Wednesday 18 December 2019 8.30pm Churston Golf ClubBuy Tickets £12 adv £14 door.
Raised on a diet of Jazz and 80’s pop, British Jazz singer Beverley Beirne has combined the two with her latest freewheeling, stylistically expansive new album Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun. Singing with an honest, heartfelt, deep-soul sensuality and scatting with abandon in places that would do Ella proud, she swings both lightning fast and seductively slow on clever and stylish re-imaginings of perfectly chosen 80s hits.
The irresistible collection was produced by Grammy winning and Emmy nominated producer Jason Miles (Luther Vandross, Miles Davis) who also adds his illuminating Hammond-B3 to 2 tracks.
Garnering worldwide support from radio, press and leading jazz professionals, Beverley’s ground-breaking, lively, entertaining new project JJWTHF is leaving people saying one word, “Wow!”
“I’m a Yorkshire Lass, with Irish roots. I came to singing because of the absolute joy it gives me. It’s something I’ve always done, singing along to Dad’s jazz records, or Mum’s Abba collection, or to anything actually! It’s just a part of me, I find it deeply soul fulfilling. Professionally, I started singing classically. Which, when I look back, was an excellent beginning, because it gave me a real grounding in the physical elements of singing, a real understanding of how the voice works? I then experimented; being in a Rock Band, musical theatre, but behind all this was my innate love of jazz. I hated to sing a song straight, I always wanted to put my mark on it, sing off the beat, sing the harmony, feel the music my own way, walk my own path.
I think that’s what drew me into jazz more and more, that sense of personal identity, self-expression. That’s why picking the right tunes really is so important, I want to feel it, express it, live that song for that moment. A teacher once told me that you don’t choose the music, it chooses you and I really do believe that. There is a such a sense of destiny about it sometimes.”