GOLD COAST JAZZ & BLUES CLUB
Trombone KellieGang - Wednesday 5 April 2021
Sweet Thunder Orchestra - 100 Years Of The Big Band - Wednesday 3 February 2021
Leader of Jazz Orchestra Sweet Thunder, Rick Best, led his 13 piece, well rehearsed orchestra, for our sold out GC Jazz and Blues ~ first show for 2021! Ellington, Goodman, Basie, of course a part of the evening, with a huge emphasis on arrangers such as Don Redman, Billy Strayhorn, John Clayton…and rightly so… Rick took us through a wonderful educational journey through history with narration of interesting facts, dates and noted figures. Drummer and vocalist Rodney Ford, provided some classic vocal renditions to classics such as Jimmie Lunceford’s ‘Taint What You”. Oh yes, the orchestra was certainly swinging and in their element for their first gig in almost one year! Each and every musician on the stage, projected the joy of playing great music to the full-house audience and the audience in return, loved it!!!
The Soul Men - The Blues Brothers Return - Wednesday 4 November 2020
Our last show for the year featured The Soul Men – The Blues Brothers Return and what an extraordinary show this was. The musicians and vocalists in this band were superb and had the audience dancing in their seats – Well for most us, as there were some dancers who despite their best efforts to remain seated, the call of the Soul Men to shake those tail feathers was just way too much to stay constrained.
The Soul Men strutted their stuff in a clean and tight immersion of Rhythm & Blues! Jake & Elwood entered The Lakeside Room with the band in full swing as they meandered amongst a sell out crowd with their distinctive hats and black and white suits. They rocked many of the classics including Proud Mary, Do You Love Me, Respect, Sweet Home Chicago and many more ‘feel good’ numbers. Asabi Goodman demonstrated her vocal skills with stirring Aretha Franklin numbers and many more standards from the era. She combined beautifully with the 2 front men Greg Hill – Jake and Brent Moetara – Elwood and had the crowd enthralled throughout. A sensational night was had by all, just the dose of music medicine we all needed!
Thank you to each and every one of you who came out in support and a huge thank you to the band, cannot wait to have you back again! Turn up your volume and click the play button below for our video of the Soul Men at our show.