'Dear Blossom' reviews

A Cabaret show and a successful CD
By the Janet Seidel Trio

The tribute show encapsulates the best tunes from the repertoire of the late Blossom Dearie and has has been performed by Australia’s “first lady of jazz singing” (Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD) in theatres, concert halls and clubs all over Australia and abroad. For those not familiar with Blossom suffice to mention she was something of a cult favourite from Paris to New York to London particularly. Even after her passing in 2008 she is championed by those in the know as a quirky and funny artist of the highest standard not just for her clever compositions and unique vocal artistry, but also for her exquisite jazz piano styling. Number 1 celebrity Blossom fan is Australia’s international pop icon Kylie Minogue, who shares co-incidently, the same birthday as Janet (albeit in a very different year!)

John Shand reviewed Janet’s CD ‘Dear Blossom’ in the Sydney Morning Herald 2004

This analogue recording almost radiates heat, it's so warm.  

Janet Seidel sounds at home doing this stuff: there was always a girlishness to her voice and a cushion of air underneath it, anyway, and the prevailing wryness suits her. The Dave Frishberg songs like 'My Attorney Bernie' and 'Peel Me a Grape' are immortal, and guitarist Chuck Morgan, bassist David Seidel and drummer Billy Ross give everything the magic-carpet-ride treatment.

That Old Black Magic: the songs of Johnny Mercer

 That Old Black Magic: the songs of Johnny Mercer:
smash hit at Melbourne Recital Centre and Glasgow Recital Hall : Janet's newest show is a collection of the songs of
Johnny Mercer

Set list for JM Mercer show:

  • Day in Day Out
  • Blues in the night
  • I'm Old Fashioned
  • Lazy Bones
  • Cool cool cool of the evening
  • Skylark
  • Come Rain or come shine
  • Any Place I hang my hat is home
  • Moon River
  • Dream
  • Out of this world
  • It had better be tonight
  • Medley: Tangerine, I remember You, Summer wind
  • I wanna be around to pick up the pieces
  • One more for my baby
  • Laura/ Days of Wine and roses
  • Too Marvelous for words
  • Once upon a summer time
  • I'm shadowing you
  • Accentuate the Positive
  • That Old Black Magic