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Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival – Sharny Russell, The Idea of North

There are not enough adjectives to describe the evening so I’ll just say WOW!
The evening opened with Sharny, just her fabulous voice and her brilliant piano playing. The audience was captivated by her musicality and there was not a sound in the packed house (hearing pin dropping comes to mind) She sang (with a little bit of Scat too) some classics and some of her compositions, a wonderful opening act. Later Sharny joined the Idea Of North for a few…

Galapagos Duck – Sat 21 Feb 2016

Left to Right:
Wil Sargisson – piano, keyboards
Willy Qua – alto sax, percussion
John Conley – double bass, guitar
Richard Booth – tenor sax, sop sax, flute, electric bass, steel drum
Rodney Ford – drums, vocals
It was still daylight and there was a queue outside the Brisbane Jazz Club on Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.
Full house then? I asked. “Yep. Oh, you’ll like these guys.” Pam and Don were in front of me. “We’re from Toowoomba. [That’s about 125 km away]. We’ve come all the…

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…

Melissa Western Quintet – Thursday 9 July 2015

Thursday nights at BJC are often quite quiet even though quality acts perform but tonight the 80 plus crowd recognised that this would be the last time they could get to experience the fabulous talents of Melissa Western and her partner, Tnee Dyer on piano and keys for a while. This fab duo were supported by the brilliant guitar, bass and drum accompaniment of Josh Boyd, Nathaniel Andrew and Rich Seymour respectively.
Melissa and Tnee are off to Great Britain for…

The Tom Vincent Trio – Sat March 28th, 2015

Some artists take the stage at the Brisbane Jazz Club, and instantly own the place; clearly and cleanly resonating with the fibre of this old boat shed and the jazz-loving souls of its enthusiastic and appreciative patrons.
So it was for the cool, cool, coooool Tom Vincent Trio, on the last night of their latest tour of Australia.
Leigh Barker on double bass, Alf Jackson on drums and Tom Vincent on piano, enjoy playing together. Their smiling camaraderie was a key element…

Ingrid James & Louise Denson’s Wild Silk Strings Project – 21 March 2015

Even before the finger clicking count-in, even before one note is played, you just have to look at the familiar faces of the musical elite on stage to know that you are in for a world-class jazz performance.
While Ingrid James and Louise Denson have partnered many shows together – and this was the latest in their Wild Silk series – they don’t just get stuck into the groove of finding a winning formula and trading on it until it has lost its impact…

John Hogan Quartet and Mezzo Bass

The Players:
John Hogan on guitar
Robert Harley (Dr Bob) on bass
Stephen Caurana on drums
Jake Bristow on piano
James McIntyre on guitar
Marian Skrede on vocal
It was a real treat for the good Thursday night crowd. The evening started with the John Hogan Quartet who played a lovely mix of laid back jazz tunes. John played beautiful melodies on his guitar that everyone enjoyed. He is a class act on those temperamental nylon strings. This set included classic 50’s Miles Davies (eg. Freddie Freeloader)…

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…

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…