JAZZ series Q. What does Jazz mean to you?

Nadira A. For me Jazz is – Childhood memories. – Heartfelt songs with beautiful (can be challenging at times) melody and meaningful lyrics which can transport you to different times in your life, or gives you hope of What might happen in the future. – Fun Fun Fun. – Experimenting and taking risk when it comes to technicality of singing the tunes. – Laughter with friends, both musos and the audience.

JAZZ series Q. What Jazz music/musician inspires you?

Nadira A. I like the old classic ones, known as Jazz standards to some, also referred to as show tunes by some “serious” Jazz musos
I listen a lot to Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day and Sarah Vaughan trying to learn their techniques, whilst finding my own voice. I also love listening to Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davies Jr. I also listen to the newer Jazz vocalists/musos such as Dianne Reeves, Stacey Kent, Rene Marie, Cecile McLorint Salvant and heaps more.

JAZZ series Q. Whats your favourite thing about Spring?

Nadira A. Blue skies, sunshine, blossoming flowers and good times with friends and families

JAZZ series Q. What’s your favourite thing about Ballarat?

Nadira A. Seeing my friends, and Ballarat is on the way to the Grampians/Arapiles where I used to go rock climbing and had way too much fun with friends.

JAZZ series Q. Whats the best thing about live Jazz performances?

Nadira A. Honesty and the pure happy vibes, amazing stage presence and goosebumps….

JAZZ series Q. What live music performance made a lasting impression on you and why?

Nadira A. Too many to mention actually. However, specifically for Jazz when I first heard the Great Ladies of Australian live 🙂 Those ladies are Michelle Nicole, Kristin Berardi and Sharny Russell. Oh and the first time I heard Bob Sedergreen play. I’m very lucky that I managed to get lessons/attended workshops from/run by these amazing musicians. Also, the nest night on Sat, 13, I’ll get to collaborate with Sharny Russell, doing a double tribute show of Blossom Dearie and Nancy Wilson.

I’d say that Leonard Cohen show back at end of 2010 was also one of the most memorable ones! It was his stage presence that blew my mind.

JAZZ series Q. How long have you been performing with Isaac & Michael?

Nadira A. Since Dec 2016 with Isaac and Michael. However, I started my ensemble Nadira and Friends in Oct 2014, I’ve played with various musos based in Hobart, other parts of Tasmania, Melbourne, Brisbane and SW of WA. I’ve performed as duo, trio, quartet and quintet so far, and currently in the process of forming a big-band of 12-piece, premier shows planned for Nadira and Friends 5th birthday celebration in Oct 2019.

JAZZ series Q. Tell us more about what’s in store for the JAZZ series performance in Ballarat on the 12th October

Nadira A. I’ll be singing well-loved tunes from the Great American Songbook made famous by the Great Ladies of Jazz, including Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Some of the songs on the list I’ve recorded in my EP CD, will be available for sale at the show for $10. There’ll be a bit of comedy act and banter in between songs. The usual style of Nadira and Friends’ of “loose” and “non-pretentious”. This show will also be my 90th show 😀 a nice milestone.

Nadira & friends will be performing at the Printers Room at Sebastiaans, 60 Lydiard Street, North Ballarat, Friday October 12 as a part of the Spring JAZZ series.