A Couple of “Don’t Miss” gigs coming up in April

The Syncopators

THE SURREY Music Cafe at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre at 470 Station Street Box Hill presents regular musical evenings which sometimes involve jazz.
On Friday 27 April our well loved Syncopators will be the featured group. I’m not sure whether Jeff Arthur, James Clark or Stephen Grant will be in the lineup (last heard they were overseas), but there’s no doubt that whoever is on stage will be outstanding musicians and that this will be a special night. It’s concert style seating and no talking so you’ll really be able to listen to the music!
Bookings are absolutely essential because the Cafe (which is not really a cafe, but an auditorium in a larger centre which includes an art gallery and a refreshment lounge outside the hall) has a large and faithful group of regulars who seem to attend every program. Doors open 7.30. Music starts at 8pm. Entry $18. Bookings: 0438 288 821 or email Coffee, wine and nibbles available before the show and at half time.

Forthcoming programs at the Surrey Music Cafe include:
25 May: Hetty Kate and the Irwell Street String Band
29 June: Leigh Barker Quartet featuring Hetty Stewart and Tom Vincent

Janet Seidel

AND ON Sunday 29 April Diana Allen’s Jazz Australia will present a very, very special concert. Janet Seidel, who is described by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD as “Australia’s first lady of jazz song”, will perform with her trio at the Uniting Church, Hesse and Stokes Streets, Queenscliff. The show begins at 6pm sharp and finishes at 8.30pm.

Janet and her accompanists – David Seidel on bass and Chuck Morgan on guitar – will have just returned from an extensive tour of the UK and Europe where they have enjoyed full houses wherever they have performed.

A consummate performer, Janet is internationally regarded for her interpretation of the songs from the Great American Songbook, the music of Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Doris Day, Blossom Dearie…and many others.

Here is an example of her singing Sentimental Journey

And for the good old times: here Janet sings with Tom Baker in 1994 launching their CD “Doodlin'” on TV Channel 7. In the interview with John Mangos which follows the song, Tom claims this is his first serious attempt at singing!

Contact Diana Allen on 5258 3936 or by email for bookings for a lovely concert in a lovely and unusual venue. Tickets are $50. Finger food will be served throughout the performance and drinks are at bar prices.

PS. For your diaries, Diana is bringing great jazz singer Carol Ralph from Sydney on Sunday 12 August for her next Jazz Australia event at Queenscliff.

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