In Perth, Candlelight concerts have honoured classical music greats, rock legends, pop stars and reimagined phenomenal film soundtracks for string quartets and more. However, one of the clear favourites of the glowing series around the world is certainly Candlelight Jazz—a selection of candlelit concerts that just hit different.
Unlike the traditional Candlelight concerts that feature classically-trained musicians wowing audiences with their skilled musical precision, Candlelight Jazz performances feature jazz bands. Very good jazz bands. The musicians are supremely talented and recreate the feel of a jazz club so that you can get swept up in the intimate atmosphere of the illuminated evening and bop your head to some funky tunes.
Upcoming Candlelight Jazz concerts
- Best of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks & Carole King on Thursday 1 December
Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks and Carole King are three of the greatest songwriters of all time and have each produced albums that have been considered in the ongoing debate of best of all time as well. At the heights of their careers, they have represented turning points or been crucial to the music of their generation and, subsequently, been a major influence on artists that followed.
At Candlelight Jazz’s tribute to these three Queens, audiences will be awash with the glow of hundreds of candles as some of their most-recognisable songs are performed by a five-piece jazz band including lead vocalist Helen Shanahan. Famed Australian musician Clare Bowditch said of Shanahan that she “has one of the most interesting, actually captivating vocal turns of phrase” and you’ll get to hear it live, on stage, performing songs like “Dreams”, “I Feel The Earth Move”, and “Big Yellow Taxi” among others.
Candlelight Jazz has been taking to the stage at the historic Perth Town Hall and will continue shining a light on jazz greats, soul queens and famed singer-songwriters in Australia’s only Gothic-style town hall, which was actually built by convicts. Although more than 150-years-old, the restored building has combined its old-world charm with modern amenities to become one of the city’s premier venues.
Keep an eye out on more Candlelight Jazz tribute concerts, but in the meantime you can get your tickets to experience the music of three of the most revered women artists of the past century as hundreds of candles flicker and glow.