Sunday 17th August
£12.00 - £15.00
‘Australia’s first lady of jazz Janet Seidel sings and plays piano favourites of a much missed regular at the club from the 60s onwards’
Janet Seidel Trio - Biography
Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel is listed in the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (UK) as “Australia’s first lady of jazz singing”. New York’s Cabaret Hotline - “I had heard so much about this delightful jazz star from Australia, but I was still not prepared for this awesome performance. I have never been so thrilled by a performer since Barb Jungr - this lady is amazing - such pure clean vocals!"
In Australia with 17 CDs to her credit she has had long time success since the early nineties with Awards and prestige gigs including national tours, festivals, orchestral concerts and more. Internationally she has toured to many areas including UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East and many South East Asian countries where her CDs have been licensed. The trio also have several complete shows in their repertoire including DeLovely (Cole Porter), Dear Blossom (Blossom Dearie), Old Black Magic (Johnny Mercer) and Doris and Me (Doris Day) which have played theatres and cabaret venues around Australia and recently also in the UK.
In Japan she has been consistently named in the top 10 jazz vocalists in the Jazz Polls and the Trio has done major tours there including sharing the bill with jazz diva Helen Merrill and the George Mraz Quartet and again in 2008 with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Roberta Gamberini.
The current trio since 2001 features NZ born guitarist Chuck Morgan who was renowned as the top jazz and session guitarist in Auckland for many years before moving to Sydney in 1986. His credits include several years with TV and Radio Orchestras and renowned US composer/arranger Russ Garcia and countless dates with artists from The Four Aces, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Rod McKuen, Bob Barnard, and many more. A masterful jazz guitarist in every way, he also has a unique ability on ukulele - British writer Bruce Crowther "Jazz Journal" notes, “his skill is startling”.
David Seidel (Janet's brother) is the bass player, favouring a rich acoustic sound and veteran of many years experience with credits ranging from recordings and tours including Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera South Australia, Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, Urbie Green, Lee Konitz, Barry Humphries, Harry Secombe, Cilla Black, Rod McKuen, Del Shannon. The Drifters, The Coasters, Bob Barnard, Bernie McGann and many more.
US writer David Nathan has made a fitting summary of Janet on All About Jazz: “With her intimate style, great feel for the lyrics of songs she sings, Seidel is one of those vocalists who is as much a story teller as she is a singer. The way she goes about handling the music comes off as a fortuitous blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with an occasional nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. Like Diana Krall, she doubles on piano. Seidel has an exquisite, gentle, and agile voice and honours each tune she sings, irrespective of whether it's a classic standard, pop, or novelty song.”
Tell us what you think of Sunday Jazz Lunch! Celebrating Blossom Dearie with the Janet Seidel Trio below..