Jazz Band in stage in quadrangle
Calendar, Jazz, Music, November 19, Performing arts

Music: Perth International Jazz Festival 2019

8-10 November @ Various Venues in Perth & Northbridge ·
Presented by Perth International Jazz Festival ·

Get jazzy with the coolest concerts from some of the world’s hottest musical talent at the Perth International Jazz Festival (PIJF) happening for one weekend only from 8 to 10 November.

Featuring free and ticketed concerts, intimate artist talks and workshops, experience new delights and reacquaint yourself with old favourites spanning big band, solo performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, contemporary and avant-garde.

The State Theatre Centre will be the Festival hub incorporating the Courtyard and Heath Ledger Theatre in ways you’ve haven’t experienced before – and all in walking distance to venues The Bird, The Ellington Jazz Club and Downstairs at the Maj, which will also be utilised across the three days.

The free-to-attend parts of the program are also bigger than ever – get set for jazzy sounds spilling out from the Perth Cultural Centre’s Wetlands Stage, The Rechabite and Birdwood Square.

More info:
perthinternationaljazzfestival.com.au/

Pictured: Perth Jazz Festival credit: Corey James

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3 men: Jazz trio
Calendar, Jazz, Music, Performing arts, September 19

Music: PJS Presents: Trio Ardent

11 September @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Perth Jazz Society ·

Ardent is an original jazz trio consisting of Tristan Wills on the piano, Ryan Daunt on the drums and Nick Abbey on the bass. This trio is heavily influenced by artists such as Avishai Cohen, Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire, E.S.T & Phronesis. This highly interactive trio value the idea of pushing compositional boundaries with exciting, intricate rhythms blended into avast harmonic scape.

More info
W: www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/pjs-presents-trio-ardent/
E:  secretary@perthjazz.com

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Calendar, Jazz, July 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Hanna Kim Trio & Ben Matthews presented by PJS

17 July @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Perth Jazz Society ·

PJS Presents a double bill performance from pianists Ben Matthews and Hanna Kim.  Both pianists will perform a diverse set of original music. Korean-born Hanna Kim  moved to Perth in 2014, and formed “Hanna Kim Trio”, comprised of Francisco Javier Munoz Melo on drums and Jonathan Chen on bass guitar.

After a decade performing as both a sideman and bandleader with some of Australia’s top-tier musicians, WAAPA graduate pianist Ben Matthews turned his focus to composition in late 2015. He has written and recorded in a range of genres such as jazz, film music, neo-soul and improvised solo piano music. 5 of Ben’s compositions have been nominated as finalists for WAM Song of the Year awards (2011, 2015, 2016, 2018). His latest release, ‘This Too Shall Pass’ (2018) explores concepts of darkness, balance, gesture and storytelling through music.

More info
W: www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/hanna-kim-trio-ben-matthews-presented-by-pjs/
E:  secretary@perthjazz.com 

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His Majesty's Theatre
Calendar, Jazz, July 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival

4-6 July @ Various Venues around King Street ·
Presented by WAYJO ·

WAYJO’s King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival returns to the city this July.
Boasting 55 shows and more than 200 performers, the festival showcases WA’s top emerging and established jazz musicians. City venues include His Majesty’s Theatre, The Sewing Room, the InterContinental Perth City Centre Hotel, Cheeky Sparrow and Prince Lane. Performances start at 5.30pm, 6pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9pm. Tickets from $15 each from www.ptt.wa.gov.au

More info
W: www.ptt.wa.gov.au
E:  marketing@wayjo.com 

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April 19, Calendar, Festivals, Film, Jazz, Music, Performing arts

Film: Western Waves Film Festival

4 – 7 April @ Northbridge Piazza ·
Presented by City of Perth and Screenwest ·

City of Perth supported by Screenwest proudly present Western Waves, a celebration of Western Australian feel-good feature length film, short film and musical performances. WA’s striking landscape with its harshness and beauty inspires many of the stories while the iconic humour that has become a hallmark of our identity shines through in these delightful films, which represent only a slice of the diversity of Western Australia and the experiences of its people. Featuring new and classic movies from local filmmakers as well as a special jazz performance by Libby Hammer on the Saturday, the Western Waves Film Festival has something to captivate everyone, from families to film buffs alike.

Northbridge Piazza on the corner of Lake and James Street

More info
W: www.visitperth.com.au/events
E:  miranda@animationartroom.com

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Calendar, Jazz, May 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: James Morrison & Kurt Elling

9 May @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by 4Di Touring ·

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s one you do not want to miss! For the first time ever in Australia, two of the world’s great jazz performers will be joining forces to showcase their exceptional talents, in one very special show.

What a scintillating combination, world-renowned trumpet maestro and ARIA Award Winner,  James Morrison, and the stand out jazz vocalist of our time, Chicago’s Grammy Award Winner, Kurt Elling, together at last!

Get ready to be mesmerised by renditions of your favourite jazz standards and be entertained by the brilliant showmanship and infectious energy of these gifted performers, with some of the best jazz musicians in the country, including the amazing New York-based saxophonist, Troy Roberts.

Don’t miss this rare chance to experience these international jazz greats together for the first time. It promises to be the jazz concert event of the year.

You’ll be swingin’ from the first note!

“The Genius” – Ray Brown
“Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time” – New York Times
“A kind of Sinatra with superpowers” – The Guardian

More info
W: www.perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/james-morrison-and-kurt-elling
E:  boxoffice@perthconcerthall.com.au

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Calendar, Jazz, March 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Perth Jazz Society Double Album Launch: MEJADRA and MARC OSBORNE

26 March @ Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Perth Jazz Society ·

The Perth Jazz Society are proud to host a double album launch event, featuring debut albums by Imogen Thomson and Austin Salisbury (MEJADRA) and Marc Osborne (People). In 2018, PJS sponsored the recording projects of these up and coming musicians. Through our relationship with recording studio Procopy, PJS provided free studio hire, engineering time and access to a grant writer to 2 deserving artists – Imogen Thomson and Austin Salisbury (MEJADRA) and Marc Osborne.

Imogen Thomson/Austin Salisbury – MEJADRA

Imogen Thomson/Austin Salisbury – This newly formed group combines the improvisation and harmonic intricacies of Jazz with the primal groove and percussive sounds of Afro-Cuban music. Leading the band is Imogen Thomson on percussion and Austin Salisbury on piano. Inspired by the likes of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lionel Loueke and Pedrito Martinez, they  have enlisted the help of Alex Reid (drums), Jeremy Thomson (guitar) and Alistair Peel (double bass). The group released their debut album “Mejadra” in November of 2018 at the Perth International Jazz Festival.

MARC OSBORNE – People

Marc Osborne has been on the jazz scene for over 10 years, playing as a sideman and musical director in many of Western Australia’s most acclaimed ensembles. His debut album ‘People’ is his first official documentation as a band leader with his quartet, featuring the formidable young talents of Jacob Mitchell (guitar), Alistair Peel (bass) and Daniel  Harrison (drums).

With the birth of his first son this year, Marc has written a collection of musical reflections on the people that have shaped him over the course of the last 10 years and continue to influence and inspire him, personally and musically.

More info
W: www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/perth-jazz-society-double-album-launch-mejadra-and-marc-osborne/
E: secretary@perthjazz.com

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Jazz, News, Reviews

Sassafras satisfies

Fringe World review: Sassafras: Under Paris Skies⋅
Ellington Jazz Club, January 24⋅
Review by Steve Baitz⋅

Acoustic gypsy-jazz band Sassafras presented a world-class musical performance to the capacity audience that filled Ellington’s Jazz Club on Thursday night. The five-piece band entered as the lights dimmed and, before our eyes could adjust to the darkness, launched into a haunting rendition of Jacques Brel’s Le diable (Ça va), evoking the Paris of Picasso, Dali and Matisse.

Jessie Gordon fronted the band, her scintillating vocals coaxing the audience into involuntary rhythmic finger snapping and tapping our emotions. The musicians fed off each other’s energy as well as that of the room with tight synchronicity. A rendition of Je t’aime highlighted the skills of Pete Jeavons on double bass. Sidney Bechet’s Si tu vois ma mere allowed Adrian Galante to shine with a clarinet solo that absolutely wowed the appreciative audience.  Aaron Deacon and Lachlan Gear kicked in with excellent guitar work, ably anchored by Jeavons on bass. The title song, Under Paris skies was released gently to the crowd followed by Le deux guitares, Spencer Williams’ I’ve found a new baby, and of course, Edith Piaf’s La vie en rose. The audience applause was eventually interrupted by the final number, Toute ma joie. Gordon aptly described the night’s musical journey as 75% emotional agony and 25% joy.

Club manager, Tony Wallace, kept operations smooth with an unobtrusive food and beverage service to a responsive and respectful crowd – a perfect venue for Sassafras’s performance. This proved to be a most enjoyable hour. I went in quite grumpy from a tough day and left feeling light and satisfied.

Picture Top: The musicians from Sassafras. Photo: Corey James

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Fringe World, Fringe World Sessions 2019, Jazz, Music, News

A passport to another place

For West Australian jazz musician Kate Pass, music is a means of transcending cultural and geographical boundaries, a passport to other places and a way of communicating across language barriers. As leader and composer of Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, she brings together her passion for Persian music and jazz, and the group’s 2019 Fringe World show, Kohesia Presents: A Night of Persian Jazz, promises to transport audiences to another place. Seesaw chatted to Pass to find out more.

Seesaw: When did you first know that you wanted to be a musician?
Kate Pass: I always enjoyed music as a child, and was encouraged from a young age to be creative and play. I remember going to concerts, being in awe of musicians performing on stage and thinking to myself, “I’d love to do that!” After playing trombone for a few years in high school, I picked up a double bass and within a few weeks of learning, I decided that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

S: Tell us about your training…
KP: I was lucky to be part of a newly-introduced instrumental music program at Newman College, where I had some great music teachers. After school I went to WAAPA and studied for a Bachelor of Music (Jazz). A lot of my learning was done on the job though, from playing a wide variety of gigs with a broad range of musicians. There’s always more to learn, and much can be gleaned from working with, and watching, other musicians.

S: Describe your artistic practice…
KP: I’m a double bass player – usually this means I’m a side-person, but I also lead my own band (Kohesia Ensemble). I compose the music myself for Kohesia, inspired by my love of Persian music and jazz. As well as performing live, I spend a lot of time playing music on my own, or jamming with friends, as well as composing and trying to come up with new ideas.

S: What do you love most about what you do?
KP:  Every day is different! It’s also really special to work with so many talented musicians, and connect with them both musically and personally over a long period of time. I also love the way music transcends cultural boundaries – you can go anywhere in the world, and even if you don’t speak the same language, if you both play music, you can communicate and understand a lot about each other through music.

S: Career highlight so far?
KP:  Through being a musician, I have had some amazing opportunities to travel. Some highlights would be playing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with Persian singer Tara Tiba, and also at my favourite world music festival, WOMADelaide, with the same band. Recording my debut album “Kohesia” was also a really special experience!

S: Funniest career moment so far?
KP: Being on a 10-day cruise and getting so seasick I could only get out of bed to perform – and had a very green tinge on stage! I never missed a performance though!

S: Tell us about Kohesia Presents: A Night of Persian Jazz
KP: “Kohesia Presents: A Night of Persian Jazz” will take audiences on a journey, exploring the sounds of Persian modes and instruments with jazz. It features my original music, which enables a musical conversation between the unique voices of amazing musicians within the ensemble. Unusual time structures, microtonal melodies and soaring solo sections will transport audiences to another place.

S: Aside from your show, what are you looking forward to seeing/doing at Fringe?
KP: I’m fortunate to be involved in several other Fringe Shows, so I’m really looking forward to performing with Adam Hall and the Cuban Young Guns, and Perth Cabaret Collective. I’m also excited to see some circus and cabaret acts that I wouldn’t usually get to see throughout the year. More than anything I’m looking forward to the great vibe that Perth has during Fringe World.

S: What is your favourite part of the playground?
KP: Monkey bars

You can catch Kohesia Presents: A Night of Persian Jazz @ The Sewing Room, Perth on January 30 & February 10

Pictured top is Kate Pass (centre) with Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble.

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WASO Gershwin
Calendar, Jazz, June 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Gershwin Reimagined

7 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

Broadway glamour with a honeyed jazz soul.

When the worlds of jazz and classical collide, they create dazzling sparks, America’s greatest composer for popular love ballads and Broadway charm is given an intoxicating new life with two of the hottest voices in the world of jazz today.

Bursting onto the UK mainstage in 2013, Laura Mvula is described as the Nina Simone of her generation, recognised for her molasses-rich soulful vocal and beautiful harmonies. Blessed with a honeyed baritone voice, José James is a sensation in the modern jazz scene. Together with conductor and creator Troy Miller, their astonishing performance of Gershwin Reimagined with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra makes for a completely unmissable event.

Troy Miller’s re-imagining of Gershwin’s song book is done with an unbridled energy and deep respect, showcasing the exquisite melodies of the classics such as Embraceable You, Summertime (Porgy and Bess), I Got Rhythm and lots more.

More info
W: www.waso.com.au/concerts-tickets/whats-on/concert/gershwin-reimagined
E:  waso@waso.com.au

Pictured: Gershwin Reimagined

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