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Night By Night – Friday, February 5th 2016.

‘Well I ain’t got the heart to lose another fight. So until my ship comes in, I’ll live night by night’.  So sing Steely Dan in the song ‘Night By Night’, from their third studio album, ‘Pretzel Logic’.
And so sang ‘Night By Night’ to a jam-packed and very enthusiastic house at the Brisbane Jazz Club on Friday, February 5th 2016.
This energetic 10-piece, named after the song, brought Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s complex arrangements and harmonies to life, in an…

The Evening Sons

In the world of blues, The Evening Sons are a rare recipe: something new created from familiar ingredients. Mojo Webb, Coojee Timms, and Greg Baker – all accomplished blues musicians in their own right – make up the band. A recent gig at the Brisbane Jazz Club (13 February) showcased their mastery of blues tunes old and new.
It was clear all three players felt at home with both the set list and the audience, as Webb declared the show would…

The Helen Russell Trio – Thurs 10 Sept 2015

The Helen Russell Trio with Helen on Double Bass, Paul Hudson on Drums and Jamie Clark on guitar presented a lovely evening of laid back jazz.
There was a pleasant mix of instrumentals with Jamie taking the lead with his skilful jazz guitar and some vocals by Helen with her easy on the ear style.
The band played some less well known tunes including “Warbash”, “My one and only love” and “Way out west”, instrumentals with Jamie taking the lead on his…

Wes Taylor Quintet Sunday 2 August 2015

Wes seems to have found the solution to ‘how to get a big sound from a small band’ by creating a quintet with Dale Rabic – well-known for his organ and keyboard skills, Dave Galea on bass, Steve Francis on drums, Wes himself on guitar and vocals and just to prove that it’s ‘in the genes’ his son Jacob on percussion. Jacob also played a few numbers on bass and Wes’s younger son Samuel demonstrated his prowess when featured with…

The Aaron West Band. Friday August 7th, 2015

At the start of the night, I asked the band if they were ready to go on. The reply was quick and smiling; ‘Go on? Dude, we are about to go OFF!!’
And that is exactly what they did, this band of great musicians; Aaron West on guitar and vocals, Will Sargisson on keys, Greg Lyon on bass and vocals, Dave Sanders on drums, Tony Buchanan, a guest from Melbourne, on tenor sax, and guest vocalist, Dean Gray.
This was a night…

Robyn Brown & Libor Smoldas (Prague) 13 March 2015

Friday the 13th was certainly a lucky day for patrons of the BJC. A fabulous night featuring the dulcet and smooth as velvet vocals of Robyn Brown and the international guitarist and favourite of the BJC Libor Smoldas (Prague). Backed by a superb line up of OJ Newcomb on bass, Jason Bray on drums and Marnix Van Bruggen on piano this was a slick night of Jazz, Blues and Gospel launching their “Touch of Blue Tour”.
Favourites of the night include…

String Theory – A Cosmic Guitar Encounter

The Ravi Welsh Trio hosted an evening of guitar heaven.
The Players:
Bruce Woodward – Guitar
Atienne Bakker – Guitar. This pair played a selection of lovely, melodic jazz standards. The beautifully haunting, skilful guitars unencumbered by other instruments made a pleasant change from traditional lineups.
Anonymous Heroes
Davis Orr – Guitar
Chris Pearson – Bass
Mark Henman – Drums
The second set was quite a contrast to the first. The music was real bluesy with great vocals by David and Chris. Mark as usual played brilliant drums.
The…

Atienne Bakker Quintet – Thurs 26 March 2015.

This was the debut performance at the BJC for Atienne, a very accomplished young guitarist, who was supported by of some of Brisbane’s finest musicians. The guys played a superb variety of contemporary jazz from the likes of such composers as Wes Montgomery, George Benson and John Scofield.
Throughout the sets there were some brilliant solos from all the players. Particularly impressive was when sax and guitar combined to play the melody in unison.
The selection of tunes was excellent. They were…

Gadjo Guitars – 30 January 2014

Building on its reputation of Manouche Jazz capital of Australia, the Brisbane Jazz Club welcomed Gadjo Guitars on Friday.

This Sydney trio did not try to dazzle us with gimmicks and slick showmanship.  They didn’t need to. The uber talented musicians gave an enthralled audience a wonderful show that was as unassuming as jamming in your living room at home.  Not at all pretentious, just relaxed, authentic and easy.

This band is tight and it is clear that they have been performing…