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Fig Night 30th May 2014

Double Standard
Beth n Ben

Dorothy Jane Gosper
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Double Standard is an instrumental jazz duo featuring Anna Martin-Scrase on cello and Dean Gray on guitar.

With decades of musical experience between them, they create a beautiful, romantic style of music, performing a unique and eclectic blend of vintage jazz and pop songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, gypsy-jazz improvisations, Bach’s 2 part inventions for keyboard and classic Hollywood movie themes.

Rich and sonorous cello lines, evoking the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Julie London, float over a carpet of mellow chordal accompaniment. This is guitar and cello as you have never heard it.



Beth n Ben’s fusion of genre, and tongue in cheek lyrical style always turns heads and gets the crowd moving wherever they go.

Fresh off the back of the release of their third EP, ‘Scenic Roots’, these Canberra favourites are currently preparing to record and tour a live album showcasing updated arrangements of their repertoire.

Since the release of their first EP ‘Boarding Pass’ in 2010, Beth n Ben have developed their songwriting style, and experimented with arrangement and instrumentation, exploring new and exciting ways to blend Beth Monzo’s jazz, funk and soul background with Ben Drysdale’s folk, blues, and reggae roots.

Now with three EPs (Boarding Pass 2010, Economy Class 2011, and Scenic Roots2013), and five East Coast tours under their belt, Beth n Ben have spent the last year collaborating with a lineup of musicians from a diverse range of Canberra’s greatest original bands of the last decade in preparation for the live album.

The lead singles from each EP (‘Walk On’, ‘Little Lady’ and ‘Back of the Line’) have been aired on major networks such as Triple J and ABC Coast as well and community stations across the country including 4ZZZ Folk Buddies (Brisbane), Bay FM Crossroads (Byron Bay), PSFM Fresh Fridays (Salamander Bay), 2RES Drive time (Sydney), 2XX Drive time (Canberra), 3WAY Drive time and Breakfast (Warnambool), 3WPR Breakfast (Wangaratta), 3SER Drive time (Melbourne), SUV Australian Music Show (Adelaide), and Tjuma Pulka The Lunchtime Roll (Calgooorlie).

The bands festival credits to date include a support set for Chris Isaak as part of the Enlighten festival, main stage at Summer Rhythm festival along side the Beautiful Girls, Lyre Bird (2nd Main) stage at Peats Ridge Festival, second headline at The Northern Beaches Music Festival, main stage Corinbank Festival, main stage at the Byron Bay Love Jam, headline at The Manly International Jazz Festival (non-jazz stage), and the Manly International Food festival.

Beth n Ben have also enjoyed great success at a number of featured events in Sydney's Northern Beaches such as 'The Shack', 'The Manly Fig' etc'.


From her head down to her shoes this is rebellious rhythm ‘n’ groove from Canberra’s “Jazz & Blues force of nature”, Dorothy-Jane ‘DJ’ Gosper. With a reputation as Australia’s Queen of the blues-harp, “V8 capacity” vocals and performances “full of energy and natural open-hearted emotion, she performs with her smokin’ hot band.

Dorothy-Jane has performed at major Blues festivals in Australia plus a stint in Fiji, and is a popular choice as a feature act at many Australian Jazz festivals. She has been writing songs for 43 years. Her latest awards include Best Jazz/Blues Artist in the 2013 Music ACT Annual Music Awards "MAMA's" and Vocal Finalist in the 2012 Australian Blues Music 'Chain' Awards! The Dorothy-Jane Band’s latest album, “Woman on the Run” reached top 10 in the Australian Blues ‘n’ Roots Music Charts in 2013.

DJ "...gives a master class..." "...makes her harmonica strut like an alley cat." Rory McCartney, BMA Magazine 2013

"The lady slays the harp." Ross Eggleston - Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival 2012

“A glass of red wine, an open fire and ‘Sadder Than Sad’ would be 8 minutes 53 seconds of pure Blues bliss.” “If there is any doubt that DJ is one of Australia’s best harp players, the argument ceases as the track [Cadillac Blues] ends.” Gary Stanford - Canberra Blues Society 2011

"A great harp player and singer with the soul and spirit to overcome even the most daunting of obstacles, DJ Gosper is a true blues woman." Shaun Bindley, Blues With A Feeling 2010

DJ Gosper… “…remarkably talented singer and blues harp player.” “…Gosper’s blues is a platform where she connects with her audience, light-heartedly baring her soul without any pretentiousness.” Al Hensley, Rhythms Magazine 2009



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