DATE: Friday, 22nd May, 2009
TIME: 8:00 pm
LOCATION: Lyth Arts Centre
Janet Seidel in concert May 22, 2009

Janet SeidelJanet Seidel Trio
in concert

Australian jazz vocalist/pianist on  UK Tour with guitar and bass

Janet is the consummate performer – not only is she blessed with the most beautiful voice, she is also a first-class jazz piano player. Accompanied by her fellow-Australian guitarist and bass player, she presents a sophisticated evening of beautiful songs.

Janet Seidel
Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist/pianist Janet Seidel currently enjoys a rare and enviable international reputation with 14 CDs released in Australia and also available in several other countries. In the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 2006 (UK) she is described as “Australia’s first lady of jazz”. On the other hand she is revered by cabaret aficionados overseas such as in New York’s Cabaret Hotline – “I had heard so much about this delightful jazz star from Australia, but I was still not prepared for this awesome performance. I have never been so thrilled by a performer – this lady is amazing – such pure clean vocals!".

Janet has been performing jazz-oriented material since her High School and University days in South Australia in the 1970s. She has been fortunate to work with some great Australian jazz musicians in her various groups.

With 14 CDs to her name she has covered considerable ground stylistically and many of them have been nominated for awards. All have been well reviewed all over the world. Janet’s groups have toured Australia several times and played most important Jazz Festivals around the country. Internationally she has toured to many countries including UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East and many South East Asian countries.

US writer David Nathan has made a fitting summary on All About Jazz: “With her intimate style, great feel for the lyrics of songs she sings, Seidel is one of those vocalists who is as much a story teller as she is a singer. The way she goes about handling the music comes off as a fortuitous blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with an occasional nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. Like Diana Krall, she doubles on piano. Seidel has an exquisite, gentle, and agile voice and honours each tune she sings, irrespective of whether it's a classic standard, pop, or novelty song.”


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