Brazil and Beatles tough to beat!

Jazz singer Melody Diachun captivates transplanted crowd with indoor show

With Tony Ferraro on drums and Rob Fahey on bass

Melody Diachun has a voice and a personality that team up to make a new listener a fan before the first chorus even comes around.

Personable, confident and utterly accomplished, she is just plain fun to listen to. When she’s offering up time-tested material backed up by seasoned sidemen like Rob Fahey (bass) Tony Ferraro (drums) and husband Doug Stephenson on guitar its enough to make you wish one hour were three.

Diachun’s show had been scheduled for Kinnaird Park on July 24, part of the summer-long Concerts in the Park series on Wednesday evenings, but Mother Nature had too much moisture to deliver so plan B (the Castlegar Community Complex) was utilized for the roughly one-hour set.

Diachun’s theme for the evening was well-loved popular music of Brazil, alternating with equally, maybe even more popular classics by the Fab Four. With so many gems to choose from in the Beatles catalogue, where would a tremendous singer start?  Think in terms of Hard Days Night and Yesterday and you’re getting the idea.

Pictured below: Diachun with drummer Ferraro and guitarist/spouse Doug Stephenson.

 

On the Brazilian end of things the primary focus was the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose name is synonymous with languid rhythms and pleasing melodies of South America’s largest country. According to Wikipedia, Jobim was a:

“Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, and his songs have been performed by many singers and instrumentalists within Brazil and internationally.

“Widely known as the composer of “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema), one of the most recorded songs of all time, Jobim has left a large number of songs that are now included in jazz and pop standard repertoires.”

On the topic of standard repertoires Diachun explained that whatever genre a song may be from, if it is well crafted and stands on its own merits, the jazz community will likely take in on and interpret it… giving it the jazz treatment, if you will.

Melody Diachun is a Juno nominated songstress, a vocal instructor at Selkirk College who had relocated to Nelson from Vancouver a couple of years ago. She said they love it here in the Kootenays and that’s great… for them… and for us.

Just Posted

BC senior championship: Tie breakers to decide men’s, Richter goes undefeated in women’s

Marilou’s Richter’s Penticton/Kamloops team cruises to final with perfect record.

Firefighters extinguish early-morning blaze in Rossland

Neighbour alerted family of four, no injuries reported

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Most Read