CHRIS Tanner is back in town, visiting from his now-home in Denmark, and fortunately he has a few gigs lined up during January where fans can catch up with him.
Sunday 5 January: Virus with Chris Tanner, Pinnacle Hotel, 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North. 4.00 pm-7.00 pm
Thursday 9 January: Hoodangers with Chris Tanner, Pinnacle Hotel, 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North. 8.00 pm-11.00 pm
Friday 10 January: Hoodangers with Chris Tanner, Bar Open, 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. 9.00 pm-11.30 pm. 9415 9601.
Sunday 12 January:Four Scoops with Chris Tanner, Pinnacle Hotel, 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North. 4.00 pm-7.00 pm
Sunday 19 January:Allan Browne’s New Rascals featuring Chris Tanner, Ballarat Jazz Club, Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat. Meals from 12 noon. Music 1.00pm-4.00pm. Bookings 0439 700 219.
Saturday 25 January: Chris Tanner & Virus, Victorian Jazz Club, Clayton RSL, 163 Carinish Rd, Clayton. 8.00 pm – 11.00 pm. Entry VJC members $13, Non members $18. Bookings: 9583 5247. Bistro bookings 9544 1035.
Here’s Chris playing with the Oz band, Ragstretch, at the Copenhagen Harbour Jazz Festival in July 2013. (Ingelstam from Sweden is the only ring-in.)
Chris Tanner, clarinet; Shannon Barnett, trombone; Björn Ingelstam, trumpet; Craig Fermanis, guitar; Sam Anning, bass; and Rajiv Jayweera, drums.
Age Entertainment critic, Jessica Nicholas, wrote about Chris and Virus playing at The Laundry in Johnston Street, Fitzroy in 2002. Not much has changed since then:
How does Tanner do it?…..of course, there’s the music itself, interpreted with such enthusiasm that it’s almost impossible to remain immobile while listening. Tanner’s whole body exudes his passionate commitment to classic jazz, his clarinet swooping through the air as it pounces on a melodic line; his voice growling playfully as he gives the lyrics a swaggering, percussive momentum.
And how about that Shannon Barnett. Go girl!
By the way, I note that Jessica Nicholas has reviewed a few jazz gigs recently in The Age. Keep it coming.