Monday, October 15, 2012

Simon Barker (Sydney) headlines this week at The Ellington

Simon Barker is recognised as one of Australia's most unique and virtuosic drummers and we are delighted to host him on Wednesday and Friday night in two quite different settings. Wednesday is an instrumental quartet with Oehlers-Jeans-Jeavons and then Allira Wilson will be singing Friday with Graham Wood taking over on piano. Simon is involved in several collaborative projects including Chiri (Scott Tinkler and Bae Il Dong), Band of Five Names, Showa 44 (duo with Carl Dewhurst), and Lost Thoughts (duo with Scott Tinkler). Also don't miss the wonderful Elly Hoyt on Saturday night who won the Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2011. Another two action pack nights of graduation recitals on Monday and Tuesday and Laura Bernay launches her new CD on Sunday.

MONDAY 5.30pm - 10.30pm WAAPA Jazz - Honours - graduation recitals

Featuring Brendan Grey 5.30, Djuna Lee 6.30, Jeremy Trezona 7.30, Andrew Gioia 8.30 and Dale Boaden 9.30. WAAPA's finest Jazz honors music students will amaze you with their incredible skills in their final graduation showcase. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 5.30pm - 10.30pm WAAPA Jazz graduation recitals

Featuring 5.30 Jacob Evans (Honours), 6.30 Jesse Byrom Carter, 7.30 Carl Dunai, 8.30 Luke Minness and 9.30 Saffron Sharp. WAAPA's finest Jazz honors and Jazz Bachelor of music students will amaze you with their incredible skills in their final graduation showcase. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Simon Barker (Sydney) 

Simon is one of Australia's most unique and virtuosic drummers. He performs regularly with many of Australia’s most established ensembles including the Phil Slater Qt, the Australian Art Orchestra, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Paul Grabowsky Quintet, Matt McMahon trio, Sandy Evans’ GEST8, as well as various groups led by Scott Tinkler, including the Scott Tinkler Trio and Drub. Performing tonight with Jamie Oehlers on saxophone, Simon Jeans on guitar and Pete Jeavons on bass. Click here for tickets


WA Youth Jazz Orchestra presents the World Premiere of new jazz compositions by 2012 Composer-in-Residence, Andrew Murray. WAYJO's Composer-in-Residence is selected annually from some of Australia's most exciting up-and-coming talent. Andrew is a valve trombonist/arranger/composer who has studied with and acted as assistant to Bob Brookmeyer, Ed Partyka and Ed Neumeister whilst studying his Masters of Music in Austria. At the 2009 Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Andrew won the APRA & Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra's 'National Big Band Composing Competition', and in June that same year was the winner of Sweden's International Big Band Competition. This is the next generation of jazz - musicians and composers who redefine the boundaries. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 6.00pm James Sandon - Tom O'Halloran - Ben Vanderwal trio

Don't miss this soulful and blues based trio playing in the classic organ trio setting. James is joined by Tom O'Halloran on the Hammond and keyboard bass and rounding out the group is the amazing drumming of Ben Vanderwal. Expect passionate and soulful groove from these masterful musicians. What better way to get the long weekend off to a great start!!! Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Simon Barker 

See Wednesday listing - performing tonight with Allira Wilson, Jamie Oehlers, Graham Wood and Pete Jeavons. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Late night groove series featuring the Hopkins brothers

The brothers return to the Ellington - featuring Lewis Moody on keys and Ollie Christie on bass, Andy (guitar/vox) and Josh (drums) are set to bring the groove big time. We'll be dropping dirty rnb & soul-filled vibes. Busting out classics by Dwele, Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean & D'Angelo, mixed in with some all-new originals. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Adam James Robinson Trio

It's been a long time coming, but finally Adam James is showcasing  his original Material. he has  been writing music since he was  15, and never really put it out there, but now feels the urge to do just that with some amazing musicians. With Hans Fiancé On Bass/guitar/vocals and Chris Tar On Drums and Adam  on Keys and guitars and vocals. It will be a really great evening of original music with a few twisted covers, being a fusion of many styles such as ;Pop/rock/reggae/funk and soulful vocals. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Elly Hoyt (Melbourne)

Elly Hoyt is a truly gifted jazz vocalist who has an intoxicating love for music and life - even saying, "music means so much that it slightly rules my existence". The Tasmanian-born, 25-year-old released her debut self-titled album which has won a Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2011. James Morrison: "From the moment I first heard Elly sing, I knew she had that classic, indefinable thing that makes one a jazz singer. It's not just a sound, or a choice of notes but a way of approaching a song that lets the listener know - this is the real thing". Don't miss this special one night only at The Ellington. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Stratosfunk

Stratosfunk is all about sharing their love of Soul music from the 60s and 70s. And it's not just about the music, it's not just about the unforgettable hits from Motown and Stax, it's also the clothes, the dance moves, and the raw energy of this kind of music. If you want to be a part of this Soul experience, make sure you're at the Ellington late on Saturday to see who makes up this band full of Soul crazy besuited lads and beehived ladies. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 3.00pm Metro Big Band 

Metro Big Band returns to The Ellington with a show that’s bigger and better than ever! Of course we’ll be playing the classic big band tunes of Jazz & Swing from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Ella Fitzgerald. Then it’s “no horns barred” with a fabulous mix of songs from the cool cat 50’s and shimmying 60’s – think Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and the Supremes.  And we might just find a little something from the 70’s or 80’s to throw in the mix. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Laura Bernay and the Mike Nelson Quartet Éclectique Album Launch 

Just back from her tour in Tasmania where she performed to a full house at the Devonport Jazz Festival  Laura Bernay is renown for her outstanding “cross-over” styles of singing in several genres from jazz and cabaret to world music and classical. Her beautiful vocal quality and flexibility are all on show on this "éclectique" album of intricate arrangements by Mike Nelson. Come on a song journey with Laura as she traverses a wide range of repertoire including her flawless French chansons from Poulenc to Porter,  sophisticated songs by Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and Benny Golson, and many other surprises from her mixed bag of material. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 7.00pm Song Lounge

Song Lounge features a selection of Australia's leading singer-songwriters together for an evening of wine, tapas and storytelling. Featuring Trent Jean, Rachel Dillon, Jacob Diamond and Minky G & Rosco. Click here for tickets

Coming soon:

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 17 6.00pm Maggie Britton (QLD)
November 29 Steve Tallis (Paris)
December 8 (6pm & 9pm) Tim Freedman's Fireside Chat 
December 12 Mark Lockett Trio (Sydney)

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