CARO EMERALD SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION LIVE REVIEW


20TH SEPT 2013

Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw is a classically trained jazz singer of an exceptional standard. Better known as Caro Emerald, she is also a sassy and fun performer who knows how to put on a show! Following her no 1 sophomore album The Shocking Miss Emerald, the Dutch jazz singer has been around the UK on a sell out tour.

Her début album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor was a record breaker in Holland and a homage to the music of the Golden Age of Hollywood. This merging of old and new is something Caro does with ease and makes her show totally original. This 40s and 50s retro chic suits her personality and vaudevillian music style. Caro's unique blend of jazzy pop, fused with Latin and Parisian influences with the occasional nod to R & B thanks to DJ Kypski, is the freshest sound to appear in the mainstream for a long time.

Songs like That Man,Excuse My French andTangled Up(all on the set list) are gloriously swinging toe tappers and Caro's enthusiasm is infectious. It is clear from her interaction with the audience that she wants them to be part of the show and have a good time. This is indicated in her playful songs like Pack Up The Louie, Dr Wanna-Do, Coming Back As A Man and her latest single, the witty, Liquid Lunch, which she also performs tonight with a slightly different more up-tempo arrangement. This quirky song about the perils of a lunchtime binge is something that could only have come from the World of Caro Emerald. It is perhaps the perfect starting point for any one new to Caro's work as it combines all the elements that make this talented and vibrant singer so popular.