Tall Trees residents get jazzy

Big band music was the order of the day at Tall Trees Ocean View on Thursday.
Big band music was the order of the day at Tall Trees Ocean View on Thursday. John Gass

WHO says you can be too old to dance?

Certainly not the directors, staff and residents at Tall Trees Ocean View.

The aged care provider threw a big party for residents on Thursday with big band music heading the stage.

Treating its residents to an "up close and personal" jazz concert the event featured the best big band music of the 30{minute}s, 40{minute}s and 50s, all with a modern twist

The Tall Trees Big Band is a 10-piece ensemble including some of Australia's finest musicians.

"The concert is a great way for Tall Trees to give back to residents and the community," said lead vocalist Terry Hannagan.

With a repertoire that encompasses classics such as "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Fever" and "Ain't no Sunshine", there was something for everyone with a love of the classic jazz and big band sounds.

The Tall Trees Big Band will be playing a series of other shows throughout 2012 at a variety of locations in southeast Queensland and northern NSW.

Some of their performances will be public and others purely for residents and friends.

"With the Tall Trees Big Band series we can show the community what we're all about," Mr Hannagan said.

"Growing older doesn't need to mean slowing down.

"I grew up listening to the jazz classics because my parents were big fans of swing music and it's timeless material that appeals to a wide variety of ages.

"While we performed a number of jazz standards, the set list also included some fantastic songs by later artists such as Lyle Lovett and Burt Bacharach.

"We've been able to recruit the absolute cream of players from south-east Queensland for these events.

"It's really good fun, good time music and I believe it brings a lot of joy to many seniors."

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