Cot­ton on to Jazz

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine - Tanya MacNaughton

THE South-West might have a more stun­ning coast­line than where jazz singer Cathrine Sum­mers grew up in the UK, but the re­gion still makes her nos­tal­gic for her home­land.

How­ever, this is not the only rea­son she is look­ing for­ward to trav­el­ling to the Mar­garet River re­gion over the June long week­end.

It will be her third time per­form­ing at the fourth an­nual Jazz by the Bay, a three-day feast of jazz, food and wine in var­i­ous Duns­bor­ough, Bus­sel­ton and Mar­garet River venues.

“To per­form at this event is an ab­so­lute de­light,” Sum­mers said.

“Be­ing part of this fes­ti­val is in it­self one of my per­sonal highlights of the year.

“It’s a week­end put on by some amaz­ing and pas­sion­ate peo­ple that brings en­ergy to the re­gion and to be part of this is fan­tas­tic.”

The event pro­gram fea­tures per­for­mances by world-class Aus­tralian mu­si­cians across 15 venues, in­clud­ing winer­ies, theatres, on the green and Ngilgi Cave.

Fol­low­ing her sold-out Fringe World sea­son, Sum­mers will take au­di­ences back in time to the el­e­gance and style of the fa­bled Cot­ton Club with her Gatsby By The Bay show at Wyn­d­ham Re­sort on Sun­day, June 5.

She and her quin­tet will present a mix of old stan­dards, French, Span­ish and Ital­ian jazz mu­sic, along with songs fea­tured on The Great Gatsby sound­track, over a three-course din­ner.

“Each year the fes­ti­val gets big­ger and big­ger,” Sum­mers said.

“There are so many rea­sons Perth jazz lovers should pop down.

“A week­end away to one of the most beau­ti­ful parts of the coun­try with a plethora of amaz­ing qual­ity mu­sic at favourite winer­ies and ho­tels is sim­ply won­der­ful.

“The mu­si­cian­ship is not only pro­vided by some of the best mu­si­cians in Perth and sur­rounds but it is fun, lively and en­ter­tain­ing.

“I can’t wait.”

Cathrine Sum­mers

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