Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz! (4*)

2015-08-07Ruth’s 4* review:

Notable for being BabyStevenson’s first fringe show!

Ali McGregor sings a range of songs, from jazz classics to pop and nursery rhymes sung in a jazz style, accompanied by a live band.

This show is held in a spiegeltent and set up in a vaguely cabaret style with a dancefloor.  Whilst the children dance the grownups can either join them on the dancefloor, sit on chairs around the edge of the dancefloor, or retreat to a booth and have a drink from the bar.

Ali was a decent singer and she was all glitter, flamboyance and jazz hands.  She was nice with the kiddies and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves – adults and children alike.

BabyStevenson doesn’t walk unaided yet, but he enjoyed crawling about, sitting and watching, standing up against the stage, and jiggling in his Mum’s arms.  Oh, and trying to storm the stage and trying to eat the electrical cables.  I was pretty much able to let him roam free (with supervision) and he chose to watch the singing and the drummer. He clapped and waved.

The show is aimed at ages 1 to 10 and I’d say that is about right.  Young primary school age, and those that can dance will enjoy it most.  But BabyStevenson certainly enjoyed himself and we saw several even younger babies there too.

Assembly George Square Gardens was easy enough for us to access with a pushchair, as it is pretty much step-free.  We were asked to leave the pushchair in a buggy park at the door.  The Gardens has an accessible toilet with baby change.

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