Review by Molly McKew
If anyone missed their curfew after Jazz Party’s ‘Talking in your Sleep’ launch, it was all worth it. The epic one and a half hour show was a visual and aural treat, with each of the band members delivering an absorbing blast of showmanship. Jazz Party were launching their sultry ballad ‘Talking in your Sleep’, and Brunswick’s Howler was to capacity with an excitable crowd. Jazz Party’s diverse line up changes from show to show, and in the past has featured guests such as The Cat Empire’s Harry Angus and songstresses Mojo Juju and Emily Lubitz of TinPan Orange. Their sound takes inspiration from New Orleans style Jazz, soul and RnB and brings to mind old timey jazz dens filled with music aficionados, classy flirtations and sloshing drinks.
The horns section, percussionist, drummer, and bassist were expert supports to front people Darcy McNaulty and Loretta Miller – Loretta theatrically ducking in and out of the set to whoops of excitement. Jazz Party brings some great songwriting to an old timey vibe – Loretta makes a point of acknowledging front man Darcy McNulty’s songwriting skills, a notable example being ‘Flowers’ with its skillfully whistled melodic hook. The extended jams and intuitive musicianship displayed by band members was utterly absorbing, and there was just the right amount of light and dark, with fuller moments contrasting nicely with sweeter melodic ones (with the occasional five-part harmony).
Loretta was all old school raunchy glamour, sporting, among other things, crescent moon earrings, sequined hot pants, a midnight blue silk gown, and a sizeable ‘Jazz Party’ gold necklace. Her vocal chops were technically on point and with suitable amounts of melodrama. The packed venue housed a diverse crowd but with one thing in common – a willingness to wiggle their bodies with various levels of skill. Jazz Party did indeed bring the party along with the jazz, and I look forward to hearing what their album brings at the end of 2017.[share]