Monday, October 29, 2012

This week at The Ellington

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, we are stopping our early trio sets on Friday and Saturday, but they'll be back again in the cooler months. Opening times are now 7.00pm Friday and Saturday but we still have 9 great shows over 7 nights.

MONDAY 29th October 7.00pm Chamber Jam

Chamber Jam @ The Ellington is a night of chamber music in Perth like no other.  Join some of Australia’s leading musicians in three outstanding ensembles performing in one of Perth’s most intimate live music venues. Featuring Fiddlesticks - Pascale Whiting (violin), Sophie Curtis (cello) and Duncan Gardiner (guitar) performing repertoire spanning tango and contemporary and familiar classics. Mixt - Matt Styles (Saxophone) and Adam Pinto (Piano) performing everything from Richard Rodney Bennett, John Williams and Jacques Ibert to Chick Corea, Charlie Parker and George Gerswhin. Cathie Travers - Solo accordion with live electronics. Inspired by the great minimalists Reich, Riley and Nyman, flavoured with gypsy, folkloric and tango seasoning, Cathie Travers’ accordion is filtered, flanged, looped and caressed in a set of original tunes [plus a Piazzolla tango]. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 5.30pm - 9.30pm WAAPA Jazz graduation recitals. 

Featuring 5.30pm Talya Valenti, 6.30pm Nick Di Gregorio, 7.30 Laura Corney and 8.30 Jeremy Thomson. WAAPA's finest Jazz Bachelor of music students will amaze you with their incredible skills in their final graduation showcase. Tonight is the final night of Jazz recitals and will culminate at 10.00pm with the presentation of the scholarships and prizes for best Jazz and Contemporary music students. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm A tribute to Thelonious Monk with Ben Vanderwal

Get set for a fun night featuring the incredible compositional legacy of Thelonious Monk. Led by convivial, entertaining, jocular and amusing commentary of Jazz drum great Ben Vanderwal, this evening promises not only a night of fine music but a good laugh or two along the ride. Presenting the show billed as "Monk on Ice (the musical)" is a good indication of the line of thought gone into the narrative behind the music. Taking care of the more serious side of business will be Tal Cohen (piano), Nick "the Abbey" (bass), Ben Vanderwal (drums) Roger Garrood (saxophone) and the high priest of jazz guitar Ray Walker. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm MFO - New Sounds New

The Mace Francis Orchestra is back after 8 months in hiding since their last performance.  No-one knows why so best not to ask too many questions. Tonights performance will feature new compositions from MFO's upcoming project called "Music for Average Photography" - an exploration of exciting music to accompany really bad photos and there will also be the premiere performance of "A Short Ditty for Prepared Jazz Orchestra". Confused?  I guess you will just have to be there to find out.  New Sounds New. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm James Flynn Cocktails and Crooners

With the Graham Wood Trio plus special guest Carl Mackey - Join popular, velvet voiced singer James Flynn for another, packed to the brim, night of entertainment. This is James’s last performance in WA before heading overseas for concerts throughout Asia, India & Europe and wont return to Perth until April 2013. A natural entertainer with a dynamic stage presence Flynn will take through the most popular sounds of current jazz stars, Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum and mix them with the timeless hits of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Chet Baker, Bobby Darin to present a feast of wonderful music. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Cartel

Cartel began as a collaboration between bassist Ash Sinclair and keyboardist Chris Travaglini. They both wanted a band that could pay homage to the great 70's, 80's and 90's soul, R&B and pop tracks in all of their synthesized goodness. They were incredibly fortunate to acquire some of Perth's most experienced and talented young musicians and singers who shared the same vision. A few days later, rehearsals were scheduled, and Cartel was born. Their debut gig will feature classics from the 70's, 80's and 90's legends such as Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Prince and many more. The members are Solomon Pitt - Vocals, Elise Lynelle - Vocals, Josh Dyson - Guitar, Chris Travaglini - Keyboards, Ash Sinclair - Bass and Elliot Smith - Drums. Be part of one of the biggest sounding bands to hit the stage this year. You will not be disappointed!! Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Penny King Quintet

Described as a ‘sumptuous storyteller’, any one of Penny’s  shows 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.  With her hard swinging style, impeccable phrasing and intonation, and distinctive interpretations, Penny and her band ensure that every show is truly a unique experience. Penny will be joined this evening by a power house rhythm section. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Empire with Elise Lynelle

Empire has established itself as one of Perth's leading young bands with a tight band sound and a high energy performance level. After former singer Ryan Thronicroft decided to take a break, Empire have continued to perform with a range of guest singers. Tonight they are joined by Elise Lynelle who presents her own unique style and charisma, she carries the influences of Motown, blues and soul. She is without doubt, an exceptional natural talent with a flair for all things RnB, Soul and Funk. Elise's vocal sounds will transform and delight your senses as she takes you on a musical journey featuring a blend of classic songs, mixed with exciting new repertoire. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Jake Dennis

Jake Dennis is a romantic and soulful jazz singer who interprets every song with sincerity and verve.  His powerful renditions of classics like “Georgia On My Mind” and “God Bless the Child” are beautiful explorations of melody and lyric. Jake is a vocalist who honours the spirit of the songwriters’ intentions while also illuminating, through improvisation, new possibilities. Bring your friends and family for this night of music that lovers of classic jazz deserve to hear. Click here for tickets

MONDAY November 5th 7.00pm WAAPA Jazz Vocal showcase

Start your week with the lush sounds of WAAPA's talented Jazz vocalists! Join us for an uplifting evening of closely harmonised jazz classics such as 'In a Mellow Tone' (a la New York Voices), along with anthemic Brazilian songs such as Magalena and Sambadouro (Sergio Mendes). A sung recipe of how to make Chili Con Carne will also feature on the musical menu! The WAAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble directed by Victoria Newton feature 15 voices who have been busy performing in various WAAPA productions throughout the year including a recent sell out performance of Carnivale to Corcovado with the WAAPA Latin Ensemble. Click here for tickets

Coming soon:

November 6 Adrian Kelly (Hong Kong) 
November 9 11.30pm Jeremy Gregory (Melbounre)
November 14 Scottie Miller (USA)
November 16 Sam Anning Quintet (NYC) 
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 (Melbourne)
December 13 Frank Gibson Jnr (NZ)
December 17&18 Grace Woodroofe (USA)
December 19 Karen Lane (UK)

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