Monday, September 3, 2012

This week at The Ellington

It's spring at The Ellington and we have 12 great shows for you to choose from. The students at Christ Church Grammar kick off proceedings tonight and we feature new shows from Talya Valenti (Tuesday), Perth Jazz Society (Wednesday), Jade Diary (Thursday), The Gonzo trio (Friday) and the return of Helen Matthews for a rare performance on Sunday. 

MONDAY 3rd September 6.30pm Christ Church Jazz

No fewer than four ensembles boasting 45 young jazz musicians from Christ Church Grammar School will take to the stage at The Ellington. The evening, enabling young jazz talent to experience performing at a world-class professional jazz venue, will see the schools Jazz Combo, Jazz II, Jazz I and Saxophone Ensemble perform a range of the jazz repertoire that promises to be an evening of great playing and fun music from some of the youngest jazz players in the State. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 8.00pm Talya Valenti

Drummer Talya Valenti will play her debut gig as a leader performing her own originals and arrangements for the first time, inspired by her travels to India and New York this year. The group will also play some standards and modern jazz tunes. Joining her will be talented local musicians Carl Mackey- Saxophone, Tal Cohen - Piano and Robin Murray- Bass. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm The Perth Jazz Society presents The Collaboratory with Graham Wood and Tal Cohen

Join the PJS on the first Wednesday of each month at The Ellington to see fresh and exciting collaborations between established local musicians. This new PJS series will see established artists exercise their creative muscles, performing music in interesting and unusual combinations. Get ready to see the best in a whole new way. Graham Wood (piano/Rhodes) plus Tal Cohen (piano/Rhodes). The wonderful sound of two keyboard instruments together in performance is too rare a thing. Come and witness the beautiful blend of a real rhodes with a grand piano in the hands of two of WA's finest musicians - established jazz man Graham Wood and brilliant rising talent Tal Cohen. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 7.30pm Jade Diary Album Launch

Jade Diary is a singer-songwriter of atmospheric indie pop with touches of fantasy and melancholy. X-Press Magazine wrote in June 2012, “Every now and then a new voice with fresh attitude arrives on the acoustic-pop scene. That voice is here within the soul of Jade Diary.” To find out more about her please see She is launching her debut album, ‘Mermaid’ and will be joined by gifted singer-songwriters Elk Bell and Ezereve. Support acts from 8pm Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm The Gonzo Trio

Come along and join Perth's very own Jazz gonzo - Ben Vanderwal as he takes you through an eclectic and diverse musical experience with two very fine musical colleagues. Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative. This will be transferred into a musical context with an absurdly subjective performance. The early trio set will not be the same after Gonzo the Great (our resident daredevil performan) takes the stage. Tom O'Halloran - piano, Ben Vanderwal - drums and James Sandon - bass. 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 Solomon Pitt

The eclectically soulful Solomon Pitt  was raised singing in church (and still sings there to this day) with a musical family. He has a diverse range of influences from classic Gospel artists like CeCe Winans and Alvin Slaughter right through to classic rock, reggae and r&b artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and Boyz II Men. In recent years, Solomon has performed at venues in and around Perth with some of the city’s best musicians. Growing up making music and writing songs became natural and he continues to do so today both in Perth and overseas. A unique soulful voice, encompassing heart and energy, Solomon will take you on a journey through a world of r&b and neosoul grooves for unforgettable real urban experience. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Penny King Trio

This stylish and sophisticated singer has been performing with her band since 1996, and is as well known to those in the know for her passionate and evocative stage presence as she is for her diverse arrangements of standards and contemporary tunes alike. Described as a ‘sumptuous storyteller’, you will find Penny on stage with the finest jazz men the country has to offer. Any given show will take you on an eclectic journey, reflecting her wide range of influences, from Billie Holiday to Beady Belle, Duke Ellington to Kurt Elling, Joni Mitchell to Bjork, and all stops in between. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Allira Wilson and Jamie Oehlers Quintet

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 - Winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition and 2007 Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, Jamie Oehlers performs in a quartet setting that is in high demand at gigs and festivals around Australia and the world. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Meg Mac and The Squeeze

Meg Mac & the Squeeze bring you a sensual mix of old school soul and uptown funk, featuring the formidable talent of young starlet Megan McInerney and a powerhouse three-piece horn section, The Squeeze guarantee a juicy good time. Solid enough groove to provide an embarrassing moment for the best of us, come down and get your late night squeeze with Meg Mac & The Squeeze. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 3.00pm WAYJO Swingin' Sundays

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra once again celebrates the success of our talented alumni with the 2012 installment of Swingin’ Sundays. This year’s performance features the WAYJO Swing Band along with some of the most respected saxophonists in the national and international jazz community. Roger Garrood started his musical training in the 1950's whilst in the British military and he has been playing jazz ever since. Roger spent more than 20 years of directing the Swing Band with WAYJO, finishing up in 2011. In this concert, Roger’s contribution to WAYJO will be recognised with a special commissioned piece written by WAYJO’s current Artistic Director, Mace Francis. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Helen Matthews Quartet 

Helen has been a cornerstone of the Australian Jazz scene for over 40 years. She is one of the most experienced and respected singers and the mover and shaker in the Perth Jazz industry. She has been recognized as one of Australia's finest Jazz singers for some time". So said Jim McLeod, ABC radio presenter of Jazztrack, when reviewing Helen's first CD, A Long Time Coming in 1993. From her earliest days with JT and the Jazzmen, a National Television series ABCTV - Helen Matthews with a Little Help from her Friends in 1971 to her performances with many Australian Jazz luminaries, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Dale Barlow, Judy Bailey, Kerrie Biddell and many others. She has also appeared with many International artists, Stephane Grappelli, Rod McKuen, Ronnie Scott, Woody Herman, Dave McKenna and US trumpet bebop artist, Red Rodney. Joined this evening by The Graham Wood Trio. Click here for tickets

MONDAY September 10, 7.00pm Joe McKee

Coming soon:

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 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 29 Steve Tallis (Paris)
December 8 (6pm & 9pm) Tim Freedman's Fireside Chat 

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