Young Women in Jazz Special featuring Ellen Kirkwood (Sydney)

Ellen Kirkwood will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 20 August.

Ellen Kirkwood is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader and teacher from Newtown, Sydney. Born in Port Macquarie, NSW, into a musical family, music has been her passion since she was very young. She studied Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium under many Australian Jazz greats including Mike Nock, Warwick Alder, Judy Bailey, Matt McMahon and Dale Barlow. In 2012 she won the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award for young Australian women in Jazz, including a recording at the Sydney ABC Studios, project funding, and performances in Sydney and Melbourne.

Ellen is a prolific composer who is rapidly gaining recognition for her imaginative writing style. Her debut album with sextet Captain Kirkwood released in 2013, named “Theseus and the Minotaur” featured a 5 part narrated music-story suite which received glowing reviews and critical acclaim. In 2015 she was commissioned by the Sydney Improvised Music Association and Ars Musica Australis to write “The Mieville Project”; a suite of narrated pieces set to excerpts by “weird fiction” author China Mieville, which was premiered at the 2015 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. She is currently studying composition with jazz luminary Barney McAll, after receiving a grant from the Australia Council of the Arts.

In addition to leading The Mieville Project and party band Fat Yahoozah, Ellen is also a member of world music/jazz crossover powerhouse Sirens Big Band, Matthew Ottignon’s Ethio-Jazz group Mister Ott, progressive rock/jazz/Zappa-esque band Facemeat, Gypsy-Punk outfit On The Stoop, and 1920’s Gypsy Jazz troupe Godfrey Uke and his Orchestra. Other notable Australian musicians Ellen has performed with include Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan, Mike Nock, Greg Sheehan, Aaron Flower, Mohammed Youssef and Ben Walsh.

Kirkwood has been teaching trumpet, improvisation and composition, and directing high school stage bands and jazz ensembles since 2004.

Line up:
Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet
Gemma Farrell – tenor saxophone
Piano TBC
Kate Pass – bass
Talya Valenti – drums


“An original blend of cinematic, groove, r’n’b, jazz, ambient and fusion sounds.”

In preparations for the recording of their debut album, LiveWyre takes to the Perth Jazz Society Stage, offering a teaser of what’s to come. If you’d like to support the development of the album or learn more about it, you can do so here:

LiveWyre is an original project that was started in 2014 by pianist and composer Ben Matthews. The goal of this project is to break away from the straight-ahead jazz flavours of his previous endeavours by incorporating elements from the r’n’b, funk, ambient, fusion, groove and cinematic music genres. Much of the music draws influence from musicians who blend genres in their own writing style; the compositional sounds of jazz masters like Pat Metheny, Hiromi Uehara, Robert Glasper (etc) are alluded to throughout the music of the LiveWyre project.

Tonight’s music will be presented by the powerhouse talents of Bronton Ainsworth (drums), Joe Southwell (electric bass), Ben Matthews (piano), Sean Little (saxophone), with feature artist Holli Scott.

Russell Holmes Trio featuring Victoria Newton

The Russell Holmes Trio explores the art and essence of the piano trio with their own well-defined flavour and personality. The group possesses a deep groove and stands alone with its own treatment and inimitable expression. Russell’s sensitive style is supported by Karl Florisson on bass and Mike Perkins on drums, creating an interactive, unique and inspiring ensemble whose overall essence is one pure and authentic voice. Tonight, the trio will be joined by one of Australia’s premier vocalists Victoria Newton as the ensemble presents a range of styles including pop, soul and jazz.

“The piano playing by Russell Holmes is spectacular. There is a certain inevitability about music when you hear it played right – you just can’t believe it could be played any other way. That is how I feel when I listen to Russell Holmes.” (CD review Australian Music Forum Magazine by Craig Dabelstein)

“This trio is cohesive, well practiced and brimful of energy. The music delivered by this current RHTrio was compelling, often powered by tension and with a deeply embedded swing.” (2012 Bennett’s Lane gig review Roger Mitchell

Chris Sealey

Chris Sealey will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 19 July.

Christopher Sealey is a guitarist and composer performing across Australia since 2010 when he graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ undergraduate program. Christopher has worked as a professional musician for the past 5 years performing in Perth and Melbourne with various groups and projects, both as a leader and in supporting roles. Christopher was also accepted into the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City (2012) as a jazz guitar major.

Christopher has received critical acclaim not just as a guitarist but also as a composer, winning WAMi song of the year award for jazz instrumental 2010, as well as recording on and contributing arrangements to the 2014 Bell Award winning album Rise and Fall by Australian singer, Allira Wilson.

His sound is warm and generous with intensity throughout. Christopher performs here with not just a new electric trio but new compositions to debut. Don’t miss your chance to see this exciting guitarist.

Line up:
Chris Sealey – guitar
Joe Southwell – bass
Peter Evans – drums

A Tribute to Keith Jarrett & Paul Motian

A Tribute to Keith Jarrett & Paul Motian will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 26 July.

Keith Jarrett (piano) and Paul Motian (drums) share a highly expressive approach to jazz, and their music is often exotic and sublime. They came up in the late 1950s and went on to lead some of the most unique bands of the 20th century, using musicians from all over the world, and combining free-jazz, gospel, traditional folk songs, rock, post-bop, and classical music into their unmistakable brand of jazz. This show will feature arrangements of their compositions, and the band will explore their music through the lens of the 21st century. Expect it to range from beautiful folk melodies, to unrelenting modal jazz, to Cuban rumba rhythms, to eerie avant-garde classical, to earthy rock. A night of creativity not to be missed! “Sometimes I’m still playing stuff on the drumset that I’ve never played before, because I’m not thinking drumset, I’m not thinking cymbals and drums…what’s coming out is an extension of me and what’s inside me” -Paul Motian “…there’s one thing that I know well – that I feel very alone. It’s the price you have to pay if you want to be yourself…In reality, I feel truly at ease only in music” – Keith Jarrett

Line up:
Jamie Oehlers – tenor sax
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Gabriel Fatin – piano
Karl Florrison – bass
Alex Reid – drums

Marc Osborne

Marc Osborne will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 12 July.

Marc is a talented and in demand saxophonist on the Perth music scene. Since graduating with Honours from WAAPA, Marc has been an integral part of many local ensembles as well as performing with the best jazz musicians in the country. Marc plays with a technical command and soulfulness rooted in the jazz tradition, yet the versatility of his approach makes him equally expressive in other styles.

For tonight’s gig, Marc will be presenting a new batch of compositions with a new quintet and some special guests.

Line up:
Marc Osborne – saxophone
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Gabe Fatin – piano/keys
Zac Grafton – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums


Jarvis will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 5 July.

Named after the band’s collective favourite competitive eater “Cookie Jarvis”, this is an ensemble for those with an appetite for all music, all at once, in succession.
Jazz, Rock, Dub, Latin, Odd times, Normal Times, Originals, Covers and air punching ballads are the order of the day.

Line up:
Dylan Hooper – saxophone
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Harry Mitchell – piano/keys
Karl Florisson – bass
Ben Vanderwal – drums

TRISK (featuring Optamus)

TRISK (featuring Optamus) will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 21 June.

Featuring Daniel Susnjar (drums), Chris Foster (keyboards), and Nick Abbey (bass), WAM-award winning TRISK is one of Perth’s premier improvising ensembles, well known for the fiery musical rapport and joyous collaboration between its players.

TRISK will be joined for this special Perth Jazz Society show at Four5Nine by legendary Perth MC Optamus (SBX, Downsyde) to present a mix of hip hop and brand new contemporary jazz compositions destined for their upcoming studio album.

Check out their current album ‘Speedrun’ today.

Line up:
Chris Foster – keys
Nick Abbey – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums
and Optimus – Perth MC (special guest)

Jacki Cooper & John Morrison

Jacki Cooper & John Morrison will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 21 June.

Drummer and big band leader, John Morrison has delighted audiences for more than 25 years with his great sense of humour and dedication to sounds that swing. John has spent much of his music life playing and recording with his younger brother, world renowned trumpeter, James Morrison. John is excited to be returning to Perth to work with students at local schools with his partner in crime, vocalist Jacki Cooper. John and Jacki are thrilled to be performing at the Four5Nine Bar with local jazz stars, pianist Harry Mitchell and bassist Nick Abbey. The repertoire for the night will include everyone’s favorite standards, and will be accompanied by the occasional bad gag! Come and have some fun!

Line up:
Jacki Cooper – vocals
Harry Mitchell – piano/keys
Nick Abbey – bass
John Morrison – drums


Sassafras will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 14 June.

Sassafras bring French gypsy jazz to the Four5Nine stage! This 5-piece acoustic ensemble featuring Lachlan Gear, Aaron Deacon, Pete Jeavons, Adrian Galante and Jessie Gordon will have you swaying with delight to their gypsy tunes. Sassafras present a vibrant, acoustic mix of French gypsy, swing and jazz, all performed with the sensational virtuosity and passion so intrinsic to the tradition of this music.

Warm your winter evening and calm your inner jazz demons as you watch Sassafras present this dynamic and under appreciated style of music á la Johnny Depp in Chocolat.

Line up:

Jessie Gordon – vocals
Adrian Galante – clarinet
Lachlan Gear – guitar
Michael Ellis – guitar
Pete Jeavons – bass


457 will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 7 June.

Mauritius meets South Africa! PJS Jazz Tuesdays presents 457, with their own original brand of jazz fused with sega, samba and funk. 457 bring a fresh approach to jazz classics, mixing rhythms from the Indian Ocean and Martinique Island regions. Throw in their infectious originals and you have something truly unique. Enchanting melodies, solid grooves and tropical world jazz.


Check out 457’s SoundCloud tracks below:

Line up:

Thierryno Gangou – piano/vocals
Sarah Jessica Clare – double bass
Vince Pavitt – drums
Mike Collinson – saxophones/flute/clarinet

Joshua Hatcher Quintet (QLD)

Joshua Hatcher Quintet (QLD) will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 31 May.

Joshua Hatcher, accomplished saxophonist and composer from Queensland, has a swinging style rooted firmly in the blues tradition. He has performed with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Andrew Dickeson, Dale Barlow, Warwick Alder, Ben Hauptman and Danny Fischer.

Joshua has been selected as WAYJO’s 2016 composer-in-residence and will premier new large ensemble works at this year’s Perth International Jazz Festival.

His latest album ‘Now and Then’ includes two selections (‘Forgotten Languages’ and ‘The Room Next Door’) that are finalists in the jazz category at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards.

This performance at the Four5Nine Bar will feature original music from ‘Now and Then’ as well as some swinging standards.

Line up:

Joshua Hatcher – saxophone
Ricki Malet – trumpet
Gabriel Fatin – piano/keys
Kate Pass – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums

The Persuasion

The Persuasion will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 24 May.

The Persuasion hit the Four5Nine stage for the first time on May 24th. Following up from their debut last year, this gig will include a large selection of new original music, due to be released later this year.

The Persuasion started as a creative outlet for Jackson Venables and Chris Travaglini, who began writing music influenced by the likes of Snarky Puppy, Soulive, Void, and Forq. Together with Joe Powell and Brodie Stewart, they played their first show at the Llama Bar in December and have been hard at work since.

With an exciting EP on the way, this gig will be a chance to experience the band in the beautiful intimate setting of the Four5Nine Bar, and get a first listen to their new tracks.

Line up:
Jackson Venables – guitar
Brodie Stewart – piano/keys
Joe Powell – bass
Chris Travaglini – drums

Luke Minness Quartet – ACS Winner

PJS Jazz Tuesdays presents the 2015 Alan Corbet Scholarship winner! Luke Minness will perform on 17 May from 7:30pm.

Luke Minness has recorded a number of original albums with groups like Fat Sparrow, Career Advice and Drapht while also landing a nomination for WAMI’s Best Jazz Composition (2015). Luke Minness is also a co-founder of the Perth Jazz Society Big Band debuting originally commissioned works from Vanessa Perica at the 2015 Perth International Jazz Festival.

Luke continues to record, release and perform music as both a leader and sideman around Perth today. He has performed, studied and recorded with artists like Ben Wendel, Troy Roberts, Mace Francis, Dane Alderson, Ed Partyka, Jim Mcneely, Joel Frahm, The Cat Empire, Drapht, Kristin Beradi and many others.

Line up:

Luke Minness – saxophone
Harry Mitchell – piano/keys
Karl Florrison – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums


Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 10 May.

Kohesia Ensemble is Perth bassist and composer Kate Pass’ new project. This unique ensemble serves as a platform for Kate’s original compositions influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. Inspired by artists such as Amir ElSaffar, Dhafer Youssef and Avishai Cohen, The Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble bridges the gap between East and West, exploring elements of Persian and Middle Eastern music in a jazz context.

Kate Pass is a bassist in high demand, performing locally and internationally in a variety of ensembles. Highlights include performing at WOMADelaide, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Playhouse Theatre in New York, Devonport Jazz Festival and Fleurieu Folk Festival. Kate also participated in WAYJO’s cultural exchange program, performing in Tokyo twice in 2014. She toured Australia this year with internationally renowned New York based Persian singer and setar player Mohsen Namjoo.

Image by Alma Sarhan

Line up:

Kate Pass – Double Bass
Ricki Malet – Trumpet
Marc Osborne – Tenor Saxophone
Gabriel Fatin – Piano
Mike Zolker – Oud
Daniel Susnjar – Drums

Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Group

Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Group will perform for PJS Jazz Tuesdays at the Four5Nine Bar, Tuesday 3 May.

Two-time 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Award-winning drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar has performed/recorded with the likes of Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard and Bobby McFerrin, to name a few. Studying at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and earning his Doctoral degree in Afro-Peruvian rhythms applied to the drumset, Daniel is now considered an international authority in this field.

Daniel’s ensemble, consisting of elite WA-based musicians will be presenting music from his Award-winning debut album Su Su Nje, and from his follow-up album to released shortly. Included on his upcoming album is Daniel’s composition ‘Pius Bartosik,’ which has recently been awarded as the 2016 WAM jazz song of the year.

Susnjar radiated a joyful energy that infected not just his fellow band members but the entire auditorium, and sent us out into the still-damp night air with smiles on our faces, and a syncopated spring in our step“- Sydney Morning Herald

Line up:

Ricki Malet – trumpet
Luke Minness – saxophones
Harry Mitchell – piano
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Zac Grafton – bass
Iain Robbie – cajon
Daniel Susnjar – drums/compositions

Jade Crompton

PJS Jazz Tuesdays presents Jade Crompton, daughter of Stax recording artist C L Blast, on 26 April. Doors open 7pm.

Jade Crompton, daughter of Stax recording artist C L Blast’s (known for his work on songs such as Buster Brown’s ‘Fannie Mae’, Don Gardner/Dee Dee Ford’s ‘I Need Your Lovin”, Gladys Knight’s ‘You Broke Your Promise’ and the (fantastic) ‘Valerie’ by Jackie & The Starlets). Her voice is coloured by heartfelt Gospel tones, syrup smooth R&B, and playful melodies reminiscent of childhood jazz influences. With a fusion of angelic melodies and sassy vocals this singer leaves her audience captured and wanting more!

Line up:
Jade Crompton – vocals
Ben Matthews – piano/keys
Simon Jeans – guitar
TBC – bass
Peter Evans – drums

Sean Little

Sean Little returned to Perth in mid-2015 after two years studying with the world’s finest musicians in New York. During his time at New York University, he studied with jazz legends Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagin and Kenny Werner. While in the US, Sean performed frequently, including dates at the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club.

Sean Little is joined by three of Perth’s jazz firebrands for Jazz Tuesdays; Harry Mitchell on keyboard, Karl Florisson on bass and Alex Reid on drums, and will present a compilation of newer and older original works, as well as modern music arrangements. This will be an exciting night of modern jazz that is not to be missed.

Line up:
Sean Little – saxophone
Harry Mitchell – piano/keys
Karl Florisson – bass
Alex Reid – drums

Double Bill: The Crux and Duo Kakemono

PJS Jazz Tuesdays – double bill special edition
Duo Kakemono (feat. Simon Jeans) and
The Crux

7:30pm – Duo Kakemono
PJS Jazz Tuesdays will present a jazz guitar treat on 5 April. Duo Kakemono features jazz guitar giants Simon Jeans and Alex Borthwick on nylon & steel string acoustic guitars. Don’t miss this guitar duel between two of Perth’s most dexterous jazz guitarists!

Line up:

Simon Jeans – steel string guitar
Alex Borthwick – nylon string guitar


9:00pm – The Crux
The Freo funksters have come to town!! The Crux is a funk soul power trio that play a large repertoire of select tracks from the 70’s. With a focus on danceable grooves and musical interaction, the trio’s three members sound like a band twice their size.

Line up:

Michael Boase – drums/lead vocals
Damian Denyer – baritone/alto sax/vocals
Alex Borthwick – 8 string guitar/vocals


Further pushing the limits of the classic organ trio sound, Helium combines the talents of WA musicians Daniel Susnjar (drums), Harry Mitchell (organ) and Jeremy Thomson (guitar) to deliver unique and high-energy original musical.

All 3 musicians have earned national accolades, with Susnjar winning 2 Australian Jazz Bell Awards in 2015 for his debut album Su Su Nje, Mitchell winning the 2014 Toyota scholarship and Thomson being selected as a finalist for the 2014 Australian National Jazz Awards.

Taking influence from contemporary jazz, traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern rhythmic meters, Helium’s award-winning lineup promises to create exhilarating music leaving the listener wanting more!

Line up:

Harry Mitchell – organ
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Daniel Susnjar – drums

Ta Guele

Ta Guele – is pretty much French for “…a couple of blokes smashing out obscure standards and original tunes”.

Jeremy Thomson – guitar

Alistair Peel – bass

Bronton Ainsworth – drums

Patrick van der Moezel – tenor saxophone


Join Sarah Ramsey and Ricki Mallet as they pay tribute to the collaboration of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Alongside some of Perth’s favourite musicians, this is sure to be an unforgettable evening filled with swinging arrangements of your favourite standards.

Gabriel Fatin

Karl Florrison

Daniel Harrison

Alan Corbet Scholarship: Supporting the Future of Perth Jazz

James van de Ven - Alan Corbet Scholarship 2014 Winner

James van de Ven – Alan Corbet Scholarship 2014 Winner

It is nearly time to decide on this year’s winner of the Alan Corbet Scholarship (ACS). The Perth Jazz Society (PJS), in partnership with The Ellington, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and JazzWA are running the ACS for its third year. Established in memory of Alan Corbet, the ACS seeks to support the development of an emerging West Australian jazz artist through the awarding of a $1000 scholarship, to contribute to the artistic development of the chosen applicant.

Alan Corbet (1964-2008) was well known and loved in the Perth jazz community. He brought a sense of purpose and vision and was a driving force of the WA jazz scene. The ACS continues in the same spirit, supporting young emerging jazz artists and helping to ensure a healthy future for West Australian jazz.

Last year’s scholarship winner was James van de Ven, a young an upcoming trombonist from Perth. With the scholarship money, James was able to fund his trip to the Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The Alan Corbet Scholarship was really beneficial to my studies. I was lucky enough to travel to the U.S.A. last year and attend workshops at the Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. When facing the hefty cost of the program and international travel, the scholarship help me attend and learn from the program. I am very grateful for the assistance of the PJS and the Scholarship in assisting my travel and education.” – James van de Ven

If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing him perform, you can see James at our Laneway session on the 25th of October. He will be tributing the great Melba Liston, the defining female trombonist of the big band era.

For details on how to apply for the Alan Corbet Scholarship, go to this link. Applications are due on the 31st of October.