Monday, July 23, 2012

Nerissa Campbell (NYC) headlines this weekend at The Ellington

The wonderful Nerissa Campbell returns to our shores for two exclusive performances at The Ellington. A warm welcome to the WAAPA Music Theatre class of 2012 for a special show on Tuesday night to assist with their showcase fundraising. Another killer gig - with double drummers Daniel Susnjar and Ben Falle (Saturday 11.30pm) who really connect with an amazing sound and groove and another must see gig is the debut for soulful songstress Elise Lynelle on Friday (11.30pm). Be sure to see Glacial Songs - An Evening With Jan Garbarek on Wednesday and the one and only 70's super-band Manteca on Thursday.

MONDAY 23rd July 7.00pm Song Lounge Unearthed

Song Lounge Unearthed is a hugely exciting showcase with many new singers bursting onto the scene. With some singers never having played a 'show' before other than the odd open mic night, this selection is a pick of the talent in WA that North Street Music believes could be the ones to watch over the next few years.  Come along and discover a new star being born. Featuring Bernardine, Brendan Gaspari, Cléo, Emily J, Owen & The Voices and Sarina Cooper. Click here for tikets

TUESDAY 8.00pm The Class of 2012 - WAAPA Music Theatre

Get down to the Ellington Jazz Club where the graduating WAAPA Music Theatre Class of 2012 will entertain and move you with a selection of new musical theatre works and also original material from several members of the group. Don't miss out on this night of talented performers showcasing exciting new works while you sit back with a drink and enjoy the ride. Click here for tickets 

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Glacial Songs - An Evening With Jan Garbarek

Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek has been a unique, keening presence in improvised music ever since the late sixties. This evening will feature music from two periods in his career: his time with the Keith Jarrett European Quartet in the 1970s, and Garbarek's own quartet with Bill Frisell in the 1980s. Please help us pay tribute to one of the jazz world's most enigmatic and powerful characters. Featuring: Dylan Hooper - saxophone, Tal Cohen - piano, Simon Jeans - guitar, Pete Jeavons - bass and Bronton Ainsworth - drums. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Manteca

The encore performance of the legendary jazz fusion band, Manteca, led by Simon Styles returns to The Ellington. In the 1970’s many young people had their first taste of live jazz through the award-winning fusion band ‘Manteca’, formed and lead by Uwe who arranged music, and played flute and sax. A national ABC 10-part series followed, entitled ‘Manteca in Concert’. The band returns with a new line up that includes Ric Eastman, Roy Martinez, Pat Reale, Mario Anamalay, Uwe Stengel, Simon Styles, Benn Hodgkin, Kieren Hurley, Claire McGowan and Annie Neil playing the music of the Brecker Bros, Chicago, Horace Silver and many others. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm The Glyn McDonald Trio

Tonight we are delighted to welcome back the Glyn McDonald Trio. The musicians have collectively performed all over the world including Vancouver, Rome, Japan and Australia. The group draws influence from diverse ends of the musical spectrum. From classical through to Latin, and coupled with a knack for infectious toe-tappin’ swing, their collective works rest comfortably on a bed of groove-oriented originality. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Nerissa Campbell (NYC)

Join Nerissa Campbell as she returns home to release her third album on Crooked Mouth Music, “Blue Shadows” – a neo-noir jazz soundscape of heartbreak and hope born in the gloom of a New York City winter’s night. Steeped in the Blues and garnished with the grit of Rock (picked up in part from her collaborations with Brooklyn post-metal band A Storm of Light), the whiskey warmth of Campbell’s jazz background blends well into “Blue Shadows”, a collection of songs celebrating the underworld of emotions—the sadness & desperation, the loneliness & yearning of a world where joy is elusive and the hard luck of broken dreams & unfulfilled love falls to the majority. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series featuring Elise Lynelle

Born and raised Perth local, Elise Lynelle presents her debut Ellington show. With her own unique style and charisma, she carries the influences of Motown, blues and soul. She will be accompanied by the finest musicians the city has to offer. She is without doubt, an exceptional natural talent with a flair for all things RnB, Soul and Funk. Elise's vocal sounds will transform and delight your senses as she takes you on a musical journey featuring a blend of classic songs, mixed with exciting new repertoire. A new talent on The Ellington stage that will make you sit up and listen!! Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Victoria Newton Trio

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 Café in London where she supported Terence Blanchard and performed with Ronny Jordan. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Nerissa Campbell (NYC)

See Friday listing. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Ben Falle - Daniel Susnjar double drummer band

Come along and check out two of our finest drummers together for a rare late night collaboration. The guest list will be running hot tonight as both wonderful drummers are set to relocate to Miami for the year. Expect the unexpected with a high energy, drum fueled experience to remember!! Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Random Act with special guest Urban Cowboy

Strap on those dancing shoes, jingle those spurs and get ready to dance the night away to the strains of the intoxicating musical collaboration between Random Act and The Urban Cowboy. Hot on the heels of their last performance at the Ellington and a stint at the Fly Trap, Random Act return to brighten your Sunday with their eclectic mix of funk, soul, rock and jazz. This time we are adding a dash of that good ol' Southern style with very special guest Rod Grljusich from Perth's own Urban Cowboy Band ( Click here for tickets

MONDAY 30th July 5.30pm A Saucy Little Secret Set to Scandalise Perth – One week only

Don’t miss this opportunity to see HMS PopUp Productions ‘A Saucy Little Secret’, a masterful modern theatre cabaret following the lives of five strong women whose music and attitudes influenced the development of modern music, queer lifestyle and racial tolerance. Famous not only for their music, but also for their progressive and alternative attitudes to sexuality, race issues and relationships, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters and Alberta Hunter, all broke into the music scene through the buffet flats and rent houses of Harlem, but rose to be successful and wealthy recording artists in their own right. Perth’s premier jazz, soul and blues musicians come together to share their untold stories. Kali Caramia, Libby Hammer, Odette Mercy, Natalie Gillespie and Harry Deluxe give five daring performances, weaving their way through stories both dangerous and decadent, often tragic and comic all at once. Spectacular Perth celebrity, Magnus Danger Magnus, holds court with the ladies as a most engaging, and slightly dangerous, Maitre D. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 30th July 7.30pm 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 Skittle Alley Trio, Jonathan Paget & Craig Lake & PSO Cello section presents "Spicks and Spikes". This talented group of ladies that make up the Perth Symphony Orchestra Cello section come together for one night only as they celebrate all things cello. Spicks and Spikes will perform cello-sextets and quartets, featuring works in the classical and popular styles. Prepare to be swept away with the lyrical romance of this beautiful instrument and stunned at its versatility. Click here for tickets

Coming soon:

July 7 - 28 The Ellington presents Jazz in July @ The Rottnest Hotel
July 27 & 28 Narissa Campbell (NYC)
August 2 Scott Tinkler (Melbourne)
August 7 Howard Levy (USA)
August 9 Bob Garrett (USA)
August 10 Briana Cowlishaw (Sydney)
August 18 & 19 George Garzone, (USA)
August 23 Daniel Gassin Quartet (Melbourne)
August 25 Hetty Kate (Melbourne)
August 31st Tim Hart (Sydney)
September 15 (6pm and 9pm) Sarah Mcleod (Sydney)
September 21 & 22 Gian Slater (Melbourne)
September 27 Emma Hamilton (Sydney)
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. Click here for full competition details.

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