Two of the Brisbane’s Jazz Club favourite singers, Alan Western and Peter Vance, have joined musical forces to create the aptly named, and long awaited, ‘Jazz and Pzazz’ CD.
The first half of the evening was dedicated to the CD launch and enjoyed by an appreciative audience who loved every minute of Alan and Pete’s renditions of some amazing tracks including Mac the Knife, Spinning Wheel, I Thought about You, Save Your Love for Me – with an amazing solo by Adam Connelly on sax, and Heart and Soul – with another crowd-stopping guitar solo from Russell Bayne.
Alan and Pete alternated tracks and came together for duets which showcased their individual talents and had the crowd clapping for more. Two original compositions – Waiting For the Rain by Alan and Brothers by Pete’s brother, Andy Vance were also very well received. Backed by the astounding musical prowess of some of Brisbane’s finest musicians who joined together to form the Wondersound Band – Paula Girvan on piano and keyboard, Amby Dowdeswell on bass, Russell Bayne on guitar, Paul Hudson drumming up a storm, Brad Esbensen, Ivan Cocking and Adam Connelly blowing their hardest, this was a band to be reckoned with.
The second half let us have a glimpse into Alan and Pete’s next project – making some of the greatest Stevie Wonder songs their own! The crowd were cheering from the first number Another Star – Pete shone on Latelyand I Just Called to Say I Love You, Alan wowed with his versions of If You Really Love Me and You and I. They both put the band through its paces on Part Time Lovers and Sir Duke until it was time for the lights to be dimmed and the crowd to join in with candles waving, and in full voice, for That’s what Friends are For.
The evening was over too soon and everyone wandered off in to the night with smiles and a song on their lips after being a part of this fantastic musical journey.
17 July 2015