A ripple of excitement runs through the audience as they wait in anticipation of Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee. On stage at De Parel Speigeltent sits a drum kit, an elegant double bass, and a solitary microphone stand. Something special is about to happen.
And special it is, when the beautiful and talented Darling Buds of May burst onto the stage. The band are the epitome of jazz style, in their black suits, white shirts, and a few cheeky bow-ties. The incomparable Jessie Gordon (lead singer) slinks into position in a glamorous, glittery evening gown – right off the pages of Hollywood’s most sought after social pages of the 1940s.
The Darling Buds of May are Perth’s very own swing sextet, bringing the class and sophistication of a bygone era to audiences around Fringeworld. This show is all about the legendary Ms Peggy Lee. It covers her early work with the Benny Goodman Orchestra with classics like “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) and “It’s a Good Day,” the ridiculous yet toe-tapping “Carumba! It’s the Samba,” and even the brilliant signature tune from Lady and the Tramp – “He’s A Tramp,” penned by Lee herself along with most of the movie’s soundtrack.
The show is a fresh and energetic homage to the incomparable Ms Lee, executed with deep respect. Gordon’s vocals are like diving into a cool stream, she hits every note flawlessly. While not an impressionist, Gordon still emulates Lee’s tone perfectly while bringing her own characteristics and youthful signature. The band’s talent and love of swing music shines through their brilliant playing and absolute sense of fun. The camaraderie and joking is like watching a great bunch of friends having a great time with each other.
There are sublime moments of “Fever” and “Black Coffee” as Gordon revels in the sheer sensual nature of both songs. Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee is a vibrant, fun, and sexy show for the whole family. The enthusiasm and humour brought to the stage by The Darling Buds of May is a breath of fresh air, and you will leave with a newfound appreciation for the divine Ms Peggy Lee.
When: 23rd – 25th January (6pm)
Where: De Parel Speigeltent, Perth Cultural Centre
Tickets: $10 tickets available
Info: Duration 60mins, family friendly