Dulcie May Moreno was born in Newcastle and moved to Kent at the age of 6. Her creative journey started with poetry, which she started writing from the age of 12.
With the diverse early musical influences of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, she began to find her voice by singing along to recordings. Soon her poems began to acquire melodies and a love of songwriting was born.
At the age of 20 Dulcie learnt to play the guitar and within two years was busking by herself on the streets of Folkestone, Canterbury, and Ashford, where she would play a mixture of original songs and her own arrangements of classic soul, jazz, pop, and rock songs. She busked regularly for 4 years and in that time won over a host of admiring fans, and made connections with many of the musicians with whom she continues to work with today.
As well as busking Dulcie was leading The Mystery Cats, her first band, and beginning to gig regularly in pubs and clubs in the Kent and London area, eventually leading to a sold out gig at Ronnie Scott’s bar playing a set of all original music.
Dulcie began to host a jazz jam in Canterbury at Bramleys’ Cocktail Bar on Orange Street, and it was here where she began to explore the history of jazz song more deeply.
Chet Baker’s breathy, intimate vocal style resonated strongly with Dulcie’s own desire to sing every word in the song in a way that tells the story of the song, and Sheila Jordan’s use of focused and minimal arrangements (particularly recordings featuring only voice and bass) offered a template not only for freedom, but for a style that placed emphasis on the meaning of the song rather than flashy vocal pyrotechnics.
Over the past 10 years, Dulcie has not only played hundreds of gigs all over the country but has curated a series of highly successful concerts featuring other artists and their bands. Including Jazz Artists such as Paul Booth, Ian East, Phil Robson and Frances Knight at venues such as The Marlowe Theatre, The Astor Theatre, The Parrot and Garage Coffee.
In the summer of 2018 she recorded her debut live quintet album and has just recorded some more original music due to be released this year.
Dulcie has been a passionate supporter of live music in Kent, has and has plans to resume facilitating Showcases and Jam sessions, including hosting and Directing the Woolton Farm Jazz Festival in Bekesbourne, Canterbury on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2023. Programme to be released soon.
In 2019 Dulcie and Stephen made a small tour of Northern England and Scotland including gigs at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival. Dulcie visits the North of England and Scotland a few times a year and has a little tour booked for mid February 2024, and October 2024. Dates on the gig listing page.
Currently, Dulcie has teamed up with Top Trumpet player Steve Fishwick for a show like none other,
“The Chet Baker and Julie London Duets”
Imagining what could have been between these two intimate players, and performing the original arrangements (with a twist here and there), this show will transport you back to Hollywood in the 50’s and 60’s and bring back some of that nostalgic romance of a time that we’ve all been pining for since.
We currently have dates lined up at Denton Music club, Annie’s Jazz club, Southend, The Spice of Life in Soho, Woolton Farm Jazz Festival.
Any venues wishing to book this show, please get in touch!