ONE of my favourite CD acquisitions in 2012 was Peter Baylor’s band Ultrafox’s “Chasing Shadows”, so when Peter turned up at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel as part of the Riverwalk Trio a few Sundays ago, I asked him to play and sing one of the tracks from the album.
We settled on “I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight” (Music by Walter Donaldson; Words by Gus Kahn. c. 1925). He did a great job, but I didn’t! Murphy’s Law dictated that I pressed the “stop recording” button instead of the “record” so missed a very pretty performance. So when Peter turned up the next Sunday – 30 December – I apologetically begged him to do a repeat, to which he graciously agreed but the pressure of the moment must have got to him, and he forgot the words! And no, I’m not going to show you that clip! Here instead is the track from the album. (Just click on Peter to hear it)
All this is leading up to a couple of great gigs which Ultrafox will be presenting during January.
On Friday 18th January they will be performing at Bennetts Lane, 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne. Book on 9663 2856 or online at http://www.bennettslane.com. 8.30pm. $25 + $2.50 booking fee.
The lineup will be as usual except that Andy Baylor will not be playing, and Steve Grant (piano accordion) and Michael McQuaid (clarinet) will be special guests.
On Friday 25th January they will be at the Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne. Book on 9642 4711 or online at www.pariscat.com.au. 9.30pm. $20. Michael McQuaid will be special guest.
Both performances will naturally feature the ineffable Julie O’Hara with her special brand of vocals.
Ultrafox presents the finest in Le Jazz Hot. French gypsy jazz in the infectious style of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France. Be entertained by Peter Baylor, Julie O’Hara, Jon Delaney, Kain Borlase, and special guests Steve Grant and Michael McQuaid. You can get more info on the band and their upcoming gigs from their website: http://www.ultrafoxswing.com . And why not treat yourself to a post-Christmas present of a copy of “Chasing Shadows”.