Review Archive for 2015
The band kicked off the first set as a smooth, smooth Trio, with David Fennell on piano, Andrew Shaw on double bass and Aaron Janz on drums. Tiffany soon stepped up to join them, and they were a Quartet.
Tiffany’s dress, sparkling like the sun and the surf of her Gold Coast home, was outsparkled only by her personality and smile. With an engaging presence at the mike, she and the band quickly established a warm connection with the audience, which…
On a sweltering Thursday night the smooth grooves of the Andrew Shaw Quintet were the only sure fire way to chill out. The band took the stage with an upbeat, Shakespeare-inspired tune called ‘Thrice The Brindled Cat Hath Mewed’. The title – a line from Macbeth – set the tone for the rest of the evening, with literary and musical references peppering both the set list and Shaw’s banter.
It wasn’t all intellectual, though. Two of the evening’s best songs were…
The Helen Russell Trio with Helen on Double Bass, Paul Hudson on Drums and Jamie Clark on guitar presented a lovely evening of laid back jazz.
There was a pleasant mix of instrumentals with Jamie taking the lead with his skilful jazz guitar and some vocals by Helen with her easy on the ear style.
The band played some less well known tunes including “Warbash”, “My one and only love” and “Way out west”, instrumentals with Jamie taking the lead on his…
Are Thursday’s at BJC becoming blues nights? Devil’s Kiosk played to (yet again) a select Thursday night audience. It’s a shame that more people didn’t venture out as the quality of the band was high. Even visitors from St Louis commented on the calibre of the music. Those who did make the effort had a great time.
Jamie Symons is an amazing Harp player (just learned that ‘harp’ is short for Harmonica, I sort of expected an actual Harp, I am…
Natalie De Jager – Vocals
Jeremy O’Connor – Bass
Sophie Min – Piano
Dan Smith – Drums
Rafael Karlen – Sax
Natalie opened the evening with a couple of her very catchy original compositions then charmed the audience with a fab arrangement of Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’ (quite appropriate as she is just off to the bright lights of New York for 3 months to record with Matt Baker). More really fab original compositions followed and these will be recorded in…