Monday, September 10, 2012

Sarah McLeod headlines this week at The Ellington

Singer songwriter Sarah McLeod leads one of Australia's most iconic rock bands –The Superjesus - and will be joining us for two special acoustic shows this Saturday. We also welcome back Prita Grealy from Berlin and debut new shows from Joe McKee, Morgan Bain, Cheryl Durong and Nick Di Gregorio. Another show worth catching is the father of indo-jazz Arthur Gracias on Sunday.

MONDAY September 10, 7.00pm Joe McKee

Before he heads back to Europe for more touring and recording, Joe McKee is playing one last fare-thee-well show. His debut solo album, Burning Boy, has garnered some tasty critical acclaim over the past few months. It's a bold shift for McKee. Gone is the pulsing rhythm section so often omnipresent in his previous work with SNOWMAN, replaced by a breathy and somewhat unexpected baritone. Cuts like Open Mine, a loose mediation on Western Australia’s recent mining boom, and the brooding title track show a vulnerability and lyrical dexterity seen for the first time here. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 8.00pm Morgan Bain

A unique and gifted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist based in Perth,  BAIN has known all his life that music was his calling. His song writing is insightful, powerful and emotive, matched with a voice beyond his years that has resulted in a Category Win in the 2011 WAM Song of the Year along with Semi Final status in the International Songwriting Competition for his track "Unkind". With his high energy guitar playing, captivating raw performances and a sensibility that showcases his skills in the roots/blues genre, his talent is unmistakable. After a sell out launch of his much acclaimed debut EP 'Another Day' and recent support for COLD CHISEL at their only WA show, BAIN is definitely one to watch! Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Lightly Salted Slightly Sweet – Cheryl Durong and Nick Di Collaboration

Alto saxophonist Cheryl Durongpisitkul and guitarist Nicholas Di Gregorio have been experimenting with and work-shopping each other’s original material over the last two years. Both originally from Melbourne but only having met through WAAPA, this will be the first time they present their shared work to an audience. Although they both have individual writing styles both share the same interest in experimenting with complex rhythmic and harmonic structures without diminishing the melodic integrity of their tunes. Joining them will be Bronton Ainsworth on drums and Robin Murray on double bass. This show will be the first of many collaborations for Cheryl and Nick. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Prita Grealy (Berlin)

After supporting Simply Red & Marcia Hines on their last ever tour in Australia, Prita re-located to Europe Nov ’11, settling in Berlin, and has been busy touring Europe and the UK, releasing her 4th independent CD, gaining airplay on radio stations, and reviews in the press internationally. Prita’s unique sound is ‘Hip-So-Fo’. It combines her love of Hip-Hop, Soul and Folk with the use of a live loop pedal and effortlessly layers funky urban harmonies, acoustic fingerpicking guitar and beat boxing. Prita’s songwriting is both storytelling and Jazzy, with her big bluesy soulful voice and a natural ear for harmony; she has been likened to KT Tunstall, Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones. Special guests Lucy Peach and Minky G. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm Jade-Lori Crompton Trio

Don't miss one of our favourite singers as she returns for the early Jazz show as  she once again makes a splash with the sultry and bluesy tones reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Sarah Vaughan. Her voice is said to be coloured by heartfelt Gospel tones, syrup smooth R&B, and playful melodies reminiscent of childhood Jazz influences. She will be accompanied this evening by bass (TBA) and Graham Wood on piano. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Natalie Gillespie

Natalie Gillespie is a female singer songwriter whose powerful songs take us on a journey many miles deep. Having recorded and toured nationally and internationally with Yothu Yindi, she is currently working on her second solo album. Natalie is a powerful performer and a passionate storyteller with a universal message of struggle, hope and joy. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this world class performer at one of Australia's finest live music venues - enjoy the ride. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series featuring Danny Martin

Get on down to check out the soul master himself - Mr. Danny Martin. Headlining bands such as Bootyjuice, Detour and a range of funky late night soul session at The Ellington, Danny Martin is the Real McCoy when it comes to quality vocals and funky grooves. Don't miss what promise to be an extraordinary show. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Sarah Mcleod (Sydney)

Sarah McLeod grew to fame as the lead singer of one of this country’s most iconic rock bands – The Superjesus and has become one of Australia’s most diverse and powerhouse songwriters and performers - multi award winning, double platinum selling, and all-round media favourite. Cementing herself as one of the country’s great rock chicks, she has continued to carve a name for herself within the international spotlight. Fueled by a musical curiosity, recent highlights in her career have seen her become a revered artist, performer, songwriter, and producer, who can comfortably nestle in amongst the realms of genres of rock, pop, and dance, acoustic on a global scale. As well as her awards for her rock contributions… she has also achieved two BBC Radio 1 supported UK hits with her single 'He Doesn’t Love You' which spent 40 weeks at #1 in Eastern Europe and also hit the Australian ARIA club chart #1. 'White Horse' which hit the UK Official Club Chart #8, and spent 19 weeks in the top 20 of the US Billboard dance charts and was aired across US radio networks, which saw her being the only Australian artist other than Kylie Minogue to achieve this. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 9.00pm Sarah Mcleod (Sydney)

See 6.00pm listing. Click here for tickets 

SATURDAY 11.30pm Jana Chanelle and The Prescription

Jana Chanelle & The Prescription are bringing back old school funk and soul for a big night at The Ellington Jazz Club. Featuring the sensational talent of young vocalist Jana Chanelle and the flavorful sounds of her 4 piece band, Jana Chanelle & The Prescription ensure you a groovin' good time. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm The Arthur Gracias Indojazz Quartet

The Father of Indojazz explores the global sounds of Jazz with its rhythmic intricacies and tonal colours. Indojazz is the integration of two improvisational forms Indian  Ragas and rhythms with contemporary jazz harmonies . An expression of freedom, about building bridges between nations, cultures and people. Arthur is an Internationally acclaimed Guitarist, Keyboardist and composer of award winning documentaries and feature films such as Beyond The Himalayas (music from Central Asia) Patang, Gudia, Dekha and Yatra with film maker Gautam Ghosh and “Night in the Twelfth Year” (an Indo Italian production by Sergio Scappagini) he is a dedicated musician having performed with legendary musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Steve Lacy, Steve Potts, Ustad Nanku Maharaj, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya and Pandit Tanmoy Bose. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 17th September 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 Kate Gilbertson, Kenji Kitahara and Toby. Click here for tickets

Coming soon:

September 21 & 22 Gian Slater (Melbourne)
September 27 Emma Hamilton (Sydney)
September 28 & 29 Aaron Goldberg (NYC)
October 6 Tiaryn (Melbourne)
October 7 Sean Coffin (Sydney)
October 17 & 19 Simon Barker (Sydney)
October 20 Elly Hoyt (Melbourne)
October 26 Mark Wilkinson (Sydney)
October 27 & 28 The Lighthouse Trio (UK)
November 14 Scottie Miller (USA)
November 15 Catherine Traicos and Philip Everall 
November 29 Steve Tallis (Paris)
December 8 (6pm & 9pm) Tim Freedman's Fireside Chat 
December 12 Mark Lockett Trio (Sydney)

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