Friday, April 20, 2012

Victoria Newton with the graham Wood Quartet 8.00pm tonight at The Ellington

Victoria Newton relocated to Perth in 2008 after many years in the UK, where she was recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic jazz vocalists on the scene. In recent times she performed at the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London, Alexis in Kuala Lumpur, for their International Jazz Series, and a dream gig performing Brazilian songs cruising up the Amazon! She has appeared at many festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe including Queille in France, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, The Oxford Literary Festival, Marlborough and Swanage Jazz Festivals in the UK, Pizza Express, the 606 Club and The Jazz CafĂ© in London where she supported Terence Blanchard and performed with Ronny Jordan.

Victoria also experienced international success during the mid 1990s with UK dance/pop group Strike and their hit ‘U Sure Do’. This led to her appearing on MTV and the BBC’s Top of the Pops, touring throughout the world and recording the critically acclaimed album ‘I Saw the Future’. She also released her first jazz album ‘The Song is You’ in 2004 which received great response from the press and regular air play in the UK.

She will be performing this evening with The Graham Wood quartet. Graham is Ellington co-owner and well known to Perth audiences. and is one of Australia’s leading Jazz pianists. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally and has worked with many renowned international artists including Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Cindy Blackman, Dave Weckl, Claire Martin, Reggie Workman, Ingred Jensen, Mark Murphy, Greg Osby, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback, George Garzone, Katie Noonan, Mike Moreno, Gretchen Parlarto, Sara Serpa, Sachal Vasandani, Howard Levy, Jon Gordon, Joel Frahm, Josh Roseman and Fred Wesley (to name a few). He has been commissioned to compose four major large-scale works for Jazz orchestra including two commissions from The Perth Jazz Society, one from PIAF for the Fremantle International Jazz Festival and a two piano work for JAZZWA.

Graham was appointed Jazz piano lecturer at WAAPA in 2001 and the head of Jazz studies in 2004. He was then appointed Programme Director – Music in 2006. He was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2011. Graham is represented on four CD’s with a fifth due for release in late 2012: The Graham Wood Trio ‘Real’ and The Graham Wood Trio + 2 ‘Jazz Juice’, ‘The G Train’ and his latest release 'Piano Perspectives'. Graham has also worked extensively in New York City including a June 2008 CD recording with NYC artists Chris McNulty and Paul Bollenback also due for release in 2012. He has organised The Australia Day Jazz Showcase in NYC.

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