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Review Archive for January, 2015

Lateo – 25 Jan 2014

You just know that a band with Joe Marchisella, Steve Russell, Andrew Shaw and James Whiting is going to be great.  We know these musicians well, though I haven’t seen them playing collectively before.  I must say that when Joe announced that last night’s gig was the first outing of his latest project Lateo, and that the word translated from Latin to mean “nothing” I could see that some people in the audience were having doubts.
Lateo filled a void created by Trichotomy who pulled…

Barksdale Brass – 24 Jan 2014

The “Joint was Jumping” again on Sunday night.
A capacity crowd added to the atmosphere and we enjoyed some great music from not one but two good bands. Barksdale Brass, lead by Danny Peel, is made up of mainly young, energetic musicians. Hence we got a set of high energy, rather loud “brass band” jazz. A good band we should have again. EMO (Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra) then played two sets.
Tonight saw the return of Burke Turner to lead the orchestra.  I think this orchestra…

Swingset – 16 Jan 2014

This very cool band, Andrew Fincher on guitar, Sarah Ashton on vocals, Lee Brackenborough on sax & piano, Costa Constantinou on bass, and Nathan MacGregor on drums, started the evening with a beautiful laid back rendition of “I didn’t know what time it was” followed by Porter’s “What is this thing called love”. Sarah’s lovely voice was complimented by the quality musicianship of the instrumentalists.
Things started to hot up with Jerome Kern’s “All the things you are”. This was followed by a set of original…

The Motion Quartet – 12 Jan 2014

Dave Spicer on keys, Sean Flynn on guitar, David Galea on bass and Steve Francis on drums.  The guys were absolutely amazing with some beautiful originals from David Galea and Sean Flynn.  They were joined on stage by Simon Watson whose vocals matched the talent of the band! He performed a few Sting numbers, a very funky Certainly by Eryka Badu and a  beautiful original of his own, Puppet.
For me  the two  highlights of the night were Simon’s melody accompanying David Galea’s mesmerising original – Time…

The Bearded Gypsy Band  11 Jan 2014

For anyone not at the Jazz Club last night, all I can say is, you missed out big time on one of the best performances of all time at the club.
This young band was full of life and talent the energy emitted through their music captivated the audience for the entire night leaving patrons spell bound including myself, when does it just stop getting better ????.
Although the guys in the band are exceptional instrumentalists, the stand out for me was the drummer, Kyrie Anderson…

EMO with Gai Bryant, Fabian Hevia and Israel Ortiz – 24 Oct 2013.

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…

John Morrison, Jacki Cooper and George Golla – 30 August 2013

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 put the icing on the…

Jazz & Pazazz – Alan Western & Peter Vance – 23 August 2013

A small audience turned into a big audience with 30 bookings and just as many if not more walkins.
With Alan’s smooth delivery and style of Broadway Jazz hits and ballads and Peter with a little more gravely voice lending itself to legendary pop rock jazz numbers, the audience were taken on a journey and treated to a broad variety of music not to be disappointed.
Who better to deliver than Alan and Peter who worked so well together giving a seamless production, spectacularly backed…

Sarah Collyer Quintet – 16 May 2013.

Although I have known Sarah for some time, this was the first time I had really listened and appreciated her talents as a jazz singer.
Sarah sings the Blues…. could easily have been the title of this show, featuring our very own Sarah Collyer. A quiet Thursday night with a small audience perhaps contributed, if anything, to the beautifully laid-back and well thought out performance that Sarah had prepared. There is something profoundly Blue about Sarah’s style, and while her delivery does not have the…