Wednesday 18 December 2019 8.30pm Churston Golf Club
Engaging, sophisticated…it’s pure jazz.’ All About Jazz
Raised on a diet of jazz and 80s pop, British jazz singer Beverley Beirne has combined the two with her latest freewheeling, stylistically expansive new album and project Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun. Singing with an honest and 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 70s and 80s hits.
This irresistible show is set to include a sassy swing through Slade’s ‘Come on Feel The Noize’; a vocally seductive, piano pounding jam of Adam and the Ants ‘Prince Charming’; a sultry, vocally astounding, take on Kim Carnes’ Bette Davis Eyes; a fast boiling, scat and sax happy visit to ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials; a properly lush and elegant tribute to that glorious moment ‘When Smokey Sings’ ABC’s homage to Smokey Robinson; a marvelously scatty, hip arrangement of M’s Pop Muzik (now Jazz Muzik); a speed limit breaking rhythmic jaunt on Too Shy in which Beverley sings wildly against the rhythm; and a marching New Orleans stomp twist on Billy Idol’s Hot in the City…alongside other fantastic songs from the album and more unexpected tunes given a jazz spin.
Performed by Beverley and her killer London-based band, comprising John Crawford (piano), Tom Riviere (Bass), Ben Brown (Drums), Rob Hughes (Sax & flute), Beverley finds meaningful magic – via her alternately witty and intimate phrasing, as she vibes beautifully and riffs powerfully on astonishing arrangements of songs we didn’t realise we loved so much…!
A renowned UK Jazz Singer, Beverley has headlined a variety of festivals and performed at leading clubs throughout the UK and Europe (Ronnie Scotts Upstairs, Pizza Express Jazz Club, 606 Club, Gregory’s (Rome) Venice Jazz Club)…with a host of leading UK and European musicians.
‘Beverley wows with her wonderful also voice…suddenly these songs are sung like standards.’ Kind of Jazz, Sammy Stein ****
‘Beirne’s vocals are sublime, she scats and soars, stretching syllables over slinky sax lines.’ Jazz in Europe, George Cole
‘A very tasty little album, it’s magical…!’ BBC Radio London, Duncan Barkes