Monday, October 7, 2013

This week at The Ellington

What an exciting week of music at The Ellington with 14 shows demonstrating a wide and diverse range of musical styles. Starting tonight with one of Australia's finest large ensembles, The Mace Francis Orchestra, performing music from their upcoming CD "Music for Average Photography". Following this will be some of WAAPA's best students presenting their Honours graduating recitals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Two of our favourite divas Libby Hammer and Ali Bodycoat are doing individual shows on Thursday and Friday and then a show together on Saturday with the Graham Wood Trio in support over all three nights. Add to this a couple of kids cushion concerts on Friday morning for the young ones. Late shows from Jade Webb (Friday) and GrooVe (Saturday) will lead into a double show Sunday with WAYJO and touring singer song writer Aimee Francis. 

MONDAY 8th October 7.00pm MFO Music for Average Photography

Tonight’s performance is a preview of the new MFO project called “Music For Average Photography” - a series on new music written to accompany some pretty average photographs taken this year with a camera phone.  A humours way to inspire some serious music. This new music will be recorded in mid Oct for a new MFO CD release.  Be the first to hear it.  The performance will also feature the return of trumpeter and MFO alumni Callum G’Froerer. Click here for tickets

TUESDAY 6.00pm Honours Jazz Graduation Recitals

Featuring Ben Matthews (piano), Patrick Van der Moezel (sax), Luke Miness (sax) and Jesse Byrom-Carter (bass). WAAPA's outstanding graduating honours students will astound you with their final performance before graduating with a Jazz Honours degree. Click here for tickets

WEDNESDAY 6.00pm Honours Jazz Graduation Recitals

Featuring Steve Vacca (guitar), Jeremy Thomson (guitar), Shaun Rammers (sax) and Kate Pass (bass). WAAPA's outstanding graduating honours students will astound you with their final performance before graduating with a Jazz Honours degree. 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 Libby Hammer 

Libby and the guys normally play weekends at the Ellington, so in honour of this unusual midweek spot, they are going to prepare something fabulous. They've told us that maybe they'll perform only weekday songs such as Stormy Monday, but at the time of going to print they couldn't think of any other weekday jazz songs, so they've said maybe they'll wear their jimmy jams. In any case, it's going to be special. Joined by band extraodinaire Graham Wood on piano, Ben Vanderwal on drummings and Nicholai Abbey on double bazz, this is the best way to end the week if your week finishes on a Thursday. Click here for tickets

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

FRIDAY 9.00am & 10.30am The Ellington cushion concerts for kids

The Ellington is putting on two cushion concerts for kids (and accompanying adults!).  The shows are at 9.30am and 11.00am (with doors at 9.00am and 10.30am respectively). Libby Hammer, one of Perth's most vibrant and energetic Jazz vocalists, along with four leading  musicians from the Perth Jazz scene - Chris Foster- piano, Nick Abbey - double bass, Michael Perkins – drums, and Steve Searle - multi-instrumentalist will introduce kids to the world of Jazz in a fun, interactive and intimate setting. They’ll also get to meet the mysterious but very cool 'Mister Jazzcat'. Just bring a cushion to sit on and be ready to have fun learning about Jazz. At around 50 minutes each, these shows are pitched at an age range of 4-7 years old but children of all ages are welcome and will be able to enjoy the event. Just bring a cushion to sit on and be ready to have some fun while you learn about jazz. (A limited number of chairs and seats are available for those patrons who require them). Click here for tickets 9.00am and 10.30am

FRIDAY 7.00pm The Amazing Ali Bodycoat Trio

If Saturday night is the loneliest night of the week, then why not come down to the Ellington on Friday night first and find someone awesome to dance with cheek to cheek on the Saturday!? Well regarded as one of Western Australia’s most talented and respected professional jazz vocalists, Ali Bodycoat has established herself as an unrivalled force in the local jazz industry. Tonight she is joined by basically what is regarded as the best looking older male boy band in the world - Graham Wood on piano, Ben Vanderwal on drums and Nick Abbery on bass. Live music is far more entertaining than dead music and where better to experience the best live music in Perth than the best live music venue in Perth!  Ditch the cold weather slippers and leg warmers and get into a smart casual jacket made from jazz standards, dream-filled cocktails and leather elbow pads. They're all the rage in Europe right now! Click here for tickets

FRIDAY 10.30 The Spread featuring Jade Webb

Jade Webb is a soulful and inspiring singer who as been performing in R&B, Funk and Pop bands for many years around town. You may have seen her fronting the successful Soul, Pop group Booty Jooce at The Aberdeen on Saturday nights. Jade’s immersion in such a wide range of music has given her voice and unmistakable individual sound, which is both sweet but powerful. This is a show not to be missed. Jade will be joined by the tightest house-band in town The Spread - Roy Martinez on bass, Sean Phillips on drums, Chris Foster on keys, Harry Winton on guitar and special guest  Danny Martin on backing vocals. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 7.00pm Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer are amazing

Think you need more to awaken the soul from its uninspired slumber?  The only possible event that could outshine these two nights of each wonderful woman serenading you in the most intimate of cabaret settings at Perth's most respected live music venue, is BOTH of them serenading you in the most intimate of cabaret settings at Perth's most respected live music venue! Your eyes don't deceive you, after digging through all the hyperbole of this gig write up, you will actually find a buried treasure consisting of the two most prominent first ladies of jazz, singing together on The Ellington stage. I know, why can't this happen every night of your life? After taking a minute to have your quivering soul regain composure after leaping out of its heart shaped box, how about I give you another reason to come feed it with more nourishing, life enriching music food? Along with the incredibly talented musicians these ladies will be performing with, these 3 special dates in October welcome back to The Ellington stage the musical cornerstone of the Club, Mr Graham Wood on piano. Dullsville? Not a chance with these 2 gals. Nothing open in Perth after 9pm? Hardly - there's another gig after this one with even more high energy tunes if you have the life in you! Get hungry while listening to inspiration pouring out of one of the best stage sound setups in the world? Got you covered, our kitchen is open until 2am. Click here for tickets

SATURDAY 10.30 GrooVe

GrooVe, intransitive verb. is the sense of a propulsive rhythmic "feel" or sense of "swing" created by the interaction of the music played by a band's rhythm section most commonly consisting of Serge "Bassface", Dan "Drumalicious", Maty "Keytastic", and Priam "Guitararific". Ultimately tied together by the vocal stylings of Kimberly "Cant Touch This" and Georgia "On Your Mind". Ubiquitous in popular music, GrooVe is a consideration in genres such as disco, funk, rock, fusion, and soul. GrooVe is often used to describe the aspects of certain music that makes one want to move, dance, or GrooVe, @ The Ellington October 12th. Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 3.00pm WAYJO Swingin Sundays with Paddy Fitzallen

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) Swing Band is inspired by the big bands of the 1930s to the 1960s, led by such icons as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. It focuses on developing ensemble playing to a high standard, while grooving to classic big band repertoire. Legendary trumpeter Paddy Fitzallen has performed with luminaries including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé. This month he joins the WAYJO Swing Band to play a swinging set of classic big band tunes: the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Click here for tickets

SUNDAY 5.30pm Aimee Francis

Singer, songwriter Aimee Francis was born with a passion for music. Receiving her first guitar at the ripe old age of 10 , this self-confessed ‘girl who rocks’ has been touring the world and drawing inspiration from rock acts who “write good emotive songs”. The rare performance that Aimee will showcase at The Ellington, will be a stripped back, 2 piece, acoustic warm-up to the WA leg of Aimee’s ‘Loser’s Game’ Australian Tour, to promote the release of her debut single by the same name. A tour that kicked off in early September by supporting P!NK at Allphones Arena, Sydney. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of P!NK is not Aimee’s first encounter with international, music heavyweights. Supporting artists such as Pat Benetar and Steel Panther, Aimee has graced the stages of the infamous Viper Room (LA), The Key Club, The Forum and Melbourne’s Corner Hotel in her hometown. This self-managed powerhouse recently relocated to Sydney following a whirlwind trip to the USA playing shows at the Whisky A Go-Go, around LA and then New York, finishing up with five shows at Austin’s South by South West Festival. A finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for her song “Control”, Aimee also composed the theme song “Dreams” for the Australian Equestrian’s 2012 London Olympic song. Aimee’s debut single “Losers Game” is a raw guitar driven, rock-pop gem! Recorded at Electric Sun Studios in Sydney, the commanding vocals on the track are indicative of a life changing experience, of love and loss and sorrow. Proudly supported by Gibson Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Planet Waves and Orange Amps, this young lady is firmly on the front foot of what is promised to be a long and spectacular career in music! Click here for tickets

Monday 14th October JOGS - Jeans O'Halloran Grigson Susnjar

As the name suggests, the lineup of JOGS initially met at their regular 5am fitness and workout sessions and eventually thought, "hey, we all play instruments, let's put our international sports modelling careers on hold for a minute and see if we can't whip up some tunes for a gig at the Ellington Jazz Club". It was only after they all started recognising each other at various gigs and the halls and corridors of WAAPA that they realised the standard of musicianship was higher than expected and nearly matched their strength, stamina and athletic prowess. They knew they could be onto a good thing. "Wait a minute" said Tom, "don't we need a bass player?" "No!" the other three shouted in semi-unison, dragging Tom from the piano and clamping his left hand to the lower register of the formidable Hammond Organ. "Learn these notes, it'll be fine. But your other hand should do some stuff as well." "I can hit things!" grinned Daniel, as he proceeded to hit some things. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Fred & Simon finally agreed to disagree as to who gets to play lead or rhythm guitar, and an extremely fit and toned modern improvising ensemble was born, ushering in an exciting new era and the debut of the challenging & demanding, yet curiously satisfying musical genre "Jazzthletics". Click here for tickets

Coming Soon:

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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