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Jezebel of Jazz - Songs and Stories with Anita O'Day
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Jezebel Of Jazz Songs And Stories With Anita O'day
Project 2014-01-31 11:45:53 +1300
Premiering at the 2014 NZ Fringe Festival, Jezebel of Jazz is a new piece of caberet theatre featuring the songs and stories of the great jazz singer, Anita O'Day.
We received Kakano Funding (thanks Creative NZ!), but have not been successful in getting the rest of the funding we need to make this show really swing.
What We Need:
We have had some wonderful support in the way of goods, services and advice from a number of people, but what we really need now is some money to help pay for the fantastic musicians who are part of this show. So we have turned to you to see if you can help us out!
How Much Do We Need?
Ideally, we need $1800, but have set our goal a bit lower for this campaign in the hope we will exceed our target (with your help and generosity). We are offering some great rewards, including tickets to the show - just look to your right . . .
Why Anita O'Day?
She was known as the “Keith Richards” of jazz music. So why have you never heard of Anita O’Day?
At her peak, she was regularly mentioned in the same breath as jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington. But fame requires both talent and luck, and luck never quite seemed to find Anita O’Day, so today this legend of jazz has been largely forgotten.
Actress Liz Kirkman learned about O’Day from friend and fellow performer David Goldthorpe. “He was developing a show on Chet Baker and I was envious of having a vehicle that could marry both my acting and my singing skills.” Goldthorpe suggested she look at O’Day. Kirkman did, and recognized a kindred spirit to whom she could relate. She immediately asked a writer friend, Kelli Greene Caldwell, to get started on a script.
Tell Us More About The Show:
Jezebel of Jazz: Songs and Stories with Anita O’Day, directed by Jacqueline Coats, contains scenes from O’Day’s life interspersed with performances of her most famous and moving songs, including Sweet Georgia Brown, Tea For Two, Can't Get Started With You and The Man I Love. From start to finish, it is a solo performance by Kirkman supported by a three piece band consisting of piano, drums and double bass.
Anita Schwabe who has taught at the New Zealand School of Music since 1995 will be the pianist. Joining her will be Lauren Ellis, who is a key percussionist with Rodger Fox and on double bass new NZSM graduate, Janelle Salisbury. Whilst not historically accurate, it’s great to be operating with a solely female ‘cast’ and crew.
Sounds Great! How Can I Book?
2014 New Zealand Fringe Festival
Bats Theatre - Out of Site - Cnr Cuba and Dixon Streets
Sat 22nd - Wed 26th of February 8pm
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