Liz Cumberland

Jazz and Blues
Singer | Songwriter | Bandleader

Liz a.k.a Mally is a jazz and blues inspired singer-songwriter based in the East Midlands. She is available as a duo to quintet or as her function band Lady Bird Jazz.


“ was brilliant and the customers all loved it.” Brigitte Bordeaux 17/08/2019

"Liz always provides us with a great show at The Pelican Club! She's a fabulous singer whose vocals really compliment the jazz set list and is always a hit with our customers, we can't wait to have her in again! " The Pelican Club 21/10/2020


Liz released her debut single 'It's Rare' under her artist name Mally on Friday 11th September 2020

Listen to 'It's Rare' click here

She released her second single 'Stand Still To Change' on Friday 22nd October 2021

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Liz is a class act at delivering jazz standards, ballads and blues. Her emotional song experience is transferred to the audience through her unique tone and expressive performance. Liz draws influences from the great to the contemporary including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux, Claire Martin, Juliet Kelly, Etta Jones and Sarah Vaughan. Her voice is rich and melodic and her style has been described as mellow and smooth.

Born in Liverpool Liz studied classical piano as a child and followed her family tradition into choral singing. It wasn't until she started listening to jazz and blues that she found her musical identity. She recalls, "there wasn't much to inspire me from my peers at school, but I found a connection with the sound of jazz and blues".

To further her journey Liz took herself off to The Guildhall School of Music & Drama Jazz Summer School and night classes at the City Lit in London. Liz attended vocal workshops including the Fiona Duncan Vocal Jazz Workshop in Edinburgh. She also experienced vocal training with Anita Wardell BBC Jazz award winner and UK jazz singer songwriter Juliet Kelly.

She has recently secured Arts Council England - Develop Your Creative Practice funding for the next 12 months to work on collaborating with Andrew Wood (d), Joe Egan (g) and Rachael Johnson (p). This will involve developing further her theory, technical and composition skills. This follows a mentorship with the Women in Jazz organisation to develop her story, brand and business skills.

She has been gigging live in the East Midlands for the last 4 years. Her highlights include Bras Not Bombs Festival 2019 at Rough Trade, Nottingham and Hockley Hustle 2018 at Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham. She also has other regular Nottingham slots at the Pelican Club and Brigitte Bordeaux.

Liz is currently working on a song collection as a tribute to the career of Etta Jones. She states, "Jones was an understated but dynamic interpreter of jazz standards, ballads and blues. I'm looking forward to performing some of her most well known song recordings including Don't Go To Strangers and Save Your Love For Me".

‘Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.’ Samuel Butler