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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…

The Pockets – Sunday January 19th, 2020

To get a little taste of what we had for Brunch this Sunday at the Brisbane Jazz Club, listen to The Three Sirens in ‘Oh Brother, Where For Art Thou?’. And then listen to some classic Andrews Sisters harmonies.
And that is just a little of what was on the menu today. For this was a Variety Show. A Showcase of styles and arrangements. All expertly crafted by the combined talents of four great musicians, The Pockets, who are, (L to…

The Best of Men About Town. Saturday January 11th, 2020

Lock up your grannies. ‘Men About Town’ are at the Brisbane Jazz Club tonight, to celebrate five fun years as ‘the jazziest, snazziest guys around’.
The three wise-cracking, crooning mates, Alan Western, Peter Vance and Duncan Read, settled comfortably on to our stage, to share a night of their favourite songs with a very enthusiastic BJC audience. The audience had come primed and ready to dance and sing along. They were not disappointed.
Providing the perfect foundation for these three amigos, were the tight and bright, FourTunes Quartet, with Rockin’ Red Lopez at the keys, ‘El Shauno’ Shaun…

The Gypsy Clovers. Friday December 20th, 2019

Ah, bejaysus and begorrah!!
Irish eyes or not, if you were at the Brisbane Jazz Club tonight, you were certainly smiling…as we temporarily relocated from the Brisbane River to the banks of the Liffey, the river that runs through the heart of Dublin.
Up from northern New South Wales, the five-piece Gypsy Clovers were in town to give us a ceilidh.
What a band. And what a night it was!!
Riverdancing, foot-tapping, Celtic Rock.
Defining and driving the Gypsy Clovers’ sound and style, are lead…

Aaron West presents The Blues. Saturday January 4th, 2020

Open the doors. Open the bar.  Turn down the lights. Turn up the cooool.
Roll out the Good Times.
Get ready for a night of classic Blues…from a band of Brisbane’s best players.
Aaron West led the way with his rack-full of guitars, including a Telecaster, a baritone-tuned Stratocaster, a Coodercaster, (named for Ry) and an acoustic.
He provided much of the lead guitar and vocal across the night, but surprised us by switching to the drums for the Huey Lewis number, ‘Bad Is…