Aussie jazz star Young headlines at Silverlake

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Australian jazz singer Jess Young headlined a night of international and Thai sounds at the Silverlake Vineyard earlier this month.

The Melbourne native, who recently returned from New York where she was recording and performing with jazz legends including George Coleman, Russell Malone and Harold Mabern, topped a bill that also included Thai jazz artists Jessada Sookdhramorn and Dream Pattaraporn at the May 3 dinner show.

Young was in Pattaya to oversee production of her new album at Karma Sound Studios in Pattaya with producer Chris Craker.

19-year old Dream smiles after performing a track from her “Peaceful Dream” album.19-year old Dream smiles after performing a track from her “Peaceful Dream” album.

Young draws on a background of jazz, soul and blues to offer a fresh contemporary style that gives audiences a unique live performance.  Her multi-octave voice allows her to excel in all genres and has enabled her to develop a wide and varied vocal repertoire.  She’ll head next to the United Kingdom to perform at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Cafe and other top venues.

Opening act Jessada has been well known in Thailand for more than 20 years, fronting the underground punk band Sepia and, more recently, composing, arranging and producing songs for artists including Bird Thongchai, Sek Loso, and Thaitanium.  He also worked as musical director of live shows for Carabao, Big Ass, Slot Machine and more.

Jessada’s new project is a jazz duo called “Doobadoo” with Lookwa Pijika Jittaputta.  He’s also doing a new solo work as producer for Singto and Buddha Bless.

Jessada introduced a new artist, 19-year-old Dream, whose “Peaceful Dream” album was mixed at Karma Sound.  She opened the show with a cut from that album.

Jess Young serenades the audience at SilverlakeJess Young serenades the audience at Silverlake

Jessada played both acoustic and electric guitar as accompaniment to Jess Young’s soulful voice.Jessada played both acoustic and electric guitar as accompaniment to Jess Young’s soulful voice.

Jess Young (right) poses for a photo with PMTV’s Sue Kukarja.Jess Young (right) poses for a photo with PMTV’s Sue Kukarja.