In Auckland, Candlelight concerts have honoured classical music greats and will soon be paying tribute to rock classics and dance legends. However, one of the surefire favourites of the glowing series will certainly be 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.
Just as Nina and Aretha paved the way for future female vocalists, Amy Winehouse has done the same. 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.
Thanks to the Real Entertainment Jazz Band, you’ll be able to relive some of her greatest hits, from “Valerie” to “Love Is A Losing Game” under the soft glow of hundreds of candles. It’s alright if the music makes you cry because as you know, “Tears Dry On Their Own”.
Pay “Respect” to the Queen: the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 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 among so many other accolades and accomplishments.
Aretha Franklin’s classics, from “I Say A Little Prayer” to “Chain Of Fools” and “Midnight Train To Georgia”, will be covered by Becks and the Epiphanies, one of Auckland’s finest jazz bands. You’ll also get to hear “R.E.S.P.E.C.T”, “Don’t Play That Song” and “Son Of A Preacher Man” reverberate and lift you on up high.
Keep an eye on this space for more upcoming concerts celebrating some of the most iconic singer-songwriters and musicians as well as the genre of music that has had an undeniable effect on music this past century.
Please note: Images used are not of Candlelight Jazz concerts.