive – a mixture of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, with a dose of ’50s New Orleans thrown in.
Having toured and recorded with Ray Gelato and the Giants and sung with the fantastic rhythm and blues aces Blue Harlem, Kai is fast gaining a reputation as an electric live act, now backed by her Kombo, all seasoned musicians in the jazz, jive and rythmn n blues styles. Not only and extremely talented vocalist, Kai is also a keen lindy hopper, and has performed for dancers at Twinwood Festival, the Southbank Centre, Greenwich Dance, the 100 Club, and Hepcats Holiday (with Ray Gelato), as well as many other well-known UK venues and events. She has also been gaining steady international acclaim, with two recent shows at the Metropolitan Room in New York City – the #1 jazz and cabaret room in New York – and performances at the Blue Note Milano, the Rome Rockabilly Festival, Vintage in Porto in Genoa, and the European Jazz Expo.
This event marks her first visit to The Rivoli Ballroom, and lovers of 40’s and 50’s music will not want to miss it. Jive DJs, a beginner’s jive class, 2 licenced bars and the amazing interior of the Rivoli add to the enjoyment of the night.