Monday, September 23, 2013

This week at The Ellington

Help us usher in the long weekend with some fine music to soothe your soul. Song Lounge and The Music of Sting will kick off the week followed by the return of Gemma Farrell on Wednesday and the one and only Troy Roberts on Thursday. Then a weekend double from James Flynn with an all new rock swings show, a big grand final win from Fremantle on Saturday, rounded off with The Russell Holmes Trio on Sunday. Wrap that up with three late night shows to bring us into a relaxing Monday long weekend and The Ellington will enjoy a much needed day off!

MONDAY 23rd September 7.00pm Song Lounge

Song Lounge @ The Ellington – Last month the young ones brought their youthful vibes through their song’s to the stage at Unearthed with Emily Joy , Ella Edwards Smith, Zev Levi, Emily J , Jenn Wyatt and Joe Simish keeping us well entertained with their family and friends all squeezing into The Ellington, we are very excited for what awaits this month. Featuring Elk Bell, Holly Norman, Rachel Gorman and special guests The Lady Birds and Noah Shilkin.Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 7.00pm Joe Southwell and Friends present the Music of Sting

Back by popular demand, the Sting show returns to the Ellington stage for an encore performance. Bassist Joe Southwell brings together some of Perth’s finest musicians to explore and reinterpret the musical workings of Sting. Journeying through famous hits from the Police era to some of his solo gems, this will be a magical evening of enchantment and subtlety. During his time as the bassist and lead singer of the Police and then his various ventures as a solo artist, Sting has continued to intrigue and surprise. His memorable music and engaging lyrics tell tales of love, charm, tragedy and adventure, leading to his recognition as one of the great songwriter’s of our time. Featuring the amazing talents of Rhys Wood on vocals, Russell Holmes on piano, Carl Mackey on saxophone, Mike Perkins on drums and Joe Southwell on bass. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 7.00pm Gemma Farrell Group

Saxophonist Gemma Farrell (nee Lutey) left Perth in 2008 after studying at WAAPA, to study at the Queensland Conservatorium where she completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours. This was followed by 3 years in Europe where she completed her Masters in Music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Before leaving Amsterdam she recorded and released two albums, "Vicissitude" with her septet, the Gemma Farrell Group, and "Get It Together" with her quartet, Say What?! Gemma is now back in Perth and on September 25 she will launch both of these albums with the help of some of Perth's finest musicians. Both albums will both be available to purchase at a special price. Gemma Farrell - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Sax, Marty Pervan - Trumpet/Flugal Horn, Jeremy Greig - Trombone, Ross Dwyer - Guitar, Russell Holmes - Piano/Hammond, Robin Murray - Double and Electric Bass and Daniel Susnjar - Drums. 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 Troy Roberts

Now based in the USA, Australian saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has had a busy few years.  He  represented Australia sharing the stage in an international septet comprised of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta, Zakir Hussein, Tineke Postma and Tarek Yamani for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the firstInternational Jazz Day celebration, at NYC’s UN General Assembly Hall, was the only Australian finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition, has received his first Grammy Nomination Medal, and has won 4 DownBeat jazz soloist awards. He's also shared the stage with many of his musical heroes such as Aretha Franklin, James Morrison, Jeff Tain Watts, Orrin Evans, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Lew Soloff, Ari Hoenig, Bobby Sparks, Sammy Figueroa and Stephen Scott to name a few. Currently celebrating his 5th release as a leader, Nu-Jive 5 (2013), Troy is currently based in New York City and continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe. Tonight, Troy will reconnect with some good friends to present an evening comprised of his favourite jazz standards and contemporary classics - with a twist here and there.. Certainly an evening not to be missed! Click here for tickets

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

FRIDAY 7.00pm The James Flynn & The Fly little big band - Rock Swings

Rock Swings is a fresh, fun concept where we perform swing jazz covers of popular rock and pop songs from the 1980s and 1990s. James Flynn  on Vocals with the cream of Perth's musicians making up his seven piece little big band. The evening will feature such songs as; 'The eye of the tiger', 'Wonderwall', 'The way you make me feel', Van halens 'Jump', Spandau Ballets 'True' & Lionel Richies 'Hello' plus a lot more surprises. “His kind of talent is very thin on the ground around theses parts” Arts West Magazine. “In the world of showbiz, where singers are a dollar a dozen, James Flynn is one of those very rare performers whose hallmark of star quality is instantly self-evident and both elevates and distinguishes him from the crowd.” The Stage & Television Today (UK). Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 10.30pm The Spread featuring Danny Martin

Danny Martin is a powerhouse vocalist who has been tearing up the funk, R&B and hip hop scene in Perth for over a decade. Having played with local outfits like Booty Jooce, The Dynamites and the famed Detour, Danny has adopted his own style and sound which is both an incredible balance of old school funk and modern hip hop. Danny will be joined by The Spread - the tightest house band in town which features Roy Martinez on bass, Sean Phillips on drums, Chris Foster on keys and Harry S. Winton on drums. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 7.00pm The James Flynn & The Fly little big band - Rock Swings

See Friday listing. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 10.30pm Late Night Groove Series featuring Kat Curnow and Tanaya Harper

Seasoned vocalist Katherine Curnow is once again gracing The Ellington stage since returning from the UK but this time is teaming up with first-time Late Night Groover and good friend Tanaya Harper. Come join us in watching these fierce ladies pay homage to the independent women of the melodic world; armed with a plethora of feel-good and self-empowering funk, soul and pop tunes to keep you dancing all through the night. Collectively inspired by alternative, jazz, hip-hop and soul artists alike, join Katherine and Tanaya as they heat up your winter blues with sultry vocals and funky beats. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 5.30pm Russell Holmes Trio 

Triple WAMI award winning Jazz Pianist, Russell Holmes has performed with many great jazz ensembles including MPS, Frames of Minds, The Ragabillys, Hip Mo Toast and artists such as Dale Barlow, Red Rodney and many others .Career highlights would include being invited to perform at the Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, Italy  ( July2006 ) and supporting James Taylor at the infamous Leeuwin concert .  Whilst being recorded on over 45 CD’s, in 2006 he released “One Evening”, a CD recorded with his regular trio at the time with Matt Willis and Danny Susnjar.  This was launched in October 2006 . Russell’s most recent recording is a nationally released CD by the ABC Jazz label entitled Fire and Rain ‘THE JAMES TAYLOR PROJECT’( released 21st February 2009) which features the regular trio line-up performing eleven beautiful tracks of James Taylor songs. The Russell Holmes Trio has performed over 400 gigs in the past 10 years with residencies including the Inglewood Hotel, The Universal Bar, Clancy’s Fish Pubs,  The University Club and Hotel Northbridge . The trio performs regularly at The Ellington and  travelled to Melbourne in October 2012 in support of the release of 2 separate cd projects which are currently being recorded.  It was awarded “Most Outstanding Jazz Group 2001” by the Perth Jazz Society and has continued to perform regularly since. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 9.00pm Late Night Groove series featuring The Phillyharmonics

Making their debut on the Ellington stage this Sunday before the LONG weekend are THE PHILLYHARMONICS - an 11-piece soul music ensemble featuring vintage keyboards, three-part backing vocal harmonies, funky horns and a STRING SECTION to bring you those sweet soul sounds, blaxploitation funk and disco strings! Focusing on the orchestrated sound of soul, funk and disco in the 1970s, the Phillyharmonics will be bringing authentic '70s party music, including 11 #1 hits and classics by acts like Curtis Mayfield (and the Impressions), The O'Jays, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Barry White, The Spinners, The Brothers Johnson, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and many, many more! Click here for tickets

Coming Soon:

October 5 Alex Gibson (Sydney) 
October 17 Tim Chaisson (Canada)
October 25 Narissa Campbell (NYC) 
October 27 Jordie Lane (LA) 
October 31 and Nov 1 Damien Leith (Sydney)
November 17 Dan Sultan (Sydney)
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