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 remained throughout the evening.
For the second set, the band became the full Tiffany Rae Quintet, when they were joined by the super-cool James Sandon on tenor sax.
The show included several songs from Tiffany’s new album, ‘From The Heart’, (recorded by BJC’s senior sound man, Mark Smith), including ‘You Go To My Head’, ‘Like Someone In Love’ and a soulful rendition of ‘Misty’; the latter featuring a wonderful sax solo from James.
Along the night’s journey, we were treated to Tiffany’s powerful and moving delivery of favourites such as ‘Guess Who I Saw Today’, ‘Let There Be Love’, ‘If I Were A Bell’ and ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’. The story in each song skilfully, clearly and lovingly told.
We enjoyed Tiffany’s memorable, buzzy duet with David on ‘Hit That Jive Jack’, and her funked up version of ‘Love For Sale’, for which Andrew switched to the electric bass.
Another stand-out was a raunchy delivery of Peggy Lee’s ‘I’m A Woman – W-O-M-A-N’. You left no one in doubt about that, Tiffany.
All this was punctuated along the way by several classy three or four-piece instrumentals.
Across the night, Tiffany’s honey vocals and silky delivery were perfectly complemented by her four talented musicians who kept the performance moving with their sweet, swinging and tight arrangements. Together, they provided a very entertaining evening of Jazz. An appreciative audience look forward to welcoming you back for another performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club.