Hall wants fame for jazz

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sara Fitz­patrick

ADAM Hall is push­ing jazz music into the fore­front of peo­ple’s hearts and minds.

He be­lieves that the more Perth au­di­ences see the di­ver­sity in jazz, the more they will un­der­stand and em­brace the genre.

“When it started, jazz was the pop music of its day and was ac­tu­ally the music for pa­rades, par­ties and pic­nics,” the Perth crooner-mu­si­cian said. “It wasn’t the music for jazz clubs and sit­ting there and rub­bing your chin and say­ing ‘Hmm, that’s very so­phis­ti­cated, very nice’.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to con­vey to an au­di­ence that jazz music is ev­ery­thing. In New Or­leans, still to this day, it’s the music of the street – party music – and that’s what it is to us.

“If you come from a pop sen­si­bil­ity and just like lis­ten­ing to songs, danc­ing around and hav­ing a good time then there’s a space in jazz for you, but if you like tak­ing it se­ri­ously and lis­ten­ing to ev­ery note, then there is space for that too.”

A main­stay of the Perth music scene, Hall and his band The Velvet Play­boys are per­form­ing at the four-day Jazz by the Bay with Buena Vista So­cial Club Young Guns.

“We have the younger gen­er­a­tion of the Buena Vista per­form­ers and they are full of energy and life,” Hall said.

“This is Latin music in the mod­ern times and all the things that go along with their style of per­for­mance, which is lots of au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion.

“They even get peo­ple to come up on stage and dance and there’s al­ways some­body in the crowd that reck­ons they can slap a tri­an­gle, so they get the tri­an­gles out and get peo­ple in­volved.”

Hall said it was “a great big treat” to bring the mu­si­cians Down Un­der and show WA rev­ellers some­thing new.

“Ob­vi­ously there are a few peo­ple around who saw the old vin­tage Buena Vista, but these younger guys are re­ally high­oc­tane,” he said.

“The sto­ries are that the guys from the orig­i­nal Buena Vista So­cial Club in the ’40s and ’50s were high-oc­tane too but by the time they fi­nally got re-re­leased in the early 2000s they were in their 70s, 80s and 90s.”

Adam Hall and The Velvet Play­boys.

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