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.
The High Priestess of soul, Nina Simone, and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will be celebrated in song at the Perth Town Hall for stirring tributes to their enduring greatness.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, Dr. Nina Simone’s musical career included 40 albums fusing gospel, pop, blues, RnB, classical, folk and, of course, jazz while Aretha Franklin’s career spanned six decades that gave rise to 17 top-ten pop singles, 20 number-one R&B singles and 18 Grammy awards. She was also the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are more than worthy of a glowing tribute.
Individually, they paved the way for a whole class of women including Amy Winehouse, whose songs will also resound and lift the rafters of the cathedral ceiling. Despite her untimely death, the British singer-songwriter drew international acclaim with the album Back to Black winning five Grammy awards, including three of the big four categories.
The Candlelight Jazz tribute concert featuring the music of Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin takes place on Thursday 11 August. Jazz vocalist Allira Wilson fronts the band for two performances giving guests the choice to jazz up their evening with dinner before or a couple of Thursday night drinks after the performance.