This week we have four shows already sold out including three from the fantastic singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson and one from The Growl as part of their national tour. Apologies for the sold out shows but a reminder that upstairs is usually available and to book shows early to avoid disappointment. Other highlights include the EP Launch for Holly Norman this evening, popular local singer/songwriter Helen Shanahan with China Doll on Tuesday, the dynamic Mace Francis Orchestra with guests Garry Lee and Roger Garrood on Wednesday and the ever popular soul revue from Melody Itzstein (Whittle) and Howie Morgan on Thursday. Wrap out the weekend with a couple of late shows featuring Matt Allen on Friday and Samba Social Club on Saturday and we are set for another amazing week of music at The Ellington.
MONDAY 7.00pm Holly Norman EP Launch
Holly Norman is a Western Australian songstress who draws on her classical music background and percussive inclinations to create songs that reflect the Alice in Wonderland in all of us. After years spent playing professionally as a percussionist, Holly began to combine a vivid imagination and her natural gift for catchy folk-pop melodies to create beautiful, and thought-provoking songs for listeners to fall in love with. This special performance will herald the release of her debut EP, 'Hollypop', successfully crowdfunded via Pozible, and will boast a full band line-up of excellent local musicians and horn arrangements for Holly's songs. Click here for tickets
TUESDAY 7.00pm Helen Shanahan
After launching her debut album ‘Driftwood’ in October 2012, popular local talent Helen Shanahan is ready to take her songs on a mini tour of Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. The first leg of her tour will be at The Ellington. The eight-track album, recorded at the prestigious Crank Recording Studio in Northbridge, is a culmination of Helen’s observations and musings in recent years translated into lyrics which ride the sorrow of love and life and draw the listener into a heartfelt world of story and melody. The title track has just seen Helen win first place in the ‘folk’ category in the international Song of the Year songwriting contest, and a nomination in the 2012 WAM Song of the Year competition in the ‘love’ category. An incredible band made up of WAAPA graduates will back Helen on the night, and starting off the evening will be CHINA DOLL. Click here for tickets
WEDNESDAY 7.00pm The Perth Jazz Society presents The Collaboratory featuring MFO and Garry Lee
Mace Francis Orchestra + Garry Lee + Roger Garrood. This months exciting collaboration will see one of Perth’s most engaging ensembles, the Mace Francis Orchestra, augmented with guitarist/vibraphonist Garry Lee and saxophone grandmaster Roger Garrood. Formed in 2004 by Mace, MFO is one of Australia’s leading contemporary big bands and has performed throughout the country several times. Garry Lee has forged a reputation as both a formidable guitarist and vibraphonist, studying internationally on a Churchill Fellowship and supporting Wynton Marsalis on his Australian tour in 1990. After working the big band scene throughout Europe in the 1960′s Roger Garrood migrated to Australia in 1971 and has since taught and influenced just about every musician to come out of Perth. He has performed with Ray Charles, Natalie Cole and Shirley Bassey, to name but a few. This rare performance will feature Garry’s original work arranged by Mace and is not to be missed. Click here for tickets
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 Soultown featuring Melody Itzstein and Howie Morgan
Presenting a night of Soulful Classics that are sure to have you reminiscing bout the days of old with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Etta James, Al Green. Soultown will surely be a night to remember. Audience participation is greatly encouraged! Click here for tickets
THURSDAY 10.30pm Night Cap Sessions - 5 dollars entry at the door
FRIDAY 7.00pm The Growl Australian Tour - SOLD OUT.
The Growl are Cameron Avery – Vocals, Clinton Oliver – Guitar, James Ireland – Keys/ accordion/ samples, Marc Earley – Double bass, Michael Jelinek – Drums/ percussion and Samuel Kuzich – Drums/ percussion. The Growl’s Douse The Lamps National Tour kicks of this September and caps off a huge year of national and international success for the band. Douse The Lamps is the third track to be taken from the band’s debut LP What Would Christ Do?? and will be released digitally on Friday 16th August through MGM. In true The Growl style front-man and songwriter Cameron Avery hides the track’s subtle sexual core beneath layers of hand claps and raw percussion. Douse The Lamps follows on from the success of the debut LP, that saw The Growl debut as the seventh most added artist on the USA College Radio charts and spend six weeks in the top 200. Their recent support tour with Tame Impala through the USA and Canada has proven to be the perfect launch pad for the band who have won a plethora of new fans and drew them glowing reviews for their sets from critics in attendance. Click here for tickets (upstairs only)
FRIDAY 10.30pm The Spread featuring Matt Allen
He began his musical training at WAAPA in the Classical Department but after two years reauditioned successfully for the Contemporary Music course where his true passion lied. He began writing a lot more, gigging a lot more (at all of Perth's best venues including Hyatt Regency, Sheraton Hotel, The Ellington Jazz Club, Burswood Resort) and gaining a lot more knowledge and experience. It was at the culmination of his degree at the end of four more years that Matt had written, arranged, produced and peformed an 8 track albums worth of material entitled "Over". He was also awarded the "Most Outstanding Contemporary Music Student" at WAAPA in his final year. 2012 brings a year full of hope. Matt has carved himself into an experienced, versatile and soulful performer having drawn on major influences such as Stevie Wonder, D'angelo, Justin Timberlake, Daniel Merriweather and Donny Hathaway to mould him into the vocalist and songwriter he is today. Matt's debut album, "Over", is now available after being re-mixed and mastered by the incredible Lee Buddle at Crank Studios, Perth. The future looks bright for one of Australia's best young talents. Roy Martinez - bass, Sean Phillips - drums, Chris Foster - keys and Harry Winton - guitar. Click here for tickets
SATURDAY 7.00pm Mark Wilkinson Album Tour - SOLD OUT
Timber and Steel Presents - Mark Wilkinson ‘Let The River Run’ Album Tour with special guest Little Bighorn. Mark Wilkinson presents his long awaited sophomore album ‘LetThe River Run’. Following on from his debut ‘Truth Came Running’, which after two years still sits in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, ‘Let The River Run’ captures that same soulful voice that’s seen Mark sell a remarkable 40,000 records independently. With The Cat Empire’s Ollie McGill at the producer’s helm, it’s an album as diverse as it is fluid, fusing the big studio sound with the intimacy for which Mark is known. Mark has already sold out shows across Australia and Europe and this trend is continuing at The Ellington.
SATURDAY 10.30pm Perth Samba Social Club
Brazilian big band energy live on stage. Playing a captivating selection of danceable tunes, ranging from nostalgic old world Brazil classics, through to up beat rhythms and even original arrangements of some famous English tunes as you have never heard them before. The Samba de Gafieira style combines a traditional Brazilian rhythm section with snappy horns and and grooves that musicians and dancers alike will appreciate, transporting the Ellington to the iconic sidewalks of Copacabana Beach overlooked by the Cristo Redentor. General Admission entry only - Come and dance your night away at The Ellington, Perth's best live music venue! Click here for tickets
SUNDAY 3.00pm Mark Wilkinson Album Tour - SOLD OUT
See Saturday listing. Click here for tickets (upstairs only)
SUNDAY 6.00pm Mark Wilkinson Album Tour - SOLD OUT
See Saturday listing. Click here for tickets (upstairs only)
MONDAY 9th September 7.00pm Jangoo Chapkhana Trio - GALA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Jangoo Chapkhana Trio swings into action at The Ellington in 2013. This is their fourth appearance at what is Perth's premier venue for top-quality live jazz. Joined by long-time musical collaborators Murray Wilkins (bass) and Dennis Vrcic (drums), this is one night of jazz in 2013 that simply cannot be missed. The programme goes all the way from the great jazz standards to fantastically fresh arrangements of more contemporary material - all laced with that crisp precision and harmonic magic that is the defining sound of the Jangoo Chapkhana Trio. Jangoo will also be celebrating a very special mile stone birthday on the night so come and help him celebrate. Click here for tickets
Spetember 10 Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra - debut National Tour
September 11 The Strides (Sydney)
September 22 Charmaine Jones and Mike Bevan
September 26 Troy Roberts (USA)
October 5 Alex Gibson (Sydney)
October 17 Tim Chaisson (Canada)
October 25 Narissa Campbell (NYC)
October 27 Jordie Lane (LA)
November 17 Dan Sultan (Sydney)
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