Kit And The Kats

 
 

Bio

Laura Ellis

 Born and raised in the great jazz town of Kansas City, Laura Ellis began honing her vocal skills when she was 10 years old, singing along with her father’s old 45rpm records.

As a young adult, Laura attended Kansas State University, where she trained in dance and vocal performance and toured the USA singing as a member of the K-State Singers.  After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and began her professional career not only as a singer but also in acting.  Some of her TV performances include Modern Family, Make Me Laugh, History Channel’s Route 66 and Modern Marvels documentaries, the HBO series, Carnivale and an appearance with one of her singing idols, Della Reese in an ad for Avandia. She most recently appeared on the ABC show Modern Family.
On stage, Laura performed a one-woman show entitled, The Vintage Voice that was critically acclaimed and ran for 4 years. She has also performed as a member of the all girl vocal group, The Wonderelles that honor the girl groups of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s. 
While attending classes at UCLA, Laura met Alan Paul of the acclaimed vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer. He became her mentor and coach and produced  her debut CD “Here Lies Love”.  
Her latest recording, Femme Fatale, featuring songs from the stage show, is planned for a Spring 2011 release on her Vintage Voice label. 

 

Her current touring show, Femme Fatale: Music, Movies, & Mayhem, is a plot-driven, multi-media musical homage to the sultry sirens of the Film Noir movies.  In Femme Fatale, Accompanied by her Jazz Noir band, Laura Ellis portrays the double-crossing, leading lady - singing, acting, and, through the wonders of green screen technology, appearing as a key character in the classic black and white films. 

 

She is featured on the soundtrack for the  award-winning video game "Contrast" 2013 release.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Luke, who is a documentary filmmaker and her son.

Von Cleve Lewis

Von Cleve Lewis is a California-based actor and graduate of East Carolina University.  He has performed regionally in plays and musicals at The Great American Melodrama Theatre and Vaudeville in California, Allenberry Playhouse in Pennsylvania, New Bern Civic Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and Loessin Summer Playhouse among other venues.  He has also starred in several films Nocturne ,which screened at the Breckenridge Festival of Film and the Park City Film Music Festival.

As a jazz vocalist, Von has performed with the Memphis Jazz Trio in Memphis, as well as with John Van Dyke and The Blue Moon Jazz Band. On the West Coast he has showcased his vocals on The Sunset Strip in Hollywood and in Pasadena and Oceano, CA.  Von is also the creator and star of the Rat-Pack themed original show “Swingin’ Not Slurred” currently touring the Western US.