All that jazz

Jessie Gordon

BAYSWATER chanteuse Jessie Gordon will play at the opening of WA’s hottest new jazz and blues club, the Duke of George, as part of Fringe World.

Situated in East Fremantle, the club is in the basement of the old heritage-listed Brush Factory, which has been transformed into a dimly-lit jazz venue.

Accompanied by pianist/clarinetist Adrain Galanté, Gordon will delve into the dark corners of pop music from the 1930s and 40s.

“People think of jazz as staid, their grandparents’ music, something tame,” she says.

“But jazz was one of the first pop music forms. It dealt with the same issues of today – sex, drugs…and swing.”

Gordon says that pleasant, melodic songs from the era were laden with double-meaning and innuendo.

“Some of the blues are wildly filthy and hugely entertaining.”

Just back from a four-month European tour, Gordon will perform a staggering 44 shows in 31 days at Fringe World.

“No show is the same,” she says.

In Under Paris Skies, at Ellington Jazz Club, Gordon will pay tribute to the city of love with songs by Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt.

There’s a change of tempo in February when Gordon’s Fairly Average Dance Band plays nostalgic stompers from the 80s, 90s and naughties.

While Western Swing Hour will see the singer perform with iconic roots muso Lucky Oceans.

And if that wasn’t enough, she’ll be teaming up with Ali Bodycoat in a tribute to Judy Garland and Peggy Lee at the Ellington.

Gordon will play with Dirty Jazz at the Duke of George on January 18-20.

For tickets and all her Fringe show dates go to http://www.fringeworld.com.au

by JENNY D’ANGER

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