Jazz has had an impressive and lasting effect on all kinds of music over the past 100 years. From Rock to R&B, Hip-Hop and even Pop, they’ve all been influenced by the improvisation of jazz. It just hits different and that is part of the reason why Melbourne’s Candlelight Jazz tribute concerts remain one of the series’ most popular to date.
And 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 that sweep you up in the magic of the illuminated evening and recreate the feel of a low-lit jazz club, just with hundreds of candles instead of lights on dimmers.
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Upcoming Candlelight Jazz Concerts
The good times are rolling on with sensational concerts celebrating the High Priestess of soul, Nina Simone, and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Their soulful sounds will fill the air for stirring tributes to their enduring greatness. With careers that spanned decades, numerous genres, records that sold millions and music that is still covered, remixed and sampled today, they are two of the world’s most acclaimed and influential artists to ever grace the stage.
Their tributes will be joined by a performance of Amy Winehouse classics, who paved the way for future female vocalists just as Nina and Aretha did before her. Despite her untimely death, the British singer-songwriter was nominated for the Mercury Prize while the song “Stronger Than Me” won the Ivor Novello Award. But it was her follow-up album Back to Black that drew international acclaim and worldwide fame, winning five Grammy awards including three of the big four categories.
- Best of Aretha Franklin at the Athenaeum on Saturday 4 February
- Amy Winehouse is “Back To Black” in Theatre 2 at the Athenaeum on 17 February
- A Tribute To Nina Simone at 75 Reid Street on Saturday 4 March
- A Tribute to Amy Winehouse at Meat Market on Friday 17 March
Melbourne’s first Candlelight Jazz concerts featured tributes to greats like Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra while we have also seen homages to Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday.
Keep an eye on this space for more concerts celebrating the most iconic singer-songwriters and musicians from jazz and all the genres it has had a profound effect on.