'Songs in the Key of Peggy Lee'


Show runs two 45 minute sets with interval.

Smooth, sophisticated and stylish.

In this special concert Janet Seidel and her quartet perform a selection of songs from her albumDon’t Smoke in Bed: Songs in the Key of Peggy Lee.

Spanning the genres of jazz, cabaret, lounge and easy listening, she is one of Australia’s most prolific recording artists and performers.

Janet’s ensemble has a sound which is smooth, sophisticated and stylish. As a trio, they have achieved international recording success, releasing 18 CDs, and have received widespread acclaim for live performances on radio and in venues ranging from concert halls to jazz clubs.

In this intimate cabaret concert, Janet and her quartet pay tribute to Grammy Award-winning American jazz singer, songwriter and actress Peggy Lee, who is best known for her collaborations with Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and more.

Janet Seidel’s voice has been ranked by critics with those of Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Julie London and Blossom Dearie, and has earned her the title ‘Australia’s First Lady of Jazz’.


(It can also be done as one 80-90 minute set)

Janet does a selection of songs from her CD
‘Don’t smoke in Bed: songs in the key of Peggy Lee’.
Janet and the trio can sometimes be augmented by sax and drums and even a special guest: Don Burrows.

The songs include:

  • Things are swinging
  • Waiting for the train to come in
  • Elmer’s Tune
  • Why don’t you do right?
  • Mr. Wonderful
  • It’s a Good day
  • I don’t know enough about you
  • Manana
  • The Folks Who Live on the Hill
  • He’s a Tramp
  • A Long Long Train with a Red Caboose
  • Bella Note/ La La Lu
  • Them There Eyes
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Fever
  • I’m gonna go fishing
  • Is that all there is?
  • You Do Something to me
  • The show includes some information about Peggy and her singing and song writing career


Reviewer: Ed Goodstein

There're a few Peggy Lee tributes floating around, many very good too..... this album is great: both a really nice salute to a truly great vocalist, and also a fine showcase for Janet’s versatility. Janet doesn't try to imitate Lee: her voice is different if somewhat in the same timbre, but she evokes Peggy's 'cool AND sultry' style and approach very well I think. There is a nice cross section of works. In her own way, I think Janet’s interpretations are as valid as Peggy’s: especially the standout "He's a Tramp." I hope this album turns people on to Peggy, but also hope it'll lead some to explore more of Janet's distinctive work.