Monday, June 4, 2012

Samuel Yirga Quartet (Ethiopia) headlines this week at The Ellington

The last four days of The Ellington Winter Jazz Fest wrap up with a remarkable pianist and composer from Ethiopia - Samuel Yirga. Don't miss it tonight and tomorrow night. A big weekend double coming your way with James Flynn followed by Cristal Philips singing Erykah Badu. The 6.00pm trio shows are on Friday and Saturday for the remainder of winter so head in for an early winter warmer.

MONDAY 8.00pm Samuel Yirga Quartet (Ethiopia)
Most popularly known for his band Dub Colossus (#1 Worldmusic Album of the Year 2011 winners), Samuel's quartet is in Australia playing his contemporary take on Ethio Jazz. Samuel Yirga’s musical life so far has been full of obstacles: social restrictions, family regulations, hurdles thrown up by life. Yet in the face of all of this, the 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. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 8.00pm 8.00pm Samuel Yirga Quartet (Ethiopia)
See Monday listing. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm The Perth Jazz Society presents The Collaboratory with mumblefunk and Kynan Tan
Featuring Simon Jeans on guitar and Danny Susnjar on drums, (.....mumblefunk) is a long running collaboration born from a mutual love of spontaneity, interaction and improvisation. Collaborating for this performance is Kynan Tan, one of Australia's hot new talents working in the worlds of sound art, electronic and electroacoustic music. This meeting of minds will be sure to result in something unpredictable! Normally in the US, this is also a rare chance to see Susnjar performing in Perth. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Ali Bodycoat Quintet
Ali Bodycoat is back at The Ellington for a quintet show not to be missed. She has been performing professionally in the Jazz scene throughout venues in Western Australia since 1995 with her Trio, Quartet and Quintet and worked extensively with Graham Wood. Recent shows have received critical acclaim including Minor Major Marlene - based on the work of Marlene Dietrich and Franklin - a tribute to Aretha Franklin. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm Chris Foster - Nick Abbey - Ben Falle Trio
Through years of friendship and collaboration this trio have forged a deep musical connection. They have developed an identifiable group sound though a shared love of modern piano trio groups, improvised European music and traditional jazz, creating music that is melodic, rhythmically exciting and sincere. Tonight’s performance will showcase the trio’s most recent compositions, which they plan to record in 2012. Chris Foster – piano, Nick Abbey – double bass and Ben Falle – drums. Click here for tickets 

FRIDAY 8.00pm Kings of Swing - James Flynn and The Fly Little Big Band
James Flynn returns for two nights of The Kings of Swing featuring Sinatra, Dean Martin & Bobby Darins music at the finger-snapping peak of their night club alchemy. Performing such hits as ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Beyond the sea’, ’Hello young lovers’, ‘Fly me to the moon’, ‘Aint that a kick in the head’ and many more. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Cristal Phillips sings Erykah Badu
Catch the electrifying Cristal Phillips as she pays homage to one of the great Neo Soul/R&B artists of the last decade - Erykay Badu. Five amazing albums including Baduizm (1997), Mama's Gun (2000), Worldwide Underground (2003), New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008), New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (2010) have cemented her in the history as one the great singers, songwriters and innovators in the early 21st Century. Tonight will be a high energy affair not to be missed. Joined by a killin band including Graham Wood (keys), Ash Sinclair (bass) and Tom Drouet (drums). Don't miss out!! Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Fiona Lawe Davies Trio
Those who have already witnessed her superb live performance need no introduction to Fiona’s perfectly crafted stage presence and uniquely pure vocal style. Chris Foster (piano) and Nick Abbey (double bass) are standout artists on the Perth jazz scene with extraordinary facility and sincerity. In collaboration, the trio bring you jazz with some indie grit – a beguiling blend of their interpretations of some favourite jazz standards alongside original arrangements of songs ranging from post punk to pop via trip hop. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Kings of Swing - James Flynn and The Fly Little Big Band
See Friday listing. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Cristal Phillips sings Erykah Badu
See Friday listing. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Jade Diary EP Launch Love Thy Will Be Done
Performing songs from the EP and from her upcoming yet-to-be-released album and describes the EP as an ‘hors d’oeuvre’ to her debut album which will be served up later this year. Produced by David Skeet, who has worked with Kate Miller‐Heidke, Dave Stewart of the Eurythymics and Brooke Fraser, Jade Diary also enlisted the help of drummer, Tim Powles of great Australian rock band, The Church, pianist and singer-songwriter, Joel Sarakula, and bassist, James Harland-Wright in the recording. William Bowden (who mastered Gotye’s Making Mirrors album) mastered the tracks. The intimate launch will also feature special guests: singer-songwriter with an angelic voice, Jonathan Brain, great pop-rock band, Astro, and acoustic duo, Reilly & Chris. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 11th June 7.00pm Jodi's Marathon Fundraising Night Running4BumiSehat
A member of the Ellington team Jodi Fagan is pounding the pavement in aid of raising awareness and funds for the plight of birthing women worldwide. A must support event for those who are passionate about women's rights. Click here for tickets

Coming Soon
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)
September 21 & 22 Gian Slater (Melbourne)
September 28 & 29 Aaron Goldberg (NYC)
October 27 & 28 The Lighthouse Trio (UK)
November 6 & 7 Cyrille Aimee (USA/France)

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