Golden Boy

November 27, 2016anita No Comments »

One of the best experiences playing with a live band is to witness the talent of great musicians up-close. I was reminded of this a few nights ago, performing with pianist Casey Golden at the QVB in Sydney. At 28, Casey is producing some highly sophisticated music. I kind of wanted to not sing, just so I could hear more of his playing. In late February 2016 he’ll be heading over to London, so I’ll be curious to see what influences the city and its people will have on his music. Check out his charming rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ on his website www.caseygolden.com.au, or better still, order his latest trio EP ‘Miniature’.  P.S I hope he’ll still play on my gigs when he returns to Australia… IF he ever comes backanita-pollard-and-casey-golden-sydney-qvb-nov-2016!

 

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LOUDMOUTH!

May 15, 2016anita No Comments »

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Me and Mr Jones

January 15, 2016anita No Comments »

It feels superfluous to add to the mountain of tributes to David Bowie, who passed away this week. I have been a huge fan ever since my cousin gave me Bowie’s ‘Pinups’ Album when I was 12. A quixotic alien with the vocal timbre of a sex dream. Thank you for the music Mr Jones.

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Quote for the day…from Plato

October 13, 2015anita No Comments »

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Anita

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Another bite of the Big Apple for ‘Round Thelonious

June 28, 2015anita No Comments »

I am very excited to announce that I have the opportunity to be directed in a workshop reading of ‘ROUND THELONIOUS by Shidan Majidi, who has been running Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s New York office for over 15 years.

To take advantage of this thrilling opportunity I need to bridge the gap between my acting skills and my singing skills, and to do this I have the been accepted into a 5-week acting workshop at The Barrow Group in New York this July! To read more about the latest news on this project please go to this link: http://tinyletter.com/anitasong/letters/are-you-ready-to-make-culture-happen

 

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Gucci Gucci Goo!

January 13, 2015anita No Comments »

“A night in Gucci sound OK?” I was asked recently by Cathy the office manager at Gucci Australia & NZ . We were discussing the look of the 2015 Gucci Annual Awards dinner, where I would be performing with the Anita Pollard Trio.

“When can you come in and try some dresses on? Cathy asked”. I wanted to cry out “CRACK THE CHAMPAGNE, I’M DOWNSTAIRS!” but I restrained myself and suggested maturely that I come in the next day. (I don’t know why I had to hide my excitement. Even as a young girl I remember riding on a fairground attraction and every time the ride spun me past my waiting mother I felt terribly embarrassed by my gargantuan smile, which was glued to my face like there was G-Force at work. It was my first time on a Merry-Go-Round).

The reception area of the Gucci Head office has a spectacular 26th floor view overlooking the East, encompassing the Sydney harbour as well as riveting views of the city. Below I could see flocks of city workers who had settled in Hyde Park for their lunch hour.  In the reception area there is a section walled off by glass that serves as a kind of “private” showroom for Gucci products; handbags, shoes, sunglasses and a long rack of clothes. I wondered if this was where celebrities did their Gucci shopping – has Cate Blanchett blessed this space I meant to ask but I was distracted by Cathy showing me three exquisite gowns that the PR team had selected for me to try on.  ”We’ll leave you alone to get changed” proffered my lovely hostess. Just me and anywhere up to 2000 office workers, I speculated as I stripped down to my underwear and contemplated my first dress: a slinky, strappy number which quite frankly I couldn’t tell which way around should be worn – so I tried it on both ways. Anyone working in a nearby office would have had lunch and a show last Thursday.

The ‘winning’ frock was a sparkling, slinky number reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour, which was this year’s theme for the dinner. (See photo below). The event was held at the MCA, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and under the glow of chandeliers and the balmy setting sun. It was an inspiring backdrop to which to swing the tunes of Frank Sinatra’s heyday, while projected images of Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood royalty played to the entirely black and white appareled guests. It was a little sad placing the dress on the Gucci hanger in the greenroom afterwards but my spirits were soon lifted by a twenty minute foot massage from a thoughtful husband. (N.B Mine).

With bassist Gary Holgate (L) and pianist Casey Golden (R)

With bassist Gary Holgate (L) and pianist Casey Golden (R)

 

 

 

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Coco Republic dinner for Oly

December 3, 2014anita No Comments »

There’s a first time for everything, and this was my first gig in a furniture shop! Thanks to photographer Esteban La Tessa for the photos.

Sound check with Casey Golden

Sound check with Casey Golden

Pre-dinner jazz

Pre-dinner jazz

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Vale Kerrie Biddell 1947- 2014

September 16, 2014anita No Comments »

I am sorry to hear the passing of Kerrie Biddell, who was my singing teacher about four years ago and co-producer of my EP Martini Set . Kerrie had a stroke in early September and passed away, age  67. Kerrie was a generous and knowledgeable vocalist and teacher with an extraordinary musicality. She will be missed by many. Kerrie was plagued by arthritis from age 16 but kept her (sometimes sardonic) sense of humour. She described herself as a D-List celebrity. For someone who was approached to record with Mel Torme or described by Count Basie as “incredible”, she was disturbingly unrecorded. She loved words and taught me the meaning of mnemic. And I will remember her.

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Nice work if you can get it!! Singing in the 2014 Tour de France SBS TV Promo

June 28, 2014anita No Comments »
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A website is born!

March 15, 2014anita No Comments »

Ladies and gentlemen I invite you to check out a new website www.roundthelonious.com

You will be able to follow the latest news of my musical biography ‘ROUND THELONIOUS. If you are new to my blog – welcome – and please visit the site to find out about this new musical based on the true story of a rebellious Rothschild woman who fell under the musical spell of one of the world’s greatest jazz composers Thelonious Monk.

The site is, like a newborn, undergoing changes on a daily basis, as I will be adding features such as a blog. And on top of all this, today I ate a chocolate coated, roasted cricket. True!

 

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