Friday, December 2, 2011
Matt Allen and Allira Wilson 11.30pm tonight at The Ellington Jazz Club
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. She
has sung with popular big band MFO, All For One Big Band and WAYJO, performing at the Quarry Amphitheatre and Perth Concert Hall with Fred Wesley and John Morrison. She has also performed at the PJS for the Ladies of Jazz Concert 2009, has represented WAAPA in a tour of China in 2010 and has also been selected to perform at this year’s Wangarrata Jazz Festival. Allira’s soulful delivery caters for any style and tonight marks her debut in the Late Night Groove Series.
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. Tonight marks Matt’s first Ellington show since graduating from WAAPA in the very recent past.
Harry Winton - Guitar
Matt Bell - Bass
Johannes Luebbers - Keys
Michael Chewter - Drums