Fringe Review: A Lady Sings the Blues • Glam Adelaide

Fringe Review: A Lady Sings the Blues

Zkye Compson-Harris is one of Adelaide’s treasures. A blues and jazz singer of unquestionable talent, she constantly stretches both her repertoire and her style.

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Presented by Schnithouse Norwood

Reviewed 19th February 2020

Zkye Compson-Harris is one of Adelaide’s treasures. A blues and jazz singer of unquestionable talent, she constantly stretches both her repertoire and her style.

With A Lady Sings the Blues she has pulled together a set-list of jazzier blues numbers, mainly those made famous by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.

Opening with Cry Me A River, she delved into such standards as Stormy Weather, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and It Had To Be You. Highlights included a jazzed up, modernized version of Porter’s Love For Sale and a spine-tingling acapella version of Strange Fruit. She finished the first set with the fabulous Twisted, a Wardell Gray composition with Annie Ross lyrics, which has been recorded by such luminaries as Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell. Compson-Harris’s version more than held its own.

Second set opened with the up-beat Bye Bye Blackbird, moving into Black Coffee, Too Darn Hot and Cheek to Cheek. She finished the night with two numbers in the style of Nina Simone: I Wish I Knew, and My Baby Just Cares.

Compson-Harris was backed by guitarist James Muller and bassist Damien Steele Scott, both of whom are outstanding musicians. The small combo feel worked brilliantly in the Schnithouse’s pop-up venue: the front decking area, dressed in fairy lights on a mild summer’s evening.

This is what Fringe is all about. Great entertainment, in quirky venues, with strangers sharing tables and a love of live performance.

And top-marks for a gig that starts and ends exactly on time (particularly during Fringe!).

Reviewed by Tracey Korsten
Twitter: @TraceyKorsten

Rating out of 5: 4 stars   CLASSY

Venue: Club 134 at Schnithouse Norwood
Season: Thursday 20th-Sunday 23rd February
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $40
Bookings: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/a-lady-sings-the-blues-af2020

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