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"Sassy, Scintillating and Sultry"

The Jazz Review
Sassy, Scintillating And Sultry

Adi Braun Wows Them At The Beat Niq
Concert Review by: Joe Montague
Venue: Beat Niq (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
January 20, 2007 -
In the cultural reshaping of Canada’s fastest growing city Calgary, Alberta the Beat Niq jazz club on January 20th once again proved to be key player in that cultural evolution. World-class jazz singer Adi Braun from Toronto took to the stage and performed two sets consisting of original compositions, standards and tunes featuring some Canadian songwriters.
Braun’s curly auburn hair barely touched the shoulders of her long black and teal evening gown and a butterfly pendant hung from a silver chain around her neck. She worked the Beat Niq’s intimate stage as though it were an old friend. At several junctures during her performance, the appreciative audience broke into spontaneous applause.
Braun opened her first set with Richard Rogers’ “The Lady Is A Tramp”. She then paid tribute to Doris Day and Lena Horne women to whom she referred as having possessed an understated sex appeal. Her nod to the stars from yesteryear came in the form of “Perhaps” and “Love Me Or Leave Me”. She introduced the later song by demonstrating her fine scatting ability before diving into a sultry vocal performance. Bassist Simon Fisk also figured into the piece prominently with a solid solo.
The singer proved her versatility as an artist moving easily between the moody “Rules Of The Game” (from the CD of the same name) to the cabaret lilt of “Frim Fram Sauce”. Drummer John May used a muted tone hand percussion to accompany Braun as she sung “Frim Fram Sauce”.
Braun is much more than a chanteuse she is a complete entertainer. Braun completely immerses herself in the personality, colors and context of the beautiful phrases she interprets. Pianist Sheldon Zandboer provides equally sensitive chops. Zandboer a native Calgarian and regular performer at the Beat Niq should be in a much larger market to receive the notoriety that he deserves.
Braun had fun with Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” by substituting the words, “Honey suck my toes”. She once again demonstrated her prowess with scat.
The singer unveiled her reading of Canadian songwriter Shirley Eikhard’s “If We Had Never Met”. The beautiful love ballad from Braun’s CD Rules Of The Game may have been her best performance of the evening. Eikhard’s song is full of romantic phrases such as “who would make me laugh if we had never met”. Eikhard was the songwriter behind Bonnie Raitt’s “Something To Talk About”.
Braun’s second set featured standards such as Cy Coleman’s “Witchcraft”, a nod to Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good” and “Old Devil Moon”.

- The Jazz Review

"Canadian Jazz Chanteuse Dives into the American Blues"

October 2006

by Bruce Bellingham

Adi Braun, the comely Canadian opera singer who switched to jazz six years ago, couldn't have picked a splashier weekend for her San Francisco debut. She played The Octavia Lounge for two nights in late September. As Adi began a ballad, some of the ragtag but cheery remnants of The Love Fest at Civic Center were zigzagging up Market Street, looking for ways to continue their party.

A little sweet, bluesy ballad might have done the trick. Adi Braun, who is unapologetic about her admiration of Harold Arlen, played a wonderful set by starting off with the title cut from her second CD, Rules of the Game. It had a dark 60s, Burt Bacharach feel to it-- like a soundtrack to one of those tragic love stories with Audrey Hepburn. Adi's no kid -- she knows how to sell a torch song, and warm up a few of who came in from the early autumn chill on Market Street,

"I've been after Adi for years to come and sing in San Francisco," gushed Michael Williams, the owner of Medium Rare Records on Market & Castro. I was among those who were glad she did. An original tune (by Adi Braun), Ocean Eyes is a winner and deserves airplay somewhere.

Adi paid homage to one of her heroes, Doris Day -- "for her bundle of sultry energy, and her understated sexuality.” She sang Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps -- a suggestive tune that was picked up by the British sitcom, Couples. Her between-the-songs patter is skillful and she seems to have been in front of an audience since she was a tot. Well, a tot no more, Adi engages in her own brand of understated sexuality. She conjures up a musical assignation between Marlene Dietrich and Wynona Judd on Falling In Love With Love Again. Her tribute to Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” (complete with a lovely trading-fours solo with drummer Matt MacGillvray) was bouncy but only in the most lascivious way, evoking the kind of activity that might occur on a Murphy Bed or in the hurly-burly of the chaise longe. Also backed by Ben Wannaker on bass, and leader Ben Flint on piano -- the discovery of these East Bay cats was a piece of serendipity for Mz. Adi Braun.

"But angels do watch over me," Adi explained. "I was stuck for a ride this afternoon, and there wouldn't have been time for me to get back to my hotel with this Love Fest and all that going on. Then, a gal just stopped me, and said 'I'll take you anywhere you need to go.' It turns out she works next door."

It's that Old Black Magic, perhaps. Some sort of magic.
By the way, it was through the graciousness of Shawn Ryan that I knew Adi was coming. He advised her to call me – even though he had his own sold out show at The Plush Room. That’s class, Shawn. Thanks.
- San Francisco NorthSide


2003 - Delishious - Blue Rider Records
2005 - the Rules of the Game - Blue Rider Records; LML Music
2008 - Live at the Metropolitan Room
2010 - Canadian Scenes I




Combining nostalgia of yesteryear with the clarity of today, Adi Braun evokes, with her sophisticated style and subtle delivery, such vocal and dramatic greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Her repertoire ranges from standards of the American songbook to European cabaret and contemporary gems by composers such as Canada=s Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot. Whether she is singing in English, French, Spanish or German, Adi Braun is Aa power-frau who gives jazz standards a unique touch, telling stories that are miniature life moments@ (Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany).

If you're a fan of high-grade vocal work with assured confidence, superb diction, sharp timing and a theatrical flair for the dramatic, time to meet Adi Braun a jazz singer with a bold vocal delivery crammed with character and a signature versatile approach. Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star

The Rules of the Game, Adi's latest recording, is a beautiful and playful exploration of the journey of love. Once again featuring musicians Doug Riley (piano), Terry Clarke (drums) and Steve Wallace (bass), along with Perry White on tenor sax, The Rules of the Game was released nationally in October 2005. The launch tour will take Adi to concert halls and clubs across Canada and the United States. In his liner notes, US jazz critic Scott Yanow points to the absolute beauty of Braun's voice, the tightness of her band and the high quality of the compositions as three of the album's exceptional qualities.

Born in Toronto, Adi grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers. Her father, one of Canada's leading baritones, performed mainly in Europe, and Adi spent her first 20 years in Germany. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at age six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Hearing a natural voice, her parents encouraged her to follow in the family tradition. So, upon returning to Canada, Adi trained classically, obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. Soon she began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on stage with Canadian opera companies. A co-founder of Toronto's cabaret company Blue Rider Musical Productions, Adi started singing sideways and soon returned to the music she loved what she calls "Cabarazz", drawing aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, Braun was catapulted to centre stage as one of Canada's leading jazz vocalists.
Adi has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. With her critically acclaimed CD, Delishious, which made the Top Ten on jazz radio charts across Canada and was short-listed for a 2004 Juno Nomination, Adi firmly established herself, both at home and abroad, as one of the Canada's brightest musical lights.

Braun holds her own vocally against the godmothers of jazz, and she deftly mixes up her set with classical, pop, cabaret and blues. But what puts her ahead of most contemporary jazz singers is her superb timing and phrasing, which she uses to revive old classics. Brent Rayner, NOW Magazine

Adi has performed for standing-room-only audiences in Canada, the US, Germany and Italy, appearing at renowned clubs and concert venues like Toronto's Live at Courthouse, the Top o'the Senator, the Montreal Bistro, the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar, Revival, New York's Metropolitan Room, Birdland, The Iridium, Joe's Pub and the Rose Theatre at Jazz at Lincoln Centre, and in Europe at Düsseldorf's Maschinenhalle, Munich's Jazzclub Unterfahrt, and Florence's Jazz Club Firenze. A regular at jazz and summer festivals, she has appeared from coast to coast in Canada and continues to receive rave reviews with each performance.

These ears had never heard her alluring voice before, but you can be sure that they'll never forget it ... she's a gifted artist delivering a knock-out set.C Jeff Rossen, Cabaret Scenes