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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…

Melissa Western and Friends – Brisbane Jazz Club, Saturday November 11th, 2017

Melissa Western has a lot of friends. And with good reason. She is a sparkling personality and a consummate professional performer.
Tonight, five of those friends were on stage with her, providing a crisp and dynamic platform for her exquisite vocals.
Chris Poulsen, with his quirky, minimalist improv, was at the piano. Helen Svoboda was super-cool as always on upright bass. Nathan Goldman was at his silky best on the drums. While John Smallcombe on Sax and Lachlan Mackenzie on trumpet pushed it…

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…