SWING

THE BEAT THAT SHOOK THE WORLD

FESTIVAL HALL, WILLUNGA, JUNE 24 2017

Well what a night it was!

Some folk opined that it was the best STARS show ever!

Brendan Fitzgerald and his Jazz Ensemble performed a superb show about the development of Swing jazz beginning in the1920s, when many of the legends of jazz were at their peak...Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and many more from Prohibition times through to post World War II.

The Show was written by Brendan, who played piano and Steve Gration, who played the legendary music writer George T Simon. They were accompanied by a group of superb musicians and performers - Gabrielle Ballardau - Vocal, Ben Gatehouse - Vocal, Diana Scalzi - Dance, Sam Hicks - Trumpet, Peter Raidel - Alto &Tenor Sax and Clarinet, Tom Pulford - Tenor Sax and Clarinet, Nick Vladcoff - Trombone, Quinton Dunne - Double Bass, and the amazing Satomi Ohnishi - Drums. Behind the performers a series of photos and montages accompanied the music and we are indebted to Cinemallunga for being able to use the projector and big screen.

In addition to drumming, Satomi also did all the music arrangements, provided the CD cover layout and prepared the graphics.

Profuse thanks are due to Dave McDonald for (a) helping to set up the screen, (b) organising the hired sound system, (c) setting up the lights and projector, (d) working the two follow spots during the show, (e) helping set up the stage and (f) helping pull everything down at the end. And also to Brian Dempsey, who worked similarly hard and long with a multitude of jobs.

As it was a requirement that the performers be fed prior to the performance, we supplied pizzas from the shop across the road and two cauldrons of delicious soup, made by Meredith Bowman.

The performers were delighted with the conditions, food, lighting and audience reaction. In a thankyou note, Brendan Fitzgerald wrote:

Once again, many thanks from the cast and crew of “SWING”. We thoroughly enjoyed performing the show in Willunga and hope to return again one day with a different production.
The SWING team were blown away by the hospitality and enthusiasm of your audience and STARS.
 

It must be said that we were somewhat disappointed that we managed to attract only about 120 patrons to the show and that as a result we have made a financial loss, but for those who did attend it was a night that will be remembered for a long time.

WA.