Elise Winterflood emerged onto the Melbourne jazz scene, quickly becoming a fixture in the Django Reinhardt inspired jazz scene, and toured nationally with Bois et Charbons, Peter Baylor and Jon Delaney, and internationally with Caley Groves (of Duck Musique), Daniel Weltlinger and Sam O’Halloran.
Her raucous party band Jelly Tub Rollers gained a large following, and appeared at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, High Vibes and Darebin Music Feast.
While completing her Bachelor of Music at NMIT (Melbourne Polytechnic) Elise studied bass with Tamara Murphy and Ben Robertson. Her strong interest in Latin-American music matured under mentorship from lecturers Adrian Sherriff, Doug De Vries, Sam Keevers and Diana Clark. She also developed her jazz voice under tutilage from Alan Browne and Eugene Ball. Her journey through the world of Latin-American music began when she recorded and performed with popular Melbourne Latin band Reflejos and then with Afro-Peruvian band Kunataki. During her music studies Elise developed her own Latin-Jazz voice which found expression through her trio Flauterhouse 3 and her five-piece Mambo Tormenta.
Elise’s connection to Latin American folk is currently expressed in her work with the Venezuelan folk band Orinoco, but she also arranges for La Busca Leona, a tango ensemble performing traditional and modern tangos from Argentina. Elise currently studies the art of tango double bass via skype with Argentinian-born, tango-jazz bassist, Pablo Aslan.
She has been getting back to her early jazz roots and developing her back-up vocals, performing with vocalist Alanna Egan and guitarist Jen Hawley, in their jazz trio Old Hat which plays music of the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Elise followed her music studies by completing the Masters of Teaching at Melbourne University. She is passionate about educating young people and giving them multi-cultural performance experiences. Read more about her views on education by clicking on the education blog tab above.