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“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 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, Bobby Wellins, 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, John Turville, Tim Lapthorn, Tim Giles, Jez Franks, Tori Freestone and Dave Manington. Brigitte has performed and led 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 and the Royal Festival Halls, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, the Spice of Life, and venues run by the Loop and E17jazz collectives.
Brigitte’s wide range of musical influences is apparent on all of her albums to date. The first one, a more straight-ahead album of standard songs and two originals, Prelude to a Kiss (FMR, 2005), shows a love for jazz and Latin standards whilst retaining a contemporary and ethereal sound, enhanced by the saxophone of Ingrid Laubrock. The second album, Flying Dreams (F-Ire, 2008), is a more mature and personal collection of original compositions, influenced by Anglo-European and Latin Jazz, as well as by Brigitte’s own cosmopolitan upbringing. The album’s main themes are Dreams versus Reality. From that album stemmed Brigitte’s trio project (voice/trumpet & flugelhorn/piano) which extensively toured the UK twice (20 dates each time) in 2007 and supported by Jazz services and Arts Council England in 2008, from St Ives to John O’Groats, giving Brigitte more freedom to improvise and explore her voice further. Both albums have had rave reviews and extensive international and national radio play.
“Beraha scats with a daydreaming quality that is both engaging and never distracting.” John Fordham, The Guardian
“A fine lyricist” Ian Mann, The Jazzmann
“One of the most adventurous young vocalists around, a musical explorer..” Ian Mann, The Jazzmann
“Sincerity and a lack of tricksiness reminiscent of Dawn Upshaw” Phil Johnson, The Independetaneity, high-class UK jazz artistry” John Fordham, The Guardian
“Her silky voice immediately created a sense of tranquility and solitude that hung in the air, and left the audience in awe.”LondonJazz”..Pure-toned, wide-ranging… Brigitte is a skilful writer of patiently curling, subtly resolved tunes.” John Fordham, The Guardian
“Rich imagery, harmonic surprises and subtly crafted arrangements can all be found in ‘Flying Dreams.” Jazzwise
“Brigitte’s voice and writing have truly matured to another soaring level” Rufus Reid
“..A Fine Composer.” Kenny Wheeler
And Brigitte played at Jazznights to a full house that would all those comments above
Brigitte Beraha played with the Jazz nights Trio who were:
Roger Odell – Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.
Peter Lemer – Piano
Peter studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), – as well as playing one-off gigs with old friends Steve Cook (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), recording an album with them in Israel A member of Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass
Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.
Larraine Odell – Vocals
Larraine began her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James
Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great jazz standards including:
Like Someone In Love
It’s Easy To Remember (And It So Hard To Forget
Darn That Dream
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Brigitte Beraha then joined the Jazznights Trio for a stunning first set which included extended versions of r Love Is Here To Stay
Ellington’s Prelude To A Kiss
On The Street Where You Live
Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of sparkling wine we had the traditional Jazznights sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an opportunity to play with the band. Tonight we had John Reeve-Butler with his electric bass guitar and vocals from Carol Bliker singing My Romance. This was followed by Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica.
Brigitte Beraha the returned for her second set with a seasonal element which included versions ofanta Clause Is Coming To Town
Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves but sung in French
Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away From Me
All The Things You Are
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
A superb evening of song from Brigitte Beraha and we all wished that she will come back to sing for us again soon.
Sun 03 Jan – STEVE WATERMAN (trp & flg) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 3rd January
Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He has toured Europe playing at many of the major Jazz Festivals with the Carla Bley Big Band and has recorded over ten CDs including two for the famous ECM label. Steve is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London.
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