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Review Archive for 2020

Blue Turtles: The Music of Sting. Saturday November 21st, 2020

    I saw Sting in concert, only once. I think it was 2010.  It was a great show.
But let me tell you… given the charm and intimacy of our small riverside venue, and the combined talent of these six great musicians, tonight’s Blue Turtles show at the Brisbane Jazz Club was just as entertaining as that show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
And from the very first note, it was just as memorable!!
‘So, Ladies and Gentlemen…for your entertainment this evening…bringing you the very best of Sting…

Craig Martin presents ‘The Beatles to Buble’. Sunday 27th September, 2020

Who needs the Fab Four? Today’s sweet Sunday sunset session saw us swinging into Spring with The Sensational Seven.
The seven are Mr. Craig Martin, the crooner who left his heart in San Francisco Liverpool, and his Little Big Band; the sparkling Rhythm Section of Red Lopez on piano, Pat Farrell on electric bass and Reuben Bradley on drums, and the blazing Horn Section of Josh Hatcher on alto and tenor sax, Clint Allen on trumpet and Ben Young on…

Small, Moon, Honey, Grace – BJC 24 September, 2020

Re-invention, mix’n match, trio, quartet et al, our jazz artists constantly find ways of keeping up changes to their musical menus and keeping up the attention of their audiences. At the moment it is also keeping pace with the constant changes to the handling of CV-19 in the entertainment world.
With the current maximum limitations of 6 performers on stage we are now seeing many inventive approaches by various small bands. Tonight we were treated to a sparkling show from Small…

Aaron West Delivers The Blues. Friday 18th September, 2020

No, tonight was NOT Jazz. 
But, remembering that Jazz has its roots firmly anchored in The Blues, we were very, very happy for Aaron and his band of virtuoso players, on this one night, to change us from the BJC to the BBC…

At the heart of this dynamite music machine was enough guitar chops to sustain an industry and populate a museum…
And up there, on our stage, it was not so much The Blues Brothers, but The  Blues Brotherhood…as there were NINE of them, in various Covid-safe combinations across…

Dave Spicer Meets Galapagos Duck – August 19th, 2020

We knew tonight was going to be a good one. After all, this was Dave and The Duck.
Dave Spicer at the piano. John Conley on bass. Rodney Ford on drums. Three superb musicians enjoying their music. Having fun. Doing it brilliantly. Captivating a Thursday night audience with pure, beautiful, on-the edge Jazz.
Dave has long been a fan of Galapagos Duck, of which, John and Rod are the core…the Rhythm Section. But until tonight, they had never had the pleasure of playing together.
And so, a…

Peter Uppman Quintet with Kelsey Giarola – July 25th, 2020

JazzKeeper has finally kicked in. (Cue rapturous applause). And yes, live Saturday Night Jazz is back in town. Alive and kicking. Here at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
Tonight, blowing away dem ole Covid-19 Blues, we have the sublimely talented, Peter Uppman Quintet, with Kelsey Giarola…and the kind of performance that the Brisbane Jazz Club was made for!!
The night was Covid-safe, of course. Everyone was appropriately socially distanced, on a cold and wet, wintry Brisbane night. The sort of night that keeps…

BIG KITTY – Friday February 14th, 2020

Personality-plus, 7-piece band, Big Kitty, danced on to our stage and introduced themselves.
‘Ladies and Gentlemen. Take your seats. Strap yourselves in.
‘We are going to give you two Sets. One of Love. After all, it is Valentine’s Day’.
‘And a second set, which will be about anything but Love’.
‘We are here to celebrate and to Boogie!! Are you ready?’
The answer from the bubbling, buzzing full house crowd, was a resounding ‘Yes!!’.
And celebrate, we did. This was Boogie Fever, from the…

Caxton Street Jazz Band. Friday February 7th, 2020

Named after a popular Brisbane entertainment precinct, the Caxton Street Jazz Band have been performing locally, nationally and internationally, in various combinations, across 43 years since they got started, way back in 1977.
While the inspiration for their signature Trad sound is unmistakeably the ‘Hot Jazz of the 1920’s and 30’s’, they pride themselves on a repertoire which embraces a broad range of tunes, genres and styles; all delivered with a smile and a wonderfully entertaining flair.
Of the current line-up of…

The Australian Army Band. Thursday January 30th, 2020

Tonight’s band was difficult to see. After all, they were all in camouflage kit!!  😊
However, with 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and the occasional vocalist, these 20 musicians were certainly not difficult to hear!!
And they were oh, so easy to listen to!!
Led by Music Director, Officer Commanding and occasional Sax-playing band member, Major Rachel Beeton, the Australian Army Band Brisbane completely filled our riverside stage, and entertained us with their glorious Big Band sound. A…