Sydney’s Candlelight concerts have honoured classical music greats as well as modern popstars. Some have even been combined the two for absolutely thrilling performances. But, one of the prevailing favourites of the series remains 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, the majority—if not all—of 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.
Take a look at all the Candlelight concerts in Sydney here, or see below for upcoming jazz tributes to musical legends.
Upcoming Candlelight Jazz
While candlelight flickers, audience members will sway and swoon to the sounds and music of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Chairman of the Board, The Voice, Swoonatra—Mr Frank Sinatra. One of the best-selling artists of all time and revered as the greatest American singer of the 20th Century.
At his Candlelight Jazz tribute, you’ll get to hear songs including “Come Fly With Me”, “New York New York”, and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” among many, many others performed by the Edo Santoni Trio.
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 ‘Natural Woman’, ‘Chain Of Fools’ and ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, will be covered by one of Sydney’s finest jazz bands one more time. You’ll also get to hear ‘Ain’t No Way’, ‘The House That Jack Built’ and ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ reverberate and lift you on up high.
Inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2018, Dr. Nina Simone’s musical career was instepersed with her civil rights activism. As a performer, she rose to prominence playing piano and singing in a jazz club. Then, in the span of 18 years she recorded 40 albums fusing gospel, pop, blues, RnB, classical, folk and, of course, jazz.
She wasn’t finished there, though, and her legend lives on with ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ and her renditions of ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘Sinnerman’ remaining popular cover songs. We’re looking forward to hearing these alongside others like her first single ‘I Loves You, Porgy’ as well as ‘Mr Bojangles’ and ‘To Love Somebody’ when Nina Simone’s tribute returns to the stage.
Candlelight’s offering of jazz tribute concerts has paid homage to artists like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday among many more.
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.