What an absolutely fantastic afternoon of great music, perfectly matched with a really delicious menu and great selection of beverages.
And, thank you to the sell out crowd for our first time at Mantra.
Patsy and Dave and all the gang made us feel so welcome and they have put a gorgeous venue together, perfect for music, a great concert space available and a state of the art recording studio, all in this amazing location.
Thanks to Marion Blazé for the photos.
Pippa Wilson (vocals) Ann Craig (flute) Kevin Blazé (guitar)
Pippa Wilson in an up-close-and-personal show backed by Ann Craig (flute) and Kevin Blazé (guitar).
We’re heading for the Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar for a relaxing afternoon with lots of music.
Pippa will sing some of her favourite crowd-pleasers including jazz standards, jazz-inspired pop, a bit of Latin – all with the beautiful velvet tone that is her signature.
Jazz Notes, in various combinations, has been accompanying Pippa for several years. This combination gives Pippa a chance to shine, stripping the sound back and allowing our audiences to get close and personal to this lovely lady.
CITA has been working hard building on our vibrant Latin/jazz repertoire during 2020 and 2021.
At the Inverloch Jazz Festival in 2020, we gladly accepted an opportunity to pop up in the outdoor tent and entertain the passing crowds. We were happy that so many passers-by stopped and stayed.
In the audience were some of the committee from the Phillip Island Jazz Club and weren’t we excited when they told us they loved it! And asked if we’d be interested in performing at their club. Of course, it took Ann all of 3 seconds to say yes!COVID got in the way of our 2020 appearance but we’re heading there on Sunday 21st March.
Although sax and, especially, flute feature in the band, each instrument plays a vital role in the band so that it functions more like a little big band with a wide spectrum of tone colours overlying the strong rhythm section.
In addition to our Latin/jazz music, we’ll be playing adaptations of standards and a couple of gentle songs from the 1930s.
Our line-up comprises Ann Craig (flute/tambourine/shaker), Ashley Thomas (sax/clarinet), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Malcolm Hornby (piano), Frank Morgan (bass) & Simon Atkinson (drums).
We last played at the Victorian Jazz Club when Pippa invited the Jazz Notes Show Band to back her in Feb 2020. It was one of our last gigs for the year. Luckily, things are turning around now and we are looking forward to joining Pippa again at the VJC in March.
It’ll be a great night of jazz with the fabulous Pippa Wilson backed by Ann Craig (flute), Kevin Blazé (guitar), Todd Sidney (keys), Leon Heale (bass) & Dean Cooper (drums)
Saturday 27th March, 8-11pm at the Clayton RSL, 171 Carinish Rd, Clayton 3168. Meals available