Always Summertime for Anita Harris

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THE works of US composers George and Ira Gershwin will get a working over from jazz singer Anita Harris and her band when she takes to the stage at Frankston Bowling Club on September 24.

Harris, a popular performer at jazz festivals around Victoria and beyond, has called her program Gershwing, which gives an indication of the direction she will take.

Since her first gig in 1993, Harris has delighted audiences at restaurants, wineries, jazz clubs – and festivals.

Critics have called her “one of those very rare vocal stylists” and enthused that “she has a strong fluid contralto which she employs to produce a delightfully creamy sound and she swings ably and effortlessly”.

In 2013, marking her 20th anniversary on the Australian jazz scene, she released her fourth CD, Here’s Looking at You. Earlier releases were My Heart Belongs to Jazz, The Wee Small Hours and Moments in Time.

Harris will work with her regular band – her father Kim Harris (piano), Graeme Steel (trumpet), Leon Heale (bass) and Alan Richards (drums).

Anita Harris and Friends present Gershwing, David May’s Jazz at the Bowl, Frankston Bowling Club, corner of Yuille and William Sts, Sunday, September 24 from 6-9pm. Meals available. Inquiries 5945 7773.

Barry Morris 

First published in the Frankston Times – 18 September 2017

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