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Beverley Beirne: Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun

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What do the following artists have in common? Adam & The Ants, Foreigner, Kajagoogoo, Billy Idol, Bananarama, Right Said Fred, Kim Carnes. None of their songs are staples of the jazz vocalist's repertoire? Not long ago that would have been an acceptable answer, then British singer Beverley Beirne recorded her second album, Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun. Now those artists have something else in common--they stand every chance of becoming staples of the jazz vocalist. Beirne's chosen ...

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Beverley Beirne & Her Quartet: Seasons Of Love

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What gives a song the status of “standard"? One thing might be its popularity with musicians and fans. Most of the dozen songs on Seasons Of Love are standards that range from the popular to the extremely popular. Another characteristic may be a song's malleability: its capacity for almost infinite re-imaginings; a something that often gets forgotten, as singers rarely move outside the comfort zone of familiarity nearly enough. Beverley Beirne sticks to the familiar much of the time, albeit ...


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