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Tiffany Rae Quintet. Friday, Nov 20th, 2015

The band kicked off the first set as a smooth, smooth Trio, with David Fennell on piano, Andrew Shaw on double bass and Aaron Janz on drums. Tiffany soon stepped up to join them, and they were a Quartet.
Tiffany’s dress, sparkling like the sun and the surf of her Gold Coast home, was outsparkled only by her personality and smile. With an engaging presence at the mike, she and the band quickly established a warm connection with the audience, which…

Natalie De Jager – Thurs 20 August, 2015

The players
Natalie De Jager  – Vocals
Jeremy O’Connor – Bass
Sophie Min – Piano
Dan Smith – Drums
Rafael Karlen – Sax
Natalie opened the evening with a couple of her very catchy original compositions then charmed the audience with a fab arrangement of Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’ (quite appropriate as she is just off to the bright lights of New York for 3 months to record with Matt Baker). More really fab original compositions followed and these will be recorded in…

Mark Pradella Band – Friday 5 June 2015

 
One of the most enduring bands which plays regularly at BJC and consistently delivers a fine performance is lead by the very affable and totally sincere, Mark Pradella. His enthusiasm and devotion to music are reflected in his multi-instrumental playing. He is equally at home on clarinet, soprano, alto or tenor sax, EWI (electronic sax) or even penny whistle !
Surrounded, as always, by a coterie of equally talented musicians in Sam Pace—keys and vocals, Fulvio Granata—bass, Michael Gillespie  – guitar…

Jazzarach – Saturday 18 April 2015

Saturday 18th of April saw a conglomeration of the closest thing we have to Brisbane Jazz Music Royalty, presenting a showcase of Burt Bacharach tunes – the evening appropriately called –‘Jazzarach’!
Pitch perfect vocals where presented by Irene Bartlett, Francesca De Valance, Rachel Head while the musicians were favourites, Dave Spicer on keys, Peter Walters on Bass and Lachlan Hawkins on drums. All of this illustrious group are of course lecturers at the Queensland Conservatory of Music in their respected fields with exception of Lachlan who…

Swing Central Sunday April 19th, 2015

Close your eyes in the presence of Swing Central and you are with Count Basie and Frank Sinatra at the Sands, or at a bar in Las Vegas enjoying a drink and a song with a warm and toasted Dean Martin.
On Sunday night at the Brisbane Jazz Club, the band was purring, Brad Leaver was schmoozing at his best, and the atmosphere was electric. The crowd loved it and most succumbed to the foot-tapping urge to get up and dance.
On…

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)…

Lisa La Celle – Lessons in love 7 March 2015

Going to a Lisa La Celle performance is more like going to a party than a gig.
The whole gang is there: hubby and kids, mum, friends, hell even the band members are her friends.

Thats not to say that Lisa isn’t talented and professional – she well and truly ticks those boxes – but she is also so damn lovely and this is an integral part of her appeal.

Billing her performance “Lessons in Love 3 – the final chapter” Lisa built…