Review: Joanna Majoko @ CCFM
You have no idea how lucky you are. Joanna Majoko, graduate of the Jazz Studies programme at the University of Manitoba, is now living in your city. Our loss is your gain, for she’s brilliant now and will only get better. You get to watch that progression and I am beyond jealous.
Last night, along with Winnipeg’s A-listers in Jazz, she put on a show to remember at CCFM.
If you see her when she returns to Toronto (and I highly recommend you do), I hope the band plays “Sophisticated Lady”. It starts off strong and will most likely end with goose bumps shooting up and down your legs due to Joanna’s powerful notes and drummer, Quincy Davis’ speed.
Toronto, I sincerely hope she performs “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise” for you, and when she does, I hope you have musicians to back her up as talented as the ones we have here. Carter Graham (Piano), Steve Kirby (Bass) and Quincy Davis (Drums) all played great solos during that piece.
When she sings “Embraceable You”, I hope you marvel (like I do), that a voice so soft and smooth can come out of a human. I hope you sit there with that thought, and each time the song takes a turn in a way you weren’t expecting, I hope dopamine flows through your brain, as it does mine.
Should Trumpeter, Derrick Gardner be visiting you, (no you may not have him, don’t even ask), be prepared. It doesn’t matter what he plays (last night was “I Should Care”, arranged by Quincy), you are guaranteed to hear something amazing. You have to wait for it, so be patient, but I promise you, by the end you’ll want to jump up and scream:
“YES!!!” (if I could put that in size 800 font, I would)
If you’re able to pick your mouth up off the floor by the second set, you’ll hear the best rendition of “God Bless The Child” you’ve heard…maybe ever. If you’re taking notes like I did, you’ll be drawing stars all over your page.
If you’re going through a rough time and exhaustion forces you to leave the show early, DO NOT leave before Quincy’s wicked drum solo on “Bye Bye Blackbird”. You can’t have him either, although you’ll want to steal him from us after hearing that solo.
Take care of and support our Joanna, Toronto. She’s such a treasure.
P.S. Best of luck to you, Joanna (you won’t need it). Come back soon.
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