Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz!
Family friendly songs give children their first flavour of cabaret
This article is from 2015.
Before McGregor has even taken to the stage, little ones are scurrying around the floor, hips swaying to the jazz beats of her superb backing band. On arrival, dressed up to the nines, the Australian vocalist introduces her two side-kicks for the hour – a dance duo, there to encourage everyone to join in.
Giving children their first flavour of cabaret, McGregor works her way through a series of family-friendly songs. Playgroup standards like ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ are given a jazzy flavour, while a cover of Bjork’s ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ has children pretending to sleep then leaping back up excitedly for the chorus.
If you’ve ever been to a toddler group or pre-school music class, you’ll recognise the dynamic here straight away. Some parents concentrate on their children, dancing by their side and following McGregor’s instructions. Others grab the opportunity for adult company, chatting to friends while the children are occupied. It makes for a strange atmosphere, but in the centre of it all is McGregor with her beautiful voice and witty charm. Those who make the most of her are the clear winners.
Assembly George Square, until 30 Aug (not 17 & 18, 24 & 25), 11.10am, £8.