6 men and 1 woman
Calendar, June 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

25 June @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Kate Pass ·

Journey with Kohesia Ensemble and experience the evocative sounds of Persian music played in a unique jazz style. Led by double bassist Kate Pass, the Kohesia Ensemble serves as a platform for Kate’s original compositions, which are influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. Kohesia Ensemble explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies for a captivating listening experience. Kohesia Ensemble presents a night of original music that will transport you to another place.

More info
W:  www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/kate-pass-kohesia-ensemble-2/
E:   kate@katepass.com

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Cartoon style 2 hands laid on a lobster
April 19, Calendar, Music, Performing arts

Music: Introducing TVQ: Album Launch

23 April @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Tim Voutas Quartet ·

TVQ’s (Tim Voutas Quartet) sound is energetic and new, with intricate melodies and rhythms that keep you guessing. The compositions can be fun and cheeky while at the same time take you on a journey through a wave of emotions. This project started in 2016 as an outlet for creativity and since then has grown to create its first album “Introducing TVQ.” TVQ draws upon influences spanning Bill Evan’s harmonic lushness, Art Blakey’s fire, Hiromi Uehara’s flare and Keith Jarrett’s emotion.

Join us to celebrate the launch of “Introducing TVQ” which is sure to be a night not to be forgotten.

Ricki Malet: Trumpet
Tim Voutas: Piano
Alistair Peel: Double Bass
Ryan Daunt: Drums

Based in Perth, Tim Voutas’s piano playing is energetic and colourful. His early classical piano playing got him into music and then luckily steered him towards Jazz. He graduated the GIJ academy big band in 2013  and WAAPA in 2017. From there he has been performing around Perth in his own groups “TVQ” (Tim Voutas Quartet)  and “The Island Trio.” He is also a member of the Perth Cabaret Collective.

More info
W: www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/event/introducing-tvq-album-launch/
E:  tim@timvoutas.com

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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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Cabaret, Features, Fringe World, Music, News, Performing arts, Vocal

Channelling the greats

Singer Ali Bodycoat will need no introduction to local jazz aficionados. A regular performer at Perth’s Ellington Jazz Club, she’s also a Fringe World veteran. This year she’s all about powerhouse women, performing solo in “From Bodycoat to Barbra” and joining forces with Jessie Gordon in “Peggy Lee and Judy Garland”.

Ahead of her back-to-back season, Bodycoat sat down with Seesaw for a Fringe Session Q&A.

Profile Headshot of Ali Bodycoat
Ali Bodycoat

Seesaw: When did you first know that you wanted to be a singer?
Ali Bodycoat: I have always wanted to perform – for as long as I can remember I had a huge desire to be in the entertainment industry.

S: Tell us about your training…
AB: The most influential formal training I had came from three incredible women – Sandra Gorringe, my high school drama teacher, Janice Taylor-Warne my classical voice teacher at WAAPA and Helen Matthews, my private jazz voice teacher. To this day, the techniques that were taught to me by these marvellous three are a part of how I approach the stage in any genre. I completed a Certificate of Musical Theatre at WAAPA and literally “fell” into the jazz world in Perth. The greatest lessons are still continuing and these are and always have been, on the job!

S: Describe your artistic practice…
AB:
Remember why we are doing this, focus on the music and the reasons behind the song – not yourself, and never, ever break an audience’s pre-conceived notions of the fantasy of being entertained. Most importantly, develop your technique and routines early so you always have that strength to fall back on.

S: What do you love most about what you do?
AB: The joy of giving an experience to an audience – for just one tiny moment, you are their travel guide and you can take them anywhere to which their mind chooses to travel. There is also something incredibly special about making music with a group of musicians who are as behind the music as you are.

S: Career highlight so far?
AB: Performing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and also the Proms New Years’ Eve Concert with Mark Coughlan at the Perth Concert Hall.

S: Funniest career moment so far?
AB: Oh so countless – each performance has its moments of hilarity – probably being naked onstage but that’s another story…!

S: Tell us about your two Fringe World shows, “From Bodycoat to Barbra” and “Peggy Lee & Judy Garland”
AB: The unforgettable Jessie Gordon and I perform together in “Peggy Lee & Judy Garland”. “From Bodycoat to Barbra” presents the music of Barbra Streisand. Both shows are at the Ellington Jazz Club and are one hour slots jam-packed with the legends of the women and their music!

S: Aside from your show, what are you looking forward to seeing/doing at Fringe?
AB: As much as possible… get out that programme and DIVE IN!

S: What is your favourite part of the playground?
AB: Well I’ve always had a penchant for a trampoline…

You can catch Ali Bodycoat in 
“Peggy Lee & Judy Garland”, 6 – 10 February 
“Ali Bodycoat Presents – From Bodycoat to Barbra”, 13 – 17 February
at the Ellington Jazz Club on Beaufort Street.

Pictured top: Ali Bodycoat with Jessie Gordon.

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Bodycoat to Barbra
Cabaret, Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts

Cabaret: Ali Bodycoat Presents: From Bodycoat to Barbra

13 – 17 February @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Ali Bodycoat ·

Barbra Streisand is the ultimate icon.

A sublime power-house who encompasses a phenomenal history of actress, inadvertent singer, film, comedienne, composer, producer, director, designer and the only female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard’s history.

Ali Bodycoat delivers a tribute to the indelible music of Barbra Streisand – she who will forever rule our ardent hearts – from ‘The Way We Were’ to ‘Yentl’, all whilst feeling ‘Evergreen’.

With a repertoire that spans generations and lends musical memories to every emotion, nominated Best Cabaret Fringe World 2018 and Best WA Cabaret Fringe World 2017, award-winning Ali Bodycoat dedicates an evening to the glory of the original ‘Funny Girl’. Accompanied by Chris Foster – Grand Piano.

More info:
www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/ali-bodycoat-presents-from-bodycoat-to-barbra-fw2019

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The Western Swing Hour
Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: The Western Swing Hour with Lucky Oceans & Jessie Gordon

6 – 10 February @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon ·

Grammy award winning legend Lucky Oceans and Fringe World veteran Jessie Gordon bring you a night of joyful, exuberant Western Swing with a dash of soul searching sorrow. Born in the heart of Texas, burnished in the heat of Australia’s own West, this music is the nexus where country meets hot jazz.

The band is fuelled by the driving rhythm of Karl Florisson on double bass and an energetic, chaotic approach to melody and harmony with Lucky and virtuoso Jon Matthews on guitars. Joining the boys in paying tribute to the likes of Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, Jessie sings and plays the ukulele with reckless abandon, the four-piece band rolling like a steam train through the quiet Perth night!

More info
W: www.fringeworld.com.au
E:  hello@fringeworld.com.au

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Peggy Lee & Judy Garland
Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: Peggy Lee and Judy Garland

6 – 10 February @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon ·

Peggy Lee and Judy Garland: two of the most iconic performers to ever have graced stage and screen. Award winning Perth vocalists Ali Bodycoat and Jessie Gordon bring Judy and Pegs to Fringe Worldin all their glory, from the exuberance of Judy’s ‘Get Happy’ and’The Trolley Song’ to the heartfelt melancholia of Peggy’s ‘Is ThatAll There Is’ and the sizzling ‘Fever’. Expect show-stopping solos and playful duets to pay tribute to these talented women of showbiz!

More info
W: www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/peggy-lee-and-judy-garland-fw2019
E:  hello@fringeworld.com.au

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Fairly Average Dance Band
Calendar, Featured, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: Fairly Average Dance Band: So Fresh, Still Average

1 – 16 February @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon ·

Winners of the 2017 Fringe World Music and Musicals Award, The Fairly Average Dance Band are bringing back their favourite night of nostalgia, nonsense, and total bangers from the 80s, 90s and 00s. Bring your mediocre moves and your blandest fashion for another 90 minute Fairly Average Dance Party.

More info
W:  www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/fairly-average-dance-band-so-fresh-still-average-fw2019
E : hello@fringeworld.com.au

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Sassafras
Calendar, Fringe World, Music, Performing arts

Music: Sassafras: Under Paris Skies

18 – 25 January @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon & Sassafras ·

Outstanding Perth jazz combo Sassafras bring their 5 star gypsy swing to Fringe World for the fourth year in a row. With a brand new show featuring everything from haunting French ballads to rollicking tearaway gypsy tunes, this talented band will walk you down the cobbled streets of Montmartre with a swing in your step.

More info
W: www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/sassafras-under-paris-skies-fw2019
E:  hello@fringeworld.com.au

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Dirty Jazz
Calendar, Fringe World, Jazz, Music, Performing arts

Music: Dirty Jazz

18 – 20 January @ Duke of George, Fremantle ·
21 – 24 January @ The Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Jessie Gordon ·

Jessie is no stranger to the darker side of jazz. Joined by the incredibly talented pianist Adrian Galante, Jessie delves into the depths of the dirtiest jazz tunes around for a thrilling speakeasy adventure.

There are more filthy songs about drinking, thinking and fine dining than you can poke a stick at, and none of them are safe for regular consumption. There are songs for the swooning moonshiners, those inclined to wine, those frisky for whisky and some odes to our favourite friends, those tenders of the bar. In the dark, dingy cornersand smokey recesses of the Golden Era of Swing, there are songs to address your every desire, there is room for all your dirty deeds andtime for you to unwind with a refined beverage.

More info
W: www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/dirty-jazz-fw2019
E:  hello@fringeworld.com.au

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