SINGER Juliarna Cleal will launch her latest CD, SUGAR BLUES at The Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, CBD on Friday 7 February at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $15, from www.pariscat.com.au, and CDs will be available at launch.
Juliarna’s collaborators on the disc and at the launch are The Heartjazz Statesmen. You may not know the band, but you’ve certainly heard of the musicians in it: Stephen Grant (trumpet), Richard Miller (clarinet), Michael Harding (piano), Peter Hooper (banjo), James Clark (bass), and Rod Gilbert (drums). As the poster says, “A group of masterful players.”
The album is the result of Juliarna’s love affair with fun and quirky jazz tunes. “Heartjazz to me means things that make your heart sing; these songs and these musicians really do,” says Juliarna. “This album will appeal to a large portion of music lovers. Jazz traditionalists will appreciate some of the fabulous old tunes such as Clarence William’s Sugar Blues, Louis Jordan’s Barnyard Boogie, and Fats Waller’s That Ain’t Right. Devotees will love Stephen Grant’s outstanding trumpet contributions, and anyone who loves music and has a pulse will enjoy the band’s handling of such groovy greats as Comes Love and Once Too Often.”
Listen to a grab of Comes Love by clicking on the picture below.
The CD is a labour of love and a family affair. James Clark, well known bass player and sound engineer of this album, is Juliarna’s husband. They met in 2009, when James mastered her debut solo jazz CD ESPRESSO, still a favourite on local radio’s jazz programs.
SUGAR BLUES is the result of dogged determination as well as creative inspiration. The last few tunes were recorded whilst the birth of their second child was overdue last November.
James and Jules with baby Montgomery in December 2013
Juliarna is a singer who is comfortable in a number of styles: her voice has been variously described as “luscious”, “lyrical” and “joyous”. The warmth of her personality and presence make an instant connection with her audience. They shine through on this CD.
She is a regular at The Paris Cat, may be heard doing live spots with her band on local radio, particularly 3MBS FM and Highlands FM, and at other gigs around town. She recently sang for a conference of Loreto nuns at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel in Richmond.
Here she sings with Rebecca Harris Mason as the duo Kingsville.
And finally, we may be seeing the continuation of the Clark musical dynasty: James’s dad is Ollie Clark, Fred is his uncle, and by the look of it, Amelia Clark (aged 2) is already making her mark at the microphone.