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Review Archive for 2014

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…

The Calibre Cats

Bridget Burnell, vocals
Sean Dennis, baritone sax/vocals
Scott Ensdaile, tenor sax/clarinet
Rohan Buchanan, trombone
Jono Corfield, trumpet
Yuji Otaki, upright bass
Brad Mavin, guitar
Wesley Ong, drums
A packed audience for a Thursday night, had the pleasure of groovin’ along to this hip hoppin’ band who played a fab selection of dance tunes dating back from the 1930’s to the present day.
The well presented, talented musicians really entertained the audience with songs such as Zoot suit riot, orange coloured sky, jump jive ‘n wail, Go Daddy Oh and…

PW Farrell

Sunday brunch at the BJC is a different experience, and I must confess that I love it.  Not a time normally associated with jazz, the vibe is more mellow.   The day stretches out before you.  The view from the deck is of sunlit river reflecting buildings rather than night lights.
The music is different too.  Awesome. but different.  Mornings demand a different tempo
As far as BJC brunches go, the PW Farrell Trio nailed the gig last Sunday, with a carefully selected…

Paula Girvan Quintet

The G20 Conference – while making Brisbane’s star shine brightly – fogged over those of many entertainment venues with Brisbanites seemingly avoiding trips to the City.
Thus the bookings for all shows this week were considerably down, despite the tremendous quality of the acts booked to attract G20 visitors.
An unfortunate accident prevented co-star Jacki Cooper from appearing on the show, but I’m sure we may look forward to another opportunity for Paula and Jacki to get together and fulfill all their…

Rafael Karlen – The Sweetness of Things Half-remembered..

Amid the G20 weird and eerie silence that fell over Brisbane’s inner city entertainment venues, a very respectable crowd of 97 braved road blockages and potential protest marches for Rafael’s Karlen’s gig.

Rafael is one of Brisbane’s great saxophonists and is an amazing and prolific composer.
Performing with a beautiful sting quartet and Steve Newcombe on piano, he performed his new album “The Sweetness of Things Half Remembered” in its entirety.  He was also joined by guest singer Kirsten Berardi to perform…

Sarah Collyer – 30 March 2014

Talented yet engaging, classy yet sensitive, Sarah Collyer treated the Sunday brunch crowd of more than 70  who ventured out on this humid drizzly Brisbane morning to what must be rated as a standout gig for 2014.
Departing from the format of her previous gigs, Sarah focussed on standards – Blue Sky, Georgia, Summertime, Gentle Rain, Throw it Away.  Our favourite songs were all there.  While her originals and clever, surprising covers are much loved by audiences, the standards suited the…