JULIA JENKINS - Jazz and Cabaret
No stranger to a standing ovation, Julia Jenkins has performed as a jazz, cabaret and musical theatre artist for over 10 years, her potent voice captivating audiences with its distinct sound.
Established as a formidable cabaret performer, Julia presented her first solo show, Among Friends, to sell-out audiences Downstairs at His Majesty's Theatre in 2009. 2010 saw her starring in Taking Liberties! A Divine Bette Midler Experience; We'll Meet Again: The Music of Vera Lynn; and Cool Yule, each to rave reviews. 2011 included In These Shoes; Franklin; and Le Grand Revue Deux: Women of Rock.
She has also featured in shows such as Live and Dangerous, Dirty Rotten Rat Pack, Alive in Vegas, One Night Only and Broads on Broadway, all for His Majesty's Theatre, Perth.
Julia performs regularly with her jazz trio. Accompanied by Perth's finest musicians, she provides a rich, enchanting vocal, reminiscent of the jazz divas of old. Leading her band with charm and elegance, the trio's repertoire is comprised of classic jazz and swing standards.
Her cabaret shows include:
1//TAKING LIBERTIES! A DIVINE BETTE MIDLER EXPERIENCE
Julia Jenkins channels the explosive energy of the Divine Miss M in an outrageous homage to this music legend. Complete with a 5 piece band, Jenkins takes you on a no-holds-barred, full-throttle ride through 25 Bette Midler classics including Miss Otis Regrets, Do You Wanna Dance, Glory of Love and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. A whirlwind of knock-out songs, bawdy bathhouse humour and camp theatrics, this electrifying show also features the infamous Halettes. Be prepared. In Taking Liberties, all Bette's are off!
2//WE'LL MEET AGAIN - THE MUSIC OF VERA LYNN
Celebrate the woman who came to symbolise the heart of a nation, as Julai Jenkins takes you on a nostalgic journey of Dame Vera Lynn's charming and timeless songs. Vera Lynn epitomised fortitude and hope in Britain during World War II, connecting emotionally with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved one's safe return. Capturing the spirit of the era, Julia presents the Vera Lynn songbook, incuding wartime classics We'll Meet Again, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, White Cliffs of Dover and I'll Be Seeing You. So sing along and reacquaint yourself with the 'Forces Sweetheart'
Intimate and revealing, Among Friends is an eclectic homage exploring the genres that have shaped Jenkins' unique performance style, with songs that are, in many ways, like old friends. Expertly crafted, enjoying stunning interpretations of music from Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, David Bowie and rarely performed works by celebrated French composer Charles Aznavour. Behold a brazen foray into musical theatre, evocative renditions of wartime classics and a preview from Julia's debut album. Witness the vocal power and elegant stage presence of this critically acclaimed performer.
Celebrate the holiday season with Perth's queens of jazz and cabaret - Ali Bodycoat and Julia Jenkins, as they unite for this very special Christmas presentation. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, these Christmas Belles will perform dazzling renditions of traditional Christmas Carols as well as classic festive-themed tunes. Cool Yule will rouse your festive spirit with jazz-influenced sounds in the style of Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. Featuring your favourite Christmas sings such as Santa Baby, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Little Drummer Boy, Cool Yule puts the ritz and glamour back into this special time of year.
"Full of raw energy with beautifully controlled vocals, Julia Jenkins gives a memorable performance that begs for praise." - The Australian
"The stylish Julia Jenkins is a knock-out...her performance delivered in true Bette Midler style." - The West Australian