Mu­si­cians find their rhythm in friend­ship

Guardian Express - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughton

MU­SI­CIAN and vo­cal­ist Mark Turner found a kin­dred spirit in jazz/blues singer Jessie Gordon when he was just 13 years old and play­ing in the Kala­munda Youth Swing Band.

Eigh­teen years later and their friend­ship is stronger than ever, in­spir­ing Fringe show Mark Turner and Jessie Gordon: Best Friends

at The Elling­ton Jazz Club from Fe­bru­ary 13 to 17.

“We share the same val­ues of life and spirit of mu­sic, al­ways striv­ing to be bet­ter,” Turner, of Joon­danna, said.

“It’s just one of those lovely friend­ships that is al­ways great and feels like home for me.

“She's su­per fun to party with and has been the driv­ing force in im­prov­ing my fash­ion game since I was a young chap.”

Turner, who plays gui­tar and sax­o­phone with Adam Hall and the Vel­vet Play­boys, said the duo put The Dar­ling Buds of May band to­gether soon af­ter they met and their mu­sic ca­reers de­vel­oped from there, be­com­ing well­known in the Perth mu­sic scene and tour­ing Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally, to­gether and sep­a­rately.

Their lat­est sep­a­ra­tion only proved the power of their friend­ship.

“I was in Europe for a few months when she was in Broome and we only had a one day over­lap where she could launch her new al­bum (A Work of Fric­tion) that we recorded ear­lier in the year,” the 31-year-old said.

“We had a two-day win­dow in Malaysia where I thought I could play the gig if I flew back for the day and then go back to Malaysia to fin­ish my tour.

“I flew from Ger­many to Malaysia and straight to Perth and did the show, then slept in and missed my flight, so I had to re­book an­other flight and made it to my next gig in Malaysia the next day with five min­utes to spare. I saw Jessie once and then she went off to Europe.”

The pair will make up for lost time per­form­ing the one-hour Best Friends show fea­tur­ing “a col­lec­tion of our favourite songs reimag­ined and a spon­ta­neous, or­gan­ised chaos”.

It will be a case of set list roulette where the au­di­ence gets to cre­ate a new show each night, choos­ing from cov­ers and orig­i­nals.­mu­ni­ d489476 Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Mu­si­cians Jessie Gordon and Mark Turner bring their 18-year friend­ship to the stage in Mark Turner and Jessie Gordon: Best Friends.

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