HOME | ARTISTS AND BANDS | CDS BY TITLE | TOP TEN CDS | TOP TEN IN 2011 | LATEST CDS | ARTIST NEWS | JAZZ GIGS | FEATURED ARTIST | CUSTOMER INFORMATION | CONTACT | ABOUT US

 

 

Helena Jessie

Artist cds

Artist biography

Artist reviews

Artist gigs

Artist news

Reviews of Helena Jessie

 

15/08/2006 The Irish World (Gig Review) PIZZA ON THE PARK 8th August 2006

The gorgeous Irish singer is making serious waves on the London jazz and gypsy/swing circuit. Michael Parkinson is a huge fan which bodes well for the Dubliner. He is, after all, credited with launching the careers of Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone so Jessie is in good company.

Last week saw her premiere performance at Pizza on the Park where the Dubliner belted out tracks to a packed venue from her album “Music Play”. “Mean to Me” and “This Can’t Be Love” proved popular with the audience but there’s always room for a favourite and Jessie’s version of “Summertime” was also well received.

What’s good about it?
She has, to put it simply, a great voice and as her confidence grew on stage she just got better and better. Add a healthy dose of natural charisma and you really have a performer who owns the stage. She’ll draw you in with her warm dulcet tones and her performance of some classic 1920’s songs will transport you to an era when glamour was a way of life.

What’s bad about it?
Not personally crazy about this particular venue but I guess it’s all about location.

Verdict:
Check her out and remember the name. This lady is a class act and it’s great to see an Irish vocalist with an individual style. Hear her at her monthly residency at Le Quecumbar on Battersea High Street.
Angela Sammon

 

20/03/2006 Metro

Dublin-raised singer Helena Jessie is one of those singers who can't keep the smile out of her voice, even mid-ballad - though that's mabye because Michael Parkinson has taken up her cause, and we know where that leads. Parkinson is responsible for the all-pervading ghastliness that is Jamie Cullum but he's more on the money here.Jessie's dulcet tones have a hint of Katie Melua but the lady is pure jazz, as her debut album Music Play demonstrates. The song choices and arrangements are a little crusty for a young, talented, would-be crossover artist - Begin The Beguine, How High The Moon - but Jessie's voice, pure, soft and lively as a pashmina with personality, smooches them into submission. Give this girl a decent set of songs to showcase her talent and Norah Jones and her boring brood will have to watch out.
Nina Caplan

 

01/02/2006 Jazzwise Magazine

You might be forgiven for thinking that by now another "Female jazz vocal: file under standards" debut recording would be about as welcome as a night in front of one of those interminable "100 funniest death scenes" type shows which currently blight our lives. Well, it's a joy (not to say a rarity) to hear a debut jazz recording which exudes real jazz phrasing and a real jazz heart. London-based Helena Jessie takes you on a journey with the song, absolutely not in the category of a singer who sounds like they might as well be reading the dots on the page, such is their non-engagement with the material. Throughout this 12-track collection the singer's delivery is seductive and unfailingly involving. She demonstrates impressive control of mood and pace, from the vertiginous force of 'This Can't Be Love' to the relaxed, loping groove of 'Close Your Eyes' and the bossa stylings of 'You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To', and with a favoured middle register that glows with emotion.
Peter Quinn

 

register | login

 

Shopping Basket

basket: 0 items (click to modify)

Total : £0.00

FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

Once you have chosen your CD you can either buy online using a credit/debit card or pay by cheque if you prefer.
All cards are processed on a secure server with Thawte authentication
We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, JCB

In a hurry? Hate filling in forms? Worried about the internet? Need help? Call us on 020 7724 2389

 

 

 

 

 

Church Hill FarmBEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY RENTAL IN THE WYE VALLEY
www.churchillfarm.co.uk