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Penny King Quartet - Sideways Standards
Friday 25 May 7.00pm
Join Penny King, Tom O’Halloran, Pete Jeavons and Daniel Susnjar as they present a program of original music and arrangements, exploring a songbook of both lesser known standards and material from prolific songwriters, all approached with jazz roots firmly in place. Long time musical collaborators, the band’s performances bring refinement and signature sounds delivered with an ease developed through years of making music together.
The band’s repertoire defies musical classification, moving effortlessly between jazz and contemporary repertoire. Expect the unexpected; with previous performances including Radiohead followed by Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins next to Joni Mitchell, and contemporary Australian classics next to original compositions, there is something for every music lover.
One of Western Australia’s leading jazz vocalists, and a regular at the Ellington Jazz Club, Penny has been a firm favourite of jazz audiences for over 20 years. Known for her engaging stage presence, and a sound ranging from rich swinging tones through to haunting and fragile melodies, she has been featured at the 2013, 2015 and 2017 Perth International Jazz Festival, and has appeared at Rottnest’s ‘Jazz on the Rock Festival’, the York Jazz Festival, the Beaufort St. Festival, Fremantle International Jazz Festival and the Jazz By The Bay Festival, Dunsborough. In 2016 Penny travelled to Melbourne for a show at the Paris Cat Jazz Club.
Penny’s quintet’s debut album ‘Journey’ was released in December 2013, and was shortlisted for best Australian jazz vocal album at the 2014 Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards. The album features both original compositions, and original arrangements of jazz and contemporary standards.
King is simply an excellent tradition-rooted jazz singer, whose phrasing and scat are jazz elements delivered with rich, pitch-perfect, humanly nuanced ease’ Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record, August 2014.
‘Penny King is a fine musician…. Her pitch is excellent, accompanied by a chrystal clear and authentic tone. Her soloing is always inventive and she nails the shifts in dynamic intensity in all the right places’. Chris McNulty, Australianjazz.net, December 2014