Sunday 17th August 2014
£12.00 - £15.00
Janet Seidel Trio (from Sydney) presents 'Dear Blossom: a tribute to the unique Blossom Dearie'
'Her voice is as pure and warm as a soft summer breeze' Weekend Australian
"Seidel has an exquisite gentle and agile voice and honours each tune she sings' All about Jazz USA
'She sings with a seemingly effortless and swinging grace' Bruce Crowther UK Jazz Journal
Janet is one of the best jazz singers in this country and the only Australian singer to have made it into the Penguin guide to Jazz 7th edition 2005. Described as: Australia’s first lady of jazz singing.
The very quirky Blossom Dearie is adored by many music fans for her exquisite piano work, dry wit and her timelessly cute, one-of-a-kind voice. She was also much admired by many jazz icons including famously Miles Davis, and developed a repertoire of delicate and funny original tunes both of her own and others such as Dave Frishberg.
US writer David Nathan from All About Jazz: “With her intimate style, great feel for the lyrics of songs she sings, Seidel is one of those vocalists who is as much a story teller as she is a singer. The way she goes about handling the music comes off as a fortuitous blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with an occasional nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. Like Diana Krall, she doubles on piano. Seidel has an exquisite, gentle, and agile voice and honours each tune she sings, irrespective of whether it's a classic standard, pop, or novelty song.”
Her latest CD Dear Blossom pays tribute to another formidable singer-pianist, the legendary and recently deceased Blossom Dearie whose sharp wit, deft pianism and wry vocals were a defining influence on Janet who says, “Among my earliest jazz record purchases was Blossom Dearie Sings, an album of originals. Whether it was a Rodgers and Hart show tune or one of her poignant or funny tunes it was obvious that her ‘less is more deilivery’ was superb.” After seeing her perform for the first time Janet decided, “That’s what I want to do for the rest of my life”.
Smooth, sophisticated and stylish, the Janet Seidel Trio have a uniquely warm and natural approach to sound that comes as a breath of fresh air wherever they go.
With a wealth of experience, world wide, from recording studios (18 CDs released), live radio performances (including ABC, BBC, Japan), concert halls, theatres, jazz clubs and festivals, cabaret venues to country halls and private parties, Janet's captivating voice along with superb guitar and bass, wins over new audiences time and again.
Reviewers have compared her favourably with iconic artists including Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Julie London and Blossom Dearie, accurately noting her influences. The trio uses the renowned Nat King Cole line up (piano/vocals, jazz guitar and double bass) and the extensive repertoire ranges from jazz standards, ballads, Latin, French Chanson, through to the more quirky depending on the setting.
'Janet is a singer who swings and caresses the lyrics of great songs with a sexy vocal magic' Melbourne SunHerald
'Janet has a drop dead gorgeous voice; Songwriters Monthly USA
Tell us what you think of Sunday Jazz Lunch! Celebrating Blossom Dearie with the Janet Seidel Trio below..