Jazz maestro to blow Denmarkians away

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 28, 2020

SCOTTISH-Australian jazz singer James Flynn, who can include performing alongside the likes of the late great Ray Charles on his CV, is playing live in Denmark this weekend.

Perth-based Flynn found himself stuck in Denmark longer than his planned two weeks after returning from his last concert in Singapore in March.

But Flynn says the turn of events was a blessing in disguise.

“Regardless of whether your life is fast-paced, or you’re locked into a routine, taking time out to pause and reflect can be very productive,” he said.

“With concerts cancelled and my source of income completed dried up, I found myself imprisoned in the most isolated town in the world where I knew just one other person.

“Little did I know that I’d actually landed in one of the friendliest communities in Australia.”

Flynn said the move away from the city did both his health and music good, having more time to write songs and focus on himself.

He enjoys celebrating the talents of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Dean Martin with his music.

“There is something quite special about Denmark and the people who live there, and regardless of my situation I felt very comfortable and at ease,” Flynn said.

“I completed a free online course at Yale University, I composed music, I started writing a children’s story book and began to meet and make friends. I had no car so I bought a cheap bicycle and cycled everywhere. Five months on, I’ve never been healthier.”

Flynn has been the featured soloist in various concerts with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

He also supported American soul music pioneer Ray Charles and Greek folk-rocker Demis Roussos, performed at jazz festivals in Australia, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia, and at the Singapore International Jazz Festival of 2016, 2017 and 2018.

His August 29 show at Denmark Riverside Club booked for this weekend completely sold out, another show on August 30 has been added.

Tickets can be purchased to this Sunday’s matinee show online at www.ticketebo.com.au/jamesflynn