Monday, November 21, 2011

Passenger (UK) headlines this week at The Ellington

The solo acoustic tour from Passenger hits Perth this week with two shows that have already sold out. Upstairs is still available on Thursday for a sneak peak of this wonderful performer who will be supported by Stu Larsen. Other highlights include gorgeous songstress Libby Hammer on Tuesday for members free night, Shameem will be celebrating the release of her new EP on Friday, a debut performance from south west Jazz ensemble Jazztrix and the return of the late Sunday end of semester Jam session. Also scroll to the end of this message to read about the world premier of two new works for two pianos by Tom O'Halloran and Graham Wood - "Piano Perspectives".

MONDAY 7.00pm Song Lounge
Song Lounge features a selection of Australia's leading singer-songwriters together for an evening of wine, tapas and storytelling. Featuring Rachel Gorman (of Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill). Drawing on her coastal roots, Irish heritage and rural upbringing, her music tells of lost loves, pirates, pigeons and kite-flying, with the occasional haiku thrown in for good measure., Sam Carmody - A doctoral writing student, and published writer, Western Australian songwriter combines serious poetic reflections and popular songwriting in his songs. Georgia Mooney - Sydney girl, Georgia Mooney is a singer-songwriter with unique style and musicality. Her songs are a delicate and genuine melding of folk, jazz and pop. Ryan Webb - front man for Perth-based folk-rock outfit Ryan Webb & The Method. Led by Ryan's International Award Winning songwriting, they have built a solid reputation and hard earned following over several years. Book soon as this is sure to go fast!!

TUESDAY 8.00pm Libby Hammer with The Graham Wood Trio (members free tonight)
Libby is one of the most well known and loved singers on the scene today. She has featured at festivals such as the Fremantle International Jazz Festival, the South Perth Fiesta, Geraldton Seajazz Spectacular, Araluen Botanical Gardens, Swan Festival Club, and the famous York Jazz Festival. Tonight Libby will be working with The Graham Wood Trio in a very special performance -free for Ellington members - but general public certainly welcome.

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Dale Boaden Trio
The Dale Boaden Trio is a modern, interactive, unique jazz band on the Perth music scene. Performing mainly original music composed my Dale, this group combines the musical personalities of all members to create a bold, energetic sound. In doing so, the Dale Boaden Trio has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting up and coming groups of the year. “A recent graduate of the highly acclaimed performance institution WAAPA at ECU, Dale has roared onto the jazz scene as a highly accomplished jazz soloist, ensemble guitarist and composer. Watch this space!” – Helen Matthews. Dale Boaden (guitar), Nick Abbey (double bass) and Bronton Ainsworth  (drums).

THURSDAY 8.00pm Passenger - upstairs lounge 10dollars
Passenger returns to Australian soil after a long summer touring across the UK and Europe that has seen the intrepid troubadour play stages from Milan to London. Along the way John Butler Trio, Jools Holland, Josh Pyke and Ed Sheeran have shared a bit of the ride and now the honouree Australian has returned to his adopted home to play his first national tour since a triumphant final show at a Sold Out Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney back in May.  There is a new album on the way and this will be your first chance to hear a whole heap of new material before anyone else. Support comes from long time side kick and fellow Passenger band member the amazing Stu Larsen.

FRIDAY 8.00pm Shameem
Shameem & band have just released their debut album!! Come and enjoy the golden, soulful vocals of this exceptional young songstress, her slick rhythmic band and the heartfelt stories that she tells through her music. Shameem was born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother. The diversity of her heritage has not only contributed to her exotic looks but has influenced her distinctive eclectic approach to music. Shameem’s track “Undertones”, from her EP Universe for Afternoon Tea, was nominated for the 2010 WA Music Industry Association (WAM) Song of the Year Awards. “Taheri-Lee’s songs had a deep, soulful resonance that captivated the audience, propelled by a strong rhythmic backing... The whole band worked in unison to create a rich tapestry of colour…” – FasterLouder

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series featuring B.U.M.P
Your late Friday late night is in safe hands this week with another dance party driven by the express train of groove BUMP. Come and join Hans Fiance (vocals), Adam James Robinson (Keys/vocals), Matt Branton (bass), Roy Martinez (guitar), Hassan Hodgkinson (drums), Ricki Malet (trumpet) and Dan Hart (sax) as they power through a late night session of feel-good discotized and funkified hits. Warning: you won’t hear any Neo-Soul at this gig - it’s old-school funk all the way.

SATURDAY 8.00pm Passenger SOLD OUT - queue from 9.45pm
See Thursday listing.

SATURDAY 11.30pm Empire with the Imperial Horns
Empire's performance brings top quality musicianship to mainstream audiences whilst revamping mainstream music for the more accomplished listener who appreciates talent and skill. Vocalist Ryan Thornicroft's impeccably trained voice and incredible ability to improvise provides an energetic front for the water-tight quintet that is Empire. The night will feature more fresh arrangements of popular tunes with horns, plus some Empire ALL ORIGINALS and, as always, some very special guests. Ryan Thornicroft (vocals), Sid Pattni (keys), Nick Pontin (guitar), Tom Drouet (drums),Ash Sinclair (bass), Tom Greble (Tenor Sax), Sam "Business Pants" Timmerman (trumpet) and Cam Buma (trombone).

SUNDAY 6,00pm Jazztrix
Jazztrix is a jazz ensemble from south-west Western Australia and was founded by trumpeter/vocalist David Rastrick in 2007 in Margaret River. The group – which includes some of the south-west's leading jazz musicians. They recently recorded their debut EP featuring six (6) original tracks live at Yallingup's Fur Real studio.  The album is available for internet download via CD Baby, iTunes etc. and on CD at the band's gigs. Jazztrix' core line-up of trumpeter/vocalist David Rastrick, guitarist Steve Ellis, bassist Todd Brittain and drummer Gary Larkin will be joined by special guests: saxophonist Andrew “Spock” Mackay-Sim and vocalist Katie J White

SUNDAY 9.00pm End of year Jazz Jam session
The WAAPA graduation recitals have been and gone, exams are wrapping up and soon the end of the academic year from the leading Australian Jazz school will be upon us once more. What a better way to celebrate than a jazz jam session featuring some of the recent WAAPA jazz graduates; Cheryl Durongpisitkul (saxophone), Cameron Buma (trombone), Steve Vacca (guitar), Lewis Moody (piano), Nick Abbey (bass) and Bronton Ainsworth (drums). FREE ENTRY for all jazz musicians/student who take part in the jam session. General public are welcome to come and check it out just $5 entry. Brought to you as part of the Explorations Jazz Jam Session - a project of JAZZWA which receives core funding from The Australia Council for The Arts and the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.

MONDAY November 28 7.00pm Chamber Jam
Chamber Jam @ The Ellington is a night of chamber music in Perth like no other.  Join some of Australia’s leading musicians in three outstanding ensembles. Impromptu String Quartet - Christina Katsimbardis (Violin), Kathryn Shinnick (Violin), Alex Brogan (Viola), Claire Tunney (Cello). Gould/Corecig/Pinto Trio with Lindsay Gould (clarinet), Kathy Corecig (viola), Adam Pinto (piano). And finally the wonderful sax quartet Just Sax with Jesse Deane, Luke Pownall, Erin Royer and Jess Herbert.

MUST SEE - Piano Perspectives. Government House Ballroom at 3pm on Sunday December 4th
JAZZWA is proud to announce the world premiere performance of two commissioned works for piano duet composed and performed by acclaimed WA jazz pianists Tom O’Halloran and Graham Wood. The contrasting works (“Dissolve” by O’Halloran and “Cohesion” penned by Wood) fuse jazz improvisation and harmonic sensibilities with pianistic techniques more commonly found in classical music and also draw influence from other musical areas such as Minimalism and the European avant-garde. This event will also serve as the launch of the Piano Perspectives album, recorded by O’Halloran and Wood for JAZZWA at The Perth Concert Hall earlier this year. All presale-ticket holders are guaranteed to receive a free copy of the Piano Perspectives CD upon entry. Door-sale ticket holders will also receive a free CD but only while stocks last. Presale tickets are available through

Coming soon:
November 30 The Strides (Melbourne)
December 1 Toby Wren (Brisbane)
December 4 Joe Chindamo (Melbourne)
December 23 & 24 Libby Hammer Christmas shows
December 31 A Hot Jazz New Years Eve Ball with The Ali Bodycoat Quintet
January 12 Scottie Miller (USA)
January 27 & 28 Sarah McLeod (Sydney)

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