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Justin Crann
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RazzamaJAZZ five-piece brought the Fever to Mae Wilson

The ladies of RazzamaJAZZ had a good time with their Mae Wilson show Saturday night, and it showed.

Heidi Munro (left) and Gillian Snider (right) perform a duet rendition of Blue Skies during RazzamaJAZZ's show at the Mae Wilson Theatre Saturday evening.

"It was amazing … I felt like I was a part of the crowd," said Gillian Snider, one of the group's two vocalists. "I was having so much fun, and I just assumed everyone else was."

RazzamaJAZZ is a five-piece jazz collective that, Saturday night, dedicated their performance to showcasing the great women who have performed within their genre.

Among those women: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Petula Clark, and Julie London.

It might be rare to find a pairing of women whose voices harmonized as well as Snider and fellow vocalist Heidi Munro on Saturday, as they worked through a handful of duet renditions ranging from Doris Day's take on Blue Skies to Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World.

The pair were equally powerful singing solo. 

Those performances included a stellar and heart-wrenching performance of Julie London's Bye Bye Blackbird by Munro, and a sultry swing at Peggy Lee's Fever by Snider.

Another highlight of the night: the ladies' band, which included musicians Kim Salkeld on piano, Glenn Ens on drums, and Gent Laird on bass.

"They're absolutely incredible," Munro said after the show. "I love working with these guys, and it's so much fun."

"It's comfortable when you're on the stage and you know, no matter what happens, you have this great band behind you who will keep everything going," added Snider. "No matter how much of a train wreck you are, they're going to make sure nobody notices."

Of course, the ladies weren't a train wreck — just ask the audience, the entirety of whom gave them a standing ovation at the end of their show.

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