Doris and Me
Janet Seidel presents her delightful celebration of the life and songs of Doris Day. This show has been a hit since 2000 and Janet and the trio have performed the show all over Australia and in New York.
Janet wears a vintage 1950’s organza cocktail frock for the show.
Songs like Secret Love, Pillow Talk, Somebody Loves Me and Que Sera Sera are forever associated with Doris’ sunny feel, good delivery and pleasant sounding voice. It is from this huge repertoire that Janet Seidel has devised a performance celebrating the life and songs of Doris Day.
Janet has often been vocally compared to Doris Day and her show, funny and poignant at times, is presented with her swinging jazz colleagues David Seidel, bass and Chuck Morgan, guitar.
Two 45 minute sets with interval or one 90 minute set
- Somebody loves me /Blue skies medley
- Big Band Medley
- Canadian Capers
- Sentimental Journey
- Embraceable You
- It’s Magic
- Too Marvellous for Words
- Every Little Movement
- Crazy Rhythm, Tea for Two, Do Do Do,
- I Know That You Know
- The Very Thought of You
- Lullaby of Broadway
- Love Me or Leave Me
- Ten Cents a Dance
- Windy City
- Secret Love
- Que Sera Sera
- Pillow Talk, Daisies, Teachers Pet.
- I’ll String Along With You
- Fools Rush In
- A Guy is a Guy
- Please Don’t Talk About Me
- Perhaps (encore)
SWING JOURNAL MAY 2008
By Nobunari Takai
Translation by Tad Watanabe
DORIS AND ME - SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, JANET SEIDEL
4 points out of 5.
The Doris Day Songbook by Janet Seidel reissued in a newly designed jacket.
This CD, the Doris Day Songbook by Janet Seidel, is on the market again for celebrating her tour in Japan 2008. The newly designed jacket is charming and brings back good old days to us.
The title, "Doris and Me" is taken from one of the shows Janet produces. This show has been performed throughout Australia since 2000. This features the life of singer and actress Doris Day. The show contains many songs and light chat that present a brilliant showbiz career of Doris Day.
Doris Day and Janet Seidel share a few things in common. Their singing career begins when they are teenagers. Their mothers are enthusiastic stage mothers. It seems these led Janet to think that Doris Day is not a stranger to her. It is not very difficult to learn from the CD that Janet has been fabulously attracted to brilliant, dreamy, and sweet songs Doris sings and feels close to them.
Each song Janet sings from the Doris Day songbook sounds charming and delightful. This holds very true for fun songs. This also holds true for not entirely fun songs when vocalists like Doris and Janet sing them.
The order of songs in this album traces the showbiz career of Doris Day. You can enjoy songs that represent her including a number like "Sentimental Journey," which is her biggest hit during her days with Les Brown and has become her favorite. Janet takes a minimalist approach here. Thus there is no drum part. You can enjoy the art of lounge throughout the CD. 24 tracks just fly by because of her heartwarming and relaxing voice. From this, I believe it is safe to conclude that Janet Seidel demonstrates her exceptional skill as a singer in this album.
SHOW MUSIC DOWN UNDER/SHOW MUSIC USA (NEW YORK)
by Peter Pinne - Fall 2001
Another performer whose name should be in the Diva list is Adelaide born Janet Seidel. Her 'Doris & Me' has not been out of my CD player since it arrived.
A one woman show, this one focuses on the life and times of Hollywood legend Doris Day.
Seidel is fantastic in not only sounding like Doris Day but capturing her style perfectly.
An accomplished jazz player with several albums under her belt: this is highly recommended and will bring back very pleasant memories.
JAZZ ACTION SOCIETY TASMANIA TOUR
Reviewed by Murray Lavelle
Janet is unquestionably one of our best known and respected Jazz performers.
This respect had been justified due to her ability not only as a singer but as an accomplished pianist as well.
It was with interest and curiosity that I approached this concert: Why Doris Day? I was soon to find out.
Janet arrived appropriately attired and coiffured in the style befitting the Doris Day period.
The program presented a broad cross selection from Doris' recording and film repertoire.
From a musical point of view her trio was perfect: consisting of her brother David on double bass and Chuck Morgan on guitar. They did it all in the best tradition: they swung on the quickies, took well constructed improvised solos and when required on the ballads played sensitively.
Sound production was the tops. We were able to pick up on Janet's near-perfect diction and the crisp chords of Chuck's comping.
Thank you Janet, Chuck and David for such a delightful musical experience. The whole program was so professionally executed and Janet's commentary was informative, humorous and easy to follow. We have decided to catch up on some of Doris' old movies. I now look forward to seeing Doris Day in a new perspective.
PETE HUNT IN SINATRA MAGAZINE (UK)
Reviewing Janet's 'Doris & Me' CD in Dec 2001
Janet has sung with with some of the worlds best musicians. Like Doris she is equally at home with slow sultry numbers and has a great way with faster swinging arrangements.
Janet's version of Canadian Capers besides her great vocal shows her nimbleness on the piano keys.
Doris's swinging version of Lullaby of Broadway and Janet's track are hard to separate and Janet's piano backing is excellent.
Janet showed that she had the pathos to tackle 'Ten Cents A Dance' .
The best tracks in this latest offering from Janet are 'I Know That You Know' and 'Crazy Rhythm'.
The comprehensive accompanying booklet has a quote from Doris's singing teacher: A singer should master not only the technicalities of the art but also should always sing as if you were singing to one special person.
Janet has no problem there: Just listen to her versions of 'I'll String Along With You' and Ray Noble's 'The Very Thought Of You'.
FROM 'THE STORY OF JAZZ' - A US REVIEW IN BOTH ENGLISH AND JAPANESE
CD reviews: From 'Broadway's Biggest Hits' - Original Australian Cast
'DORIS & ME' - La Brava Music (LB0038) - CD review given an 'A' grading
If you are a Doris Day fan, Australian Janet Seidel sounds just like her in 'Doris & Me', a welcome tribute to the movie star.
There are 24 of Day's biggest hits and the album is a breezy reflection on Day's career.
In the accompanying pictures of Seidel's show, she even takes on Day's look.
If this show with Seidel ever comes to America, where Day was a huge screen personality and star, the show would prove a welcome tribute.
REVIEWS FROM JANET'S NATIONAL TOUR OF AUSTRALIA
by Paul Lloyd - All in a Day's Work
'With all the right nuances of phrasing, with the sunshine sincerity of the voice, it was like an uncanny channelling, done with great musicianship and love....the audience was spellbound'
by Paul Turner
'I first heard of Janet Seidel when a friend was visiting Sydney caught her act in a ritzy piano bar and raved about her performance, saying 'Just like Doris Day!'. The accomplished jazz singer has now created a special cabaret show to truly sing the praises of a performer who has all too often been relegated to the realms of camp'.
by Graham Strahle
'For slick presentation and stylishness, Janet Seidel and James Morrison were at the top of the list. Seidel's Doris and Me oozed class in her soft swing recasting of Doris Day numbers with herself on piano and brother David on bass. Hers is a crystal clear voice that caresses, winks and weaves with sophistication'
The Sydney Morning Herald
by Peter Jordan - A Lovely Night with Doris Day
'Doris and me is well paced. There is a good balance between the music and the stories and Seidel, a seasoned performer handles the songs deftly. Her voice, light but with an attractive hint of smokiness conveys the humour of the material and her piano playing has the muscle to drive the show forward'
CABARET CONVENTION REVIEW
by David Schwartz
Janet Seidel, performer in some of Sydney's finest hotels and veteran of several cabaret conventions, performed a beautiful set of songs associated with the career of Doris Day and made this material seem charming and unhackneyed. Though this was an excerpt from her show Doris and Me, Ms. Seidel managed to convince us that this performance could stand alone.