Monday, June 25, 2012

The Benny Lackner Trio (USA/Europe) headline this week at The Ellington

Don't miss the incredible German-American jazz pianist Benny Lackner who has lived in the US almost 20 years, and about half of that in NYC. He has played many major jazz clubs and festivals and formed his own trio that got a name for its personal way of interpreting standards as well as covers of songs of the current generation. Also wonderful talent from Classical ensembles (Monday), WAAPA Contemporary (Tuesday), Australian-born, New York-based singer, songwriter Nadia Ackerman (Wednesday) and rounded out with a big weekend of action from some of our most popular artists. A late Sunday set rounds out the weekend with Fat Shan recording artist Sean O'Neill.

MONDAY 7.00pm Chamber Jam - Click here for tickets
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 Q Brass Quintet with Wendy Tait (Horn), Callum G'Froerer (Trumpet), Jeremy Greig (Trombone), Adrian Kelly (Trumpet), Liam OMalley (Bass Trombone). Brendan Biddiss - guitar followed by Just Sax featuring Soprano sax: Jesse Deane, Alto Sax: Luke Pownall, Tenor Sax: Erin Royer, Baritone Sax: Jess Herbert.

TUESDAY 8.00pm WAAPA Contemporary Music showcase - Click here for tickets
In collaboration with WAAPA, The Ellington Jazz Club are proud to host four amazing ensembles comprised of some of WA’s finest young artists for a veritable feast of some of your favorite music. These talented young musicians prove what an excellent facility WAAPA really is and just how good the standards of musical education really are here in the West.

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Nadia Ackerman (USA) - Click here for tickets
Since leaving high school, Nadia has worked her way around the world with performances on morning broadcasts in Australia and hotel contracts in Asia to singing backing vocals at Carnegie Hall with likes of Sting, Billy Joel, Shirley Bassey, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and James Taylor (just to name a few). Although she spent years studying and performing jazz, in mid-2006 her own songs started to pop into her head. Since then, Nadia hasn’t looked back. Today she has a catalogue of over 300 compositions ready and waiting, while more are being jotted down almost daily. Join Nadia and her New York City Band on her journey from Allambie Heights to New York City (which she now calls home).

THURSDAY 8.00pm The Benny Lackner Trio (USA/Europe) - Click here for tickets
Lackner's fourth Album, CACHUMA is a "...snapshot of the moment where everything is in harmony with itself...". "CACHUMA tells about the joy of listening, trying not to overstate while remaining open to surprises. Developing CACHUMA with a new rhythm section of European musicians further deepens the bi-continental theme. "...This album marks a new beginning for me.." says Lackner, "...All the compositions where inspired by the particular group of individuals in this new trio. " The drummer, Matthieu Chazarenc, breathes life into the melodies with a new fire, drive and dynamic contrast that matches the songs perfectly. For each tune he has composed drum parts that are fully composed yet leave room for improvisation. Benny Lackner (piano) Jerome Regard (bass) and Matthieu Chazarenc (drums).

FRIDAY 6.00pm Tom OHalloran Trio - Click here for tickets
Pianist/composer Tom O’Halloran won the Limelight Magazine Award for Best Jazz Achievement in 2009. Daniel Susnjar (drums), based at Miami University, returns to Perth and reunities with Pete Jeavons (bass) and O’Halloran. This well-known outfit ranges from modern, swinging jazz through to ambient, slow landscapes, from Latin influenced compositions to intimate ballads. Their second album, We Happy Few (Jazzgroove) explores darker textures, improvisatory interaction with electronics and continues the catalogue of unique compositions that is making this group identifiable - a great concert not to be missed!!

FRIDAY 8.00pm Natalie Gillespie - Click here for tickets
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 Danny Martin - Click here for tickets
Get on down to check out the soul master himself - Mr. Danny Martin. Headlining bands such as Bootyjuice, Detour and a range of funky late night soul session at The Ellington, Danny Martin is the Real McCoy when it comes to quality vocals and funky grooves. Tonight features the return of Troy Roberts from another year in Miami and and the incredibly high profile UNESCO International Jazz Day celebrations in NYC with Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona and Vinnie Colaiuta. Also performing tonight will be the Graham Wood (keys), Lewis Moody (keys), Ben Falle (drums) and Harry Winton (guitar). Don't miss what promise to be an extraordinairy show.

SATURDAY 6.00pm Penny King Trio - Click here for tickets
Join us for an intimate early Saturday trio set featuring the velvety tones of the wonderful Jazz Diva Penny King. Expect a range of classic standard material and some popular and contemporary interpretations of unexpected material. Penny has sung along side such luminaries as James Morrison and Dale Barlow, and, as part of the Mike Pigneguy sextet, supported Dame Kiri Te Kanawa when she performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

SATURDAY 8.00pm Jade Crompton with the Graham Wood Quartet - Click here for tickets
Don't miss one of our favourite singers as she returns for the early Jazz show making a splash with the sultry and bluesey tones reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughan. Jade–Lori Crompton, daughter of Stax recording artist C L Blast's (known for his work on songs such as; Buster Brown's "Fannie Mae"; Don Gardner/Dee Dee Ford's "I Need Your Lovin'", Gladys Knight's "You Broke Your Promise" and the (fantastic) "Valerie" by Jackie & The Starlites). Her voice is said to be coloured by heartfelt Gospel tones, syrup smooth R&B, and playful melodies reminiscent of childhood Jazz influences. Joined tonight by the Graham Wood Quartet featuring Simon Jeans (guitar), Pete Jeavons (bass) and Ben Vanderwal (drums).

SATURDAY 11.30pm John Mayer Trio - Try tribute - Click here for tickets
Longtime listeners have seen it coming: It was only a matter of time before John Mayer dropped the pop star pretense and proved he could really bring it. After seven Grammy Awards and selling in excess of 17 million albums worldwide, something convinced Mayer it was time to take his game to the next level. From this, the ‘John Mayer Trio’ was born with the renowned Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino. For the first time, Andy Hopkins with help from Josh Hopkins and Roy Martinez bring this energy to the Ellington stage. Prepare to get loose and colourful.

SUNDAY 6.00pm Juliana Areias - Lighting up the bonfire of the heart - Click here for tickets
Following the success of over a year of consecutive sold out concerts, Brazilian singer Juliana Areias is back to the Ellington presenting a new ablaze “hot” show. From exciting arrangements of bossa nova and samba classics such as The Girl from Ipanema and Mas que nada, Juliana invites the audience to dive into a deeper musical trip to the “five corners” of Brazil, presenting a wider spectrum of its traditional and contemporary rhythmic diversity.

MONDAY 2nd July Callum G'Froerer CD launch - Click here for tickets
After relocating to Melbourne in February 2012, Perth-raised trumpet player Callum G'Froerer returns to The Ellington for one night only with new compositions reflecting the last few months of development. Joining him is guitarist Brett Thompson, who also moved to Melbourne this year for further study. The two will perform in their long standing duo setting, and for parts of the evening they will be by friends Robin Murray on bass and Greg Brenton on drums. Callum G'Froerer (trumpet), Brett Thompson (guitar), Robin Murray (bass) and Greg Brenton (drums).

Coming Soon
July 7 - 28 Jazz in July @ The Rottnest Hotel
July 19 9.30am and 11am Ellington for kids
July 19 Troy Roberts (USA)
July 27 & 28 Narissa Campbell (NYC)
August 2 Scott Tinkler (Melbourne)
August 7 Howard Levy (USA)
August 9 Bob Garrett (USA)
August 18 & 19 George Garzone, (USA)
August 23 Daniel Gassin (Melbourne)
August 25 Hetty Kate (Melbourne)
August 31st Tim Hart (Sydney)
September 21 & 22 Gian Slater (Melbourne)
September 28 & 29 Aaron Goldberg (NYC)
October 27 & 28 The Lighthouse Trio (UK)

Calling all WA Jazz composers - entries for WAM Song of the Year 2012 are now open until Monday 30th July. The Jazz Category is sponsored by the Ellington Jazz Club. Visit for full competition details.

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