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Brad Leaver and Swing Central –  Sunday January 27th, 2019

‘If you can use some exotic booze…Come Fly With Me…’.
Not to ‘..a bar in far Bombay’.
Not to the long-defunct Copa Room at The Sands in Las Vegas.
No. ‘Come Fly With Me’ to the Brisbane Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point, for a night of exotic schmooze, with Brad Leaver and Swing Central, and their overflowing songbook of crooner classics.
The best of the best is all there. The songs of Sinatra, Dino, Sammy Davis Jnr, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole are presented to you in driving and dynamic arrangements and sharp black…

Galapagos Duck – Saturday, 19 January, 2019

The Duck is back in town. And at their brilliant best.
Tonight, it would have been handy for the Brisbane Jazz Club to have been twice our size. We could have comfortably accommodated everyone that wanted to catch them.
For the capacity-plus crowd that were able to get in, it was an absolute blast. A night to remember.
Galapagos Duck started life at a New South Wales ski resort in 1969. In 1973, they became the house band at Sydney’s ‘The Basement’.
In various…

Nina Ferro & Band (Melbourne) – A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Wednesday, 21st November
This will be a very short review. Nina Ferro and band with Ingrid James doing some guest Back up Vocals.  Fab Fab Fab.  What a voice! Belting out Aretha’s wonderful songs. It took me right back to my teenage years in the 60’s when I heard and danced to them ( yes I can remember that long ago).
Nina and band were brilliant, full of energy and HOT. Every song you hope you’d hear you did. Nothing to disappoint…

Shannon Marshall presents: The music of Cannonball Adderley – Friday November 16th, 2018

When five of Brisbane’s finest musicians come together to share their mutual love of the music and style of a Jazz legend, history is recreated. History is re-lived.
Tonight, with the Club’s Time Machine set to New York: 1960’s, Shannon Marshall, Brad McCarthy, Wil Sargisson, Nick Quigley and Paul Hudson stepped on to the stage and led us on a flawless journey through the Soul Jazz of alto sax man, Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.
Brad on alto sax, was blowing hot for Cannonball.
Shannon…

The Balkanics. Saturday October 20th, 2018

At the Brisbane Jazz Club, we pride ourselves as being Brisbane’s Home of Jazz. However, we are always willing to expand the horizons of our musical community, by featuring other genres, such as blues and world music.
And so it was, that on Saturday night, October 20th, our stage felt like the beat-beat-beating heart of a small Romani community that had set up camp by the Brisbane River.
On to that stage, stepped five sublimely talented and colourfully dressed musicians, The Balkanics. They were here to deliver…

Andrews Sisters Tribute Show – 21st July, 2018

Three attractive young ladies. Khaki outfits and caps. US and Australian flags, side by side. Swingin’ band. 1940’s hum. Swing dancers ready.
Cue The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The one from Company B.
All because tonight, the Andrews Sisters Tribute Show is ripping up the Brisbane Jazz Club!!
Bright, uplifting songs, well played and well sung, make for a happy audience. With or without drinkin’ Rum and Coca Cola, each member of tonight’s full house audience was singin’, swingin’ and tap-tappin’ to a magical combination of smiling faces, exquisite 3-part…

Bepi D’Amato & Tony Pancella (Duo Pancella D’Amato – Italy – 20 June 2018

Tonight, the Glory of Rome marched into the Brisbane Jazz Club. Or to be more precise, the Glory of the Adriatic coast. That is where Italian Jazz maestros, clarinetist, Bepi D’Amato and pianist, Tony Pancella hail from; the neighbouring cities of Pescara and Chieti, respectively.
This was a lightning visit, as the two musicians came all the way to Australia, courtesy of the Italian Institute of Culture,  for a few days and two performances only; one in Sydney and one here…

Aaron West and the music of Stevie Wonder – 15/2/18

Aaron West and the music of Stevie Wonder – February 15th, 2018
We have many great nights of music and vocals at the Brisbane Jazz Club. As a regular, I love them all. But on some nights, early in the first set, I find myself so spellbound, so engaged, that I begin to sense a searching for superlatives, a listening for catchphrases, an eye for the memorable moment…and a need for pen and paper.
And I scribble, so that those of you…

Diamonds in the Sky – Saturday 9th December, 2017

Review by: David Smalley(  Retired Maths lecturer, Ascot U.K.)
It is always a pleasure to travel halfway around the world from the U.K. and call in at the riverside home of the Brisbane Jazz Club.
On my latest occasion , December 2017, I was delighted to catch the “DIAMONDS IN THE SKY” show honouring the talents of departed musicians and singers , who could universally be described thebest of the best.
Written and produced by local afficiado and singer Jan Lennard, this two hour…