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Little Jazz Bird (Victoria Bennett)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

With a high, sweet voice and a set full of romantic songs, it’s clear to see why Victoria Bennett identifies with the ‘Little Jazz Bird’ of the classic Gershwin number. Though overly tentative at first, she soon relaxes into the gig, revealing a richly emotional voice and a talent for finding fresh sentiments in well-known standards. This is particularly clear on perennial classic ‘My Funny Valentine,’ which she playfully dedicates to drummer Kevin Dorrian. Ever-dependable bassist Ed Kelly and pianist Campbell Normand round out the sound, with the latter’s swaggering, bluesy playing almost stealing the show. In the end though, it’s Bennett’s evident affection for the music that shines through, making this a warm and enjoyable performance.

The Jazz Bar, 8, 15, 17, 24 Aug, times vary.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]