+3 Interview: The Easy Rollers: Speakeasy Jazz

“We have grown as a band and discovered what we want to be focusing on in terms of sound and types of events…. we also have merch for the first time!!”

WHO: Dani, Vocalist & Co-founder

WHAT: “Grab your dancin’ shoes cos the 20s are here to stay! Taking you back to the golden age of jazz, The Easy Rollers is a roaring seven-piece band performing hits from the speakeasy bars of the Prohibition era. Fronted by award-winning vocalist Dani Sicari, they have had audiences jumpin’ and jivin’ on dance floors across the country! ‘They present the music of their chosen era with verve, showmanship and great technical skill’ (TheJazzMann.com).”

WHERE: The Jazz Bar – Partially Seated (Venue 57) 

WHEN: Times vary (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is our third time at the Edinburgh Fringe! We did a mini tour when the band first started and this included a trip to Edinburgh. We had to come back!

Our first Fringe was in 2017 and this was to celebrate our first ever EP. We had a few performances in a few different places like The Pear Tree, Stramash and some of the busking stages. Our EP/Fringe show launch was at The Jazz Bar for only one night and that was our main show. It was a success! We were so pleased that so many people came and had a good time so we decided to try and do a few more in 2018. That year we did 3 shows along with a few great nights at the A Club.

This year we are thrilled to be doing 5 consecutive afternoons at The Jazz Bar from 11t Aug-15 Aug.

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Since Festivals ’18 we have been able to get our name out there and establish ourselves as ‘The Easy Rollers’. We have grown as a band and discovered what we want to be focusing on in terms of sound and types of events…. we also have merch for the first time!! That is very exciting for us!

Tell us about your show.

We are a group of jazz musicians but our show also includes elements of dance, dialogues and interesting facts about the Prohibition/ The Jazz Age. Everyone in the band gets involved and it is very much a ‘show’ rather than just an ordinary gig. “Speakeasy Jazz” is a cabaret style performance, this means that we have chosen lots of different songs, in this case from 1920-1933, and have strung a narrative to connect each of them. Sometimes it is a musical or fun skit segue and sometimes it is a historical one.

As a band we have been performing in jazz festivals, events and gigs for the last three years but this particular ‘theatre show’ was written specifically for the Edinburgh Fringe. We wrote it together in 2016 just to see how it would go and the rest is history!

For the future, we have plans to tour the show around the UK. More specifically in 2020 when we will literally be in the 20s again and we are still looking for new venues to add to our ’20s tour. This show will be based off our previous Fringe shows but instead of a 1 hour run, it will be in two parts. Starting in the Prohibition, we will make our way through The Jazz Age, into the Swing Era and The Golden Age and well… you’ll have to come and see it.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

There are some great shows at The Jazz Bar just before and right after ours! If you want to make a whole night out of it you could see a few different jazz gigs all in one venue. Some of the shows that are on while we are in town are Tenement Jazz Band, Ali Affleck, Colin Steele / Martin Kershaw Quintet and Acoustic Lunch Time Blues.