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Jef Neve (Belgium) Trio + Strings – Spirit Control tour – BJC 18 October, 2017

“The most beautiful music is like life at its best: space to improvise, and the most beautiful voice is left out subtly, so everyone can colour it in for him/herself and create their own story.“
In this day and age, when there is such a plethora of music to choose from, it is easy to become a little jaded, even when enjoying your preferred musical style. All the more reason then to regard a standing ovation as a true testament to the quality…

Dave Spicer and Friends Brisbane Jazz Club, Thursday October 12th, 2017

There are nights at the Brisbane Jazz Club when world-class musicianship, a tuned-in, appreciative audience, and the lights shimmering across the Brisbane River, swirl into the magical, the mystical, and create a mood and a night to remember. On such a night, we are deeply engaged, captured, enraptured; listening and loving from the first note to the last.
Tonight, with Dave Spicer and Friends, was such a night.
Four musicians. Five instruments.
Dave Spicer’s sparkling piano. Sean Flynn’s bright, crisp, left-handed guitar. Helen Svoboda’s gentle…

Men About Town (Special Edition) – BJC 25 March 2017 by Reg Gordon

A full and enthusiastic  house greeted the Men About Town AKA Los Hombres de la Ciudad from the word go, when they presented their show ‘More than a Touch of Latin’.
Alan Western, Peter Vance and Duncan Read spent months polishing their Italian, Spanish and Portuguese accents to sing a host of all-time Latin favourites, with a well-rewarded result.  Two Latin music specialists, Andrew Veivers – guitar and Stephen Caruana – drums and percussion joined Paula Girvan – piano,  Amby Dowdeswell…

Big Eagle Jazz Band supported by Talkin’ Jazz Big Band at BJC 15 June 2017

Well it was ‘Doo Wacka Doo’ all the way through with the launch of Cameron Meiklejohn’s latest recreation of authentic jazz music from the 20s and 30s. His painstaking research into this genre has once again borne fruit
Following the success of his Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra, Cameron has created Big Eagle Jazz Band to move the emphasis of the music from Northern USA to Southern USA –  from New York all the way down to New Orleans.
Brilliant musicianship makes any…

River City Aces – Brisbane Jazz Club

On Saturday night, April 1st 2017, as the southern states set their clocks back one hour, here at the Brisbane Jazz Club, we were winding ours back by 75 years.
We were back and bopping with the River City Aces and their Jump Blues; a musical style which was popular through the 1940’s and 50’s, and which later morphed seamlessly into R&B and Rock ‘n Roll.
The River City Aces, led by tenor sax man, Sean Ballagh, are a fun-loving 8-piece, defined…