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Local jazz singer Barb Fordham will bring swingin' tunes to kids and their families at her brunchtime 'Whoa Tilly Tea Party' at the Brisbane Jazz Club on Sunday 28 August.
Probably best-known for her work with the Barb Fordham Trio and for dazzling solo spots in a number of Women in Voice shows, Barb is now a mum and has spent the past few years working on a project to bring the fun of jazz to a much younger audience.
Working with her as a behind-the-scenes collaborator has been another local songstress (and mum), Leah Cotterell. Together, they've produced the 'Whoa Tilly' EP and an accompanying 16-page story book, 'The Moon is Following Me' (illustrated by Sacha Scofield). The package will be launched in best big-band style at the Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point from 9.45am-12.30pm on the 28th.
Tickets are $17, with brunch and coffee on sale on the day. Plus you'll also get to enjoy an amazing riverside location.
I've seen Barb perform -- both her usual work and her kids' material during its development phase -- and she has a knockout voice and magical stage presence. In a world where so much of the music children are exposed to is mass-produced American product, it's refreshing to see talented local artists putting together a high-quality kids' product with real people playing real instruments.
So why not head along to the Brisbane Jazz Club for Tilly's tea party, and get Sunday the 28th off to a swingin' start? It will also be a great chance to admire the club itself, which recently re-opened after a major clean-up operation following the January floods.
Barb will also perform with accompanist Samuel Vincent on bass at an intimate 'Whoa Tilly' launch at Avid Reader Bookshop, West End, on Friday 12 August at 10am. Admission to this event is free, but please pre-register on the Avid Reader website if you'd like to attend.