Monday, July 9, 2012

This week at The Ellington

It's a full roster of local artists this week but as we know our home grown talent matches it with the best in the world. A great diversity of music with a wide range of performances to choose from. Jazz in July at The Rottnest Hotel (presented by The Ellington) kicked off this weekend - why not plan a cozy winter retreat and enjoy some great Jazz while you're there?

MONDAY 7.00pm An Intimate Evening with Paula P and Friends supporting Youth Focus

Stepping right off The Battle Stage from Channel 9's TV show ''The Voice'' Australia where she wow'd us with her rendition of Adele's ''Dont you remember'' and  “Back to Black”  is Perths' own Diva of Soul “Powerhouse Paula P”. Having seen the effects personally of teenage suicide and depression, Paula believes that we should raise awareness and help where we can. Donations will be accepted on the night for this wonderful organization. The other half of the proceeds will go towards Paula’s EP production. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 8.00pm Matt Richards Quartet

Putting a harmonic spin on the usual quintet experience,  tenor saxophonist Matt Richards will be combining classic jazz sounds with the steady beats of a didgeridoo at The Ellington Jazz Club. Richards will be supported by Jamie Oehlers (saxophone), Daniel Susnjar (drums), Tom O’Halloran (piano) and Sanshi (didgeridoo). Richards’ musical inspiration is found in deep ocean sounds, images and experiences from his former career as a competitive and commercial diver. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Tunes of Tony - a Tribute to Tony Bennett featuring Trent White

Tony Bennett is one of the finest jazz and American popular music singers of our time. In a career that spans over 50 years and selling more than 50 million records worldwide, it is clear to see this living legend is a musical icon in the greatest sense of the word. With the finest of Perth’s jazz musicians forming a top notch band lineup for this very special concert not to be missed, young and upcoming vocalist Trent White will sing you through the magical songs and stories as we salute a master of American music. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Tom O'Halloran Trio

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!! Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm The Graham Wood Trio

Graham Wood is co-owner of The Ellington Jazz Club as well as director of music at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He is also one of Perth's most in demand and well known Jazz pianists. Graham has performed with an incredible array of famous Jazz artists such as Frank Foster, Sam Rivers, Ernie Watts, Sheila Jordan, Cindy Blackman, Dave Weckl, Claire Martin, Reggie Workman, Ingred Jensen, Mark Murphy, Greg Osby, Bob Sheppard, Carmen Lundy, George Garzone, Katie Noonan and Gretchen Parlarto. The Graham Wood Trio also won the 2010 wami award for best Jazz act. The trio features Graham on Piano, Nick Abbey (bass) and Ben Vanderwal (drums). Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Jodie Tes 

Jodie Tes WAMI Award winning songstress Jodie Tes, makes her return to the Perth Jazz scene with an exciting repertoire inspired by Nina Simone, Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald. Since graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2001, Jodie has gone on to record three albums and to tour nationally and internationally. A soulful performer whose music paints a vivid picture, Jodie Tes reignites the tradition of the torch song and injects new energy into the old standards. Featuring Graham Wood on piano and a first class rhythm section. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm The Squeeze featuring Danny Martin

This promises to be a dynamite collaboration as the awesome sound of the squeeze (with a powerhouse three-piece horn section), join forces with the soulful tones of Mr. Danny Martin. These guys have put on a series of fantastic sold out shows at The Ellington and The Funk Club with singer Megan MacInerney and we will be listening in anticipation to hear this next installment from this pumping new band. The Squeeze guarantee a juicy good time. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Marnie Kent Trio

Experience the unique styling and beautiful sound or Perth vocalist Marnie Kent in a decadent array of smouldering ballads, hip swing  and original music. Marnie Kent is one of Perth's most prolific and unique jazz vocalists. With over 20 years experience performing in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, China and the US she has a cutting edge contemporary style and a truly awesome jazz sound. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm The Ben Vanderwal Experience - Howie gets Lucky

Howie Morgan - Vocals, Guitar Vocals, Lucky Oceans - Vocals Pedal Steel, National and Accordion, James Sandon Bass and Ben Vanderwal Drums. Howie Morgan and Lucky Oceans present a night of classic songs - unplugged. Ray Charles, The Eagles, Neil Young and the great Jazz classics  will all get a guernsey as two of Perth's most heralded musicians share some of their favourite music in an intimate setting. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Accumulated Gestures

The Accumulated Gestures return to the Ellington for their next exciting installment at The Ellington. Having released their debut LP 'A More Permanent Impermanence', the Gestures are ready to hit the stage again for a much anticipated return performance. The Gestures Ellington shows have long been considered the best way to catch this band live. With additional new material from the new album and the debut of a few new surprises in the Gestures sound palette, this is an Accumulated Gestures gig not to be missed! Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Minky G and Rosco - Perth EP Launch

Jazzy pop duo Minky G and Rosco return to the Ellington for their first gig back in Perth, following a 2 month tour of the UK. Featuring energetic singer/songwriter Minky G, who's songs are described as "...the kind of music you'd like to sit back to, with an icy cold beverage on a warm summers day..." (; and talented jazz guitarist Rosco Dwyer, the pair will be returning home with a new, self titled EP in hand. Between them, Minky G and Rosco have played with James Morrison, The Bamboos, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Waifs and The Brow Horn Orchestra; and will be appearing on the night with some very special guests. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 16th July 7.00pm Dale Boaden Trio

One short year out of the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Dale Boaden has toured WA, supported the Bondi Cigars, worked closely with the Perth Jazz Society giving jazz workshops to various schools across WA, been invited to perform as part of the Jazz Guitar Society of WA annual fundraiser (along side Ray Walker, Cliff Lynton and Hank Marvin) and most recently been invited by the WA Symphony Orchestra to perform with them as they pay tribute to the music of Gershwin. His extensive work as a sideman for various small jazz groups around Perth has seen him gain essential experience on the band stand, in addition to regular performances of his own original music with the Dale Boaden Trio. Dale Boaden – Guitar, Nick Abbey – Double Bass and Bronton Ainsworth - Drums. Click here for tickets

Coming soon:

July 7 - 28 The Ellington presents 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 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 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. Click here for full competition details.

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