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Review Archive for 2013

EMO with Gai Bryant, Fabian Hevia and Israel Ortiz. 24/10/13

Thursday nights at the BJC have morphed into special occasions, when you may often find something a little different from our regular jazz groups – perhaps an international or interstate artiste who happens to be in Brisbane for a few days, tango dancers from Argentina, a youth jazz group from somewhere in Europe, maybe a new young jazz vocalist – fresh from the Conservatorium and eager to show their talents to the world or, as witnessed by over 100 patrons last night – an…

Will Martineau & Friends – 8/11/13

Always encouraging to see the deep pool of young talent playing jazz in Brisbane. And believe me, Will Martineau and his friends are young. But their musical sophistication and ability belies their years and their youthfulness and enthusiasm combined with great technical skill gave us a great gig last Friday.
Traversing a jaw-droppingly wide musical range and dispelling the myth that jazz is only about standards and originals, we heard music by Gershwin, Katy Perry, the Jackson Five andToy Story (Toy…

DI CLARK 1/11/13

Di Clarke performed at the Brisbane Jazz Club on Friday the 1st of November, with her band of local super-talents Andrew Shaw, John Reeves and Paul Hudson.  It was a lovely evening of classic jazz standards, with Di presenting the music of Cole Porter, in the first part of the evening and Gershwin in the second half. Di’s welcome twist on the presentation of the music of these two iconic composers was to include the lesser-known verses for each song…


The humidity and heat are stifling and oppressive on this Thursday evening as the gibbous moon, threatening and leering in melancholy, emerges.
Rolling clouds part and a refrain of lilting banjo and fiddle passes across the ear in the riverside refuge of the Brisbane Jazz Club.
The woes of metropolitan life ease, as the wistful and upbeat Laique have grown and evolved in the three years following the release of ‘Cravin’ Just A Little Misbehavin’ (2010). They are currently in the studio for…

Seventh Avenue – Friday 11/10/13

Amongst all of the wonderful offerings at the Brisbane Jazz Cub it is always good to hear our much loved old jazz standards being performed from time to time.  but it is especially good to hear a group of youthful, enthusiastic, fresh, uber talented musicians applying their own interpretation and breathing new life to them.

That is what Seventh Avenue did on Friday night.  And they nailed it.  no sentimental trip down memory lane from them, they took old faves like Summertime, Nice…

John Morrison, Jacki Cooper and George Golla

Just seeing the names on the bill was enough for most people to expect a great show from John Morrison and Jacki Cooper – well-known at the Club for their patronage and mentoring of our Brisbane Big Band Festival. Seeing and hearing them perform in their own right without a 20-piece big band behind them was a new and highly entertaining experience. The company of the legendary jazz guitarist George Golla, and Brisbane’s own Helen Russell on bass, really…

Dave Bentley & Friends – 70th Birthday Partay

GIG Review – Dave Bentley Saturday August 31st
Dave Bentley chose the Brisbane Jazz Club to celebrate his 70th birthday on Saturday night and what a night it was.
He re-named the event as Dave Bentley & Friends but that couldn’t get away from the fact that more than 140 people, or at least most of them, had turned out to help him celebrate this milestone in his life. It wasn’t long into the set before his trio was joined on stage…

Dan Barnett, Tricia Evy & the Anthony Howe Trio

“Billie, Ella and Louis “
Once again the Brisbane Jazz Club presented a world class group of jazz musicians to the public for an evening of wonderful “Great American song book”  classics of as sung by “Billie, Ella and Louis”.
Daniel Barnett and Tricia Evy were the consummate performers, supported by the fabulous Anthony Howe Trio with Matt McMahon on piano, Karl Dunnicliffe on Bass and Anthony on drums.
The evening commenced with a wonderful haunting rendition of “Summertime” by Tricia. This was…

Jazz Singers’ Jam Night 12th Anniversary Review 1/8/13

Yet another fabulous night at the Jazz Singer Jam night. An innovation by Ingrid James 12 years ago to give up and coming singers the opportunity to gain experience and exposure performing to a live audience with the backing of a range of accomplished musicians from across Australia and the occasional international guest.
The jam night has been held in various venues over the years and finally found its spiritual home at the jazz club in 2009. The evenings are conducted…