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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…

Andrew Shaw Quintet – Thur 19 Nov 2015

On a sweltering Thursday night the smooth grooves of the Andrew Shaw Quintet were the only sure fire way to chill out. The band took the stage with an upbeat, Shakespeare-inspired tune called ‘Thrice The Brindled Cat Hath Mewed’. The title – a line from Macbeth – set the tone for the rest of the evening, with literary and musical references peppering both the set list and Shaw’s banter.
It wasn’t all intellectual, though. Two of the evening’s best songs were…

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…

Maggie Britton Quartet BJC Sunday 26 July 2015

One of those legendary names in Australian entertainment Maggie Britton continues her long career from her base on the Gold Coast. In company with Will Sargisson on piano, Col Atkinson on bass guitar and Willy Qua on drums – three headline acts in their own right – Maggie made one of her occasional appearances at the BJC to a very appreciative audience.
Her repertoire of time-honoured songs such as Almost Like Being in Love, Fly me To the Moon, Shadow of…

Alan Western and Peter Vance Jazz and Pzazz CD Launch Sat 11 July 201

 Two of the Brisbane’s Jazz Club favourite singers, Alan Western and Peter Vance, have  joined musical forces to create the aptly named, and long awaited, ‘Jazz and Pzazz’ CD.

The first half of the evening was dedicated to the CD launch and enjoyed by an appreciative audience who loved every minute of Alan and Pete’s renditions of some amazing tracks including Mac the Knife, Spinning Wheel, I Thought about You, Save Your Love for Me – with an amazing solo by Adam Connelly on sax…

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…

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…

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…

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…