Set against the stunning backdrop of the river and the city skyline at the iconic Brisbane Jazz Club, Festival Director, Ingrid James will present some of the finest jazz voices from Australia and around the world.
Headlined by internationally acclaimed improvisational master, Rhiannon (USA) and Grammy-award winning pianist Laurence Hobgood (USA), the festival brings world-class talents to Queensland.
Throughout the program, there will be an engaging mix of performances, workshops and concerts, kicking off with the 18 year anniversary of the fabulous Brisbane Jam Singers’ Jam Night and closing with a splendid tribute to the Kings and Queens of Jazz (featuring songs from legends such as Chet Baker, Louis Prima, George Benson, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan).
Other highlights include a celebration of Nat King Cole’s 100th Anniversary (“Nat & Natalie” with Tnee Dyer and Melissa Western), plus two-time Guinness Book Record Holder for singing the highest note for a male, Adam Lopez and his special brand of Latin/Jazz, as well as featuring many other vocal artists including Velvet Pesu (African influenced jazz), Eddie Gazini & Friends, bringing a touch of Rio de Janeiro to Brisbane as he sings the great hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim, plus so much more!
All events are available to book now.
BVJF 2019 – SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST, 2019
WITH RHIANNON (USA) ‘CIRCLESING’
|(SATURDAY ‘CIRCLE SINGING WORKSHOP) – with RHIANNON (USA)Rhiannon, direct from USA and a ‘vocal improvisation master’ (New York City Jazz Record). Circle Singing is a participatory music ritual in which singers gather with a leader in the centre who invites the singers in the circle to join improvised patterns and create music in the moment. The singing continues for long stretches, creating a rich, deep and joyful connection. Movements, team conducting, and soloing adds to the depth of our experience.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings: www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au www.brisbanevocaljazzfestival.com.au
BVJF 2019 – MONDAY (Evening) 5TH AUGUST, 2019
WITH RHIANNON (USA) & LAURENCE HOBGOOD (USA)
MONDAY EVENING WORKSHOP) – with RHIANNON (USA) & LAURENCE HOBGOOD (USA)
Rhiannon, direct from USA and a ‘vocal improvisation master’ (New York City Jazz Record), was in the original Voicestra with Bobby McFerrin and has been touring the world with McFerrin recently. Along with USA Grammy-winning ‘piano virtuoso’ (New York Times), Laurence Hobgood, they present a workshop where they will examine and experience the connective tissue that bridges pure improvisation and song form – the art of arranging. Together they will demystify the process of song building, and free your improvisational skills! This is Rhiannon’s first trip to Australia and it’s not to be missed.
All levels welcome! Doors Open for workshop at 5.30pm
BVJF 2019 – THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST, 2019
JAZZ SINGERS JAM NIGHT 18TH ANNIVERSARY
We have to pinch ourselves when we realise that the Jazz Singers’ Jam Night (JSJN) is the longest running continuous jam night in Australia. JSJN is produced and presented by leading jazz singer and educator, Ingrid James. The Brisbane Jazz Club acknowledges that the JSJN is one of the best attended nights each month at the Club and it never fails to enchant! Tonight, we celebrate our 18th Anniversary with a stellar band featuring John Reeves (piano), James Whiting (vibes), Andrew Shaw (bass) and Isaac Cavallaro (drums).
The singers include: Adam Lopez, Pearly Black (Gold Coast), Asabi Goodman, Laine Loxlea-Danann, Daniel Allen, Peter Vance, Merryn Holder, Kacey Patrick (Gold Coast), Steve Taylor-Brown, Trudy Kerr (UK/Aus) and more….
MC: Ingrid JamesOpen 6.00pm – 11pm Music 7.00pm – 10pm
BVJF 2019 – FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST, 2019
NAT KING COLES’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY W/ TNEE DYER & MELISSA WESTERN / ADAM LOPEZ
ADAM LOPEZ + SHANE CALDERBANK
Two-time Guinness World Record holder “singing the highest note for a male”, Adam Lopez, and pianist Shane Calderbank, will present a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment with songs from Latin America, Contemporary Classics with a Jazzy twist and the best loved Jazz Standards. Lopez’s multi-octave, virtuosic voice paired with Calderbank’s impressive piano chops, will simply blow you away!
‘NAT & NATALIE’ A CELEBRATION OF NAT KING COLE’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY w/TNEE DYER + MELISSA WESTERN QUARTET
Tnee Dyer and Melissa Western pay tribute to the great Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie. Nat’s graceful touch on the piano and incandescent voice made him the people’s choice with over two decades of chart-topping success. His daughter Natalie honoured his legacy, bringing her own style and vitality to the jazz standards immortalised by her father and pursuing her own passion for new musical styles like RnB, funk and Pop. Be uplifted by the glorious sounds of Tnee and Melissa (along with Elliot Parker & Chris Evans) breathing new life into this great legacy of music.
Doors Open 6pm – 11pm
BVJF 2019 – SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST, 2019
RHIANNON (USA) & LAURENCE HOBGOOD (USA) ‘ THE TWO OF US ‘ PREMIER AUSTRALIAN TOUR / VELVET PESU
ACT 1 – VELVET PESU
Velvet Pesu is an independent singer/songwriter, musician and visual/performance artist. Her idiosyncratic vocal resonance is deeply rooted in jazz, gospel, world rhythms and ancient folksong traditions. It is her aim to unify diverse concepts, transcend borders, overcome adversity and connect communities by providing a glimpse into the ephemeral nature of human expression, fragmentation of perception and the interconnected nature of all.
‘It is difficult to say where Velvet’s art begins and where Velvet the artist takes over; as a performer she is well aware of the role of the artist’s body as the locus of the work itself. She often uses personal adornment as a means of further eroding the boundaries between her own body and that of sculptural materiality; whether bedecked in the jaws of some large fish as a clavicle-ornament, or wrapped and daubed, Velvet uses her own body as an instrument through which to channel sounds and responses that are integrally woven into the meaning and fabric of her performances.’ Pat Hoffie
ACT 2 – RHIANNON (USA) / LAURENCE HOBGOOD (USA) – ‘THE TWO OF US’ PREMIERE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
A fabled underground figure in vocal jazz, Rhiannon turns improvisation into performance art. TIME OUT NEW YORK
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over four decades. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women jazz ensemble Alive! to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist.
Grammy-winning pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and Yamaha artist Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a dynamic career. Well known as musical director for singer Kurt Elling from 1995-2013, Hobgood co-produced ten of Elling’s CDs, each Grammy-nominated. Hobgood won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Record receiving one of the coveted statues for his work as producer. Perpetual inventiveness. CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Doors Open 6pm – 11pm
BVJF 2019 – SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST, 2019 – (BRUNCH)
A BRAZILIAN JAZZ AFFAIR w/ EDDIE GAZANI & FRIENDS
Edson Fernandes Gazani, better known as Eddie Gazani, is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist and writer. Eddie has a true love for performing traditional jazz and Latin styles such as Bossa Nova, Forro and Samba with a modern twist. He will be celebrating the infectious Brasilian/Jazz music of the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim with his phenomenal quartet.
While originally from the heartland of sunshine, music and soul – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Eddie Gazani, who now resides in Australia, brings the Latin grooves of his home to his unique sounds. Inspired by a love of poetry and music from a young age, he threads the themes of love, politics and humanism into his lyrics, while also possessing a true love for performing traditional music like forro, samba and standard jazz from the golden age of jazz and Brazilian popular music. His unique sound will be complimented by his phenomenal band. Come and witness a myriad of rhythms and infectious arrangements of the much loved music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Brunch Doors Open 10am – 2pm
BVJF 2019 – SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST, 2019 – (EVENING)
KINGS AND QUEENS OF VOCAL JAZZ
Last year, we honoured some amazing legendary singers at the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival’s closing event. This year, along with the Dave Spicer Trio, we will present another 6 singers to honour some of the legends of vocal jazz – from Louis Prima, an American singer, actor, songwriter and trumpeter, who was rooted in New Orleans jazz, jump blues and swing to the cool jazz, straight ahead cultural icon of the 1950’s, Chet Baker, and former child prodigy, jazz guitarist/singer George Benson, who manages to comfortably and legitimately alternate between jazz, pop and R’n’B. Female legends featuring in this show include “Sassy” or “The Divine One”, Sarah Vaughan, to the enchanting Lena Horne, who was at home with Broadway, blues and jazz, and multi-faceted artist and performer, Peggy Lee, whose career spanned 6 decades.
Artists who will bring together this diverse program of vocal jazz include: Angela Fabian (Sarah Vaughan), Trudy Kerr (Lena Horne), Rebecca Lloyd (Peggy Lee), Paul Armstrong (Louis Prima), Dave Spicer (Chet) and Julian Jones (George Benson)
Doors Open 5pm – 10pm
For more information, visit Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival at www.brisbanevocaljazzfestival.com.au