Monday, December 17, 2012

Grace Woodroofe headlines this week at The Ellington

Merry Christmas from all of the team at The Ellington. We hope you have a fantastic festive season and be sure to catch a show or two to make it even better. This week we have the wonderful Grace Woodroofe returning from the USA for two exclusive shows. The amazing UK vocalist Karen Lane will be performing Wednesday, and then four kids cushion concerts on Thursday and Friday to get the litllies involved and enthusiastic about music. Then an action packed weekend followed by a special Christmas eve show from Libby Hammer.

MONDAY and TUESDAY 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

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Karen Lane (UK)

Karen Lane – Originally from Perth – Karen moved to Sydney, Singapore and has been resident in London for the last 12 years.  She has released four albums to rave reviews and played London’s most prestigious jazz clubs with musicians including Jamie Cullum and Alec Dankworth.  She’s found herself singing in exotic places she’d never imagined she’d see including Sicily, Portafino, Nice, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Cape Town and Bucharest. Lane brings refreshing revamps to standards such as ‘Lullaby of Birdland’, ‘Love Me or Leave Me’. Her arrangements, driven by groove or counterpoint, reflect Lane's heritage as a soul singer in Sydney’s Kings Cross in the 1990’s.  Her undulating and evocative vocals blend traditional resonance with decidedly modern inflections. She has a love of Brazilian music and released a dedicated Bossa Nova album - “Taste”. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 9.00am and 10.30am Jazz for kids - Christmas Cushion Concerts

Once again, Libby Hammer and the boys: Glyn MacDonald - piano, Nick Abbey - double bass, Michael Perkins – drums and the very cool – but mysterious 'Mister Jazzcat' will introduce kids to the world of Jazz in a fun, interactive and intimate setting. But this time – seeing as its Christmas -  there might be a very special guest dropping by –and that's  besides the  mysterious Mr. Jazzcat. Come along, bring a cushion and enjoy the fun. * The shows are pitched at an age range of around 4-7 years old but children of all ages will be able to enjoy this event. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm MFO Christmas show

A Merry MFO Christmas. Time to get your baubles out and just off your candy canes – its Christmas - and what better way to drink up the Christmas spirit than spend a night with the lads from MFO.  There will be wacky carols, sing alongs, Christmas door prizes and ... oh yes... rockin big band music.  Make sure you are there will sleigh bells on. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 9.00am and 10.30am Jazz for kids - Christmas Cushion Concerts

See Thursday listing. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 8.00pm Victoria Newton Quintet

Victoria Newton relocated to Perth in 2008 after many years in the UK, where she was recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic jazz vocalists on the scene. In recent times she performed at the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London, Alexis in Kuala Lumpur, for their International Jazz Series, and a dream gig performing Brazilian songs cruising up the Amazon! She has appeared at many festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe including Queille in France, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, The Oxford Literary Festival, Marlborough and Swanage Jazz Festivals in the UK, Pizza Express, the 606 Club and The Jazz CafĂ© in London where she supported Terence Blanchard and performed with Ronny Jordan. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 11.30pm Empire with Danny Martin

Standby as two powerhouse musical forces join up. An Ellington favorite, Empire is joined by the one and only soul master Danny Martin in what promises to be an awesome late Sunday show at The Ellington. A great way to spend the night - grooving with this amazing lineup!! Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 6.00pm Juliana Areias - The Bossa Nova Way

In a Christmas mood, time to relax for a sec and indulge yourself in a sensuous bossa nova way. Brazilian Singer Juliana Areias' last public concert of the year in Perth prior she heads to Adelaide for a New Year's Eve Celebration. An intimate performance full of sway and delicious subtleties sharing the stage with finest Australian Guitarist Mark Shanahan and Brazilian Multi instrumentalist Leandro Cezarino (guitar, cavaquinho and percussion). Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 8.00pm Jamie Oehlers' Blowfish with Allira Wilson

Come and experience the powerful sound of this amazing 7 piece band. Performing a selection of arrangements from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington. Also the wonderful vocal talents of Allira Wilson will delight in this very special perofmance with an all star line-up of Perth's best musicians. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 11.30pm Elise Lynelle

Born and raised Perth local, Elise Lynelle presents her own unique style and charisma, she carries the influences of Motown, blues and soul. She will be accompanied by the finest musicians the city has to offer. 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 repertiore. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Random Act

Sunday giving you the blues? Need some time out from the hectic festive season? Get ready to dance the night away to the strains of the intoxicating musical selections of Random Act. Random Act return to The Ellington brighten your Sunday with their eclectic mix of funk, soul, rock and jazz. This time around we bring you a mix of old and new favourites and a surprise or two…perhaps even an original….you'll have to come on down to find out! Prepare to be seduced by the alluring vocals of Katie Hodgkin and blown away by stellar talents of emerging young artists Tyler Michie (drums) and Tom Dalby (guitar). Revel in the gutsy horn stylings of Luci Anderson (alto/baritone sax) Ivan Shaw (tenor sax) and special guest Robbie Bresland (trumpet). Get into the groove with Dave Cohen (keys) and Geoff Connor (bass). A perfect way to groove away a lazy Summer's eve. Click here for tickets

MONDAY December 24th Libby Hammer Christmas show

Join the effervescent Libby Hammer and her band for the best feel-good show of the season when they present an entire program of jazzy Christmas tunes including cuties such as All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, Cool Yule and Santa Baby. There'll be a few sentimental favourites to get you feeling warm and fuzzy, but when the eggnog kicks in, you may well end up Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, so bring along your sweetheart or your whole gang and swing into the most wonderful time of the year in style. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 25th - THURSDAY 27th The Ellington will be closed.

Coming soon: 

December 29 Tiaryn (Melbourne)
January 12th Matilda Abraham (Sydney) 
January 15th & 16th Grace Woodroofe (USA)
January 18th and 19th Rachel Claudio (Paris)
January 25th Pugsley Buzzard (Sydney) 
January 29th Spence - MacDonald duo (Sydney/Scotland)

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