Laurie McVay is well known on the Island, his Big Blues Parties are fairly raucous affairs when his gravelly edged voice and note bending blues harp fill the room alongside amped up guitars and drums. However, when playing as ‘Laurie McVay & The Giant Steps’, as he is at Ventnor Arts Club this Saturday 27th September, you’ll see and hear another side to him.
Laurie takes the opportunity to smooth off the edges, takes to a stool and delivers a show that wouldn’t be out of place in an Upper East Side lounge bar in NYC. In fact the Ventnor Arts Club has that feel about it too and packs quite a surprise when you first enter through the big mahogany doors of the former bank.
Laurie is one of the new wave of singers (think Mario Biondi or Gregory Porter) who combines jazz sophistication with the passion of soul and blues. To quote a recent review: ‘McVay’s voice is … rangy yet sensitive. When he sings, you believe his story’.
This Saturday, Laurie will be joined by jazz luminaries, the Giant Steps Duo; Alan Nicholls on piano and Pete Holder on bass. Together they’ll perform highlights from the American jazz, soul and blues songbook, including songs from Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Grover Washington, Ray Charles and Billie Holiday.
Stephen Izatt of Ventnor Arts Club said:
“This will be the second time we’ve hosted Laurie and the Steps and we’re looking forward to another good show. I choose that word carefully, because to describe it as another gig would fall short on capturing the great atmosphere he creates with his music and banter”
The event is open to all and can be booked at www.ventnorartsclub.com.