Monday, May 28, 2012

Bob Hurst (NYC) headlines The Ellington Winter Jazz Fest this week.

The Ellington Winter Jazz Fest rolls on with another series of outstanding world class performances, continuing Tuesday through until the 7th June. The absolute top of the tree when it come to Jazz bass is Bob Hurst and his performances on the east coast have already sent ripples of expectation through the music community. Book now for a rare chance to catch the smooth sounds of Josh Kyle (UK) on Saturday and Sean Coffin (Sydney) on Sunday. Continuing on next week is the not to be missed Samuel Yirga Quartet from Ethipia. NEW!!! 6.00pm Saturday shows kick off this week with Allira Wilson Trio. It's also a long weekend so we're doing a late show on Sunday with JL and the Imagin8s. What a week of music!!

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 performing in one of Perth’s most intimate live music venues. Featuring Guitar Magic - Duncan Gardiner (classical/flamenco guitar), Irina Vasileva-Thoo (piano). The music of Spain has an undeniably evocative essence about it whether it’s the fire of flamenco or the passion of folk and art song. Erin Royer (tenor saxophone) and David Wickham (piano). Erin was accepted as one of the few Australian saxophonists to perform a solo recital at the prestigious International World Saxophone Congress, which will be held in Scotland July of this year. Belleville – Gypsy Swing with Sarah Claire (Bass), Lachlan Gear (Guitar), Justin Kutylowski (Guitar), Charlie McCarthy (Violin). Carrying on the tradition of Gypsy Jazz created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Belleville’s sound is a cross section of music from the Paris scene of the 1930’s combined with a selection of songs from the modern Gypsy Jazz repertoire. Tickets at the door

MONDAY 7.30pm JAZZWA 2012 WAMi showcase at The Bakery - Ellington members eligible for members rates
Featuring the dynamic and textured sounds of the 15 piece “Horizon Art Orchestra” alongside the nuanced swing of the “Glyn MacDonald Quartet” as well as new music from acclaimed vocalist “Victoria Newton” and her sextet, this event is great value for money and promises a musical journey that won’t disappoint. No less than 25 musicians will converge for this celebration of original contemporary jazz that will showcase a diverse array of music composed and performed by some of WA’s finest jazz practitioners. Tickets at the door

TUESDAY 8.00pm James Sandon Quartet
Having played with this trio on a couple of occasions at their long standing residency on Thursdays at Moon Cafe, there was an instant musical connection which needed to be explored. Sandon looks to investigate compositional and thematic developments with these exciting improvisers and interactive musicians. This performance will feature new works from Sandon being interpreted, manipulated, construed, twisted, and spun into musical pleasure for your ears. James Sandon (saxophone), Chris Foster (piano), Nick Abbey (bass) and Ben Falle (drums). Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Bob Hurst (NYC)
Bob's cultivation into a membership of talented musicians from around the world was fostered by lengthy tours and Grammy Award winning recordings featuring: Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, the legendary Pharaoh Sanders, Chris Botti and Diana Krall. Over the years, Robert Hurst has won four Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards, performed on several RIAA- Gold recordings, and has received Top Ten and Five Star recognition around the Globe. During his musical career, Robert has also enjoyed directing, arranging, and composing for “The Tonight Show”, with Jay Leno, on NBC, for nearly a decade. Performing tonight with Jamie Oehlers (saxophone) and Ben Vanderwal (drums). Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Bob Hurst (NYC)
See Thursday listing - Performing tonight with Jamie Oehlers (saxophone) and Jacob Evans (drums) and Tal Cohen (piano) Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm James Sandon - Tom O'Halloran - Ben Vanderwal trio
Don't miss this soulful and blues based trio playing in the classic organ trio setting. James is joined by Tom O'Halloran on the Hammond and keyboard bass and rounding out the group is the amazing drumming of Ben Vanderwal. Expect passionate and soulful groove from these masterful musicians. What better way to get the long weekend off to a great start!!! Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Elle Deslandes
Elle is a fine interpreter of the Jazz standard and always guarantees a great show with some of our finest musicians. She has been singing in the Perth scene since the 1990s and has worked at many high profile concerts and events as well as being a regular on The Ellington schedule since we opened. Elle "daylights" one of Perth's most in demand designers and is also studying architecture. Featuring a wonderful swinging repertoire with some twists, Elle has a voice of gold as well as her trademark bubbly personality. Don't miss this great opportunity to see one of Perth's most popular and charismatic Jazz Divas. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm B.U.M.P
Your Friday late night is in safe hands this week with another dance party driven by the express train of groove BUMP. Come and join Hans, Adam, Trevor, Roy, Hussy, Ricki and Dan as they power through a late night session of feel-good discotized and funkified hits. Warning: you won’t hear any Neo-Soul at this gig. It’s old-school funk all the way. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Allira Wilson trio
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”. She performs with Blowfish, with Jamie Oehlers, the popular big band MFO, One for All Big Band and WAYJO. She has performed at the Quarry Amphitheatre and Perth Concert Hall with Fred Wesley and John Morrison. Described as creative, youthful and original, this soulful jazz musician puts an innovative twist on jazz favourites. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Josh Kyle (UK)
Relocating to the UK in 2009 Josh was quickly identified as one to watch. "Standing out in a town full of singers" is how Jazzwise magazine, London's premier jazz publication described him. Gaining support from UK heavy weight Claire Martin, OBE, BBC Radio 3 presenter and jazz vocalist, Josh was quickly working with the best in town. A chance meeting with Bassist/Producer Geoff Gascoyne (Jamie Cullum) saw the beginning of a musical partnership that would see Josh release his Debut album "Possibilities" as a part of the London International Jazz Festival in 2011. Having played Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club, 606 and The Spice of Life, Josh was able to create quite the buzz and build his career on an International level. Josh returns to Australia in 2012 to release the album "Possibilities" touring nationally. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Empire
Empire is returning to the Ellington stage this Saturday night and it's going to be a massive show for a few big reasons. The performance is going to be recorded by a professional camera crew for an upcoming video release, so get down and make some noise because you are going to be on tape! It is also going to be the night where we debut our latest single, "Find Love Again" off our upcoming EP which is set for release later this year. This song has been in the works for a long time and Saturday night will mark it's debut LIVE performance. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Sean Coffin (Sydney)
Sean Coffin has been a stalwart in the Sydney jazz and music scene for over twenty years performing mostly with his original groups the Coffin Brothers (20 years), Medicinal Purpose, SCQUINT, Eff Sharp and The Theory of Nostrils and Sean Coffin Trio as well as being an influential teacher. Sean’s ten years living and studying in Boston and New York with George Garzone, Joe Viola and Bob Mintzer set the considerable foundation for his dynamically powerful improvising and compositional style which will be on display in Perth for the first time. Sean Coffin (saxophone), Chris Tarr (drums), Tom O'Halloran (piano) and Nick Abbey (double bass). "He is one of our most dedicated saxophonist/composers and educators and has several groups that are key ensembles in the Sydney jazz scene. His formidable musicianship is a great addition to the Australian musical landscape." Simon Barker, April 2011. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 9.30pm JL and the Imagin8s
Back by popular demand at the Ellington Late Night Grooves Session are the Imagin8's. Featuring the distinctly soulfull vocals Jade Crompton who is joined by Adam Robinson on vocals and Keys, Ben Falle on drums, and special guest Roy Martinez on Vocals and Guitar this is going to be one ejoyable evening. Jade Crompton, the youngest daughter of Stax recording artist CL Blast, has inherited her funk soul and power from her famed father, but developed her talent and style further by her love and interest of many genre's of music. The Imagin8's shows are known for, great music, a selections form a collection of genre's and most importantly entertainment with a capital E! You can always expect a suprise. You will be moved, uplifted, amused and left with a smile on your face. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 4th and Tuesday 5th June 8.00pm June Samuel Yirga Quartet (Ethiopia)
This young and gifted pianist who grew up in the capital of Ethiopia and the centre of the heady mix of music known as Ethiojazz, has at last had his time to shine. Bringing contemporary and classical jazz, celebrated pop songs from the golden era of Ethiopian music, traditional Ethiopian rhythms and deeply-felt classical piano undertones, this young man from Addis has opened up a whole new door on a musical genre and region which has already grabbed the interest of many people around the world. Click here for tickets Monday & Tuesday

Coming soon:
June 4 & 5 Samuel Yirga Quartet (Ethiopia)
June 14, 15 & 16 Tim Freedman (The Whitlams) Fireside Chat
June 19 Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston (UK)
June 27 Nadia Ackerman (NYC)
June 28 Benny Lackner Trio (USA)
July 19 Troy Roberts (USA)
July 27 & 28 Narissa Campbell (NYC)
August 2 Scott Tinkler (Melbourne)
August 7 Howard Levy (USA)
August 9 Bob Barrett (USA)
August 18 & 19 George Garzone, (USA)
August 23 Daniel Gassin (Melbourne)
August 25 Hetty Kate (Melbourne)
August 31st Tim Hart (Sydney)

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