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Kate de Freitas & the Babacools

Swing jazz/funk band

About Us

Kate de Freitas has worked extensively in theatre and television under the name of Christie Williams appearing in shows such as Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, and Noel & Gertie playing the title role.

She now sings regularly with Spiros and with the whole band playing jazz, soul and blues and putting a twist on well known songs changing them into new creative interpretations which is what they are becoming known for.

Kate is thrilled too, to be a part of Sax led band Momentum with Yosi Marshall for whom she has written songs for their first album Acton to New York and a second album to come out later in the year.

Kate is also involved in a Rhythm & Blues band with Slim Estrada, Alex Comley and Roberto Bergamin that combines a traditional soulful blues and gospel feel with songs from Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy and Nina Simone with a more Rockerbilly uptempo sound singing songs from Imelda May, Caro Emerald, Eddie Cochran and early Elvis.

Spiros Karagkounis grew up in Zakynthos island, Greece. At the age of 15 he picked up his first electric guitar, after that his love for music became a way of life. At the time he was performing Greek traditional music in various Greek islands during the summer season, and simultaneously performed in rock bands as a lead guitarist.

In 2006 Spiros relocated to London in order to study and work as a professional musician in the London scene. He registered at the prestigious Guitar-X for further music studies and attended lessons with some of the very finest guitarists such as: John Wheatcroft, Iain Scott and Mike Outram. He graduated 3 years later getting his Bachelor (honours) degree in Popular Music Performance.

His style on improvisation has been influenced by his passion for music and made him develop an individual and unique approach. He draws influences from guitar greats such as Jimmy Hendrix , Albert Collins, Grant Green, Frank Gambale, Wayne Krantz, and Scott Henderson.

Spiros is currently playing with Kate de Freitas performing all around London.

Urszula Galle is a LCM award winning jazz pianist, film music composer, sound designer and music arranger.

She was awarded a First Class

Honours Degree at TVU having won the Vice Chancellor scholarship and has just completed her MA in jazz piano there.

She has been reviewed as a new generation artist/musician in many British and Polish newspapers such as Goniec Polski, Cooltura, Nowy Czas, The Polish

Weekly Magazine and has performed also on Radio Orla, BBC Radio 3, Polish Radio Eska, RMF fm, Radio Zet , and Polish National TV.

In 2007 she won a composing competition and released an album called

“Bird Strike” (London).

She has taken part in many charity concerts raising money for

children hospitals (London, Chingford, Bedford, Wroclaw, Poznan and Ostrow Wlkp).

Urszula is actively performing with many international musicians in the UK and Europe (The Jigsaw Trio, Say What, Lisa Whittaker, Gabriell Ellis- Made in Chelsea, Jozef Skrzek ) and is currently collaborating with well-known eclectic

progressive rock artists from Poland.

Yosi Marshall trained as a classical pianist at the Royal College of Music and has performed both as a classical and jazz pianist extensively around the country at venues such as Lauderdale House, Kew Gardens and Wigmore Hall. Yosi is a very versatile musician playing saxophone and clarinet and writing his own original material for his jazz fusion band, Ramajaz and for his saxophone led band Momentum who have an album Acton to New York available on Itunes.

They are currently working on a second album and will be playing songs from it at the Bulls Head in Barnes on Tuesday 22nd November.

Yosi has also written film compositions for his sister, film maker Maria Marshall and features with Kate de Freitas & Johnny P in ones of her features.

John Palmer aka Johnny P plays bass, acoustic guitar, sings and writes. Currently involved in numerous musical projects and co-producing Catherine Ashby’s debut album. He fronts Cure tribute band The Obscure and is available for studio and live session work.