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Monday, August 08, 2011

Elaine Binney and the Jazz Rascals at Blyth Beach Bandstand Sunday August 6 2011

Elaine Binney (violin), Keith Mills (bass), Eliza Lawson (vocals) Jae Brooks (drums) What a refreshing change to hear this exciting new young band. Afternoon weather conditions at Blyth Bandstand resulted in the concert being moved to a room in the nearby Marine Centre.
Elaine built up a great rapport with the audience and at one stage during the Michael Jackson number Smooth Criminal, a little girl did a spot of impromptu Irish dancing for us!
Weather conditions also featured in Autumn Leaves, Stormy Weather and Over The Rainbow.
Great tempos from the rhythm section followed with Work Song, Unsquare Dance and Take Five. Also of note were the pleasing arrangements of Summertime, All Blues and Watermelon Man. The bands two original numbers Swan Like and Jokers and Kings were performed with a commitment which was amazing to behold. I recommend this band to anyone wanting to listen to a fresh new approach to jazz. One thing is certain Elaine is no Django/Grappelli copyist – she has a wonderful style of her own!! Photos.
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1 comment :

Lance said...

Looks like Elaine has changed one of her Rascals. I'm told Eliza Lawson has a great voice.

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