MAKE ROOM EDINBURGH, HERE COMES ANOTHER STAR!
“Isaacs is exactly how I expect him to be – cheesy and charming. Although he drinks water instead of whisky and his dancing skills have a lot to answer for, Isaacs and his Geordie accent know exactly how to charm the mature audience.
He sails through Come Fly With Me, and performs a version of Ain’t That a Kick in the Head that would make Dino proud…. So why five stars? The Ambassadors of Swing snag five stars for Jason Isaacs’ sheer command of the audience. He has ladies literally dancing in the aisles during his cover of Suspicious Minds and wiping away tears during his penultimate My Way. Hell, I even feel a lump in my throat during his final song, New York, New York. Make room Edinburgh, here comes another star!”
Annie Cassidy – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, *****
FORGET BUBLE AND THE CURRENT CROP OF RAT-PACKERS, ISAACS IS THE REAL DEAL…
“The Ambassadors of Swing put us In The Mood for the world’s most athletic, on stage, performer – Jason Isaacs. The ten foot tall (or thereabouts) singer bounded on to the stage well inside the Olympic record for bounding on stages and he did it Side Ways! Lady is a Tramp was almost choreographed as latecomers arrived, as if on cue, to the line “She loves the theatre but never comes late”. And who would come late for a show like this?
The Best is Yet to Come and a chorus of Come Fly With Me in Geordie (…If ye cud use sum exotic booze there’s a bar doon Whitley Bay) followed. Why Don’t You Do Right? had our boy blowing tenor as well as singing. Let there be Love, I’ve Got You Under my Skin ( Nelson Riddle arrangement with the legendary trombone break) and a belting Cheek to Cheek. The band were superb, led by by trumpeter Darren Irwin, depping for Mick Donnelly who was on the road with Lisa Stansfield, they filled the not-always-acoustically-perfect City Hall with the rousing big band sound that was once the norm in this much loved building… Set two saw the arrival of Steve Norman, iconic sax player with Spandau Ballet and a stirring sax duel between the two. Start spreading the news people….. Click here to read the full article
Lance Liddel, Bebop Spoken Here
WITH ISAACS’ CLASSY VOICE SUPPORTED BY THIS TOP BAND, SWING IS DEFINITELY BACK IN TOWN…
“The thirteen piece Dave Connolly Big Band certainly lived up to their description. Kicking things off with real gusto, they indelibly stamped their mark on proceedings. On stage they were really enjoying things, and that enjoyment spread through the crowd, especially when Isaacs joined the stage (and despite his dubious dance moves). Bypassing any pretensions, Isaacs made it clear that this was a set designed to entertain, brimming with swing classics like ‘New York New York’, a sprinkling of Elvis and even a version of Oasis’s ‘Wonderwall’. Even I was left feeling nostalgic – I can’t imagine what it did for the rest of the older crowd. So watch out, because with Isaac’s classy voice supported by this top band, swing is definitely back in town.”
Harley Hammond, ThreeWeeks (online publication), Edinburgh, ****
A RAW TALENT WITH A STUNNING VOCAL RANGE…
“Once in a blue moon, someone comes along that has that extra talent. Jason Isaacs is one such artist. He embodies a raw talent with a stunning vocal range, charisma, cheekiness and is a good mover to boot! Watch out for this guy, I think he’s going places.”
Roger Bruce – West End Producer
A SERIOUSLY HIGH KICKING, SELF DEPRECATING….BIG-VOICED SINGER…
“Jason Isaacs is the focal and vocal point of this classy big band show, a seriously high-kicking, self-deprecatingly daft-dancing and notably big-voiced singer with loads of presence and a lot of lip…he carried off well-worn standards with style and introduced a few left-field additions to the swing canon, including an Elvis section and Oasis’s Wonderwall, with persuasive chutzpah…”
Rob Adams, The Herald, ****