Monday, June 18, 2012

Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston (UK) headline this week at The Ellington

In the 1960s, saxophonist Trevor Watts changed the entire face of European style jazz and improvised music by forming his own group Amalgam, as well as being a founding member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Along with pianist Veryan Weston, this duo has been developing their style of music for many years now, opening up the way for others along as they go. Their music is totally improvised, but still backed with a strong jazz rhythm. The Ellington, PJS and Tura New Music proudly present the rare appearance of this iconic duo on Tuesday evening. Also another 10 shows showcasing an amazing array of talent featuring musical styles from jazz, blues, singer songwriter, old school funk and neo soul.

MONDAY 7.00pm Song Lounge
Presented by North Street Music, Song Lounge features a selection of Australia's leading singer-songwriters together for an evening of wine, tapas and storytelling. Featuring Alanna Eileen - crafting storytelling songs in the folk genre, Billie Rogers - has developed her own brand of soulful country music which has been likened to that of Norah Jones or Emmy-Lou Harris, Bianca Jade - confident in the bluesy-folk genre with a cruisy voice perfectly suited to the material and Ryan Webb -  one of the brightest hopes of Perth's buoyant folk-rock and alt-country circuit. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 8.00pm Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston (UK)
Growing together as masters of the British free jazz scene in the '70s, this duo disclosed the perfect emotional and performance synchronization of two masters who do not even need the hint of a glimpse to know where they are headed. The duo has been developing it's music for many years now. The most recent performance was at the London Jazz Festival in November 2011 to a very enthusiastic audience. Before that, in June /July 2011 they did a concert tour in the USA ending at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, where we also had major success all the way through. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see two of Europe's Jazz legends in action, presented by The Ellington, Tura New Music and The Perth Jazz Society. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Trevor Jalla Sextet
One might not immediately perceive a 33-year old Perth-based Malaysian as being a torchbearer for a brand of music deeply entrenched in African-American history and culture. However, to witness a performance by Trevor Jalla is testimony to the true nature of the blues – a deep expression of yearning and earnest hope, a medium of communication that spans borders and generations, a language that speaks from the heart, to the heart. Combining influences of BB King, Jimmy Smith, Donny Hathaway, T-Bone Walker and Robert Cray, Jalla has carved out a distinctively soulful vocal and guitar style that has landed him onstage performances with Robben Ford, The Holmes Brothers, Syl Johnson and Betty Harris, to name a few. Featuring Roy Martinez (bass, vocals), Joe Whittle (drums, vocals), Hans FiancĂ© (keyboards, vocals), James Sandon (tenor sax) and Paul Millard (baritone sax). Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Freddie Grigson Quartet
Come check out one of Australia’s finest guitarists performing with his new quartet: Tal Cohen (piano) , Karl Florisson (bass) and Jacob Evans (drums) whom all feature on Freddie's recently released album "Past and Present". Freddie has worked with numerous jazz luminaries throughout the years and is currently lecturing at the Jazz Department at WAAPA. His seminal CD, Blue Zone that was recorded a few years ago, still packs a punch, as do his live performances. Freddie's extensive influences range from jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall to contemporary masters like Pat Martino, John Scofield and John Abercombie. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm The Graham Wood Trio
Don't miss another installment of fine piano trio music that will kick start your weekend in style. Graham has performed with an incredible array of famous Jazz artists such as Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Cindy Blackman, Claire Martin, Ingred Jensen, Mark Murphy, Greg Osby, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, George Garzone, Katie Noonan and Gretchen Parlarto to name a few. The Graham Wood Trio also won the 2010 wami award for best Jazz act. The trio features Graham on Piano, Nic Abbey (bass) and Ben Falle (drums). Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Melody Whittle and Howie Morgan SOULTOWN
Howie Morgan & Melody Whittle are pleased to present a very soulful night - SoulTown. With hits from the Motown, Atlantic, Chess and Stax record collections featuring favourites from Otis Redding, Aretha franklin, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles and many more, this is an event that will take you back to the cigar Chompin’ Foot Stompin’ 60s & 70’s with a stella band line up to boot. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late Night Groove Series featuring Meg Mac and Astrid
This exclusive gig, old school soul, R&B & funk music will be brought to you featuring Meg Mac & Astrid Ripepi on lead vocals. Four of the hottest musicians in Perth are supporting the two soulful singers in the rhythm section starting with Elliot Smith on drums, Simon Fisenden - Bass, Harry Winton - Guitar & Lewis Moody on keys. It's a night not to be missed, see you there! Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Victoria Newton Trio
The early Saturday sets are proving to be a big hit. It's a great opportunity to kick back on a cool winter night and be serenaded by some of our finest Jazz divas in gorgeous surroundings with a lovely glass of wine some delicious food and friendly service and atmosphere. Sound tempted - well this week will be no exception with the wonderful Victoria Newton gracing our stage for two hours of sublime Jazz vocals. Those who know Victoria's work will assure you that she has the finest voice, a powerful and moving interpretive ability and this trio set will be an ideal showcase of her vocal prowess. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Libby Hammer Quintet
Book now as Libby is definitely a favourite among Perth audiences and musicians alike. Jazz vocalist Libby Hammer brings an explosion of energy, vocal style and personality to the Ellington stage. Along with a top notch quartet that performs regularly not only at The Ellington but all around town. Libby delivers fun yet dramatic interpretations of a repertoire that stretches from classic to quirky. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series featuring Ladywood
Ladywood is fronted by Farren Wood. Previous musical achievements include; singer/writer for 'The Bigness' (WAM nominee for best funk act 2009) as well as recognition in her own original endeavours (nominee in WAM song of the year 2010). The band is made up of familiar faces on the music scene; John Brown (The Accumulated Gestures, The Co-Lab band, Big Old Bears,The Amani Consort), Andrew James Williams (The Empty Cup Band, James Teague, Namoowolf Downs) and John Leotta (Upskirt Shazaam), with Geetha Periakarpan and Carrie Pereira on vocals. Drawing much from influences such as Erykah Badu, Corinne Bailey-Rae, India Arie and Lauryn Hill, Ladywood can easily be slid into the neo-soul genre. The sound is smooth and easily lends itself to hip hop, soul and roots. Two back up singers provide a well-woven tapestry of harmonies, a perfect canvas for the storyteller songwriting style. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm The Gavin Kerr Quartet featuring Mel Crothers
As a perennial sideman, drummer and arranger Gavin Kerr has worked with many musical groups since graduating from WAAPA with the Bob Wylie Scholarship for the best graduating student. After a sell out performance at the Ellington earlier this year Gavin Kerr and his quartet are back to play some swinging jazz. Joining Gavin will be Ookii Effendi on piano, Danny Moss Jnr on bass and Daron Crothers on reeds. Having performed hundreds of times together it is obvious to the many audiences that have heard their music that this quartet truly enjoy their musical partnership. On this Sunday night at the Ellington the group will feature one of Perth’s most versatile and soulful vocalists, Mel Crothers. Equipped with a powerful voice, Mel is at home singing swinging standards or soulful ballads. After a successful launch of her debut pop album, NEOLIGHT late last year, she will be revisiting her jazz roots, drawing repertoire from jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Anita O’Day. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 25th June 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 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. Click here for tickets

Coming Soon
June 27 Nadia Ackerman (NYC)
June 28 Benny Lackner Trio (USA)
July 7 - 28 Jazz in July @ The Rottnest Hotel
July 12 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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