Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

NZ group to perform at Norfolk Island Jazz Fest

News release swing – 1
November 23, 2005

Rat pack repertoire for Norfolk Is jazz

There’s more to music impersonation than a white sequined jump-suit, black hair, sunglasses and the ability to swivel your hips.

That realisation is the catalyst behind the formation of the New Zealand group Swing Out, one of the star attractions at the 2005 Norfolk Island Jazz Festival in December.

Swing Out vocalist Mark Jensen (45), in a search for something different in his chosen Jazz genre, quite a few years ago came to the conclusion that Elvis wasn’t the only music legend who could be copied.

Mark’s a fan of the music from the Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin era and the Rat Pack singers of the same period – so he thought Frank Sinatra would be a good subject to tackle.

Initial attempts at emulating the actions and stage presence of the enigmatic Sinatra were cause for much mirth among his colleagues so Mark decided to focus on the music instead.

Now he’s bringing his renowned Frank Sinatra jazz show to Norfolk Island’s popular jazz expo.

Swing Out currently is Mark Jensen on vocals with David Selfe on keyboards and Ambrose Splescia on wind instruments. The group formed in 1999 when Mark selected 20 of Ole Blue Eyes’ greatest songs for a one-man show in Auckland.

“As they say in showbiz, the rest is history – the show was a huge success and we took it on tour throughout the North Island. So it’s been the songs we’ve focused on ever since,” Mark says.

A recording of one of the performances took the music wider and the performing arts and drama teacher hasn’t looked back.

Mark has added Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin songs to the repertoire as well as some fascinating and amusing anecdotes about Frank and his stellar career.

“I can’t tell you if Frank ever paid moolah to the mafia – but we do have some nice little insights into his colourful life,” Mark says.

Selfe and Splescia have considerable international experience as solo and backing artists but the Norfolk Island gig is Mark’s first offshore venture.

Mark’s rich and vibrant vocals perfectly complement the playing of his backers.

“Frank and the boys would love Swing Out, simply because the show has style with what we think is some pretty appealing interpretations of the Rat Pack classics,” Mark says.

The Norfolk Island Jazz festival is a key element in the sub-tropical island’s arts and cultural programme and kicks off on December 5 running for five days.

- Air New Zealand seven-day travel packages are available from $1,065 (1) per person including airfares (Dec. 4 to 11), seven days car hire and seven nights twin accommodation. Other inclusions are airfare taxes, Norfolk Island airport transfers, and reserved seating at five jazz festival shows and complimentary activities on Norfolk Island.

A Jazz in the Pines info pack is available from the Travel Centre by free-phoning 0800 00 88 10 or email to rebecca@travelcentre.nf . More details can be viewed at www.travelcentre.nf and www.norfolkisland.nf

About Norfolk Island: Discovered by Captain Cook in 1774, Norfolk Island was first settled as a British penal colony in 1788 through to 1856. On June 8, 1856, the island was re-inhabited by a community from Pitcairn Island, descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Known today as Norfolk Islanders, they form a majority of the 1,800 resident population. Norfolk Island is renowned for its spectacular coastal scenery, colourful history, sporting and cultural activities, convict heritage and tax-free shopping.

(1) Fares do not include Auckland and Norfolk Island departure tax, car insurance, petrol. Conditions apply. Prices current and subject to availability and change without notice.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION