Alanna and Old Hat
Classic golden era jazz 20s to 40s
Alanna and Old Hat are a swing quintet that brings to life the golden era of classic jazz from the 1920s - 40s. Their rich repertoire features vintage dance music of the roaring twenties - flappers; timeless, romantic jazz ballads; hot swing and sweet New Orleans blues. Lead vocalist Alanna Egan has a velvety tone influenced by classic jazz singers such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Julie London and more. Alanna and Old Hat features the world renown Steve Grant (cornet), vintage guitar stylist Jen Hawley, king of the old school, Ian Smith (drums, washboard) and mistress of the deep, Elise Winterflood (double bass).
They launch their debut album at The Port Fairy Jazz Festival.
"I envy Alanna's patter - never seen such a dry, incisive and self deprecating wit wrapped around an incredible talent. There's plastic jazz with the same rotation of divas and the odd exceptional soloist but she makes everything her own." Enda Kenny.