We were the final line-up for the Jazz festival that spanned over the long weekend celebrating the Queen’s birthday, lasted 4 days and started from Friday 23rd September. Many cool WA Jazz acts were featured and we also came by the day before to catch Bonnie Scott with her singer-guitarist at the historic Kalamunda Hotel. We fell in love with the Perth Hills on the same day.
Historical Architecture – Kalamunda Hotel
Deep vocals from the groovy keyboardist/band leader, and nice smooth work on the drums and bass too. I am convinced that the black-collared green parakeet that landed on the branch of the tree in front of the patio was a little jazz bird and it conveniently stole a couple of juicy chops from the trio that day.
Adam James Trio (Adam James – keys, Ben Vanderwal – drums, Peter Jeans – Dbl Bass)
The weather drew colder when it was our turn to play but a few customers who had just arrived when we got on were our heaters for the afternoon. Their love for our music and enthusiasm for our 4-string duo combination really melted us. Though our popsicle-feet were falling off, they never quite left their seats. A few more storm-braving jazz lovers joined us towards the end of the evening who laughed along and cheered with us. Moonbeam has a knack too, for making any grey sky blue. 🙂 I was just so grateful for such an open-hearted and generous audience. It was practically 3degrees with wind and rain, but they were comfortable with the Jazz, the beers and the outdoor heaters. That was all we needed really.
Our personal favourites that night amongst the many jazz and latin standards we played that afternoon was Charlie Parker’s ‘Billie’s Bounce’ and Sonny Rollins’ ‘Doxy’ both of which we played on the melodica and bass. Just because the two tunes were infectiously bringing the bop into the house. We were just swinging a good time, but it is just wonderful when it bursts into dance and movement in the crowd. The kids especially loved those 2 tunes, we suspect it was exactly what the Bird had meant in the Bounce. We ended the evening with Frederick Loewe’s ‘Almost Like Being in Love’, one of our favourite standards from Nat King Cole, rounding up the darkening skies with a bit of sparkle everyone could take home with.
We made a few new friends that night that humbled us greatly. And a few whose names we didn’t get but whose smiles we would remember for a long time. Blake and Caroline who never left their seats except to refill their glasses, Karen Wallace (ukulele lover and budding singer) and her beautiful friends, Norrisha, quietly enjoying our little tunes behind the massive pillars of the historic hotel, who came up to us after the show to ask if we had a cd album that she could buy from us, the little dancing boy who said ‘do we have to go to Nana’s? and left reluctantly…’, made everyone (including his own parents) chuckle.
This was yet another performance outcome that baffled me. What started off to look like a chilly afternoon became an intimate concert with such attentive listeners and new friends. We are truly very appreciative and grateful for all your love for our music. Bless your hearts. <3
To Norrisha: thank you for joining us on our Facebook (link) for updates on our debut album. It is in the early penning stages but I really dig our new original tunes. We want to take our time to paint out honestly the shades of love in our lives. Thank you for taking the initiative, it really is why we keep on keepin’ on.
To Caroline & Blake: you know how you would always be our personal candidate picks for GoggleBox – you guys are the real deal – and we will always remember you as the beer buddies who loved Jazz, rock, folk and everything live. It is why the live music keeps going. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Our thank you also to Champion Music and Kalamunda Hotel for having us.
We <3 the Perth Hills!