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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3 musicians on left, standing against brick wall. Pianist on right with a keyboard
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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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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