On a scorching hot day in Edinburgh I decided to check out John Hunt Sings Swing. There were two reasons; I could get out out of the sun whilst hearing some live music and also try my new Canon 80D in a dark venue. I had been told on a previous visit that this venue was a safe enough place for a woman to go on her own so I thought I’d test that out too. It was, after all, a Wednesday afternoon. I left the festival sunshine behind me and entered the dark Edinburgh basement that is The Jazz Bar.
John Hunt, unknown to me, but apparently the fringe’s favourite bluesman, was backed by the trio of Campbell Normand on piano, Ed Kelly on double bass and familiar face Bill Kyle on drums. The gig was to be an hour long. There was a decent crowd, older, some American visitors to the city, all very friendly. John opened with Mac the Knife and if I am not mistaken there were some customised lyrics in there, this was followed by Ain’t Misbehavin’. John sang a beautiful rendition of Tom Wait’s Grapefruit Moon which was the standout track of the show for me. Campbell Normand certainly had a beautiful light touch on the piano during that one which complimented John’s singing. Bye Bye Blackbird showcased Ed’s bass playing and was followed by a couple of fun tracks; the Bond theme You Only Live Twice and the theme tune to the Flintstones. The gig finished with The Lady is a Tramp.
The Jazz Bar got it right, John Hunt’s well practised chat was friendly and funny, the performance was solid and the mix of tunes was just right for an entertaining afternoon show.