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Paula Girvan Quintet

The G20 Conference – while making Brisbane’s star shine brightly – fogged over those of many entertainment venues with Brisbanites seemingly avoiding trips to the City.
Thus the bookings for all shows this week were considerably down, despite the tremendous quality of the acts booked to attract G20 visitors.
An unfortunate accident prevented co-star Jacki Cooper from appearing on the show, but I’m sure we may look forward to another opportunity for Paula and Jacki to get together and fulfill all their original plans.

The show had to go on and, thanks to Paula’s inventive and always melodic piano work in the company of bass player Andrew Shaw, some amazingly mature sounds produced by Alex Price on tenor sax,  Gary Eldershaw on drums, and the brilliant young guitarist Atienne Bakker-Szumer, we were treated to some lively and swinging jazz. The young and highly talented Charlotte Mclean, who came in to replace Jacki at very short notice, stamped her own brand of vocal styling throughout the show and cleverly steered away from the hackneyed jazz songs. Her treatment of the opening number After You’ve Gone was soft and soulful – right away from the razzamatazz versions we are accustomed to hearing.

As a contrast there were brief guest appearances from male vocalists Greg Josephson with a great version of Round Midnight,and Alan Western with the Bobby Timmons classic Moanin’.

Paula’s good-humoured introductions kept the audience on side and she chose to feature herself playing a trio version of Tadd Dameron’s beautiful composition On a Misty Night. As always Andrew Shaw’s bass playing proved why he is always in such demand by bands of all genres, while Gary held everything together with some smooth drumming.

Here’s to the next time.

Thursday 13 November 2014 A.W