"If sheer talent were the only ingredient needed for success in music, Brigitte would already be up there with the stars. She has a tremendous future to explore, one which we’ll be watching with great expectations” – Dame Cleo Laine. No higher recommendation needed!
“Most musicianly singer Brigitte Beraha” performs as both ‘sideman’ and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects, from straight ahead jazz- singing jazz standard songs with lyrics, to more contemporary outlets- using her voice as an instrument.
Brigitte has studied Music at Kingsway College, Classical and Contemporary music at Goldsmiths College, and Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under teachers and artists as diverse as Simon Purcell, Pete Churchill, Lee Gibson, Scott Stroman, Jason Rebello, Rufus Reid and Stan Sulzman. She has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries Kenny Wheeler, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Liam Noble, John Parricelli, Ingrid Laubrock, Frank Griffith, Julian Siegel, Jonathan Gee, Jim Watson, Anita Wardell, Tim Garland, Tim Whitehead, Malcolm Creese, and rising stars Ivo Neame, Phil Donkin, George Hart, Joe Auckland, John Turville, Chris Hill, Tim Lapthorn, Ben Reynolds, Tim Giles, Jez Franks, Tori Freestone, Dave Manington, Mark Hanslip and Gwillym Simcock. Brigitte has performed and done workshops in the United States, France, Brussels, Switzerland, Finland, Turkey, Nepal and all over the UK, performing regularly in London at top venues such as the Vortex, the National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, the Others, the Spice of Life, and venues run by the Loop and E17jazz collectives.
"Beraha’s long phrases and floating syllables are poignant and effortlessly delivered… For listeners who seek more than classic jazz standard forms, bebop phrasing, and predictable twists, Brigitte Beraha will likely be on the forefront of the international jazz scene in years to come – think lyrical dance in musical form or better yet, don’t think – let the music escort you to the friendly height of weightlessness and the abstract."Matt Jaworski, 4th April 2009
"A crisp and vibrant debut album from this jazz singer from East London, full of tasteful songs, fine playing and thoughtful arrangements.’’Musician, Spring 2005
"Brigitte is someone who concentrates on the music’s core values: imagination, individuality, improvisation. Her voice is undeniably powerful and enviably clear, and this CD should certainly whet appetites for Beraha’s live appearances."Jazz Review, February 2005
"Her debut album is impressive, as one would expect from someone who’s well and truly paid her dues”Humphrey Lyttelton, 2005
"Brigitte to me, bears the qualities of a "true jazz singer", exquisite phrasing, great intonation and a pretty, pure sweet tone. What sets Brigitte apart from others is her amazing improvising skills. She can weave in and out of chord changes in an instrumental fashion, speaking the jazz language. Her ideas are musical and lyrical and rhythmically exciting. It’s obvious that Brigitte is a musician as well – you can hear in her work that she has listened, transcribed and totally immersed herself in the whole idiom. A great talent!" Anita Wardell
"If sheer talent were the only ingredient needed for success in music, Brigitte would already be up there with the stars. She has a tremendous future to explore, one which we’ll be watching with great expectations” Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth CBE, 24 June 2004
Another Jazznights gig not to miss. 8.00 – 10.30pm Admission £8
at The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, CO10 7BY
Reservations strongly advised on 01787 237653 or reply to this email. Your booking is held until 8pm on the night. Doors open 7.30pm.
Food is available in the bars before performances or can be served at your table during the gig.
"Brilliant atmosphere – the Village Vanguard of the Essex/Suffolk border!"
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