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Ingrid James and Toni Zaffa – June 22nd 2019

The house lights are low. A super-cool Jazz Quartet, featuring John Reeves on piano, Paul Armstrong on trumpet and flugelhorn, Andrew Shaw on bass and Sacha Kloostra on drums, is set and ready to play.
And then they are joined on stage by two local Jazz luminaries; Ms Ingrid James and Ms Toni Zaffa.
Welcome to the Brisbane Jazz Club, in residence at the Queensland Russian Community Centre in Woolloongabba, for Lush Lives – Songs From Women Who Made A Difference.
Together, these six skilled musicians are here…

Andrew Baxter – A Brief History of The Blues – June 14th 2019

As Andrew said at the start of the night, ‘So good to see that there are plenty of real Blues fans in Brisbane’.
And those fans were all out, and in ecstasy tonight, as Andrew Baxter and his band gave us our biggest night so far, at our temporary new home at the Queensland Russian Community Centre in Woolloongabba.
So, gimme a 12-bar in Bb…and we are away…
This band of Blues Brothers and Sisters was Andrew Baxter on vocals and his screaming Paul Reed Smith and Warmoth guitars; Becs…

Jef Neve and Teus Nobel – June 15th 2019

Hear that………………?    
Yes. It is the sound of a pin dropping.
And a pin dropping is exactly what you could have heard during tonight’s performance by these master musicians from Europe.
The Brisbane Jazz Club is always a respectful, ‘listening’ venue. But this was something else.
It was a Full House, and our temporary new home at the Queensland Russian Community Centre in Woolloongabba was bursting with patrons, tables, drinks and dinner plates. Yet while Jef and Teus, and their guest, David Theak, were on stage, there was an almost…

Mark Pradella Band with Peter Vance – Saturday May 25th, 2019

The Brisbane Jazz Club moved to our temporary new home at the Queensland Russian Community Centre in Woolloongabba, on May 6th, 2019.
Already we have enjoyed many stand-out performances, and tonight’s band of musiciens extraordinaire maintained the very high bar set by our early performers.
Shining at the centre of it all, band leader and one-man Horn Section, Mark Pradella, caressed every faultless note from his clarinet, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax and EWI, (Electric Wind Instrument, with which he can deliver 2000 different sounds…

Sarah Collyer – Sunday Brunch 28th April, 2019

Looking for somewhere to relax, chill and recover after a big Saturday night?
In the market for a rosy glow and a cruisy way to kick-start your Sunday?
Well, today, at the Brisbane Jazz Club, you can stroll out to the deck, grab a delicious brunch, and settle in for a spot of revival and restoration, with Sarah Collyer and her talented trio.
There’s guitarist, Jamie Clark, with his trademark warm and mellow tone, lovingly caressed from a custom-made arch-top, (from a guitar maker in…

Cleon Barraclough and his 10 piece Band – Sunday April 21st, 2019

We have many outstanding nights here at Brisbane’s Home of Live Jazz.And yep. We had one tonight.Billed as ‘Cleon Barraclough and his 10 piece Band’, the night could be just as accurately have been billed as, ‘Cleon Barraclough’s Wall of Sound’. For that is exactly what this band of exquisitely skilled musicians delivered.This was In your face. No apologies. Take no prisoners. This was talent and personality overflow. This was eleven true Masters at work. This was a power-packed, brilliant, wall of sound.And the packed house, Sunday-night audience…

Gaby Moreno – Saturday March 16th, 2019

Let me begin at the end of the night….with one of the most enthusiastic and clamorous standing ovations that I have seen at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
Every member of our full house audience was on her/his feet, calling for an encore. They were smiling. They were clapping. They were whistling. And they were cheering. They stood as one, in a memorable expression of appreciation for an outstanding performance by the sublimely talented, LA-based songbird from Guatemala, María Gabriela Moreno Bonilla…

Trina Lincoln and Held To Ransom – Saturday March 9th, 2019

It’s Saturday night at the Brisbane Jazz Club. So slide in. Sit down. Slip into sweet and mellow. Prepare to be captured. Enraptured. Held To Ransom.
We’ve got rhythm. We’ve got music. We are Held To Ransom. Who could ask for anything more?
Please allow me to introduce the gang that now has your attention.
Da boss is Papa Play-it-all, Ken Lincoln. That’s him on clarinet, tenor/alto/soprano sax, and piano. Alongside him, henchman Michael Smith is grabbing you with his crisp, bouncy guitar solos. And at the…

Dan Quigley (and four young gentlemen) – Friday February 9th, 2019

In introducing his combo, Dan described them as ‘Four young gentlemen and me, the old guy’. I smiled in noting that, for this old guy reviewer, ‘FIVE YOUNG gentlemen’, would have been a far more accurate description.
‘Old’ Dan, who led the band with his trumpet, explained that his father brought him to the Brisbane Jazz Club for the first time, when he was ten. ‘I’ve loved the music and this place ever since’.
Of course, he has been back many times.
Tonight it was in the company of Tyler…