Helen McDonald

Time Travelling with the Jazz Queens


VISIT Afridiziak

On the Jazz, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat, Highlife scene, Helen McDonald's unique voice has sung and recorded with a wide range of artists, musicians and bands; including Roy Ayers, David Murray, Asian Dub Foundation, Keith Waithe, Orphy Robinson (MBE) and Yaaba Funk.

The Show

Time Travelling with the Jazz Queens

Time Travelling with the Jazz Queens, a captivating interactive time odyssey for children 8+ years and their families celebrating some of the greatest female jazz vocalists who shaped Black history, civil rights and the future of music as we know it.  Written and performed by vocalist and educator, Helen McDonald, accompanied by a live trio.


The Artist

  • Vocalist

  • Workshop Leader

  • Poet & Activist

  • Storyteller

  • Performer


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    I went to the Busy as Bees storytelling session today at Ladywell and just wanted to say how great it was! The lady running was brilliant, so enthusiastic and managed to include all the children and babies there.


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    Thanks so much to you all, you were sensational! We've received loads of compliments extended your way, thank you for keeping the dancefloor full through the entire set. Thanks also for the record, that was a lovely gift.

    Chris & Wini

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    Passionate emotional vocalist

    Straight No Chaser

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    Beautiful tones and shades in that ladys voice

    Roy Ayres (Ronnie Scotts)



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    By ad_helen_admin / September 3, 2021

    Helen McDonald is still singing, but for her being online is no substitute for the live gigs in Brixton. She misses the atmosphere at POP, Hootananny,


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