It's not a common event for me, but we got to a 50th anniversary celebration for a business we know and it was in a salubrious location, at Zinc in Federation Square, opposite Flinders St Station and beside the Yarra in Melbourne, and the food and drink was laid on and some entertainment and some speeches and we chatted with an interesting Italian couple. But for the purposes of Canberra Jazz let me tell you of the entertainment: a duo, called SaxOnCello, obviously sax (alto) and cello with recorded backing. They dressed for the occasion, performed a lively presence, played fairly sparingly but effectively against their recorded accompaniment, all purchased and legal rather than self-developed. And a singer appeared to perform We are family, perhaps associated with the duo or maybe not. It was loud and effective and involving as parties should be. The women were attractively presented and the bloke had a hat and presence. This is all the nature of commercial performance and they did it with panache and presence and volume and persistence. I've caught a few bands around Federation Square and this is the nature of the local commercial scene. Interesting and involving and well done.
SaxOnCello are Ashley James (alto) and Lily Thornton (cello). They performed at Zinc in Federation Square, Melbourne.