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  • Helen Gramotnev


What better way to end the week than with a little jazz and a glass of bubbly? The first in a series of three Brisbane Festival Jazz on Sundays’ sessions, Yas Queen − a female-led jazz band − performed to a full house in The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, which serves as an example of the funky, cosy venues that can be found in Brisbane this September.

Led by the rich and resounding vocals of Tenille West and Mel Lathouras, the seven-piece ensemble delighted with their renditions of ragtime classics like ‘Write Myself A Letter’, ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, ‘Me, Myself and I’, and ‘I Can’t Give You Anything but Love’.

The audience tirelessly bobbed, shuffled and tapped along to the riffs of the sax, the guitar, the keyboard and the double bass, while the singers engaged them with the light-hearted interludes between the numbers. Finishing their 90-minute show with Judy Garland’s ‘Zing! Went the Strings of my Heart’, Yas Queen left the audience on a high and craving more.

You can see Jazz on Sundays during the Brisbane Festival on September 15 with Shannon Marshall and the Souls Almighty, and September 22 with Leigh Carriage Quintet.


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