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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…

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…