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Liza constable

guitar and voice

Liza's strong alto and rhythmic ease brings the band right into it's vintage jazz roots. A guitar player since childhood, her bands have been various, her interests eccentric, and her passions notable. Tex-Mex, Cajun, New England fiddle tunes, delta blues, she has the unusual talent to play many genres and leave you a believer. 

You may have seen her in perfromance with: 

Les Flames D'Enfer
The Sevens
Swing a Cat
The Blue Ox


Val Blachly

bass, vocals

Val is a smooth one, she plays a stick bass, and finds those high harmonies. Raised in a family of classical singers, Val started off in the world of opera, which led seamlessly to bluegrass, and then vintage jazz. 

You have heard her in former bands: 
Sweet Hot and Sassy
Mink Hills Band
Swing a Cat
Honest Millie

Her upright bass playing and smooth vocals are a delight. She has five albums to her credit, one of which is all original songs for children.

Ellen Carlson

fiddle and vocals

Ellen Carlson comes from a family of musicians, learned traditional fiddle tunes, then explored different styles - including hot jazz while at the summer camp "Django in June", taking workshops with Jason Anick and Tim Kliphuis.

You've seen her in bands:
Sweet Hot and Sassy
Honest Millie
and her bluegrass band High Range

Ellen brings diverse playful playing to the Hot Skillet Club as well as her resonant alto voice. She has six albums with her own groups as well as numerous other recording sessions.