Brigitte Beraha (vocals)
JP Muir (piano)
Tom Bartlett (double bass)
Pat Davey (drums)
“Most musicianly singer Brigitte Beraha” performs as both ‘sideman’ and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects, from straight ahead jazz- singing jazz standard songs with lyrics, to more contemporary outlets-
using her voice as an instrument.
Brigitte studied Music at Kingsway College, Classical and Contemporary music at Goldsmiths College, and Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under teachers and artists as diverse as Simon Purcell, Pete Churchill, Lee Gibson, Scott Stroman, Jason Rebello, Rufus Reid and Stan Sulzman. She has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries Kenny Wheeler, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis, Bobby Wellins, Martin France, Stuart Hall, Noel Langley, Geoff Eales, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Liam Noble, John Parricelli, Ingrid Laubrock, Frank Griffith, Julian Siegel, Jonathan Gee, Jim Watson, Anita Wardell, Tim Garland, Tim Whitehead, Malcolm Creese, and rising stars Ivo Neame, Phil Donkin, George Hart, John Turville, Tim Lapthorn, Tim Giles, Jez Franks, Tori Freestone, Gwillym Simcock and Dave Manington. Brigitte has performed and led workshops in the United States, France, Brussels, Switzerland, Finland, Turkey, Nepal and all over the UK, performing regularly in London at top venues such as the Vortex, the National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Festival Halls, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, the Spice of Life, and venues run by the Loop and E17jazz collectives.
Brigitte’s wide range of musical influences is apparent on all of her albums to date. The first one, a more straight-ahead album of standard songs and two originals, Prelude to a Kiss (FMR, 2005), shows a love for jazz and latin standards whilst retaining a contemporary and ethereal sound, enhanced by the saxophone of Ingrid Laubrock. The second album, Flying Dreams (F-Ire, 2008), is a more mature and personal collection of original compositions, influenced by Anglo-European and Latin Jazz, as well as by Brigitte’s own cosmopolitan upbringing. The album’s main themes are Dreams versus Reality. From that album stemmed Brigitte’s trio project (voice/trumpet & flugelhorn/piano) which extensively toured the UK twice (20 dates each time) in 2007 and supported by Jazz services and Arts Council England in 2008, from St Ives to John O’Groats, giving Brigitte more freedom to improvise and explore her voice further. Both albums have had rave reviews and extensive international and national radio play.
More diverse influences can be heard in Brigitte and Barry Green's band Babelfish, which they recorded at Abbey Road Studios. The album was officially released on 16th July 2012, with an album Launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Dean Street, Soho) on Sunday 15th July 2012. The band features jazz legends Chris Laurence on double bass and Paul Clarvis on percussion. The music, whilst open to freedom of expression and improvisation, is a mixture of beautiful songs from the classical and contemporary repertoires and original material by both Brigitte and Barry. Babelfish also released their second album 'Chasing Rainbows' in 2015 to critical acclaim.
Another collaboration, a duo with John Turville with very special guest legend Bobby Wellins on saxophone resulted in the new standards album 'Red Skies ', recorded at the beautiful Artesuono studio in Italy. The result is lush sounding, spontaneous and rich in emotion. They play an eclectic choice of material ranging from well-known standards and latin gems to contemporary songs.
Brigitte also features on Ivo Neame’s trio album Swirls & Eddies (Loop Records, 2007), on Reuben Fowler and Andy Hague's albums and on John Turville’s trio album Midas (F-ire, 2009) which won the 2010 Parliamentary Awards 'Album of the Year'.
Current projects other than the bands mentioned on Brigitte’s albums as a leader include the E17jazz Large Ensemble who recently played a new suite by Liam Noble and a commission by Hans Koller, Dave Manington’s Riff Raff: a sextet playing through composed pieces with room for collective improvisation and Solstice, a sextet formed from a common love of contrapuntal and beautiful writing,featuring Tori Freestone, John Turville, Dave Manington, Jez Franks and George Hart. Their debut album 'Alimentation' is due to be released in Autumn 2016.
"Spontaneity... High-class UK jazz artistry" John Fordham, The Guardian
"..Outstanding young vocalist " The Jazzmann
"Brigitte's close rapport with her band mark her out as a jazz musician whose voice just happens to be her instrument rather than as a singer plus accompaniment.... A wholly enjoyable and original album" Chris Parker, Vortex
"Brigitte's voice and writing have truly matured to another soaring level" Rufus Reid
"..A Fine Composer." Kenny Wheeler
"...Divinely sung solos from Brigitte Beraha..." The Guardian
“Ms Beraha has made an album that really stands out of the crowd” Jazzwise
"Brigitte is someone who concentrates on the music's core values: imagination, individuality, improvisation." Jazz Review
"Her debut album is impressive, as one would expect from someone who’s well and truly paid her dues” Humphrey Lyttelton
"Brigitte should already be up there with the stars. She has a tremendous future to explore, one which we’ll be watching with great expectations”. Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth CBE