So far, it looks like summer 2019 is bucking the trend of seeing Dubai quieten down. Least of all we’ve seen the arrival of the Coca-Cola Arena, which finally opened up last weekend with comedian Russell Peters hitting the stage – oh, and Maroon 5 are coming to town this weekend for a sold-out one-off gig. And that’s before pop superstars Westlife visit Dubai in August.
But it’s away from the Arena that we’re also seeing a brand-new resident act hitting the city’s Best Live Music Venue (officially, according to the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019). Hollywood-based Brenna Whitaker will be bringing her classy jazz band to Q’s Bar & Lounge for a three-month residency in the award-winning Al Jaddaf bar.
With celebrity fans including Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, Whitaker was hand-picked by Quincy Jones himself (as are all acts at Q’s) after touring with Andrea Bocelli and being one of the main artists to launch the W Hollywood hotel’s Sunday night jazz sessions alongside artists like the aforementioned Stevie Wonder as well as soul legend Gladys Knight.
"She’s got the swing, she’s got the sass, but most importantly, she’s got the pipes,” said legendary composer and producer Quincy Jones. “This little lady absolutely demands your ears, and I can’t wait for all-a-y’awl to hear exactly what I’m talking about."
You’ll be able to see Whitaker’s Little Big Band on stage at Q’s five nights a week until Saturday August 17, with zero minimum spend on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – otherwise performances on Thursday and Friday have a minimum spend of Dhs350 per person. There are three performances per night, with shows kicking off at 9pm from Tuesday to Friday and 8pm on Saturday.
We can’t wait to tap our toes.
Open Tue-Sat 7pm-2am. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8865).