Monday, November 28, 2011

Three great touring acts this week at The Ellington

Catch one of Australia's finest pianists Joe Chindamo on Sunday. Also the infectious blend of Roots Reggae, Dance Hall, Jazz, Hip Hop and Nigerian inspired Afrobeat will be filling the room with The Strides (Melbourne) on Wednesday and fantastic Brisbane guitarist Toby Wren leads a trio for a great set on Thursday.

Not at The Ellington but 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

MONDAY 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.

TUESDAY 8.00pm Jeremy Trezona Band
Formed in late 2010, the Jeremy Trezona Band fuses modern sounds, hard hitting riffs and rich textures together with it's uncompromising jazz roots. Dynamic and edgy, the 5 piece band consists of Saxophone, Drums, Bass, Electric Guitar & Vibraphone. For jazz listeners and non-listeners alike, the Jeremy Trezona Band is a haunting and dynamic musical experience. Jeremy Trezona (saxophones), Harry Winton (guitar), Matt Wright (drums), Robin Murray (bass) and Michael Chewter (vibraphone).

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm The Strides
The Strides live show is as explosive as it is authentic, with a unique blend of Roots Reggae, Dance hall, Jazz, hip hop and Nigerian inspired Afrobeat. The Strides latest release “ Reclamation” faithfully channels the sounds of Bob and Damian Marley, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Barrington Levy and The Skatalites, whilst still forging a sound that is uniquely their own. Featuring Jeremy Rose - Sax (2010 Bell Award Winner), Nick Garbett - Trumpet (2010 Wangarratta National Jazz Awards 3rd place finalist), Matt Smith – Guitar (Wangarratta National Jazz Awards Finalist) and Alan Hicks - Drums (Clark Terry quintet – NYC 2008).  The night will also feature Vocalist Ras Roni, from Barbados via London, Fijian MC Ltl GZEUS (Little Jesus), Bassist Rory Brown and Pianist Danny Pliner. This special night at the Ellington is also a rare opportunity to catch The Strides in an intimate setting, stretching out instrumentally over what would usually be vocally dominated compositions.

THURSDAY 8.00pm Toby Wren Trio
Brisbane guitarist and composer, Toby Wren, is one of Australia’s most compelling and original contemporary jazz artists. Gigging from an early age in Blues, Rock, Classical and Fusion, Toby went on to study composition at the Queensland Conservatorium and wrote works for many of Australia's symphony orchestra before forming The Toby Wren Trio in 2006. Recent releases include Everything Must Go (2009, with Jamie Oehlers on tenor saxophone) which recieved 4 stars in The Australian, and The Carnatic Jazz Experiment (2011) which was recently featured on The Planet (ABC Radio National). Joined this evening by Ben Vanderwal (drums) and Pete Jeavons (bass)

FRIDAY 8.00pm Natalie Gillespie
Natalie Gillespie is a female singer songwriter whose powerful songs take us on a journey many miles deep. Having recorded and toured nationally and internationally with Yothu Yindi, she is currently working on her second solo album. Natalie is a powerful performer and a passionate storyteller with a universal message of struggle, hope and joy. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this world class performer at one of Australia's finest live music venues - enjoy the ride.

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late night Groove series featuring Matt Allen and Allira Wilson
Allira Wilson is quickly emerging as one of Western Australia’s greatest young talents, whose musical approach has been described as “brave and raw as it is supple and intricate”. Allira has performed at the Ellington Jazz Club, with performances under her own name and also with the jazz ensemble Blowfish, led by Jamie Oehlers. This is a great chance to hear her incredible voice as she stretches out on some funk and soul classics. Matt Allen is a versatile, talented and soulful performer who has been honing his music skills since the age of 10. Musical influences ranging from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and D’angelo have helped shape Matt into the singer and songwriter he is today. Matt’s style can be described as new, edgy pop with the emphasis on the vocal delivery and sophisticated arrangements. Joined by an all star rhythm section for a late show not to be missed.

SATURDAY 8.00pm Ali Bodycoat Quintet
Ali Bodycoat has been performing professionally in the Jazz scene throughout venues in Western Australia since 1995 with her Trio, Quartet and Quintet. Ali has been focussing on her recent sell out shows "Franklin" - a tribute to Aretha Franklin and the very popular "Minor Major Marlene" that performed to packed houses and rave reviews. Ali has held a trio residency with Graham Wood and other venerable Perth Jazz musicians such as Sam Anning, Dane Alderson and Carl Mackey at the Subiaco Hotel for fifteen years, supported Vince Jones, Grace Knight and Marcia Hynes and consistently works with the state’s top Jazz Musicians. This will be a welcome return for our favorite songstress after a long break from The Ellington.

SATURDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series with Cian Caton
Born into a stong musical family, Cian naturally took the same path have a deep love and passion for singing. She is quickly becoming a favourite of the late night groove session, delivering feel good soun and RnB tunes in her unique style with the help of her ALWAYS talented , world class band. Andy Fisenden (drums), Simon Fisenden (bass), Lewis Moody (keys) and Harry Winton (guitar).

SUNDAY 3.00pm The Metro Big Band
Metro Big Band – 20 fabulous musicians with a wealth of talent and experience, who have a passion for performing big band music.  Metro is a huge package of stylish entertainment and fun - rhythm section (drums, double bass, piano & guitar), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones and 3 sensational singers. Come along to experience the sight and sound of this incredible big band!

SUNDAY 6.30pm Joe Chindamo trio
On paper, Joe Chindamo has been lauded and awarded for as long as he’s been playing music. He has a fan-base whose loyalty brooks no argument. In February, he completed a tour of three prestigious invitational concerts in Italy, and shortly after returning to Melbourne ‘popped over’ to New Zealand for a concert in Christchurch at The Great Hall Arts Centre, where he moved the audience during Earth Hour by arranging to have the lights turned out and playing ‘Smile’ into the darkness. He’s been the recipient of fellowships, grants and commissions and has had CDs sitting right up at the pointy end of best-seller charts. Joe Chindamo won the 2002 MO award for Australian Jazz Instrumental Performer of the Year. He was nominated for the same award in 2003 and won it again in 2004. Other career highlights include, recording The First Take (a.k.a. A Brief History of Standard Time) with the father of the modern jazz bass, Ray Brown (of Oscar Peterson Trio fame), recording and performing with Michael and Randy Brecker, Lee Konitz and drumming wonder Billy Cobham (with whom Joe made two CDs and toured the world 20 times throughout a ten year association)

MONDAY December 5th 7.00pm A tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk
This show promises to be a very special tribute to one of the most revered composers of Jazz history - Thelonius Monk. Monk's music was generations ahead of it's time and affords musicians the opportunity to explore new and interesting avenues of improvisation like no other composer has. Featuring comic genius and band leader Ben Vanderwal (weekend at Bernie's productions), Tal Cohen (piano), Nick Abbey (bass) and
Ray Walker (guitar).

Coming soon:
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 13 Rachel Price (USA)
January 15 Lucky Seven (Adelaide)
January 19 Grant Windsor (UK)
January 27 & 28 Sarah McLeod (Sydney)
February 10 & 11 (late show) Rachel Claudio (Paris)
February 25 Hetty Kate (Melbourne)

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