Looking for somewhere to relax, chill and recover after a big Saturday night?
In the market for a rosy glow and a cruisy way to kick-start your Sunday?
Well, today, at the Brisbane Jazz Club, you can stroll out to the deck, grab a delicious brunch, and settle in for a spot of revival and restoration, with Sarah Collyer and her talented trio.
There’s guitarist, Jamie Clark, with his trademark warm and mellow tone, lovingly caressed from a custom-made arch-top, (from a guitar maker in Mt. Tambourine).
There’s heartthrob bass player, Andrew Shaw, gliding across the strings of that beautifully resonant double bass. And there’s Steve Francis, sliding over the drum kit, with his gentle, Sunday-vibe brushes.
And up front, allow me to present Ms Sarah Collyer, with her classic, smoky-Jazz voice, marinated in Deep South Soul, with which she is bringing a wee hours feel to your Sunday morning.
Listen carefully to Sarah, and you will feel the touch of all the songbird greats; Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall, to name a few.
Yes, they are all there, as a rainbow, illuminating our journey from sunshine to sultry, on a beautiful Sunday morning by the Brisbane River.
And Sarah makes it all seem so easy. The Big Easy. Perfect diction. Skilful and playful teasing of every note and phrase. Technically; right in the pocket. Emotionally; big heart, right on the sleeve.
Stops along the morning’s journey include classics such as My Baby Just Cares For Me, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Blue Skies, a swinging and very non-Billie version of God Bless The Child, and Caravan; the latter, instantly evoking a faded image of Rudolph Valentino on a ride across the desert sands.
And there were memorable surprises, such as the hunting, growling, prowling delivery of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand, and a catchy, engaging singalong feel to Paul Kelly’s Dumb Things.
And Sarah is a song-writer. A good one; as was perfectly demonstrated in the performance of several of her own compositions, including Alright, East Coast, Borders and The Bird.
There was a Peggy Lee song, I Love Being Here With You. And with Sarah, Jamie, Andrew and Steve, if there is a better place to spend a Sunday morning, then we would like to hear about it.
And there was another original, Lazy Sunday, in which Sarah sang of Sundays for the whole year. If they could all be like this one at the Brisbane Jazz Club, Sarah, with you and your band, we couldn’t agree more.
Brisbane Jazz Club