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Review Archive for November, 2014

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…

The Duddie Men

Thursday 17 July 2014
In entertainment we should always expect the unexpected and going by the promo picture and blurb I was expecting this new grouping to come up with quite a lot of quirkiness.
The name ‘Duddie Men’ itself had a different pronunciation – I naturally thought it would rhyme with ‘buddy’ but it seems they prefer it to rhyme with ‘goody’! One thing that was exactly what I expected was their consummate ease of knowing their music and playing it well.


MFG – 23rd August 2014
The Brisbane Jazz Club and its near 100 patrons were treated to an inspiring evening of Jazz with
MFG, also known as Nico Maas (guitar), Gemma Farrell on (tenor sax) and Thomas Goralski (piano).
MFG were accompanied by the hand- picked – Joshua Hatcher on bass and Nathan Goldman on
Maas, Farrell and Goralski all met whilst studying in Amsterdam and this was their first tour of
Australia together. They had the audience entranced and in disbelief of their talents…

Ginger Bread Boys

What can i say, but Jazz is in safe hands with these young guys, standards and covers, they produced the goods surpassing my expectations, such a professional and controlled sound to deliver one of the better performances at the club. Good to see the youth seeing the importance of this great tradition.
5th Oct 2014

SWING CENTRAL Featuring Brad Leaver

Thursday 9th of October saw the return of the fabulously fun and extremely slick outfit that is Swing
Central featuring Brad Leaver.
The eight piece, with Ian McRae as band leader and on Piano swung effortlessly through some of
the all time favourites such as The Best is Yet to Come, I Get a Kick and The Lady is a Tramp. The full
house soaked up the wonderful musicianship of Paul Hudson on drums, OJ Newcombe on Bass and
a fabulous brass section featuring Shannon…