Following on from her sellout “Lessons of Love” concert earlier this year, the Lisa LaCelle Quintet again filled the BJC last night for her “Lessons of Love 2 – the Dark Side” gig
Standing room only for anyone who had not booked, the lively and enthusiastic audience totalled 137, attesting to the popularity of Lisa’s quintet
Supported by some of Brisbane’s best talent (Peta Wilson keys; Chris Pearson bass; Steve Francis drums; and Adam Connelly assorted saxes, clarinet and flute) Lisa covered a wide musical terrain with carefully selected standards, 80’s rock adaptations and some lesser know beautiful jazz pieces to build the “darker side” of love theme.
Lisa performs with style, passion and more than just a bit of witty humour, providing her audience with almost a cabaret style of evening. her good looks and lavish stage appearance complete a wonderful recipe for a superbly entertaining and fun evening of music
A large number of people in the audience were friends of Lisa, and of course her beautiful daughters won the hearts of the BJC patrons. while the gig was extremely competent and professional, there was also a very intimate and friendly vibe that only the BJC venue can deliver
There was quite a lot of chatter in the audience, but Lisa was able to assert her presence and had the audience in the palm of her hand to give us one of the happiest evenings of music we have had in a while
The generous applause was heartfelt and sincere and after the gig nobody wanted to leave. they were so relaxed and abundantly cheerful that they would have stayed on chatting and drinking wine all night if we had let them. a night of great music, a couple of drinks and friends meeting up with friends – this is what a jazz club should be like and what better way to bring in the weekend
Let’s hope there is a “Lessons of Love 3” gig on the drawing board. judging by the last two we could easily fill the BJC again with a rapturous audience as the Lisa LaCelle Quintet’s reputation grows. i will certainly be at the front of the line for my ticket