Hideaway Christmas Show (Friday)
Janette Mason will be joined by Lily Dior and Kevin Leo as she leads the Dirty Martinis for these special Hideaway Christmas Shows, swinging and grooving their way through some classic Christmas crackers packed with soul, jazz and feel good festive twists and treats.
Recognised as one of Australia’s finest singers, Lily Dior has shared the stage with a remarkable list of outstanding musicians from Australia and around the world and has performed at many of Australia's best venues including The Opera House Concert Hall, The State Theatre, Sydney Town Hall and The Domain. A finalist at The National Jazz Awards she is also an experienced radio personality and host of The Freedman Fellowship Jazz Awards.
The daughter of professional musicians who met and married in London, Lily spent her first five years touring the world with her parents who then settled in Australia. Returning to her roots in 2014, Lily is now a fixture on the London scene and an established performer at iconic jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club and Pizza Express Soho.
Discovered by the late great Jackie Orszaczky as a teenager, performing a show she wrote and produced on the life of Billie Holiday, Lily became a seminal member of Sydney’s hottest Soul/Funk outfit, ‘The Godmothers’, wowing audiences with her electric stage presence and powerful voice.
“If you see only one local band this year, make sure you catch this shimmering and wonderful soul funk act” (Bruce Elder, SMH)
Kevin Leo is a soulful singer, song writer, producer, vocal coach, painter, poet, and musician. He has recorded 3 solo Albums, plus Singles and EPs on QUIRK SOUL RECORDS.
In his early years, Kevin has supported Dionne Warwick, Kool and The Gang, Joe Longthorne and Michael Barrymore. Kevin has a Royal command performance under his belt and is an Op Nox national heat winner. Having worked in the music industry for over 20 years, Kevin Leo is a recognised vocal and performance coach within the industry and has worked with artists such as Parade, Pixie Lott, Olly Murs, Jay Sean, Chico, Nero, Sugababes, Lemar, Terri Walker, Simon Webbe, Big Brovas, The Darkness, Kele Le Roc, Busted, McFly, The 411, Hard Fi, Another Level, Architects/NaNa, Hil St Soul, David Hasselhoff.
Over the past few years Kevin has been producing music and has worked closely with Imaani on her debut solo Album and is currently working on his 4th album.
Janette Mason (keys)
If there's an explosion of curly red hair buzzing around at the business end of our beautiful Yamaha grand piano, and a room bursting with musically induced grins, then you can be sure it's Janette Mason at the ivories.
Appointed as Hideaway's first Musical Director in 2012, Janette's talents as a producer, arranger and band leader have left a distinctive and extremely popular mark on Hideaway's in-house productions, a series of sell-out shows that include Showtime Presents Bond and Wall to Wall: Bowie.
Also a talented composer, her Trio's 2010 CD, Alien Left Hand, was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award and her work also features on the soundtrack of award-winning independent film Ruby Blue, starring Bob Hoskins.
Her credits as an elite keyboard player include Oasis, Seal, Pulp and Robert Wyatt, as well as the cream of the UK's jazz talent including Clare Martin and Ian Shaw.
Line up: Kevin Leo - Vocals, Lily Dior - Vocals, Janette Mason - MD / Keys, Pete Ibbetson - Drums, Tom Mason - Bass, Shanti Jayasinha - Trumpet, Duncan Eagles - Saxophone