Monday, March 4, 2013

The Ellington Jazz Club turns 4

Join us for a week long party with 11 shows to celebrate our amazing range and diversity of 1st class music. It was four short years ago (March 5, 2009) that our doors swung open to the public and since then we have presented more than 2400 shows. Fringe World and PIAF are over but please don't stop going out and supporting arts and culture - The Ellington is a 52 week a year music festival and presents the highest quality shows 7 nights a week, employing 2800 musicians a year. 

MONDAY 7.00pm Alies Sluiter - The Picture Box Orchestra Album Launch (Melbourne) 

Combining Indian Classical techniques with Jazz, Gypsy and Western Classical influences The Picture Box Orchestra are unlike anything else you have ever seen. Led by composer Alies Sluiter and comprising vocals, violin, cello and tabla the resulting music is a curious melting pot of musical genres that takes the audience on an inspired musical exploration of that point where politics, beliefs and cultures intersect. Collectively they have worked with Nitin Sawhney, Hugh Jackman, Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and The Shaolin Monks of China to name a few. Individually these artists have extraordinary careers and are heralded for their work. Collectively they raise the bar and their music becomes another thing entirely. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 7.00pm & 9.00pm Fancy Meeting You - The Songs of Harold Arlen (1 hour cabaret show)

There is a time and place where Jazz is King. New York's upper set savour gin from tea cups and swing to the blues long into the Harlem night. Among the dimly lit tables are the characters that live taboo. The Maitre d', the showgirl, the muso. Hear their stories sung and their secrets whispered to the melodies of Harold Arlen. Direct from sell-out performances at Melbourne's The Butterfly Club and Perth's Underground Cabaret, Fancy Meeting You is an homage to the Master of the Great American Songbook and a journey into the clubs of 1930s New York. Featuring tunes like "The Man That Got Away", "Stormy Weather" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", this show is a must-see. Click here for tickets 7.00pm and 9.00pm

WEDNESDAY 7.00pm The Perth Jazz Society presents The Collaboratory with Adam James and Jade Crompton

As comfortable performing the likes of Stevie Wonder and Kimbra as they are Sinatra and Nina Simone, Adam James and Jade Crompton have long been staples of the Perth music scene. Moving seamlessly between jazz and the myriad of styles that make up 'contemporary music' these two artists come together tonight to bring you their unique take on jazz. Joined by talented young bass man Robin Murray, this collaboration is sure to be acoustic jazz with a difference. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 7.00pm Bob Sedergreen and friends (Melb)

Melbourne’s Bob Sedergreen is one of Australia’s jazz treasures with a career at the top going back decades. As a pianist, leader, composer and educator Bob has been an inspiration to many including Garry Lee who will perform with him on vibraphone and guitar at The Ellington on Thursday 7 March. Bob has accompanied international legends of jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Milt Jackson, Royce Campbell [Bunbury International Jazz Festival -2008], Nat Adderley and Jimmy Witherspoon and in the case of the last two mentioned, touring throughout Australia as their Musical Director. Garry Lee - vibraphone/guitar, Pete Jeavons - bass and Gavin Kerr - drums. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 7.00pm Belleville

Belleville are back at the Ellington again with their eclectic mix of Parisian swing and gypsy flare, featuring the combined skills of Sarah Clare on Bass, Lachlan Gear and Justin Kutylowski on guitars and Charlie McCarthy on fiddle. Belleville are an acoustic Gypsy Swing band carrying on the tradition of Gypsy Jazz created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli which pulls influences from swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire and jazz standards done in uniquely arranged styles. Their last 3 shows were sellouts so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 10.30pm Bass In Yo Face All Over the Place with Joe Southwell and Sam Nafie

Joe and Sam team up to bring you a night of earth-shaking, soul-infused R&B! Sam’s raw and organic tone has made him one of Perth’s most versatile vocalists while Joe has been energetically pushing the low-end frequencies in many bands around town. Armed with a phenomenal band, these two are pumped to bring some of their favourite tunes to the Ellington stage. The repertoire will explore a range of sub-genres, showcasing tunes from various artists including Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, the Roots, Jamiroquai and Stevie Wonder. From 70s-flavoured funk to neo-soul to ground-thumping beats – and anything and everything in between! Sam Nafie (vox), Harry Winton (guitar), Lewis Moody (keys), Bronton Ainsworth (drums), Joe Southwell (bass/synth + rhymes) and Special guest: Carl Mackey (sax). Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 7.00pm Saffron Sharp

Come down to see the Saffron Sharp Quintet thrive on stage as they explore standards and contemporary tunes for your Saturday evening, post voting entertainment! The band has been working on new expressions of old and contemporary 'standards' with their uniquely experienced jazz twist. Upon graduating from WAAPA Saffron Sharp's improvised performance returns to the Ellington stage with saxophonist Jamie Oehlers and pianist Tal Cohen. This band has a unique ability to improvise and harmonise making every performance a new one. Vocals - Saffron Sharp, Sax - Jamie Oehlers, Piano - Tal Cohen, Bass - Ash de Neef and Drums - Bronton Ainsworth. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 10.30pm Late night groove series featuring Howie Morgan

This five-piece band plays blues and soul with songs from the Chess, Stax, Mercury and Motown labels Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, to Robben Ford, Wilson Pickett, Al Green and Bobby Bland and The Meters. Delivered in a soulful package with stax of mouth watering blues. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 3.00pm Summer Wine with Sonja D’anne and Julius Lutero

With years of national and international experience between them, pop singer/recording artist, Sonja D’anne and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Julius Lutero present, ‘Summer Wine At the Ellington’, bringing to the table a taste of songs from the US summers of the 60s and 70s. Sonja performed and toured across Australia, Canada and the USA regularly during the 1990s and early 2000s with her concert ‘The Heart Goes On’. Since then, most of her time has been devoted to another great love, that of helping musicians fulfil their musical dreams. She is currently in preparation for her new album, ‘When Two World’s Collide’. Julius is a seasoned performer in his own right, having toured all over Australia as a soloist and with his trio and their blend of roots, funk, and blues. Described as a mix between Jack Johnson and Jimi Hendrix, he will release his new album ‘Rise and Shine’ in May 2013. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 6.00pm Gina Williams with Guy Ghouse and David Hyams

Join three friends on a journey to a special place, where Noongar language strikes a relationship with acoustic instruments and results in an easy mix of warm, beautiful tones. You don't need to understand the words to know what's going on:  it's a heart thing, and we all share that common bond. Drawn together through a common commitment to helping those in the Wheatbelt communities to find their voice through songwriting, Gina Williams, Guy Ghouse and David Hyams have struck upon a special musical project of their own. All three artists are known for their work with other high profile, award winning WA Acts; Gina Williams and the Lubbly Sings, Guy Ghouse with Desert Child and David Hyams with the Miles to Go Band. This exciting musical partnership takes what they do to a whole new level, combining Guy and David’ skills on acoustic guitars, mandolin and dobro, with Gina’s compelling vocals. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 9.00pm Nueva Salsa Orchestra

The Nueva Salsa Orchestra was formed in 2011 by it’s Musical Director and Trumpet player Marty Pervan, and they have a reputation as the hottest Cuban and New Yorkan salsa band this side of Latin America. The NSO is comprised of some of Australia’s finest musicians who have all performed in musical projects both nationally and internationally including an incredible experience as the backing band for Columbian superstar Wilson Saoko in 2011. With a repertoire consisting of high energy salsas, mambos and cha chas, the NSO are guaranteed to have you moving your body to the infectious rhythms of their fabulous percussion section, sparkling horns, extraordinary piano and bass grooves, and the sublime vocal talents of Adolfo Chavez and Kate Pervan. Ladies and Gentlemen – it gives us great pleasure to present to you, “The Nueva Salsa Orchestra!”. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 11th March 7.00pm Cameron Buma

Perth trombonist Cameron Buma makes his triumphant return from a year in Europe with an exciting collection of brand new tunes. Inspired by the music of New York based band Snarky Puppy, Cameron will present a repertoire that defies genres. Cam describes his music in this way: "Imagine if Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soul and Movie Music were all put into the Large Hadron Collider and smashed together. That's what you're about to experience. Don't miss out, this is going to be a terrifically fun night! Click here for tickets

Coming soon: 

March 14th Eugene Ball (Melb) 
March 19th and 20th Grace Woodroofe (USA)
March 21st Brett Winterford (Sydney)
March 23rd Deborah Conway (Melb)
April 17th Stu Larsen 
May 17th & 18th Christine Anu presents REWIND - The Aretha Franklin Songbook

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