Review Archive for 2015
We have more than our share of awesome jazz musicians within a couple of hours drive of Brisbane. But it always a thrill to have international acts grace our stage at the Brisbane Jazz Club. Something new, something fresh to expand our horizons a little.
I am particularly fond of jazz from the Nordic countries, and have been a keen observer of Henk Leeuwin’s Northern Europe Liaisons websitewww.henk.com.au having discovered it some years ago. It is full of cool CDs and…
The Farsi word Jazzab means attractive, alluring; words which perfectly describe the performance that a capacity crowd enjoyed on Saturday, July 25th at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
This was East meets West in a unique fusion of traditional Persian instruments and the Jazz mainstays of piano, sax, bass and drums.
Through two sets of original compositions, six brilliant musicians interlaced the magic and mystery of music inspired by Persian philosopher/poets, Rumi and Omar Khayyam, with a reverent nod to classic Jazz influences…
Two of the Brisbane’s Jazz Club favourite singers, Alan Western and Peter Vance, have joined musical forces to create the aptly named, and long awaited, ‘Jazz and Pzazz’ CD.
The first half of the evening was dedicated to the CD launch and enjoyed by an appreciative audience who loved every minute of Alan and Pete’s renditions of some amazing tracks including Mac the Knife, Spinning Wheel, I Thought about You, Save Your Love for Me – with an amazing solo by Adam Connelly on sax…
Thursday nights at BJC are often quite quiet even though quality acts perform but tonight the 80 plus crowd recognised that this would be the last time they could get to experience the fabulous talents of Melissa Western and her partner, Tnee Dyer on piano and keys for a while. This fab duo were supported by the brilliant guitar, bass and drum accompaniment of Josh Boyd, Nathaniel Andrew and Rich Seymour respectively.
Melissa and Tnee are off to Great Britain for…
Andrew Clark on Guitar
Matt Dunn on Harmonica
Andrew Ewart on Bass
Peter McIvor on Drums
‘Twas a cold Thursday night at BJC but this fab band warmed up the small but appreciative audience. BluesCorp is a contemporary blues band that has won prizes both in Australia and USA for its original compositions, many of which were played on the night.
The first set consisted of many original songs from their album “I don’t want to be Famous”. They finished the set with a fab…
With Elly at the mike, Dave Spicer on piano, Bob Schulz on flugelhorn, AJ Hall on bass and Sacha Kloostra on drums, this talented combo held a full-house audience spellbound through two sets of classics, lesser known gems and self-penned masterpieces.
This was an outstanding evening of entertainment, delivered with poise, precision, personality, power and passion.
Special guest William Barton contributed his unique skills with didgeridoo, guitar and vocals, for one performance in each set. His duet with Elly on the title…
Peter Freeman – Bass
Kay Sullivan – Piano Accordion
Mauricio Hosi – Guitar
Marcelo Rosciano – Percussion
Stephanie Dick – Vocals
Lachlan Hawkins – Drums
Jo Largerlow – Flute
The first tune this fab band played immediately transported me to Paris, cruising down he Seine, the tune was so very French and romantic. As it turned out, it was the theme tune from “Midnight in Paris”!
This was followed by some beautiful Latin American tunes from Brazil,including an original composed by Mauricio Hosi.
The evening continued with a stream…
One of the most enduring bands which plays regularly at BJC and consistently delivers a fine performance is lead by the very affable and totally sincere, Mark Pradella. His enthusiasm and devotion to music are reflected in his multi-instrumental playing. He is equally at home on clarinet, soprano, alto or tenor sax, EWI (electronic sax) or even penny whistle !
Surrounded, as always, by a coterie of equally talented musicians in Sam Pace—keys and vocals, Fulvio Granata—bass, Michael Gillespie – guitar…
There is never a bad night at BJC. But some nights are just so magical. The David Bentley Trio gig on Sunday was one such night.
The David Bentley Trio performs regularly and is well loved at the Club. David on keys and vocals, Andrew Shaw bass and Kerry Jacobson are seasoned jazz and blues musicians who produce deep and intuitive synergies in their music together.
Playing a set of originals, New Orleans style shuffles and funk held together by David’s quirky…