LIVE REVIEW – Natalie De Jager & Elly Hoyt

LIVE REVIEW – Natalie De Jager & Elly Hoyt

Brisbane Spiegeltent Sun Sept 7


As Brisbane Festival continues its extensive program of musical and cultural events, it’s refreshing to see one of its flagship venues, the Brisbane Spiegeltent, playing host to something as traditional as Sunday afternoon jazz. That’s not to say the performers today are your general rag-tag of off-the-cuff jammers. This is a “proper” jazz event, with seating, soft moody lighting and an audience that applauses after each instrumental (or even vocal) solo.
This reviewer witnesses two bands who play sophisticated back-up to vocalists Elly Hoyt and Natalie De Jager.
Natalie is on first, and she delivers an immensely likeable combination of jazz and pop, even working the indie-pop likes of Gotye into smoky, subterranean jazz colours. She proves a diverse and confident performer, delivering everything from standards to autobiographical originals with panache. Her vocals are of the sweet Sarah Vaughan variety as opposed to the guttural blues tones of Nina Simone. This may have something to do with her musical background, as your reviewer discovered chatting with Natalie after her set.