Monday, July 29, 2013

This week at The Ellington

A Saucy Little Secret continue to scandalise Perth AGAIN!!! with a wonderful show that tells the stories of five female Jazz icons - Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters and Alberta Hunter. Make sure you get down for one of three early shows this week. On top of this treat, we have our monthly Classical music offering tonight with the ever popular Chamber Jam featuring three fine ensembles. Tal Cohen is another Perth musician to make the move to the University of Miami to further his studies, and his farewell gig is on this Wednesday at 8.00pm. Blues/Soul veterans Continental Robert and Tanya-Lee Davies join us Thursday as well as the return of Abbey/Foster/Falle on Saturday. And there is much more fantastic music performed by fantastic musicians so catch a show or two this week at The Ellington.

MONDAY 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 Cathie Travers with guest artist Stewart Greenhill - Cathie Travers (accordion, laptop, MIDI gadgets), Stewart Greenhill (wearable MIDI instruments), Mathew Laurenson - Classical Guitar and Black Diamond Trio - tango argentine with TashanaTweddle (Violin), Grace Ah-quee (Cello & Bass), Sarah Saunders (Piano & Accordian). Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 5.30pm A Saucy Little Secret Set to Scandalise Perth AGAIN

HMS PopUp Productions’ A Saucy Little Secret, is a masterful piece of cabaret theatre by Melanie Bainbridge, following the lives of five strong women whose music and attitudes influenced the development of modern blues, queer lifestyle and racial tolerance. Famous not only for their music, but also for their progressive and alternative attitudes to sexuality, race issues and relationships, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Ethel Waters and Alberta Hunter, all broke into the music scene through the buffet flats and rent houses of Harlem, but rose to be successful and wealthy recording artists in their own right. Five of Australia’s premier jazz, soul and blues musicians and tremendous actors come together to share their untold stories. Di Shaw, Libby Hammer, Ofa Fotu (aka Odette Mercy), Natalie Gillespie and Harry Deluxe set the stage on fire in this sexy, sassy show. Magnus Danger Magnus is delicious as the devilish MC. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 5.30pm A Saucy Little Secret Set to Scandalise Perth AGAIN

See Tuesday listing. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 8.00pm Tal Cohen Quartet

Don't miss the much anticipated return of Tal and his quartet as they perform a selection of tunes and arrangements, including Cohen’s own promising and innovative original work. Tal’s unique piano style has its roots in Jewish folk songs and classical music, which he played from a young age growing up in Israel. After relocating to Perth at the age of 16, he took up a music scholarship at Churchlands Senior High School and later pursued studies in jazz improvisation at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Many national and international jazz icons recognize his improvisational and technical expertise, including George Garzone, who Cohen performed with in August. Simply put in the words of Garzone, “Tal is a very talented and disciplined piano improviser. He is a special talent that needs to be heard... check him out.” Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 5.30pm A Saucy Little Secret Set to Scandalise Perth AGAIN

See Tuesday listing. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 8.00pm It Takes Two - Continental Robert and Tanya-Lee Davies

“CONTINENTAL” ROBERT SUSZ is a national treasure, or he should be. One of the true Soul survivors he’s celebrating 30 plus years of performing Soul, Blues & Down Home Funk around Australia & internationally with his Soul Party. One of Australia’s most soulful singers and legendary harmonica players, his onstage presence is contagious and high energy in the tradition of the old Soul revues in the US around the late 60’s. If you’ve never had the pleasure, now’s your chance! TANYA-LEE DAVIES hails from Perth but jumped a freight train to Melbourne where she immediately formed a combo to satisfy her love affair with the R&B, country/gospel girl singers circa 1950/60. The songs of Irma Thomas, Betty Everett, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and many unsung heroines formed the foundation of a smokin’ repertoire. Dave Brewer guitarist extraordinaire and gentleman to boot, has recruited Elliot Smith and Wayne Freer to deliver this sweatin’ shakin’ and rockin’ boogalooin’ SOUL PARTY. Click here for tickets

THURSDAY 10.30pm Night Cap Sessions - 5 dollars entry at the door

The Night Cap Sessions where a late night jazz duo will woo you with the finest jazz music, tasty and elegant Ellington food, quality beverages and intimately friendly service for you and your friends to enjoy late into the evening. No table reservations - first in best dressed. Be part of the nightcap scene at The Ellington Jazz Club where it’s not just warm, it’s hot. 

FRIDAY 7.00pm Saffron Sharp

Saffron Sharp hits centre stage once again with a stellar cast of band members! Saffron's vocal prowess and improvising nature make for an entertaining night of live performance and artistic expression. The tunes will swing, the arrangements will charm and the band will sound hot, hot, hot! Book your tickets now for an exciting new Friday night show. Saffron Sharp - Vocals, Jamie Oehlers - Saxophone, Tal Cohen - Piano, Daniel Susnjar - Drum Set and Nick Abbey - Double Bass. Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 10.30pm The SPREAD featuring Aaron Malone

Aaron Malone has been a part of Perth’s music community since 2003 when he began studies in Contemporary Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). It was here that Aaron began to craft his vocal and performance skills with the dream of making a life out of music. After completing his studies in 2006, Aaron has been involved in various musical endeavours encompassing a range of musical genres and styles, including featuring for the Johannes Leubbers Dectet (jazz) and original funk band The Roast. Aaron has spent many hours investing into his passion and growing in his musical craft and is now beginning a new season as a solo artist. Aaron is honoured to spend this evening at The Ellington and the opportunity to share his musical journey, influences and inspirations with you all. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 7.00pm AbbeyFosterFalle Brotherhood Album Launch Encore

Fresh off their sold-out and critically acclaimed performance at the inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival, powerhouse trio ABBEY | FOSTER | FALLE return to the Ellington stage for an encore launch of their debut album: BROTHERHOOD (Newmarket Music). Formed in 2007, this WAMi Award-winning trio is an exciting collaboration between bassist Nick Abbey, pianist Chris Foster, and drummer Ben Falle. Together, they have carved out a reputation for exceptional and engaging live shows, and are well known for their innovative compositions, identifiable group sound, and fresh takes on jazz standards (and a few pop tunes!). The group melds the distinct musical personalities of each of its members into a coherent blend, taking influence from the likes of Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau, e.s.t, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aaron Goldberg, and Perth’s own Johannes Luebbers Dectet. The night will feature many of the tracks from the album, as well as a few brand new compositions and a selection of the trio’s favourite music. Come along for a fantastic show, and find out what all the fuss is about! Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 10.30pm Double Drums Spectacular featuring Ben Falle and Daniel Susnjar

Don't miss two of our finest drum men head to head in what is set to be a sizzling late night groove show. Daniel has recently relocated from Miami to Perth after finishing his Doctorate at the University of Miami. Ben has recently moved to Miami to complete his Masters at the University of Miami. Expect some awesome grooves, fantastic tunes, a load of special guests and of course some epic drum battles from two of the best!!! Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 5.30pm Sam Brittain 2013 National Tour

For musically talented Barossa Valley local, Sam Brittain, story-telling is exactly that. Since releasing his debut LP ‘Our Shining Skin’ on June 1, 2012, the path to success for the gifted and independent musician has transformed into a never-ending road. In 2013, Sam is an unstoppable, roots, folk and blues artist, reminiscent of sounds such as Glen Hansard, Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. Sam’s lead single ‘Bruises’ hit #1 on the Triple J Unearthed Roots Chart on New Year’s Eve, 2012/13, where it consolidated its lead for a consecutive four weeks, peaking at #6 in the Overall Top 100. Following a successful and memorable stint supporting breakthrough artist Matt Corby’s Secret Garden tour in December 2011 Sam recently supported UK folk sensation PASSENGER at two SOLD OUT shows at Melbourne’s iconic Athenaeum Theatre. Click here for tickets

MONDAY 5th August 7.00pm George Murphy (USA) and the Gavin Kerr Trio

This August George has been invited to Perth to perform with the WAAPA Big Band, adjudicate for the W.A. School's Jazz Festival and to be an Artist in Residence at Hale School's Music Department. Oh.......and to swing up a storm at the Ellington with the Gavin Kerr Trio! George (vocals and trombone) will be backed by Gavin Kerr on drums, Ookii Effendi on piano and Danny Moss Jnr on Bass. This trio has performed regularly at the Ellington to sold out crowds and always entertains with their brand of swinging jazz. The group will also be joined by some special (secret) guests on the night. If you love the music of Frank Sinatra and the crooners, if you love the silky tones of the trombone (who doesn't?), if you love that broad Bostonian accent then you should leave your slippers in the cupboard, grab your "going out shoes" and get down to the Ellington for a night of swinging standards. Click here for tickets

Coming Soon:

July 28 - August 11 A Saucy Little Secret 
August 8 Steve Magnusson (Melbourne)
August 9 Allira Wilson returns
August 10 BLOW (Melbourne) 
August 10 Tiaryn returns
August 23 & 24 Alison Wedding (NYC)
September 7 Mark Wilkinson - SOLD OUT (Sydney)
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