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Kevin Clark and Fran Barton
20 May 2018
THE EYES HAVE IT
Fran Barton and the Kevin Clark Trio will brighten up your evening when they present an entertaining romp through a themed program –THE EYES HAVE IT- at Meow on Sunday May 20th from 5.00 to 7:00pm. The songs are all about eyes, in a jazz setting, including well known favourites such as I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, THEM THERE EYES, THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES’ and more modern material such as BETTE DAVIS EYES, DON’T YOU MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE, DON’T ROLL THOSE BLOODSHOT EYES AT ME and many more, including some originals. This will be an entertaining evening of jazz and other stuff with something for everyone. Not to be missed
Vocalist Fran Barton and pianist-trumpeter-arranger-composer Kevin have been working together since the early '70s in television, radio, live performances at festivals, studio recordings, restaurants and private and corporate functions. Fran will be remembered by many for her sparkling performances with Kevin on the Brian Edwards weekly live to air TV show in the early '70s.
Kevin has been awarded the NZ Music Award TUI for Best Jazz Album twice and was a finalist with his last Flamenco-Latin flavoured album Zahara. All the music was original. The award winning album Once Upon A Song I Flew was released and sold well in South Africa, and received a stunning review in the American Jazz journal All About Jazz. Tracks from Zahara made it on to playlists on jazz radio stations in California, Norway and Greece, and the album is still selling on- line in countries in various parts of the globe. In 2012 he was awarded Best Original Score for a stage show by the Wellington Theatre Federation.
A past tutor and external moderator at the NZ School of Music, Kevin is still performing regularly, mainly with Fran, “nearly every week--somewhere”
The popular CDs The Gentleman is a Dope, Don’t You Feel My Leg and On Saturday feature Fran singing humorous jazz songs and music from her television and radio shows.
With Kevin and Fran are drummer Lance Philip and bassist Rowan Clark, two of Wellington’s finest rhythm section players. Both have impressive backgrounds in performance with leading groups and visiting overseas artists.
In 2016 FROM THE BANDSTAND, a book of Kevin’s musical life was published, full of hilarious and bizarre happenings on and around the stages and studios.