I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
An evening filled with jazz & Greek mythology
Harry James Angus, an Australian singer-songwriter and trumpet player, was absolutely oozing with talent and charm when he performed at the Tivoli last week. Built in 1917, the Tivoli would have to be Brisbane's most atmospheric performance venue and it proved to be the perfect backdrop for the Struggle with Glory concert.
Angus, known for his thrilling live performances, is an Australian singer-songwriter and trumpet player. In Struggle with Glory, he has taken very familiar, often tragic Greek tales and turned them into Jazz classics. With clean, melodic tones and sensational trumpet skills, Angus is a perfect jazz man—absolutely oozing with talent and charm. Backed by some of Brisbane's leading musicians—the audience was treated to sensational improvs on sax, double bass, piano, drums and guitar.
While singers from The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts took the performance to a spiritual height —forming a 'Gospel Choir'. The audience draped over the Tivoli balconies, quickly assumed the role of good parishioners, humming and tapping along. In fact, I am sure, I even heard a few Amens. Angus responded, in turn, delivering some deliciously moral-enforcing Greek tales, with a good dose of both reverence and cheek. But like all good preachers, he kept the flock on the straight and narrow; when the audience vocally pushed for more - Angus, put on his cheekiest smile and reminded them that "there is no such thing as a free lunch".
Harry James Angus's Struggle with Glory, one of the closing acts for the 2018 Brisbane Festival, delivered a spectacular evening that had me transported to a bygone era. If you love jazz or just good singing - then keep your eye out for future concerts. Or just simply do what I am going to do and put the Struggle with Glory album on your Christmas Wish List.