Monday, July 16, 2012

This week at The Ellington

Don't miss an exciting range of new shows including The Ellington for Kids - Cushion Concerts - with the Libby Hammer Quartet on Thursday morning, the sublime Adelaide guitar/vocal duo "A Small Hotel" with Charmaine Jones and Mike Bevan on Wednesday, a tribute to Donna Summer for the Friday late set, a new late set Saturday from The Amani Consort rounded out with the wonderful Gypsy Jazz sounds of Belleville on Sunday. Also make sure you check out the Thursday show from the one and only Troy Roberts.

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

TUESDAY 8.00pm JAZZWA Explorations - Jazz Jam Session

An initiative of JAZZWA ‘Explorations’ provides a concert platform for Jazz musicians to perform off-the-cuff in untested combinations which challenges the musicians to put their ears and imaginations to the test. Entry is free and each jam session features a different house band- with jazz musicians of all persuasions welcome to join in. Musicians who perform for the jam session get in free. PA, Piano and backline provided. Houseband - Dale Boaden (guitar), Djuna Lee (bass) and Greg Brenton (drums). Click here for tikets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm A Small Hotel Charmaine Jones and Mike Bevan (Adeaide)

Charmaine Jones and Mike Bevan have been playing jazz, gospel and Brazilian music together for a number of years. They have recently released a new CD- “A Small Hotel”. Charmaine has a unique style that draws on roots in jazz, gospel, pop, r 'n' b, funk and choral music. Charmaine has worked alongside industry names such as Paul Grabowsky, James Morrison, Don Rader, Lillian Boute, Tony Caramia, Bobby Shew, Glen Shorrick, Don Burrows and The Idea of North in both a solo and choral capacity. Mike Bevan has worked locally, nationally and internationally in the areas of pop, jazz, blues and Brazilian music. He has studied jazz guitar in New York and Boston and Brazilian music in Brazil. Recent collaborations include performances with the master Brazilian guitarist Mauricio Carrilho and Melbourne guitarist Doug de Vries both in Australia and in Brazil. Click here for tikets

THURSDAY 9.30am The Ellington for Kids - Cushion Concerts with the Libby Hammer Quartet

The Ellington is putting on two cushion concerts for kids (and accompanying adults!).  The shows are at 9.30am and 11.00am and feature the wonderful Libby Hammer, one of Perth’s most respected jazz vocalists and three other leading  musicians from the Perth jazz scene:  Glyn MacDonald - piano, Nick Abbey - double bass and Michael Perkins – drums. These fine musicians will introduce kids to the world of jazz in a fun, interactive and intimate setting. At around 50 minutes each, these shows are pitched at an age range of 4-7 years old but children of all ages are welcome and will be able to enjoy the event. Just bring a cushion to sit on and be ready to have some fun while you learn about jazz. (A limited number of chairs and seats are available for those patrons who require them). Click here for tikets

THURSDAY 11am The Ellington for Kids - Cushion Concerts with the Libby Hammer Quartet

See 9.30am listing. Click here for tikets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Troy Roberts Quartet (USA)

Currently based in the USA, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has had a busy few years. Graduating from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Music at the young age of 19, he went on to receive numerous awards and scholarships including The Bob Wylie Jazz Scholarship, The James Morrison Jazz Scholarship, 4 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, and two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards. He has toured Europe extensively with Australian jazz multi-instrumentalist, James Morrison and the US with his own group VOID, completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami, and has since shared stage with John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Ingrid Jensen, Slide Hampton, Gary Bartz, Sammy Figueroa, Melton Mustafa, Robby Ameen, Lew Soloff, Bobby Sparks and Lauryn Hill to name a few. He has recently moved to NYC and was invited to perform with Wayne Shorter at the UN for the inaugural UNESCO International Jazz Day celebrations. Click here for tikets

FRIDAY 6.00pm Tal Cohen Trio 

Don't miss the much anticipated return of Tal and his trio as they perform a selection of tunes and arrangements, including Cohen’s own promising and innovative original work. Tal’s unique piano style has its roots in Jewish folk songs and classical music, which he played from a young age growing up in Israel. After relocating to Perth at the age of 16, he took up a music scholarship at Churchlands Senior High School and later pursued studies in jazz improvisation at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Click here for tikets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Libby Hammer Quintet

After a couple of busy kids' cushion concerts, Libby is back to perform for the grown-ups. 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, Libby delivers fun yet dramatic interpretations of a repertoire that stretches from classic to quirky. Click here for tikets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Jade-Lori Crompton tribute to Donna Summer - Disco was born

Singer-songwriter Donna Summer, known as the "Queen of Disco," was born on December 31, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts. Sadly Summer's died on May 17, this year at age 63, after a years-long battle with cancer. Named affectionately by her fans and musical peers as the Queen of Disco- Donna Summer was an iconic member of disco royalty and will forever remain the same. The Ellington will be hosting an evening to remember the music and  life of Donna Summers. This evening will be  more than a tribute to her life, it will be a celebration of her music, the joy she gave to millions. Simon Fisenden, Roy Martinez, Ben Falle, Lewis Moody and Jade- Lori on lead Vocals. Click here for tikets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Allira Wilson trio

Allira Wilson is quickly emerging as one of Western Australia’s greatest young talents, whose musical approach has been described as “brave and raw as it is supple and intricate”.  Allira has performed at many venues including the Ellington Jazz Club, with performances under her own name and also with the jazz band Blowfish, with Jamie Oehlers. She has sung with popular big band MFO, All For One Big Band and WAYJO, performing at the Quarry Amphitheatre and Perth Concert Hall with Fred Wesley and John Morrison. She has also performed at the PJS for the Ladies of Jazz Concert 2009 and has performed for the premier of WA at Parliament House. Described as creative, youthful and original, this soulful jazz musician puts an innovative twist on jazz favourites. Click here for tikets

SATURDAY 8.00pm James Flynn - Chatin' with Chet

Chet Baker was a jazz man so cool you wanted him frozen at his peak. The popular trumpeter and singer was the pinnacle of hipness back in the 50’s. With his laid back, smooth, west coast sound and his good looks Chet Baker could probably have been a movie star. Instead he became a drug addict. The history books haven’t been fair to this Jazz legend focussing more on his weaknesses rather than his immense talent. A rival to Miles Davis and a clever collaborator Baker partnered with Charlie Parker and more significantly with Gerry Mulligan, to create his own unique sound and bring us some wonderful music. Bakers you tube clips are still popular today almost a quarter of a century after his demise. Ricky Mallet – Trumpet, Paul Millard – Baritone Sax, Glyn MacDonald – Piano, Pete Jeavons – Bass, Bronton Ainsworth - Drums. Click here for tikets

SATURDAY 11.30pm The Amani Consort

The Amani Consort is the latest offering from urban dance music vocalist, MC Amani. Best known for her club work, MC Amani is now expanding her unmistakable style with a new organic soul/hip-hop direction. Amani is backed by an All Star line up of some of Perth’s most talented musicians, featuring Alex Borthwick (The Crux) on guitar, Troy Gannoe (Zarm) on bass, Gordan Cant (Tina Turner) on Keys and Bronton Ainsworth (Shameem) on drums. The Amani Consort draws influence from the likes of The Roots, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo to name but a few. With a focus on deep groove and conscious lyrics The Amani Consort are creating a new progressive funk sound, while building their reputation as one of Perth's freshest up and coming urban soul acts. This is a dynamic show not to be missed. Click here for tikets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Belleville

Belleville are an acoustic Gypsy Swing band available carrying on the tradition of Gypsy Jazz created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Belleville’s sound is a cross section of music from the Paris scene of the 1930’s combined with a selection of songs from the modern Gypsy Jazz repertoire. Their energy on stage is infectious and their enthusiasm and enjoyment of raw musical pleasures shine through. This is not not chin-stroking jazz - this is foot tapping, hand clapping cheering swing at its best. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire and standards done in uniquely arranged styles with some suprises. Click here for tikets

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

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 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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