Monday, December 10, 2012

Gian Slater headlines this week at The Ellington

What a great week of music ahead at The Ellington with headline shows from Gian Slater, Chris Hale and Sam Keevers (Melbourne) 8.00pm Saturday, Tamil Rogeon's Bowed Jazz featuring Ray Walker and Adam Ventoura (Melbourne/Sydney) 6.00pm Saturday, Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans with Dave Brewer (Friday), Mark Lockett Trio Sneaking Out After Midnight CD Launch (Sydney) Wednesday and our first comedy show 3pm Sunday with Jackie Loeb – So Much To Celebrate. We also have our Ellington Christmas party on Tuesday with Libby Hammer, James Sandon and The Graham Wood trio and very special guest Jazlyn live featuring B-Rol touring from Sydney on Sunday 6.00pm show. 

MONDAY December 10th 7.00pm Chris Seally

Come and enjoy the music of Guitarist Chris Sealey in what is likely to be his last original music performance at the Ellington Jazz Club before he moves east to Melbourne. Chris is one of Perth’s most exciting young jazz guitar talents and has been performing at numerous venues for the last 4 years. Chris’s music has been described as “clever, but exciting” as well as “honest and packed with quirk”. Chris has had the privilege of collaborating with the rich fabric of musicians that make up the Australian Jazz scene as well as some work with notable New York musicians like Jim NcNeely, and Peter Bernstien. Chris is joined on stage by some of Australia’s most in-demand musicians, including; Tal Cohen on Piano, Karl Florisson on Bass, Chris Tarr on Drums and very special guest Jamie Oehlers on Saxophone. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 8.00pm Ellington Christmas party - members free - The Graham Wood Trio with Libby Hammer and James Sandon

Join the house trio with very special guests Libby Hammer (vocals) and James Sandon (saxophone) in a fun packed night for all to enjoy. Tonight is free for Ellington members but all are welcome to come along. Tonight will be the official Ellington Christmas party and we will have give aways, prizes and lots of opportunities to catch up with the folk for the festive season at our favourite live music venue. The wonderful and charming vocalist Libby Hammer will sing some choice arrangements of Jazz standards with a Christmas number or two thrown into the mix. Joining her will be powerhouse tenor man James Sandon and The Graham Wood Trio will be the engine room for the night. Tell your friends and get in for a great night at The Ellington. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Mark Lockett Trio (Sydney) Sneaking Out After Midnight CD Launch

The concept behind the original compositions on Mark Lockett’s Sneaking Out After Midnight was largely inspired by his love for the wonderful music of American alto saxophonist and 'giant of jazz', Ornette Coleman, particularly the music created with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell. Lockett has also drawn upon his extensive time spent studying with a younger and, some might say, more modern New York heavyweight, Ari Hoenig. The fusion of these two influences led Lockett to write a series of themes and melodies that became the basis of this, his fourth album.  "Drummer/composer Mark Lockett shines in his new trio recording, featuring two young New York heavies playing his originals together with a couple of lesser known standards." – Mike Nock, March 2012. “This CD is phenomenal. I love it.” - Ari Hoenig, May 2012. Featuring Jamie Oehlers (sax) and Alex Boneham (bass). Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm Roger Garrood meets James Sandon

A modern day sax-off - blowing sessions are at the heart of jazz music. From the early days of swing bands to the heady music of bebop it's been a long held tradition for two grown men armed with nothing but a saxophone to face each other and exchange their finest musical ideas. Come see this in action when Roger Garrood meets James Sandon. Roger Garrood is a legend of the saxophone in Perth. Since moving to Perth from England in 1972 he has become an integral part of Perth's music scene. As well as performing with the likes of Ray Charles, Sammy Davies Junior, Henry Mancini, Natalie Cole, and Shirley Bassey, Roger has been a mentor and teacher to a host of Perth saxophonists including James Sandon: James Sandon was born into a family of professional musicians in Perth, Western Australia 1976. He started playing the drums and the alto saxophone at the age of six, switched to the tenor saxophone at thirteen, and since then has been playing saxophone, drums, congas, guitar and bass professionally in a variety of genres, that include cabaret, rock, pop, blues, soul, R&B, latin, and jazz. James has performed internationally in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Hawaii, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, New Zealand, and all major capital cities of Australia. Backing them up will be Graham Wood on Piano, Peter Jeavons on the bass and Ben Vanderwal on the drums. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Lucky Oceans featuring Dave Brewer

Dave Brewer and Lucky Oceans team up for a rare performance and their last show of 2012 with Ric Eastman on drums, Wayne Freer on bass and Sam Keevers, who's flying in from Melbourne just in time to play piano with the guys. Expect lots of blues, soul, surprise and excitement and Lucky, Dave and the boys play songs and tunes from their albums 'Secret Steel' and 'Life of Riley.' Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm ForkFunk 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 quailty vocals and funky grooves. Don't miss what promise to be an extraordinairy show. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Tamil Rogeon's Bowed Jazz featuring Ray Walker and Adam Ventoura

Jazz violinist / composer Tamil Rogeon and cofounder of the Raah Project (featuring in this years Perth International Artis festival) will team up for one night only with a local and dynamic ensemble.  On drums Rogeon will be joined by Ben Vanderwal, bass - Adan Ventoura and on guitar Ray Walker. The quartet will feature the infectious music of the great Brazilian choro composers Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha, Paulinho da Viola and Sivuca as well as jazz composition from the American song book. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Gian Slater with Chris Hale and Sam Keevers (Melbourne)

Gian Slater is one of Australia's leading Jazz vocalists. The Melbourne based singer has recorded 3 albums, "In My Head" (2005),"Our Galaxy” and "Creatures at the Crossroads” (2008). She has recorded for ABC Jazz track (2003) and was featured on Andrea Keller’s ABC Aria nominated album ‘Angels and Rascals’ (2005). She formed a band with US based pianist, Barney McAll, called ‘Sylent Running’, releasing their debut album ‘Empathy Chip’ in 2009 (recorded in New York), which toured Australia in September 2009. Bassist Chris Hale was the winner of the 2012 MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. Melbourne-based Hale plays bass guitar (and many other instruments) with his trio, the Christopher Hale Ensemble, as well as numerous other groups and singers. Since 2009 Hale has been the Brazilian percussion specialist for Channel 7's Dancing With The Stars. Sam Keevers is a wonderful pianist with a long list of recording and performance credits to his name. He has performed with international artists such as Chris Potter, Bobby Previte's Bitches Brew Project and Joe Bataan. Sam was a member of the Vince Jones band from 1996 to 1999, recording the album "Vince Jones Live" at the Basement, Sydney Australia in 1999. In 2004 Sam toured Europe with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Galway Arts Festival, a tour of Ireland and a residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Howie Morgan with Adam Ventoura

Howie developed his craft in bands playing everything from rock to jazz . In 1999/2000 he studied music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and started writing original material. After numerous recording sessions as a guitarist and vocalist in 2003 he released his own E.P "Soulstice". In 2004 he travelled to Detroit with his trio (Jarrod Pizzata & Roy Martinez) to record a album and perform showcase gigs which were all very well received. In recent months Howie has supported artists such as Peter Frampton, Daryl Braithwaite, Thirsty Merc, The Whitlams, Ian Moss,Taxi ride and toured up and down the state a many times. Oct 2005 saw the launch of the new EP which has been mixed by producer/engineer Adrian Hall. (Robbie Williams, Black eyed peas and more recently live 8) in London's Metropolis studio. A follow up full length album was released in 2007. the title track for the EP She told me was picked up on rotation on 96fm. In a style that can be described as a cross between roots, soul, pop and rock with a strong emphasis on song-writing. Howie continues to impress audiences with a dynamic and musically rich performance. Adam Ventoura is a Perth born bass player who relocated to Sydney. He has found great success playing in groups led by Jon Stevens and Guy Sebastian. He is a highly accomplished Jazz and funk player and will be sure to set The Ellington stage on fire!!. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 3.00pm Jackie Loeb – So Much To Celebrate 

This is a one hour comedy show not to be missed!! A rare opportunity for Perth audiences to see one of the best comedians Australia has to offer – Jackie Loeb - in Perth this December for a limited time only before she returns to LA! "Non Stop Funny" LA Observer. Nominated for ‘Best Comedy’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and for the 2011 & 2012 Mo Award for “Best Live Comedy Act”, Jackie Loeb makes her triumphant return to the Australian stage in her brand spanking new comedy show SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE! If you like your comedy cutting, melodic, revealing, brutal and unlike anything you have ever seen before, come and get caught up in the riotous celebrations! 20 years in showbiz and being 40 in Hollywood and invisible has never been so much fun! Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Jazlyn live featuring B-Rol

The one and only Jazlyn returns to Perth for an unforgettable show of acoustic soul and rnb. Bring your friends and see why she is considered one of the most demanded acts in Australia! Click here for tickets

MONDAY 17&18th December 8.00pm Grace Woodroofe (USA)

Returning from the USA for 2 special shows at The Ellington. With her uniquely warm, husky, and sometimes mournful voice, Grace Woodroofe is about to make a special mark on the music scene. “I was greatly inspired by blues singers, and developed my own blues indie sound,” she says. At the age of sixteen, Grace’s demo was placed in the capable hands of Ben Harper by none other than the late Heath Ledger. “I got an email from Heath saying ‘I think you make really honest, pure music, and I want to help you get it out there’. Heath flew me out to LA, and he organised for me to do some recordings with several producers that he thought could help me. That’s when I first met Ben.” In the fall of 2008, Ben led her into the studio, and together across 9 days, they created her debut self-titled album. Grace had years of song inspiration that Ben helped to craft. “It started when I was 16, and I’m 20 now, so it’s taken a lot of work. This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have my heart and soul into it, and it wasn’t meant to happen. It happened because it needed to.” In the words of Mr. Ben Harper himself, ‘You are not going to believe this girl’. Click here for tickets Monday & Tuesday

Coming soon: 

December 17&18 Grace Woodroofe (USA)
December 19 Karen Lane (UK)
December 29 Tiaryn (Melbourne)
January 4th and 5th Rachel Claudio (Paris)
January 9th Carl Morgan (Sydney)
January 12th Matilda Abraham (Sydney)
January 29th Spence - MacDonald duo (Sydney/Scotland)

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