Afternoon jazz brings out the best of Belfast...
They run a slick operation the Out To Lunch crew. Sold out gig, everyone in seated drinks on tables and support act on stage just after 2:00 pm. No messing.
No messing with or from Dana either, dressed all in black jumps on stage accompanied by musical director and mentor Lindley Hamilton and four other band members and starts belting them out. Actually it’s much better than belting; there is much light and shade.
Most people here know the back story, raised in South Carolina, now married and living of all places Lisburn. Discovered by the aforementioned Mr Hamilton has been gigging around and about including a Saturday jazz session in McHugh’s basement. Word spreads and she finds herself singing at pensioner’s birthday parties over in Cyprus Ave. Great taste some seventy year olds.
The set is wider than what I have heard he do before, soul, gospel, blues, jazz, standards and notably self penned. Some really big powerful stuff, starting with ‘Something So Strong’, ‘Nature Boy’, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. All delivered with great style, power and conviction. Dana can sing who are we to argue with Van.
Dana Masters wowed the early afternoon crowd. © Bernie McAllister