Review | Brandon Taylor
With eight Fringe World awards and a number of international tours under her belt, veteran Perth-born jazz singer Jessie Gordon comes to Fringe World 2018 as an all-star. As such, Jessie Gordon is Ruining Your Night is her well-earned chance to reminisce about the ups, downs and songs that have paved her way to present day. Part jazz set and part narrative, the performance mixes Gordon’s silky vocals with her uncanny knack for storytelling in a delicious sundae of swing.
A collection of four hand-picked jazz musos plus Gordon make a comfortable band of five on The Ellington’s lofty stage. An impeccably classy Michael Perkins on drums, ravishing Mark Turner on Saxophone, incandescent Jon Mathews on guitar and enrapturing Karl Florisson on bass plus Gordon make up what has to be one of the very best Perth-based jazz bands on record. Gordon calls this combo her ‘dream team’ of musician/friends, but that’s an understatement – they are absolutely incredible.
Jessie Gordon’s anecdotes are both moving and hilarious, and the music is truly something else. Talent and taste are all well and good, but Gordon and her band transcend beyond technique into the ecstatic place where notes are relished rather than played, melodies lived rather than sounded, and fellowship felt as well as heard.
If you even so much as suspect you might like jazz, your age, art preferences and other obligations are irrelevant – just go see Jessie and her dream team.
WHEN: 21 – 25 February 2018 | 7:15pm
WHERE: The Ellington Jazz Club | Northbridge
INFO: Tickets $22 – $26 | Duration 55 mins | Suitable 18+ | WA Artist | MUSIC