When the somewhat diminutive Justin Clausen arrived on stage he was confronted by an audience of even more diminutive proportions. Indeed, it was equalled, numerically if not with talent, by his backing ensemble and in fact net of this critic numbered precisely one …. couple.
Still, this young performer from Melbourne batted on with confidence and style, sledged those that were there (hey Justin, we are not to blame for the small crowd,, they’re somewhere else) and after a few quaint notes early settled into his stride and delivered a fine hour of laid back jazz.
Using arrangements of Ben Kiley, Clausen covered music from across the past 100 years from Mack The Knife to Lady Gaga and the full spectrum of performers, from Edith Piaf to ACDC. His New York style reflects his own time studying there and his voice more than successfully traverses the scales and beats to make his show a thorough pleasure.
Highlights included his Windmills of Your Mind, Mamma Mia (as you have never heard it before) and ONJ’s I Honestly Love You. While some of the patter was a bit rich, at ‘weight for age’ this is four star jazz and a great way to round off a night at the Fringe.
Kryztoff Rating 4K
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