An­nie’s dizzy for jazz

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitz­patrick

WITH two older brothers rapt in the world of jazz, it was only fit­ting that An­nie Mitchell would fol­low suit.

The bub­bly 19-year-old is one of three vo­cal­ists with the WA Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra (WAYJO).

Her brothers – one a pi­anist and the other a gui­tarist – were mem­bers of the col­lec­tive in their younger days.

“Fun­nily enough, both my par­ents aren’t mu­si­cians but they had three mu­si­cian kids,” Mitchell said.

“I al­ways saw my brothers do­ing jazz and thought: ‘I have to do that, I re­ally want to do that’.”

Mitchell will per­form the clas­sics of Ella Fitzger­ald, Dizzy Gille­spie and Bernard “Buddy” Rich with WAYJO this month.

She dis­cov­ered her voice at a young age, go­ing on to take pro­fes­sional les­sons in Year 6 and later sing­ing in bands.

“In pre-pri­mary we would go around the mat and all get to have a sing with the marker,” she said.

“I re­mem­ber that as a dis­tinct mo­ment when I thought: ‘I re­ally love this’.”

The teen is a “huge fan” of jazz artists Dionne Slater, Gretchen Par­lato, Frank Si­na­tra and Ella Fitzger­ald but does not limit her­self to the one genre.

“I’ve got a great com­mu­nity with WAYJO and I hang out with those guys a lot and we’re all re­ally into jazz but I also study con­tem­po­rary mu­sic at WAAPA,” Mitchell said.

“I love soul and r&b: jazz is a real clas­sic form and if you’re study­ing mu­sic it’s def­i­nitely a key genre to re­ally look into.

Mitchell’s dream is to record an al­bum of orig­i­nal songs in a cross­over be­tween con­tem­po­rary and jazz.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468498

An­nie Mitchell, Joe Banks and Chris Musi­tano will per­form in the Ella, Dizzy and Buddy show.

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