Review: Jazz diva brings world-class act to Cowichan

Jazz torch Melody Diachun and sideman Doug Stephenson at work during their superb Dec. 28 gig at the Duncan Garage Showroom. - Peter W. Rusland
Jazz torch Melody Diachun and sideman Doug Stephenson at work during their superb Dec. 28 gig at the Duncan Garage Showroom.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

While many Cowichanians digested turkey or packed away decorations, jazz angel Melody Diachun presented her musical gift to Cowichan.

She and string-sideman Doug Stephenson played some 20 tunes in various jazz styles Dec. 28 at the Duncan Garage Showroom they'd heard so much about.

Their hypnotic act earned a standing ovation.

The Nelson-based couple shifted smoothly from Duke Ellington's popular JustĀ  A Lucky So and So, Cyndi Lauper's loyal Time After Time, and originals By Your Side, and When Beauty Reigns, to Bonnie Raitt's lament I Can't Make You Love Me, Joni Mitchell's pensive Clouds, John Hiatt's suggestive Little Head, Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over, and Antonio Carlos Jobim's sultry One-Note Samba.

Their Beatles' medley was terrific too.

Stephenson used a beautiful Ibanez hollow-body guitar to back Diachun's chrystalline pipes that scaled several octaves.

Think Diana Krall meets Holly Cole. Diachun was that good.

Her largely unsung talent treated diehard jazzoids to a needed break from the holiday hustle.

Juno-nominee Diachun sure deserves a win this year.

Jazz show rating: 10 chords out of 10.

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