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Dirty Jazz


FRINGE WORLD is once again bringing a chock-full of wonders to Perth, and this weekend’s show Dirty Jazz is by no means an exception.

Opening in Fremantle’s stunning new blues venue Duke of George, jazz singing icon Jessie Gordon and talented pianist Adrian Galanté make a hilariously raunchy, yet classy performance that will have you dancing, clapping and laughing your way home.

The show pulls up the dirtiest songs from the dark depths of the Swing era, sung in Gordon’s powerful and sensual tones.

Complete with her sparkling number and sexy updo, you’ll be transported back in time and shocked by the filthy undertones (and in some cases, not-so-inconspicuous-tones) of catchy jazz originals.

Gordon’s charismatic stage presence is complemented by Adrian’s witty remarks and accompanying musical notes, never failing to make the audience giggle and join in on the fun.

The performance decidedly picked up its pace as the night wore on, when the tame songs became less tame and wilder by the minute, relaying all manner of sexual encounters and desires through clever wordplay about nudist siblings, toe popsicles and ‘churning butter’.

The crowd favourite was definitely a song about a man desperate to marry, but finding every woman to be an illegitimate sister, ending with a comic twist making the crowd roar with laughter.

Of course, the outright filthiest song of all was left until last, and it was both parts disturbing and jaw-achingly funny, closing the night with a bang.

If you’re looking for something less raunchy, Gordon’s spectacular voice will still wow you in her more serious jazz performances at The Ellington throughout the next month.

Her spontaneous rendition of La Vie En Rose proves her to be not only skilled at hilarity but a genuinely talented artist.

Either way, for a night of charming sleaze and witty humour, Dirty Jazz takes the cake.

Love the show? Have your say!

Josh on 23 Nov 2019

Charles Horse Lays An Egg is arguably the greatest comedy show ever created. In years to come it will be considered a masterpiece

Lis on 23 Nov 2019

Loved this singer so much we immediately bought more tickets to see her again next week. Fantastic pianist too.


Review by Tiffany Ko on 19 Jan 2019

Tiffany is a fresh graduate and an aspiring novelist, but loves all forms of writing, having complete trust in her pen to take its own course. Her guilty pleasures include staying indoors to catch up on a book and making spaghetti with too much salt, then eating it straight out of the pot.