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Edana Minghella - The Brunswick - 23rd May 2015
The Brunswick, Holland Road, Hove Sunday May 17
Brighton’s very own Edana Minghella brought elegance, style and stories to the stage of the Brunswick with her homage to Billie Holiday.
In the candle lit room the atmosphere felt both cosy and sophisticated, and ideal setting for the intimacies of Mingella’s beguiling voice and for her confident trio of musicians made up of bass, piano and sax.
In this, the centenary year of Billie Holiday’s birth, Minghella sang a selection of jazz songs made famous by Lady Day. Highlights included spirited interpretations of “Comes Love”, “Can’t Take That Away From Me” , “Day in Day Out” and “All, Or Nothing At All”.
Wisely, Minghella chose not to attempt the iconic “Strange Fruit” but Holiday’s self penned songs, “Don’t Explain”, written in response to her husband’s roving eye, and a melancholically sweet “God Bless the Child” received a warm response from the appreciative audience.
Throughout the evening Minghella told stories of Holiday’s early and late years , her romantic involvements, including with Tallulah Bankhead, and her struggles with heroin, alcohol and racism. A portrait was drawn of both vulnerability and strength, sadness and sassiness.
Minghella brought all of these elements to her own singing. Her non pastiche, nicely judged performance was a fitting tribute to the Lady’s poignant story.
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Sunday 7th June 2015 Merchants Suite
Sunday nights in Devizes will never be the same again. It was 7.00 p.m. and light outside but down in the Merchant's Suite you were transported to a night club in any city in the world.
Edana Minghella put a spell on us – as I looked around the audience they were as mesmerised as I was by this extraordinary artist with a beautiful and distinctive voice; gentle, soft and oozing mellowness.
Her popular tribute to the work of Billie Holiday is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the iconic singer and we were honoured to welcome her to Devizes.
Edana sings from the heart, connects wonderfully with the audience and interacts with her talented and smooth band. It felt as though as friend was singing just for you in an intimate setting.
Thank you Edana Minghella for your wonderful performance and to Discovery Records who sponsored the event.
If you missed the show then hear Edana for yourself – her CD "Still on my Feet" is a great collection of songs from this talented jazz singer.