The Future of Jazz Singing for Me

Hi everyone, I wanted to tell you about this very exciting last three weeks – so much has happened lately.   First, two weekends ago I sang at the Hamilton Jazz Club again, this time, the Nairobi Trio were performing – you may recall I mentioned being invited up on stage to sing with them about 18 months ago when I was VERY new to performing… well I’ve come a long way since then.  Anyway, I got to talk with the guys in the band, and sang a 5 song set when they took a break for the evening.   (I’ve added a video for you to see how much fun I was having – the audience loved it too.)  The feedback I got from the lead singer of the band the next day was fantastic!!!   The future of Jazz singing for me is bright I hope – even Richard Adams told me to “keep going!”.

So onto the next weekend – and off we (Mum and I) went to Brisbane where I auditioned for a place at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries.  I have my fingers, toes, legs, arms and everything else crossed that I get in there – it’s an amazing school and I’m VERY VERY excited about this.   I would finish my final three years of high school there hanging out with kids like me who also want to perform, learn about performing, and complete an International Baccalaureate diploma programme.  It will stretch me and it’s a LOT of work, but I’m so bored with school here in NZ, so here’s hoping… I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks how that goes  but please keep your fingers (and everything else) crossed for me too OK. Thanks!!

Finally, this weekend has been one of my busiest performing weekends ever.  Last night I sand for a couple of hours at a formal/informal BBQ in Hamilton, and while I can’t really say WHO exactly was there, I did get to have dinner talking with a Knight and his Lady, and met a diplomat from the UK.

Then, I went to sing at the National Toastmasters convention dinner, which was GREAT fun.   Finally this morning I did my last gig at the Hamilton Farmers Market for this year (and if moving to Brisbane, it will be my last time there ever).  I’ve done a lot at the farmers Markets since last year with Katie Trigg, and we’ve had some great times.  It was good seeing so many at the market today – and Katie and I even sang a special version of Amazing Grace at 11am for Amistice Day.

What a fun time it’s been – but…  time to learn some new songs now… What do you think of this list:  I Got you Under my skin, Stormy Weather, Girl from Ipanaema, and maybe a Rob Thomas song for something a little more modern too?

I’d love your feedback… but also, I’d love to see you at the Tamahere Market next weekend when I get to test these new songs too.


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