Passionate performances of songs associated with the marvellous Billie Holiday made for a great night’s entertainment at Foundry 616. The Rodric White Septet and singer Lana Nesnas presented the songs made famous by Billie Holiday or that have a connection to her and her contemporaries. Rodric White’s arrangements allowed the talented six piece band to display their considerable skills.
The show opened with a three piece instrumental version of How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky), before Lana Nesnas joined the trio for Them There Eyes. Lots of great songs followed with the size of the band growing or shrinking to suit the song and the arrangement. What A Little Moonlight Can Do was followed by Don’t Explain and They Can’t Take That Away From Me allowing the musicians to entertain and display their skills as soloists and as an ensemble. Continue reading BILLIE HOLIDAY TRIBUTE SHOW: PERFORMANCE AND VENUE RECOMMENDED→
It is getting wintry in Sydney. On a Sunday afternoon in the ‘long, dark teatime of the soul’, the autumn leaves are floating down from a grey threatening sky. A perfect time to curl up with a familiar DVD or a well-thumbed novel. Or…..
Settle in with a hundred other music lovers to be transported to a Prohibition honky- tonk in the infamous Bowery section of early 1900s New York. There to raise a teacup of gin to the loved songs of Irving Berlin interpreted by the elusive Lucy Maunder. LUCY MAUNDER IN IRVING BERLIN: SONGS IN THE KEY OF BLACK was a delicious and warm afternoon’s entertainment.
Irving Berlin was a self-taught pianist who remained unable to read music despite rising from the Jewish ghetto of the New York’s Lower East side to be one of the great American songwriters. Responsible for so many well-known tunes, often written for the black keys because of his poor musicianship, his “God Bless America” is an unofficial national anthem. Continue reading Lucy Maunder in Irving Berlin: Songs in the Key of Black @ The Hayes→
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