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Review Archive for January, 2015

Sarah Collyer Quintet – 16th Dec 2014

Once again Sarah Collyer packed the Brisbane Jazz Club with devout followers!
It seems, that every show Sarah’s voice just becomes even smoother and more velvety.  Backed by John Reeves on keys, Sam McGuire on bass, Niyi on guitar and Steve Francis on drums it was a fantastic night of jazz music at its best.
Sarah’s vocals in my opinion, are carving her way to being one of Australia’s finest jazz performers.  Her originals hold their own against the great standards such as Summertime and classics…

Di Clark Quintet – Sat 21 June 2014

In company with such renowned musicians as Paula Girvan, Helen Russell, Gary Eldershaw, and Josh Hatcher, a vocalist only has to tread that comfortable musical carpet laid down by the band to present a varied and highly polished performance. Such was the case for Di Clark who presented a smooth and accomplished program of well-known standards interspersed with one or two I did not know – such as ‘Stop the Show’ – full marks to Di for not just sticking to the well-trodden path…

Lateo – 19 June 2014

Featuring Joe Marchisella on drums, Dave Gilea on Bass and James Ball on piano. Lateo, Latin for ” hidden”, set the evening off to a great start with a groovy rendering of the Beatles ‘Norwegian Wood’ and followed up with a couple of wonderful standards ‘Beatrice’ and ‘All the things you are’.
This was followed by some brilliant original compositions by Dave Gilea. Then ‘Time Management’ composed by Joe Marchisella. They continued through the set with a mix of originals and familiar tunes.
The second set…

Coisa Linda – 8 May

This fab 5 piece band entertained the audience with a superb array of Brazilian music. It was easy to see that these musicians were efficionados of the wonderful Latin rhythms. The evening was filled with toe tapping sambas, bossa nova and Brazilian grove. It was lovely to here these Brazilian songs sung in the beautiful Portuguese language by Lucia who is a native of Brazil.
The songs were interspersed with interesting tidbits of explanation by Lucia. I haven’t heard Mas Que Nada sung so well since…

Hot Jazz Alliance Thurs 27 March

The Hot Jazz Alliance with Andy Schumm, from USA on cornet and piano, Michael McQuaid on clarinet and alto sax, Leigh Barker on bass, Josh Duffee, from USA on drums, Jason Downes on clarinet, John Scurry on guitar and banjo.
This superlative sextet transported us back to that Art Deco time when Jazz was king. They dazzled us with tunes, played superbly, from the roaring twenties. Michael took the role of Emcee for the band and was charming and funny, engaging with the audience. He and…

Grey Wing Trio 21 March 2014

This talented trio from Sydney with Ken Allars on Trumpet, Luke Sweeting on piano/compositions, Finn Ryan on Drums, featuring Kristin Berardi on vocals presented an intriguing program of original compositions. The dynamics of the trio had amazing light and shade in the compositions they presented to the very attentive audience (you could hear a pin drop). Kristin Berardi, with her beautiful, haunting voice joined the trio to deliver a fascinating number based on a Celtic poem. At the end of the First set, Kristen returned to…

Yitzhak Yedid Trio & the ConKlezmer Orchestra – 16 March 2014

What a week for contemporary Jazz!
The Yitzhak Yedid Trio wowed their attentive audience with a set of original, avant garde jazz compositions. The ConKlezmer Orchestra continued the feel of the evening by presenting arrangements of traditional Yiddish tunes that set toes tapping.
A really good night, shame it didn’t get a bigger audience.
Di Clark

Nadia Sunde’s Supper Club

Wow – the phrase ‘that’s entertainment’ might have been coined for Nadia Sunde who presented a happy program of song, repartee and music that totally charmed the packed house for her first-ever performance at the BJC. Surrounding herself with a superb band – Michael Fix – guitar, Ross Comerford – keyboards, Andrew Shaw – bass, and Doug Gallacher – drums, Nadia also introduced her niece Miranda Licence providing backup vocals.
Nadia talked, joked and sang her way through a varied program that was difficult to define…

Road Plant – 30 Jan 2014

Such a pity that Road Plant only attracted 17 people last night, and I’m sure must have been disappointing for the musicians. However, Andrew et al put on a magnificently entertaining evening, and the small audience were extremely receptive and appreciative.
Road Plant shows another side to Andrew’s talent, and I was particularly entranced with Chris Vale’s drumming.  Road Plant is so different from anything  any of the musicians play  –  John Reeves, Andrew Garton, Andrew Shaw & Chris Vale – and their  clever interpretation of ‘road plant’ sounds added another dimension…