Oh La La is the name of the band. It is led by Fifi la Mer, who sings in French and English, which gives me a problem. Je suis un Canadien. Je ne parle pas francais. Quel Dommage. Well, her storytelling is excellent, both in presenting a song and singing it, so no problem there, then. She has lovely phrasing, and the arrangements a...re interesting, quirky in places, and fun.
Fifi is a busy lady, singing, presenting, and playing the very difficult traditional French button accordion with great skill. In the opening number, the Beatles' "Michelle", she also whistled. The song was a charming start to a good gig.
Not only did the band have fun up there, but the playing was excellent. Kit Massey on violin was new to us. I had never heard a jazz violinist use a mute before, which he did on "La Vie en Rose" to close the first set. It changes the timbre into something soft and lush.
Colin Oxley we know as a fine jazz guitarist, and so it proved last night. He had several great solos: I particularly llked the one in "Tea for Two". Colin is also an excellent accompanist in all the necessary styles that the evening produced.
The bass is the foundation of most music, and Julian Bury (who we also know) did an excellent job. He also had several fine solos, including one on the bow, which was a delight.
It was a most entertaining evening, and the audience had a great time, even when asked to sing along. In French. On "Je ne Regrette". They did.
Fleece Jazz club