When artists collide
they have never met, Australian blues guitarist Ray Beadle (pictured) and sultry Canadian singer Jill Barber are united by a shared love of jazz classics. The twosome will join forces for a concert of jazz songs at Burleigh Underground Drummers on Saturday for the Come Out Swinging Tour. Beadle, who has had more than 25 years in the music industry, says although he usually sticks to funk and rock tunes, he was looking forward to branching out into the jazz arena. ‘‘It (jazz) is something I have always loved listening to, and while there are jazz elements to what my band plays, it will be interesting to do something a little different this time around,’’ he says. ‘‘I normally play all originals, but this show will have a lot more covers, so people can enjoy all the classics. I have never met Jill (Barber), but she is flying in this week so I will get to meet her and we will hopefully get a little bit of a practice in together so we can collaborate on a few songs on stage.’’ Ray Beadle and The Hightones will also showcase the West Coast jump blues style of the US in the ’50s and ’60s, paying homage to Hollywood Fats, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, Lynwood Slim, Igor Prado, Alex Schultz and Little Charlie Baty. Barber will perform music from Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf.
Come Out Swinging Tour plays Burleigh Underground Drummers on Saturday. Visit oztix.com.au