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Andrew Patty Quartet

Andrew Patty Quartet at Brisbane Jazz Club – Joanna Funk

The Andrew Patty Quartet at the Brisbane Jazz Club (Dec 10 2016) celebrated family, friends and great songs. Edgy, unpredictable jazz stayed at home, since the band knew what would make us feel good and there was no need to reinvent the wheel.
BJC was a full house, its audience ensconced in familiarity: swinging standards “rat pack” style, and beautiful songbook ballads.

They’re a quartet?? The core of the band is Andrew Patty…


Performance:  Thursday, 20 October 2016
These guys are fun! Not only from a professional musician point of view, but as entertainers. Their music was superb- a great mix of standards like Cheek to Cheek and Putting on the Ritz to upbeat swinging renditions of 60’s classic rock tunes like Twist and Shout and All Shook Up. Elvis was truly “in the house”! These guys were in close musical contact and playing off the same page on every improvised tune, and shared…

The Trevor Hart Quartet with special guest, Eric Griswald (Piano)

The Trevor Hart Quartet with special guest, Eric Griswald (Piano)  – October 13 2016
Trevor Hart: trumpet
Toby Wren: guitar
Andrew Shaw: double bass
Sacha Kloostra (?): drums
Guest Pianist: Eric Griswald
The evening performance started with a 25 minute- long, slow tempo original piece  “Hymn of the Desert People” which had the small but appreciative audience spellbound in an odyssey through the Sahara. You could almost hear the whispering sands as the Mistral winds were called up by Trevors horn, Toby’s guitar and Eric’s soulful piano. …

Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival – Sharny Russell, The Idea of North

There are not enough adjectives to describe the evening so I’ll just say WOW!
The evening opened with Sharny, just her fabulous voice and her brilliant piano playing. The audience was captivated by her musicality and there was not a sound in the packed house (hearing pin dropping comes to mind) She sang (with a little bit of Scat too) some classics and some of her compositions, a wonderful opening act. Later Sharny joined the Idea Of North for a few…

Brad Leaver and Swing Central – Sunday July 31st, 2016 by Alan Smith

When you come to a Brad Leaver and Swing Central show, you come in excited anticipation of a go-to-whoa performance of power-packed, swing band arrangements, and a front man with honey-smooth vocals, charm and humour.
And they never disappoint.
Swing Central’s line-up was Ian Macrae on piano, Shannon Marshall and Rod Shephard on trumpet, Leon Wensley on alto sax, Darren MacPherson on tenor sax, Shane Hannon on trombone, Thierry Fossmalle on double bass, and Dave Sanders on drums.
And at the mike, of…