Saturday, November 19, 2011

Victoria Newton and Jamie Oehlers 8.00pm Tonight at The Ellington

Multi award winning artists Victoria Newton and Jamie Oehlers unite for an exciting concert of new arrangements of Jazz repertoire. This combination is a debut for Perth audiences and will feature the talents of two of Perth's finest musical exports.

Victoria Newton:
This effervescent Australian vocalist has delighted audiences worldwide with her unique combination of energy, spontaneity and musicianship. Her rich, sensual voice and powerful stage presence are summed up by Steve Rubie (owner of London's 606 Club) when he describes her as having "a fabulous strong clear voice with a great sense of time and an even greater sense of fun!"

Victoria began her musical career in Perth, Western Australia where she studied classical music and jazz. After majoring in clarinet performance at the University of Western Australia, she went on to study jazz vocals at the Conservatorium, becoming vocalist with The Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and supporting international artists such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Ray Brown and James Moody.

In 1990 she relocated to London and rapidly established a name for herself on the jazz and Latin scene, collaborating with Acid-Jazz recording artist Ronny Jordan and supporting Terence Blanchard at the Jazz with her own quartet. She also appeared at the Ealing Jazz Festival, The Soho Jazz Festival and the Ingolstadt International Jazz Festival in Germany as well as at London venues Pizza Express Dean Street, The 606 Club and Pizza on the Park.

Victoria's voice has also featured on many club anthems and it was this which changed the direction of her career in the mid-90's. As the lead singer of pop-dance group Strike, she had a UK no. 4 hit and global success with 'U Sure Do', followed by a further four UK top 40 hits and a critically acclaimed album. Victoria's vocals on the Strike album 'I Saw the Future' have been described as "outstanding throughout" (Dream Magazine)   and  her  live  performances "simply stunning", with  "staggering vocals" (M8 magazine). 

In recent years Victoria has re-ignited her passion for jazz and Brazilian music and due to popular demand has recorded her first solo jazz album.

'The Song is You' reflects a wealth of musical influences, brought together in a fresh and contemporary way; from swinging standards to sensual bossa novas, from dreamy ballads to drum and bass infused interpretations. There are a couple of catchy originals included too!

Jamie Oehlers:
Winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition and 2007 Australian Jazz Artist of the Year
His last CD with “Lost and Found” was a final nominee for an ARIA award and also for an Australian Independent Records Award as Jazz Album of the Year.

Graham Wood (piano), Pete Jeavons (bass) and Jacob Evans (drums)

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