The Umbrella Bar: Temo, Parisi swings, the Russians loved it, a piano gets tuned and the French take over . . .

We rudely rocked up with a Roland piano for last weeks’ Friday night. Chelly Parisi put in a fine, fine set to a enthusiastic partly Russian as it turned out, audience. Easily the most experienced of the singers who have featured in the Friday nights, it is sometimes hard to believe that she only came to jazz about a year ago. Meanwhile, Temo and the out of tune Grand Piano sulked in the background. We even promised to return once the Yamaha grand had been sorted.

… And I had been contemplating what to do with a night off, until an excited Temo rang on Wednesday to say the piano had been tuned, sounded fabulous, and who was singing this Friday night…

The divinely Gallic Mme Sonia Davoine will be singing, accompanied by meself and Doug Kuhn (bass), with a surprise appearance by the Captain to help fill in the twiddly bits. Miss Sonia has been working her derriere off polishing some latin, standards, French, Chinoise and eccentric tunes. All delivered with a certain je ne sais quoi.

Sonia Davoine and the crew, at the Umbrella Bar 338 – 340 Glenhuntly Road, Friday 15th August, 7.30pm – 10pm.

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