Three attractive young ladies. Khaki outfits and caps. US and Australian flags, side by side. Swingin’ band. 1940’s hum. Swing dancers ready.
Cue The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The one from Company B.
All because tonight, the Andrews Sisters Tribute Show is ripping up the Brisbane Jazz Club!!
Bright, uplifting songs, well played and well sung, make for a happy audience. With or without drinkin’ Rum and Coca Cola, each member of tonight’s full house audience was singin’, swingin’ and tap-tappin’ to a magical combination of smiling faces, exquisite 3-part harmonies, colourful costumes, syncopated dance moves and 40’s swing rhythms.
Pardon me boy, but could that be the Chattanooga Choo Choo, chewing up the tracks to create a pulsating party vibe that was chuggin’ from the moment the band played their opening note, through to the rousing finale; a reprise of the boy from Company B?
Getting and keeping us all In The Mood, were the three beautiful ladies; Cherryn Lomas, Kelsey Giarola and Anita David.
Behind them, and keeping it swingin’, was the great little band; Peter Upmann on trumpet and vocals, Eddie Bray on tenor sax and clarinet, Jo Bloomfield at the piano, John Conley on double bass and Jim Howard on drums.
Together, the ladies delivered their classic Andrews Sisters harmonies and cute, slick 3-piece dance moves with military precision.
Individually they treated us to beautiful solos, such as Kelsey’s I’ll Be Seeing You. While Anita had us all waving candles for Que Sera Sera; an iconic,but also ironic, Doris Day song, as Doris ran off with Patty Andrews’ husband in 1949.
Cherryn and Peter combined to Accentuate The Positive; of which there was a lot on show tonight. Peter also stepped up and stepped in for Bing Crosby, joining the girls for Don’t Fence Me In.
Later, as a perfectly timed fireworks display lit up the Brisbane River, the ladies called out a dedication to 86-year old Desley Lappan, who, with her two sisters, performed as an Andrews Sisters act in the 1950’s, and were regulars on The Peters Show, on Brisbane’s 4BK.
Desley’s husband Allan, host of The Peters Show, enjoyed a career highlight when he interviewed Frank Sinatra, whom Desley got to meet at the time, on his first Australian tour in 1955.
Along with rest of us, Desley had a great night out tonight.
By the end, which came far too soon, anyone who could find a space, was on their feet; swept up into an amazing, dancing, rollicking party atmosphere that is rarely seen.
Earlier in the evening, Anita had tugged at our hearts and had us all singing along to a rousing We’ll Meet Again.
Here at the Brisbane Jazz Club…we certainly hope so. Soon!!
Brisbane Jazz Club