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2021 Chats with the Mosaic Cat
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Sound Engineer and editor and Oscar winner for Mad Max Fury Road 2015
The chat with David White is here.
Additional information can be found on these links:
Oscar interviews here
News article here
The chat with Sandie White is here
AN EARLY SNAPSHOT:
Started her professional career in 1955 at the Australia Hotel, in Sydney under the name Sandra Louise.
November 55 saw her in London hired by Harry Roy at the Gargoyle Club with whom she worked for over a year. January 57 gave her first TV appearance and was hired by Ray Ellington to perform with his 4tet. 6 months later she left to freelance and worked with such jazz luminaries as Ike Isaacs, Dill Jones and Basil Kirchin. Dutch comedian, Max Tailleur booked her for 6 weeks at his “Cabaret de Doofpot” in Amsterdam in 57 and in 58 she worked for one year for the American forces in Germany, and was invited by such Jazz Giants as Lionel Hampton, Zoot Sims and Oscar Pettiford to perform with their bands in Wiesbaden, Paris and Stuttgart respectively.
1959 saw her return to Australia, where she landed a job with Jimmy Henney’s Orchestra at Princes Restaurant Sydney, emulating her Mother, Bee Hussey-Cooper who sang there with Craig Crawford’s band during World War 2. Two dates on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand culminated in being picked up by Channel 7 where she worked constantly on all their shows for 3 years, culminating in her own TV show “Cue for Music” with Tommy Tycho & his Orchestra. She also worked in Melbourne & Adelaide appearing on IMT with Graham Kennedy and The Light Show on ADS7 . She was a constant performer at Sammy Lee’s Latin Quarter. From there she was booked for Cabaret performances in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Salisbury. Then travelled to London where she learnt another occupation for 4 years but continued to sing – turning more and more to jazz.
In 1966 she went to live in Mallorca, Spain, and worked in Cabaret both at Tito’s and Tago Mago night clubs plus many jazz gigs at the Jonquet Mills Clubs in Palma with the Bob Weeden Trio. She worked the Castelliana Hilton in Madrid before embarking on a tour through Europe with Los Lecuona Cuban Boys as their “English” singer.
Returning to Australia in 1972 she spent 8 years out of the industry.
THE LATER SNAPSHOT:
In August 79 she started singing again when Jack Allen invited her to join his band at the Paddington Inn gradually working her way back into the jazz scene. After her marriage in 1980 she changed her name to Sandie White. She met up again with Dill Jones in 1980 and they put down some tracks which got plenty of air play and has worked constantly ever since with Sydney’s top Jazz Musicians.
1983 took her to the Sacramento jazz Festival with Noel Crow and the same year she met and teamed up with New York born Pianist, Vince Genova which proved to be a musical Tour de Force and resulting in the LP Angel Eyes. It was also the year she started a 16 year relationship with Terrace Vale Winery taking her band to the Hunter Valley for their end of harvest luncheon. There was also a 4 year residency at Quincy’s in Cremorne and The Top Of the Treasury @ The Intercontinental Hotel during the 80’s
She was part of Mark Murphy’s first Australian Jazz Singers Summit at Kinsella’s and appeared with him on ABC TV as a guest on Don Burrow’s Supper Club presents…. and in 1986 she shared the inaugural Jazz vocalist of the year award – an honour she treasures. 1987 saw her opening “Upstairs” at Ronnie Scotts in London with the Harry South Trio and she was support to Ronnie at Kinsellas in 1989.
She has appeared in many festivals such as Manly, Werana, Brisbane, Taree, Rockhampton, Eltham, Noosa and Magnetic Island and has appeared in major venues in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne such as Dizzy’s jazz club, The Jazz Lab, Top of the Treasury, Don Burrows Supper Club, Foundry 616, Brisbane Jazz Club, Venue 505, The Jazz Lab and The Basement (Gold Coast) appearing constantly in many cafes and restaurants that support live music. 2014 saw her appearing twice at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club to rave reviews and there is a standing invitation to return anytime.
She is fortunate to work constantly with such luminaries as Judy Bailey, Simon Tedeschi, Mark Isaacs, Craig Scott, Kevin Hunt, George Golla, Dan Barnett, Eric Ajaye, Ray Alldridge, Steve Russell, Brendan Clarke, Col Loughnan, Glenn Henrich, Dave Smith, Esmond Selwyn (UK), Todd Hunter (USA) and many others.
Several more discs have finally been recorded – “Be Diggin’ Me Clear Now”, “Taking Risks”, “A Bluer Shade of White”, “Wild October Gladness”. and her latest release is “So Many Songs – So Little Time”.
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Adelaide Festival Fringe
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PREVIEW dated Sunday 7th February
Review by Brigitte Baden-Rennie
Yesterday afternoon this Cat time travelled back to 1883 and the lawless Wild West in Texas and she didn’t even get out of her comfy chair. Via Zoom I journeyed with my fellow travellers across vast plains heading to Mexico for a new start but circumstances were soon against us and we had many decisions to make. I’ll stop right here so not to give away the adventure that lies before you on this rootin’, tootin’ gunslinging, skirt twirling adventure created and guided by Shelby Bond a.k.a. Pleasant Curtis from his studio in L.A.
I’ve never experienced anything like this before either in reality or on-line and I’ve been around for a bit so that’s saying something. I absolutely loved it! Yes, it warrants an exclamation mark. Mr Bond is a charming, generous host with really solid acting and technical skills, drawing together this group of disparate journey men and women – all on a computer screen. That’s saying something as I have on many occasions found live streaming performances lacking in atmosphere with a feeling of disassociation from the artist. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the adults begin to loosen up and play. Yes, play is not just for children. Re-engaging your imagination is cathartic. The youngest of our travel companions were 6 & 8 accompanied by a fun loving dad somewhere in California apparently and the oldest (apart from yours truly) were 40/50-ish.
We all need some good, wholesome, thigh slapping, gingham wearing fun at the moment and Shelby’s Wild West Adventure Party offers it to you as you write your own adventure story with every throw of the dice.
Gather your friends, go to the Wild West and take yourself on an imaginative, cleverly crafted and COVID safe adventure because dang it, excuse the language, let yourself go and enjoy yourselves. Y’all sure deserve it.
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