THE CLAS­SICS, DONE HIS WAY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

JAKE Dennis is a master of the arts.

A crooner, ac­tor and a poet, Dennis was born for a life on stage, rev­el­ling in en­ter­tain­ing the au­di­ence and get­ting them to buy into what­ever char­ac­ter or story he is try­ing to por­tray.

Cred­it­ing per­form­ers such as Perth ac­tress and singer Rhonda Lopez and Amer­i­can en­ter­tainer Movin’ Melvin Brown as in­spi­ra­tions, it’s lit­tle won­der he has a pas­sion for the stage.

“I have al­ways been a huge fan of theatre and ad­mire the way the ac­tors use ges­tures, cos­tume, set­ting, char­ac­ter and props to el­e­vate the story.

“I love to get peo­ple in­volved in the story and to work on stage with lo­cal WA tal­ent.”

He will be putting on his mu­si­cian’s hat this Fri­day as he jumps on stage at the Fre­man­tle Fi­bonacci Cen­tre for a night of jazz, swing and blues in a onenight-only per­for­mance, Clas­sic Crooners.

Dennis will join the Mint Jazz Band per­form­ing the clas­sics made fa­mous by names such as Frank Si­na­tra, Nat King Cole, Michael Bu­ble and Bobby Darin, but he said the au­di­ence should ex­pect to hear a bit of in­di­vid­u­al­ity mixed in with their favourites.

“Peo­ple love crooners, but they also re­spect in­di­vid­u­al­ity, so rather than per­form­ing an im­i­ta­tor’s trib­ute show, I per­form the crooners’ best songs in my own style,” he said. “The driv­ing force be­hind the show was choos­ing songs by crooners peo­ple love and putting on an en­ter­tain­ing show that they could en­joy with fam­ily and friends.

“The Fib is such a funky venue and it is a ter­rific place for a show, es­pe­cially with the sup­port the venue shows for lo­cal artists and mu­si­cians. “If you love a great fun night out ... then

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d442434 you have to come and see us at the Fib.”

Visit www.po­et­of­jazz.com/ clas­sic-crooners for more in­for­ma­tion or www.face­book.com/ po­et­of­jazz.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

En­ter­tainer Jake Dennis is per­form­ing songs from the clas­sic crooners such as Bobby Darin with the Mint Jazz Band.

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