Camden’s Jazz Cafe is a unique place where music history has been made for almost thirty years now. Home to such talents as Cassandra Wilson, a Grammy-award winning American jazz artist best known for her smoky contralto voice, Jimmy Smith, Amy Winehouse, Max Romeo and Brian McKnight – one of the most incredible R&B singers, the venue has become a place where lovers of jazz, soul, R&B and reggae can be fed with an exquisite high quality of music.

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Madison McFerrin at the Jazz Cafe © Jinny Park Photography 

On March 8th, Jazz Cafe invited three incredible artists to perform on their iconic stage, not only to celebrate International Women’s Day, but to showcase their superb vocal talents. One of those magnificent singers was Madison McFerrin, a woman with the voice of an angel. Madison, the daughter of jazz legend Bobby McFerrin, is making her own way into the people’s heart. With strong, clean and agile vocals, which is also her only instrument, Madison is a sublime a capella singer.

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Madison McFerrin at the Jazz Cafe © Jinny Park Photography 

The excitement grew when the singer walked on stage and started by having a short conversation with the audience; she quickly began her set with one of the greatest pop classics, Britney Spear’s Toxic cover, and gave the audience a taste of what she’s all about. The richness of her voice was impeccable, while her stage presence was hypnotising. Toxic was followed by Learn Your Lesson/Fallin and Insane; both of which are great tracks. Madison sang clearly, she had great control over her voice and she had no problems with pulling out longer and higher notes – it was pure perfection.

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Madison McFerrin at the Jazz Cafe © Jinny Park Photography 

The Brooklyn singer showed the audience the beauty of her music through artistically modest means; just her, her microphone and her voice. Without a doubt, the perfection of her performance lied in simplicity. Drawing inspiration from “Everyday life, universal feelings, and emotions” and the world around her, she surely has a lot to say in her songs.

Can You See? created an incredible vibe as Madison shined on the Jazz Cafe’s stage. Shine, on the other hand, was one of the most encouraging songs of the evening. Spreading positive energy, the singer sang the chorus with the audience “Don’t ignore your shine, you know you’ll be fine, don’t ignore your shine” which put a great smile on everyone’s faces. And with No Time to Lose she ended her unforgettable show, which was met with ravishing reviews afterwards. Without a doubt, Madison McFerrin’s Jazz Cafe’s show shined with originality and style!

Rating:5 stars

Written by Maggie Gogler

Edited by Roxy Simons.

 

 

 

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We are enthusiasts of the arts, passionate about cinema, theatre, and literature. Maggie is a freelance film producer, production manager and she also works with children. Sanja is a freelance translator, occasional writer and a perpetual dreamer. Film is her first and longest-lasting love. Roxy is an Arts Journalist, who writes for several magazines and websites.

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