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Review Archive for 2014

Jo Bloomfield Quintet – Sunday 7 December 2014

Jo Bloomfield Quintet entertained guests to an evening of fantastic music with a mix of jazz standards and rocking swing and blues. The crowd loved it.
The first set opened with Lady Be Good moving onto Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen and It Had to Be You which got the crowd settled in for what was going to be a great night of entertainment. Other stand outs during the evening were It Don’t Mean a Thing with a drum solo from Pat, Si Tu Vois Ma…

Amy Michaels – Friday December 5th, 2014

Backed by a classy combo of piano, saxophone, double bass and drums…and for one song, two violins…Amy presented the greatest songs of ‘The Legendary Ladies of Jazz’.
We were swept elegantly along a sepia-tinged road of yester-world icons such as Billie Holliday, Etta James, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. There was an added touch of The Divine Miss M, and several impressive songs of Amy’s own.
The power, quality and sensitivity of Amy’s voice and delivery left the audience misty-eyed, wanting more, and queuing up to buy a copy…

Ultrafox & Feel the Manounche Sunday 30/11/14

What a finale for the last night of Oz Manouche 2014!!
Kicking the night off in style was a great set by Ultrafox from Melbourne. Featuring two guitars, double bass and clarinet, the band seamlessly maintained the high standard that had been established over the previous 3 days of the festival. Peter Baylor, who formed Ultrafox in 2008, led the way with his crisp and cruisy guitar work and a sweet vocal style that wa…s reminiscent of the late Aussie great…

Helen Russell Trio Review 4 Nov 2014

Helen Russell Trio Review 4 Nov 2014
Helen on Bass, brother Steve on piano and Paul Hudson on drums.
This fantastic trio opened with a Steve Russell original number called Julian’s Jump. They followed up with a Duke Ellington number, Angelica then Helen sang a fab arrangement of one of my favourite Buddy Johnson compositions, My Old Flame.
This trio played a fabulous mix of instrumental and vocals from Helen and Steve. Paul stuck to his brilliant drumming.
Steve showed off his vocal prowess…

Numbered Symmetry Ensemble – 20/11/14

This fab Brisbane based six piece ensemble entertained the appreciative audience with a eclectic range of tuneful original jazz numbers which included some vocal scat in unison with the instruments. The very talented musicians blended well to present an interesting and enjoyable evening of modern jazz.
Tristan Rogers, Trumpet, Flugelhorn Horn
Billy Saunders, Tenor Sax
Erin Fitzsimon, Vocal & Tenor Sax
Isaac Cavallaro, Drums
Lachlan Symons, Bass
Madi Morris, Guitar
Andrew McNaughton, Piano

Mojo Webb and Coogee Timms

What a dynamic duo these two were.  An absolutely amazing night of blues performed to a packed audience. The friendship and musical connection of Webb and Timms shone through the whole evening.  There was no warming up of the crowd necessary, as soon as Webb started to sing the crowd was hooked.  Both guys sang and played amazing guitar while Timms also added drums throughout the night.
Classic blues number by the greats and some not so well known numbers made…

Steve Newcombe & Kristin Berardi – 22/11/14

An amazing show to a packed house at the Brisbane Jazz Club last night. The line- up of Steve Newcombe -keys, John Hoffman -flugelhorn, Helen Svovoda – Bass and Lachy Hawkins – drums was truly world class.  While the crowd was made up of a few parties etc the majority of  the crowd was there to see this tight band crowned by the one and only Kristin Berardi.  Berardi’s vocals are second to none and kept the audience entranced the…

David Gallea Quartet + 1

Yet another quiet night at the club due to G20 but those that did join us where treated to some fantastic music by the David Galea Quartet + 1. The band consisted of David on bass, Joe Marchisella – drums, Cleon Barraclough – piano, Sean Flynn – guitar and + 1 Simon Watson on vocals. Their choice of music was certainly not main stream but a blend of original contemporary jazz, modern standards and choice covers of artists such as Sting, Elbow, Radiohead, Nick Cave and more…

Trent Bryson Dean Group – 26 June 2014

The band opened the evening with a couple of standards by Miles Davis and Cole Porter followed by a fab arrangement of The Beatles “Norwegian Wood” arranged by Peter Walters.
Ross was brilliant on the BJC’s fab baby grand but also played some great tunes on the electric piano. Peter (as usual) played his bull fiddle ( bass – remember “Some like it Hot”) and electric bass with aplomb. The only musician that did not bring 2 instruments to the stage…