Jelly Cleaver is a band leader, singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer based in South London. She’s been called ‘the next artist to make an impact on London’s Jazz Scene’ by Supreme Standards and recently received the Steve Reid Award. With an eclectic taste in music, Jelly is heavily involved in both the jazz and DIY/punk scenes in London. She's also an activist, and a strain of political dissent runs through her music.
Her latest album, The Dream Jazz Manifesto, was released in May 2019, receiving critical acclaim and radio play by BBC Radio 1xtra, Rinse FM, Jazz FM, Worldwide FM, Soho Radio and others. She has been a featured guest numerous times on stations like Worldwide FM and GW Jazz. She has also performed at the Jazz Café and Pizza Express in London and several times in Bristol as well as festival appearances at We Out Here, Brainchild, Jazz Stroud, DJazz and the London Jazz Festival. As part of Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline she has also performed at multiple festivals such as Love Supreme, Wilderness, Women of the World and supported Monty Alexander at Cadogan Hall.
She has played in the live bands of a number of artists including Cherise Adams-Burnett, Loucin Moskofian, Katie Moberly, Kasia Konstance and Queen Colobus.