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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…

Out Of Abingdon  – October 27th 2019

Abingdon Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, is where Tina Fullerton and Warwick Hargreaves were living…or perhaps leaving…ten years ago, when they started playing together as a sassy and very classy, duo.
And today at the Brisbane Jazz Club, we were fortunate to have them here, with some very talented friends, sharing a celebration of their tenth anniversary of performing together as Out Of Abingdon.
Tina: ‘I didn’t imagine, when I first picked up the bass 10 years ago, that we would go on to be able to…

The Barry Charles Band – October 17th 2019

We are fortunate, here at the Brisbane Jazz Club. 
Across four nights every week, we get to experience and enjoy a wide range of musical genres, styles and performances. And we love them all.
However, it is not often that we get to hear a voice quite like the one we are hearing tonight.
Ladies. Gentlemen. Blues fans, one and all. Please put your hands together for Mr. Barry Charles and his Band.
There’s Barry. Seated at centre stage. With his guitar and his harmonica. Ready to…

Greg Lyon and The Hip Operation – October 11th 2019

‘We’re putting the band back together. We are on a mission….’
Tonight, the mission is to launch an album, ‘A Tribute to Ray Charles. Live!’, that was recorded at the Brisbane Jazz Club in November 2018.
And what better spot to hold the launch, than the place that big-haired, leader of the band, Greg Lyon, described in his introduction, as ‘THE coolest Jazz Club on the planet!!’
Thanks Greg and your great band, The Hip Operation, for ensuring that the BJC lived up to that reputation tonight.
Regulars will know the extent to…