Make sure you check out the amazing singer Alison Wedding from New York this Friday and Saturday night - a musical treat not to be missed. Also an all new Song Lounge tonight, the return of John Bannister and The Charisma Brothers on Tuesday, followed on Thursday by what promises to be a wonderful tribute to the Music of Esperanza Spalding with Anea Duratiovic and Ash De Neef. Our famous late shows continue with shows from Kat Curnow and Dd Soul with Jamie Hall and Reilly Craig rounds out the weekend with an acoustic Sunday session.
MONDAY 7.00pm Song Lounge Unearthed
Song Lounge Unearthed is a hugely exciting showcase with many new singers bursting onto the scene. With some singers never having played a 'show' before other than the odd open mic night, this selection is a pick of the talent in WA that North Street Music believes could be the ones to watch over the next few years. Come along and discover a new star being born. Featuring Emily Joy, Ella Edwards-Smith, Zev Levi, Emily J, Jenn Wyatt and Joe Simich. Click here for tickets
TUESDAY 7.00pm John Bannister and the Charisma Brothers
John Bannister has been performing in the Perth music scene for more than 25 years as Trumpet player & Vocalist. For the past 10 years he has been fronting the Charisma Brothers performing cool jazz and blues. With residencies of 10 years and counting around Perth and beyond, the Charisma Brothers are bringing their unique blend of cool and sophistication back to the city. John Bannister - Trumpet/Vocals, Priam Bacich - Guitar, Mark Ralph - Piano, Charlie Ferraro - Double Bass and Djamel Ait Chick on Drums. Click here for tickets
WEDNESDAY 7.00pm Hale School Jazz (SOLD OUT)
Renowned for it’s outstanding music program, Hale has more than 500 boys playing a musical instrument and a jazz program with about 80 students playing in 6 groups. The Ellington is delighted to offer these talented young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform on a stage that has seen the likes of George Garzone and Joe Lovano perform. The evening will showcase four ensembles from the School: their Middle School Jazz ensemble, the Hale Jazz Combo, the Hale Jazz Orchestra and the Hale Stage Band. Ph 9228 1088 for info.
WEDNESDAY 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.
THURSDAY 7.00pm ESPERANZAGANZA A Tribute to the Music of Esperanza Spading
Anea Duratovic and Ashley de Neef Present ESPERANZAGANZA: A Tribute to the Music of Esperanza Spalding. Grammy Award winning jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding has achieved a lot in her very short career. By the age of 28, Esperanza has become the first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, the youngest member of faculty at Berkeley College of Music (age 20), and has worked with such seminal artists such as Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter and Bobby McFerrin. Tonight will feature a selection from Esperanza’s last three albums. Tonight Anea and Ashley will be joined by an All-Star 8 piece band featuring: Carl Mackey - Saxophones, Ricki Mallet - Trumpet, Blake Phillips - Trombone, Rhiannan Longley - Backing Vocals, Matthew Schmalkuche - Piano and Bronton Ainsworth - Drums. Click here for tickets
THURSDAY 10.30pm Night Cap Sessions - 5 dollars entry at the door
FRIDAY 7.00pm Alison Wedding (NYC)
NY vocalist and adopted Australian, Alison Wedding returns to present her music with long time musical colleague, saxophonist Jamie Oehlers. Alison Wedding started her music career at age two, singing for family and friends in the living room. But it was not until she walked into a jazz ensemble at her fine arts high school in Dallas, Texas, that she was first introduced to jazz. She went on to study jazz at University of North Texas under the guidance of Paris Rutherford and began to sing professionally in the Dallas area. Upon receiving her degree, Alison moved to Los Angeles to further develop her career. After moving to Australia in January 2001, in addition to teaching at major music schools in Melbourne, she was fortunate to play with many truly amazing musicians, including Sam Keevers, Jamie Oehlers, Colin Hopkins, Peter Knight, Bob Sedergreen, Joe Chindamo, Kate Ceberano, Richard Clapton, just to name a few. Alison's first solo CD, "The Secret", was released in September 2003 on the ABC Jazz label. She toured Australia celebrating this release, and shortly thereafter, The Secret went on to win the 2004 Bell Award for the Best Vocal Jazz Album in Australia. Alison moved back to the US in 2007, choosing NY as her new base to continue on her musical journey...She has performed at various venues, including Rockwood Music Hall, Cornelia St. Cafe, and The 55 Bar as both a solo artist and background singer. Her current band lineup is Snarky Puppy leader Michael League (bass), Ross Pederson (drums), and Pete McCann (guitar). Alison still has a deep passion for teaching voice and improvisation, and is an assistant professor in the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her new album, “This Dance”, featuring strings and special guests Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, and Theo Bleckann, was released on the GroundUP label (Ropeadope) in May 2012. Alison has been touring with Snarky Puppy as one of their support acts since her latest album release, and returned to Australia opening for Snarky Puppy for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in June 2013. Joining Alison will be; Jamie Oehlers – saxophone, Tal Cohen - piano, Nick Abbey – bass and Ben Vanderwal - drums. Click here for tickets
FRIDAY 10.30pm The SPREAD featuring Kat Curnow
Manila-born, Perth-raised singer Katherine Curnow began singing at the age of seven. In 2008, after completing a degree in PR and Journalism, Katherine was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) for Contemporary Music and during this time she rediscovered her love, passion for singing and place in the world. Finally taking music seriously, she maintained a heavy performance and teaching schedule, including regular performances at The Ellington Jazz Club. In 2011, Katherine relocated to London to pursue a music career in the UK and has since performed as a backing vocalist at Bush Hall, The Troubadour and Bloomsbury Ballroom for fellow Australian singer/songwriter Kirsty Keogh, as well as playing in her duo for her Thursday night residency and various venues and events around London. She has now returned to Perth armed with an array of musical influences and tricks up her sleeve. Katherine’s sultry and soulful vocals are drawn from her deep rooted love of soul, jazz, blues, R&B and hip hop music; heavily influenced by artists such as Donny Hathaway, D’angelo, Erykah Badu, Al Green, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. Click here for tickets
SATURDAY 7.00pm Alison Wedding (NYC)
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SATURDAY 10.30pm Dd Soul featuring Jamie Hall
Dd Soul will be gracing the Ellington stage once again playing a combination of R&B, Pop, funk, Blues tunes. Fronting Dd Soul will be Jaime hall, A talented singer from Canada. Come down and enjoy the fine drinks and food menu the Ellington Jazz Club has to offer. Along with some entertaining music and great vibes, it will be a great night out!!! Vocals – Jaime Hall, Keys – Norberto Flamenco, Guitar - Owen Hopwood, Bass – Dario Jiritano, Drums – Daine Spowart, Trumpet – Sam Timmerman, Tenor Sax – Amy Salter and Alto Sax – Tom Greble. Click here for tickets
SUNDAY 5.30pm Reilly Craig
Reilly, born and bred in Western Australia has been singing and playing the guitar from a young age. He has ventured in most music avenue’s. From teenage bands, to duo performances to finally a solo direction with his music. Teaming up with his best friend managing him, Reilly has gone from strength to strength. Reilly Craig plays acoustic guitar, drums, piano and stomp box. His songs are both penned musically and lyrically by himself and sometimes with friends. Singing at nearly every Open Mic he could, Reilly has now been played on Triple J and is a regular act at places like Wolf Lane and The Aviary. He's ventured musically in just about every avenue possible. From bands to duo's to solo work. He's an acoustic, pop artist with a Sunday sesh vibe. Despite the fact that Reilly has never released an EP or Album, he has still had success with his 'Garage Band' recorded songs. 'Downfall' has had multiple plays on Triple J Radio 'Roots N All'. Reilly has also performed at the biggest venue in Perth - The Perth Arena, as Pre & Half time entertainment for the NBL games multiple times to crowds reaching 15,000. Reilly has just finished recording the debut album 'Two Hearts' which has a September released date penned. What started out as a simple singer songwriter playing an acoustic guitar playing at Open Mic Nights, has grown to a loop pedal artist playing in some of Perth’s most respected venues. Click here for tickets
MONDAY 26th August 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 Wonderful With Wine - Hayley Rowntree (flute), Kendra Nailen-Smith (violin) and Sophie Curtis (Cello), Les Belles Adorees - Susannah Williams and Sara Duhig (Violin), Grace Ah-quee (Viola), Catherine Tabi (Cello) and Caitlin Bass (Bass) and Just Sax - Jesse Deane (Soprano Saxophone), Luke Pownall (Alto Saxophone), Erin Royer (Tenor Saxophone), Jess Herbert (Baritone Saxophone). Click here for tickets
September 7 & 8 Mark Wilkinson (Sydney) - new shows on sale - be quick
Spetember 10 Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra - debut National Tour
September 11 The Strides (Sydney)
September 22 Charmaine Jones and Mike Bevan
October 17 Tim Chaisson (Canada)
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