Reviews Testimonials from venues

Belinda Gibson from the 'Glasshouse theatre' Pt McQuarie wrote on 5/6/12
Dear Janet,

A huge thank you to you, Chuck and David for making the trip to Port Macquarie to perform at the Glasshouse.

As always we have had such a wonderful response from our patrons following your performance. The quality of performance is excellent and your voice is truly amazing.

As a venue we really valued the ability to be able to present an afternoon of Jazz on the Sunday afternoon preceding the MondayMorning Music  concert. While there was some small cross over in the audiences the bulk of patrons attending on the Sunday show were  not regular Morning Music or Season attendees, so this provided us a great opportunity to tap into another market segment in our community.   This model of multiple shows crossing over our markets also provide some great cost efficiencies for us. It is  a great model moving forward with artists such as yourself who are able to provide a diversity of performance to meet the demands of a full concert and a Morning Music style presentation.

 Thank you again for both shows and we look forward to working with you again in future.

Best wishes


Cheryl Jorgenson from GGAC wrote

Wednesday 27 April 2011.
Dear Janet,
I would like to thank you for the two outstanding performances you presented at The Arts Centre earlier this month.  
Your versatility and repertoire enabled us to cater for two different audiences and to enhance the Centre’s reputation for presenting quality works and artists.   
As one of the shows in our inaugural “A Morning With” series for seniors, “Doris and Me” was extremely well received and as the Centre’s programmer, it was satisfying to see the reaction of the patrons to the show and to receive so many “thank you, that was wonderful” compliments as they left the venue.
Being able to then present the Janet Seidel Trio as part of our “Live & Intimate” in The Basement Series the following evening attracted the jazz lovers as well as several patrons who had enjoyed the performance of “Doris and Me”.
Thank you once again.
 Kind  regards,
Cheryl Jorgensen



CD REVIEW - 'Love Letters' 
Jazz Dimensions (Germany) - Carina Prange 
March 18, 2001 


The Australian singer and piano player Janet Seidel and her band together with William Galison created a perfect, smooth masterpiece with 'Love Letters'. 
For lovers of passionate music Janet Seidel's latest piece of work is wonderfully suited - nearly disturbing how perfect the whole thing sounds!

CD REVIEW - 'Love Letters' 
Phillip Sametz -from ABC Fine Music magazine  April 2001

The chemistry is palpable with Seidel's melodic performances finding a fine foil in Galison's free wheeling approach...a sheen of quiet sophistication is everywhere apparent. 

CD REVIEW - 'Love Letters' 
'All About Jazz' Website - Dave Nathan  April 2001

With her clear, cool voice, Janet Seidel successfully combines the fluencies of such singers as Chris Connor, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee and Doris Day into a style which focuses on delivering the story told by the lyrics rather than making her vocal faculties the message. 
On the lighter side, Seidel takes on a girlish tone (which she does very well) with another Hoagy Carmichael gem, 'Rockin' Chair. 
Galison also shows he can sing as he joins Seidel on a tender duet of 'Every Time We Say Goodbye. 
Seidel has earned admission into that select cadre of singers who accompany themselves at piano like Sarah Vaughan, Jeri Southern, Shirley Horn and Nina Simone. 
Love Letters is another fine production by Janet Seidel with lots of help from her friends and is highly recommended.

CD REVIEW - 'Love Letters'  Michael Foster (The Canberra Times 11 December 2000) 

Seidel's voice and piano playing and Galison's harmonica rates highly among those smooth combinations that seem so natural. 

Review of Live Concert from Courier Mail newspaper (Sept 2001)
Simple Messages by Neville Meyers 
Reviewing Janet Seidel & William Galison at Brisbane Jazz Club 

Sydney singer Janet Seidel and New York harmonica player William Galison have been delivering a simple message to Queensland jazz audiences: two distinctive voices can ignite and fire each other. 

The swinging duo had the added advantage of tight and expert backing from Seidel's regular working band (bassist brother David Seidel, guitarist Chuck Morgan and drummer Adam Pache) for Sunday's performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club.

The professionalism of both performers rarely flagged in their three generous sets. 

Seidel's lyrical understatement consistently shone, beginning with her opening number (a loping, languid, medium-paced 'And the angels sing'). It was also carried through on ballads as well as up-tempo numbers, as she accompanied herself on piano. 

Galison, alternating with both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas, expertly showcased the instrument's rich timbre behind Seidel on several ballads and delivered on the instrument's lusty capacity to swing.

They capped their performance with a standing ovation, delivering on their salute to trumpeter Chet Baker (Every time we say goodbye), offering 'Them there eyes' as an encore.

Review Of "the Pheasantry' London

Janet Seidel

The Pheasantry

London, UK

Janet Seidel, one of Australia’s top jazz singers, returned to London with a truly lovely evening of light jazz. Her sweet, breathy tones are reminiscent of Blossom Dearie, but it’s also clear that Doris Day has had great influence on Seidel’s vocal style.

Review: That Old Black Magic - The Songs Of Johnny Mercer/the Scotsman

Concert review: Janet Seidel Trio in the Scotsman 4/10/11 by Fiona Kerr

Recital Room, Glasgow ****

THE Australian-style weather may have already been a thing of the past by Friday evening but there was still a sultry, balmy quality to the music played in the Recital Room, courtesy of Janet Seidel'sSydney-based group. The charismatic singer-pianist set the tone with the very first tune, a gentlebossa nova version of Day In, Day Out on which her soft, unfussy vocals were offset by just guitar and bass, creating a gorgeous sound.

Review: That Old Black Magic - The Songs Of Johnny Mercer, Melbourne Recital Centre Salon

Review by Kay Sharples – 5th August 2011

Tribute Concerts performed by The Janet Seidel Trio at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon on Friday July 22nd and Saturday July 23rd 2011.

“ ....Recently I was privileged to be part of the inspired audiences enjoying two memorable concerts performed by the Janet Seidel Trio. The group are regular visitors to Melbourne and country Victoria, however, this time performing their first shows in the superb surroundings and acoustics of the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon where the band were very pleased to find the a perfect performing space and were clearly thrilled with the entire experience.

Journalist David Herbert Writes...

14 July Bastille day concert

It was a little piece of Paris right here on the Brisbane River.

Everything about the evening was decidedly French - the decor, food, wine, dress of staff and patrons...

And complementing this was superb jazz.  The Janet Seidel trio transported the audience to the other side of the world with a delightful selection of mainly French music. 

Filling the BJC on a week night is not an easy task, but tickets had sold out well before the night of the gig and Brisbanites were obviously keen to see one of Australia'sfavourite jazz acts.  The intimacy of the BJC suited the trio perfectly and the audience was attentive to every note as Janet and the trio provided one of the most polished nights of jazz we have seen for a while.  How lucky are we to be able to enjoy an evening in France with world class jazz musicians without even having to leave our own fair city.

Journalist Barb Travis Writes...

What a coup on Bastille Day…...the one on Wed. 14th July 2010 

I mean, at the Brisbane Jazz Club, magically situated on the banks of the Brisbane River…..or was it the Seine?

Berets and “French dressing” abounded in the packed house adorned with blue, white and red streamers, flags and Eiffel towers.

The Janet Seidel Trio completed the Club’s transformation with their polished renditions of “Les Chansons de Paris” ‘celebrating all things French’.  The Trio began the evening at 7.30pm with l love Paris. Smoothly accompanying herself on piano, Janet wowed the audience with her inimitable pure voice singing, mostly in French, many popular songs written and performed by French artists Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Maurice Chavalier, Yves Montand, Charles Trenet and Michel LeGrand.

Madeleine Writes From Armidale...

Armidale was recently lucky enough to host this fantastic trio. If you want to hear jazz at its finest, this is it! From the moment she walked on stage, it was clear we were in for something really special. This lady is the embodiment of style, and yes, glamour. Her sublime vocals were sensitively supported by David Seidel on double bass, and Chuck Morgan on guitar and ukulele.

There were many great solos, and it would have been wonderful to hear even more from David and Janet. It is rare to hear a singer with such exquisitely tuned pitch – more rare still to hear such a singer accompanying herself so brilliantly at the same time. Janet is also a consummate storyteller through song, taking us on a journey that was sheer joy from start to finish. If I had to sum up the evening in one word it would be – sensational!

Michael Pascoe Writes...

Janet, what a delightful new venue for your music at Waterbrook – it had the air of a private concert, a hint of “by invitation only”. Do we at last have a home for up-market cabaret on the North Shore? More, please. You were, of course, sparkling and the audience rapt.

Michael Pascoe


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