Standby for a bumper week of local and touring talent including new shows from Jenny Barnes (Melbourne) on Tuesday, a single launch from Blanche Dubois on Thursday and the debut of Sophie Joy Madison on Sunday. Also a very special performance from Timothy Nelson with string quartet arrangements by Mike Nelson on Friday.
MONDAY 7.00pm WAAPA Jazz vocal showcase
Come and experience an evening of beautiful songs and lush harmonies performed by WAAPA’s talented jazz singers. 2011 has been a busy year for the students who have performed with acclaimed singer Gian Slater, as well as taking a key role in high profile WAAPA events such as Jazz in the Theatre and Radio Active. The 15 piece WAAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble directed by Victoria Newton, will perform everything from Louis Prima’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, and Miles Davis’ ‘So What’, to Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide and Seek’. There will also be songs composed or arranged by the students themselves.
TUESDAY 8.00pm Jenny Barnes and Tal Cohen
Jenny Barnes’ debut release Secret Trees is a thrilling and memorable first statement from a truly original talent. The Melbourne vocalist produces a startling take on contemporary jazz that ascends upon a musical road less travelled. It’s a road that by turns feels warmly welcoming then thrillingly new thanks to Barnes’ penchant for experimental vocal techniques. The mood is one of excitement and invention as Barnes creates raw, malleable effects with the voice; improvising, bouncing off her collaborators, shaping disorganised sounds into unexpected musical contexts and textures.
Jenny performs the music from ‘Secret Trees’ arranged for voice and piano featuring Tal Cohen.
WEDNESDAY 8.00pm James, Ben and Dane's Latin bonanza
James Sandon (sax), Ben Vanderwal (drums) and Dane Alderson (bass). Expect the unexpected with this formidable line up of musicians led by the one and only Ben Vanderwal. Tonight features the unrivaled talents of the finest players on their instrument in the country. A Latin bonanza with only three players? - when it is these three musicians it will surely result in a night not to be missed!!
THURSDAY 8.00pm Blanche Dubois 'The War In Me' Single Launch
Taken from their forthcoming album Young Heart (due for release January 2012), The war in me's pop sensibilities mask it's deeper, darker side - the concept of letting go and that moment of clarity that we all have when we commit to moving forward and moving on. In true Blanche DuBois style; you'll be humming the chorus long after the song's finished.
Blanche DuBois' music is a unique blend of sweet acoustic pop, tinged with a hint of country and a smattering of heart. It's the beauty in the ordinary, the every day. Supported by Bianca Jade.
FRIDAY 8.00pm Timothy Nelson with string quartet arrangements by Mike Nelson
Following a run of jam-packed Infidels shows in September, as well as taking out the Grand Prize in this year's WAM Song Of The Year Awards for 'Speak The Truth In Love', Timothy Nelson takes to the Ellington stage to present a whole batch of his songs, new and old, re-worked by widely respected jazz musician & composer Mike Nelson to be accompanied by a string quartet and a few special guests.
FRIDAY 11.30pm D Money and The Dynamites with special guest Dane Alderson.
Head on in for a very special late show featuring a stack of new original material from The Dynamites. This gig will feature the amazing skills of Dane Alderson on bass as well as Dynamites regulars Danny Martin, Simon Fisenden, Lewis Moody, Harry Winton, and Andy Fisenden. A power packed band performing some fantastic new repertoire.
SATURDAY 8.00pm Victoria Newton and Jamie Oehlers.
Multi award winning artists Victoria Newton and Jamie Oehlers unite for an exciting concert of new arrangements of Jazz repertoire. This combination is a a favourite treat for Perth audiences and will feature the talents of two of Perth's finest musical exports. Victoria Newton is an effervescent Australian vocalist who has delighted audiences worldwide with her unique combination of energy, spontaneity, musicianship, rich and sensual voice and powerful stage presence. Teaming up with powerhouse saxophonist for another special performance.
SATURDAY 11.30pm Megan McInerney and The Dynamites.
Megan McInerney is a Sydney based singer, currently completing her studies at WAAPA. Dividing her time between her home in Sydney and Perth, she is very excited to be returning once again to The Ellington. For tonight's Late Night Groove she will be backed by The Dynamites! So it is definitely a night not to be missed, with upbeat hits from the 60's 70's and of course some modern favourites. Harry Winton (Guitar), Lewis Moody (Keys), Simon Fisenden (Bass) and Andy Fisenden (Drums)
SUNDAY 6.00pm Sophie Joy Madison
At 18 years of age, Sophie Joy Madison wrote, recorded and released her first album. Recorded and co-produced by Duane Orriss at Sky Studios, Perth, late 2010, the Album is titled "Coming Home," featuring 10 original songs. Now, age 19, she has put aside university opportunities to pursue her music career with (a small tour in January, a music video in February and Launch concert in March!). "Coming Home" is just the beginning for this young artist whose passion is to sing not to the ears but to the soul.
MONDAY 21st November 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), Sam Carmody, Georgia Mooney and Ryan Webb. Book soon as this is sure to go fast!!
November 24 & 26 Passenger (UK)
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)