Victoria Newton: You and the Night and the Music!
Saturday 09 October 7.00pm
A celebration of hip jazz grooves, Latin and blues with songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday, Sergio Mendez, David Bowie, and more!
Victoria Newton and her amazing musicians will take you on an unforgettable journey from the swinging sounds of the 1930s and 40s, weaving through the Bossa Nova craze of the 60s, and arriving at some very hip, and funky iconic musical moments of the 70s, 80s and beyond!
This will be an a fun-filled evening featuring musical gems galore performed by this stunning band!
Victoria Newton has been serenading audiences for many years here in Perth, and also in the UK where she was recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic singers on the London jazz scene.
Victoria’s musical journey began in Perth, and whilst studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Clarinet at the University of Western Australia, she discovered an enormous passion for jazz. She then went on to study jazz voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she had the most amazing opportunity to support international artists such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Ray Brown and James Moody as lead vocalist with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.
During her early years in London Victoria collaborated with Acid-Jazz recording artist, the late Ronny Jordan for various performances, and supported Terence Blanchard at the Jazz Café with her quartet. She has appeared at many venues and festivals in the UK and Europe including the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, The London International Jazz Festival, The Soho Jazz Festival, The Oxford Literary Festival, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, and Alexis Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur for their International Jazz Series. One of her most cherished gigs to date has been performing her favourite songs from Brazil whilst cruising up the Amazon!
Victoria also experienced international success during the mid 1990s with UK dance/pop group Strike and their massive hit ‘U Sure Do’. The success of this single followed by 4 UK top 40 hits and the critically acclaimed album ‘I Saw the Future’ led to a whirlwind of TV appearances including MTV and BBC’s Top of the Pops, tours to many countries around the world, and performances alongside the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Tina Arena, Rozalla, The Back Street Boys and The Spice Girls!
Victoria’s vocal performance on ‘I Saw the Future’ has been described as “outstanding throughout” (Dream Magazine) and her live performances “simply stunning”, with “staggering vocals” (M8 magazine).
After many years of the touring and recording electronic dance music, Victoria released her first jazz album, ‘The Song is You’ in 2004 which received regular airplay in the UK and featured some of the finest British musicians including the internationally acclaimed Gwilym Simcock.
Since relocating to Perth, Victoria has performed in a variety of musical settings that span blues, jazz and world music with performance highlights that include the Perth International Jazz Festival, the Ellington Jazz Club, Duke of George, Fairbridge Festival, Bridgetown Blues Festival, and more recently the Paris Cat Jazz Club in Melbourne.
Victoria also heads the jazz vocal program at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
‘A fabulous strong clear voice with a great sense of time and an even greater sense of fun!’ ~ Steve Rubie, 606 Club, London
‘Deeply into the music, a real jazz singer’ ~ Brian Blain, Jazz UK
‘A jazz singer a cut above the crowd’ ~ John Fordham, The Guardian, UK
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