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Lateo – 19 June 2014

Featuring Joe Marchisella on drums, Dave Gilea on Bass and James Ball on piano. Lateo, Latin for ” hidden”, set the evening off to a great start with a groovy rendering of the Beatles ‘Norwegian Wood’ and followed up with a couple of wonderful standards ‘Beatrice’ and ‘All the things you are’.
This was followed by some brilliant original compositions by Dave Gilea. Then ‘Time Management’ composed by Joe Marchisella. They continued through the set with a mix of originals and familiar tunes.
The second set…

Hot Jazz Alliance Thurs 27 March

The Hot Jazz Alliance with Andy Schumm, from USA on cornet and piano, Michael McQuaid on clarinet and alto sax, Leigh Barker on bass, Josh Duffee, from USA on drums, Jason Downes on clarinet, John Scurry on guitar and banjo.
This superlative sextet transported us back to that Art Deco time when Jazz was king. They dazzled us with tunes, played superbly, from the roaring twenties. Michael took the role of Emcee for the band and was charming and funny, engaging with the audience. He and…

Barksdale Brass – 24 Jan 2014

The “Joint was Jumping” again on Sunday night.
A capacity crowd added to the atmosphere and we enjoyed some great music from not one but two good bands. Barksdale Brass, lead by Danny Peel, is made up of mainly young, energetic musicians. Hence we got a set of high energy, rather loud “brass band” jazz. A good band we should have again. EMO (Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra) then played two sets.
Tonight saw the return of Burke Turner to lead the orchestra.  I think this orchestra…

Coisa Linda – 23 June 2012

It is every band’s dream to play to a packed house on their first performance at a venue, so it was dream come true for Coisa Linda at the BJC last night.
Coisa Linda is the latest of a number of Brazilian origin bands to make its mark at the BJC and is a very welcome addition to our coterie of highly talented local musicians. Fronted by Wade Gregory on keyboards, and the voice of the lovely Lucia Medeiros, the band consisted of Peter Freeman and…

Ingrid James Quintet & Guests 17 September 2011

If you took the superlatives out of some reviews there might be little content left, and if ever a review deserved superlatives it is this one. Because we have been fortunate enough to have this quality of home-grown talent and, because the faces and sounds are so familiar to us, it is easy to overlook the fact that Ingrid, John Reeves, Andrew Shaw and Paul Hudson could tour anywhere in the world to rave reviews.
Ingrid constantly seeks and achieves vocal perfection in her performances…

The Col Atkinson Quartet – Sunday 4 January, 2015

Seriously folks. When did the Brisbane Jazz Club have it any better than this?
For those that came out on this post-Christmas, New Work-Year’s Eve, the rewards were immense.
The virtuoso quartet comprised Van Morrison lookalike, Col Atkinson on electric bass and vocals, Galapagos Duckstalwarts, Willy Qua on saxes and flute and Will Sargisson on keys, with local drumming icon Paul Hudson at the kit.
Outstanding stage presence, technique, humour and a collaboration of lofty talents seamlessly combined to deliver a truly sublime performance…

Jo Bloomfield Quintet – Sunday 7 December 2014

Jo Bloomfield Quintet entertained guests to an evening of fantastic music with a mix of jazz standards and rocking swing and blues. The crowd loved it.
The first set opened with Lady Be Good moving onto Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen and It Had to Be You which got the crowd settled in for what was going to be a great night of entertainment. Other stand outs during the evening were It Don’t Mean a Thing with a drum solo from Pat, Si Tu Vois Ma…

Amy Michaels – Friday December 5th, 2014

Backed by a classy combo of piano, saxophone, double bass and drums…and for one song, two violins…Amy presented the greatest songs of ‘The Legendary Ladies of Jazz’.
We were swept elegantly along a sepia-tinged road of yester-world icons such as Billie Holliday, Etta James, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald. There was an added touch of The Divine Miss M, and several impressive songs of Amy’s own.
The power, quality and sensitivity of Amy’s voice and delivery left the audience misty-eyed, wanting more, and queuing up to buy a copy…

Trent Bryson Dean Group – 26 June 2014

The band opened the evening with a couple of standards by Miles Davis and Cole Porter followed by a fab arrangement of The Beatles “Norwegian Wood” arranged by Peter Walters.
Ross was brilliant on the BJC’s fab baby grand but also played some great tunes on the electric piano. Peter (as usual) played his bull fiddle ( bass – remember “Some like it Hot”) and electric bass with aplomb. The only musician that did not bring 2 instruments to the stage…