Reviewed by Emma Jones.
Can you picture the Beastie Boys in tuxedos? Kanye West serenading a woman in a ballgown by moonlight? Missy Elliot draped over a piano or Snoop Dogg with combed hair? Neither could I, but then I saw the Jazz Hop Experiment.
Masterminded in 2009 by pianist Aaron Nash and vocalist Sam Cherry, the Jazz Hop Experiment transforms the badass into the bebop. Hip-hop classics like Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’, Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin and Juice’, and Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems’ were given the jazz treatment good and proper. Nothing beats watching four saucy jazz vocalists (featuring On Dit‘s own Alison Coppe) crooning, ‘G’s to the bizzack, now ladies here we gizzo’ over a slick six-piece band. The audience literally giggled on more than one occasion, but that could have been the Cuban Manhattans. My only real gripe with this show was that the vocals were sometimes a little drowned out by the band, but that was totally forgivable given how much fun we were all having.
A highlight of this show was the element of surprise. You could almost hear it click when the audience figured out which song the band were covering. My personal favourites were Kanye’s ‘Gold Digger’ and Missy Elliot’s ‘Work It’, but why don’t you go along and see for yourself? The Jazz Hop Experiment has one show left on Saturday March 17 at the Promethean, with tickets available on Fringetix. Well worth your dollars.