Review Archive for February, 2016
Left to Right:
Wil Sargisson – piano, keyboards
Willy Qua – alto sax, percussion
John Conley – double bass, guitar
Richard Booth – tenor sax, sop sax, flute, electric bass, steel drum
Rodney Ford – drums, vocals
It was still daylight and there was a queue outside the Brisbane Jazz Club on Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.
Full house then? I asked. “Yep. Oh, you’ll like these guys.” Pam and Don were in front of me. “We’re from Toowoomba. [That’s about 125 km away]. We’ve come all the…
20-piece band,‘EMO’, the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, are an enormously massive organisation and an exciting magical outfit of elite musical operatives.
Their superb big band sound, skillfully guided by Musical Director, Josh Hatcher, and rounded out by vocals from Kayleigh Pincott and Charlotte McLean, kept the BJC audience spellbound for the entire night.
‘EMO’ pride themselves on featuring original compositions by local musicians, and on this night they presented first-time material from new composers, as well as tunes from tried and true, regular…
Diamonds of Swing and their second sell out show at BJC played to a very receptive and enthusiastic audience.
Having known the Diamonds, Jan Lennard and Di Clark, for the past few years as stalwarts of Jazz Singers Jam Nights, it was very gratifying to see that they have now co-operated on producing a vibrant show to showcase their voices and stage personnas.
They gave this show a theme and a storyline which focussed on the progression of female jazz singers over the years, so their…
‘Well I ain’t got the heart to lose another fight. So until my ship comes in, I’ll live night by night’. So sing Steely Dan in the song ‘Night By Night’, from their third studio album, ‘Pretzel Logic’.
And so sang ‘Night By Night’ to a jam-packed and very enthusiastic house at the Brisbane Jazz Club on Friday, February 5th 2016.
This energetic 10-piece, named after the song, brought Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s complex arrangements and harmonies to life, in an…
In the world of blues, The Evening Sons are a rare recipe: something new created from familiar ingredients. Mojo Webb, Coojee Timms, and Greg Baker – all accomplished blues musicians in their own right – make up the band. A recent gig at the Brisbane Jazz Club (13 February) showcased their mastery of blues tunes old and new.
It was clear all three players felt at home with both the set list and the audience, as Webb declared the show would…
Clean Barraclough -piano
David Galea – electric bass
Luke Pammenton – drums
Josh Hatcher – tenor sax
This was a fascinating evening of wonderful original sounds from extremely innovative, energetic, competent musicians. Many of the compositions were written by Cleon Barraclough and David Galea. It certainly was a “fast moving, syncopated ride through a chaotic city, to slower more lyrical moments in which to marvel and observe” (BJC promo blurb).
Cleon’s solo piano Latin piece enthralled the audience, juxtaposed to the acid jazz sounds…