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MP3 Brigitte Beraha - Prelude To A Kiss
Beautiful set of arranged jazz standards & originals including some exciting vocalese and scat singing. "Brigitte is someone who concentrates on the music''s core values: imagination, individuality, improvisation." Jazz Review
12 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Jazz Vocals, LATIN: Brazilian Jazz
"...Divinely sung solos from Brigitte Beraha..." The Guardian
“Ms Beraha has made an album that really stands out of the crowd” Jazzwise
"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
"Perhaps the most impressive to me is Brigitte''s clarity, conviction and the program........ congratulations on an excellent recording.’’ Rufus Reid
"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 John Dankworth CBE
"Her debut album is impressive, as one would expect from someone who’s well and truly paid her dues” Humphrey Lyttelton
Brigitte Beraha - ‘for lovers of good vocal jazz’
Brigitte Beraha is often mistaken for being either Scandinavian from her fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes, or French from a slight accent, noticeable from time to time. She was actually born in Milan to Turkish and British parents who decided to settle in Monaco in 1979 where she grew up. She finally made her way to London in 1996.
There, Brigitte obtained a music degree at Goldsmiths College, where she currently gives Jazz and Improvisation workshops, and went on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of music on the jazz postgraduate course.
Shortly after she recorded her debut album Prelude to a Kiss (FMR) with the talents of Ingrid Laubrock-tenor sax, Barry Green-piano, Phil Donkin-double bass, George Hart-drums and guest vocalist Anita Wardell. The album received rave reviews, extensive international and national radio play, "Her debut album is impressive, as one would expect from someone who''s well and truly paid her dues"-Humphrey Lyttelton, and also attracted the attention of Kenny Wheeler, “I especially liked ‘Got No Blues’ and ‘Sunlight On Your Face’, and a real nice version of ‘Love for Sale’’, Rufus Reid “Perhaps the most impressive to me is Brigitte''s clarity, conviction and the program......congratulations on an excellent recording.”, and Dame Cleo Laine and John Dankworth CBE "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".
Throughout her professional career Brigitte has played at numerous venues in London including The Vortex Jazz Club, Pizza on the Park, The National Theatre & The Queen Elizabeth Hall. Venues across the UK include The Cliff''s Pavilion (Southend), the Blue Lamp (Aberdeen),Dempsey''s (Cardiff) and the Edge Arts Centre (Shropshire). Brigitte has performed with many great musicians such as John Parricelli, Malcolm Earle Smith, Pete King, Julian Siegel, Frank Griffith, Chris Laurence and Liam Noble. She also regularly sings with the Ivo Neame Trio (featuring on the album Swirls and Eddies) and is a member of the Pete Billington Band.
Notable appearances also include a tour of France with the Glenn Miller Memorial orchestra and Jazzmandu Festival in 2004, concerts at Proms in the Park, London and Manchester Jazz Festivals, finalist in the international https://www.tradebit.com competition in 2005. In 2006 she appeared at Aberdeen Jazz Festival and was one of 20 young musicians selected to take part in Betty Carter''s Jazz Ahead program/concerts in Washington D.C, with Carmen Lundy, George Cables and Curtis Fuller.
In 2007, Brigitte participated in the Brussels international Jazz Singers competition reaching the semi-finals, performed as part of the London Jazz Festival and completed a three-week extensive trio tour of the UK (18 dates) with Joe Auckland-trumpet/flugelhorn and Ivo Neame-piano.
Following this successful tour, the trio and the Brigitte Beraha Group (trio + Phil Donkin-double bass & George Hart-drums) recorded an album of original material. This was very much influenced by Brigitte''s multilingual background found in her own expressive writing and heard in her genuine rendition of jazz and Latin standards. Flying Dreams, a melodic contemporary jazz album with Anglo-European, World and Latin flavours, will be released in 2008 and promoted during the Autumn of that year with another tour of the UK.
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