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

LiveWyre

“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: https://pozible.com/project/bens-making-a-livewyre-album

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 ausjazz.net)

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

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

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

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

Young Lions – Tom Walsh and Sarah Ramsey

Performing for the Canton Bar Young Lions series this month are Tom Walsh and Sarah Ramsey.

Doing an hour set each, this is a Young Lions gig not to be missed!

7pm – Tom Walsh
This group brings a slight twist to the organ trio format. Join Liam Hickey, Austin Salisbury and Tom Walsh as they navigate jazz standards and explore the unique soundscape this trio of instruments has to offer.

Line up
Tom Walsh – saxophone
Austin Salisbury – organ
Liam Hickey – drums

 

8pm – Sarah Ramsey Trio
Endowed with a warm and soulful tone, Sarah Ramsey produces a unique and exciting approach to her compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. Influenced by an array of vocalists including Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Billy Holiday and Gian Slater, Sarah brings a familiar yet fresh approach to jazz.

Line up (TBC)
Sarah Ramsey – vocals
Pat Van der Moezel – saxophone
Jeremy Thomson – guitar

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

Young Lions – Josten Myburgh and Geordie Bain

Performing for the Canton Bar Young Lions series this month are Josten Myburgh and Geordie Bain.

Doing an hour set each, this is a Young Lions gig not to be missed!

7pm – Josten Myburgh

ßß (aka ‘eszetts’) play improvised music, acting as a bassless quartet working amidst a context provided by droning and glitching electronic textures. The group takes compositional ideas from jazz music as a departure point for improvisation, leading towards dream-like sonic explorations articulated through rhythms and textures of free jazz, electro-acoustic music and post-rock, seeking fragile beauty, energetic interaction, and occasionally full-spectrum density.

Line up
Josten Myburgh – laptop
Dan O’Connor – trumpet
David Gioia – saxophone
Jameson Feakes – guitar
Alex Reid – drums

 
8pm – Geordie Bain
Since performing his last gig as a bandleader at Addison & Steel, Geordie Bain has been focusing on composing new music for his quintet. For this performance he is collaborating with outstanding Perth jazz musicians Jeremy Thomson, Alex Reid, Alistair Peel and Matthew McGlynn, who have all played a huge part in making his musical vision become a reality. This gig will showcase a fresh batch of original music composed by both Geordie and Matthew McGlynn.
 
Line up
Geordie Bain – saxophone
Matthew McGlynn – flugelhorn
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Alistair Peel – bass
Alex Reid – drums

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

Double Bill: Steve Barry Quartet and Vista Needle

PJS Jazz Tuesdays – Double bill special edition
Steve Barry Quartet (feat. Jamie Oehlers) and Vista Needle

7:30pm – Steve Barry Quartet (feat. Jamie Oehlers)

Winner of the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, pianist Steve Barry (SYD) joins forces with local paladins Jamie Oehlers, Pete Jeavons and Danny Susnjar for a night of high energy, free-blowing original music inspired by an eclectic set of influences from Lennie Tristano to Kurt Rosenwinkel.

…dazzling in his harmonic adventurousness, melodic resourcefulness, swtichback rhythmic ideas and non-bombastic sense of drama.” — John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 November 2015


Line up:

Jamie Oehlers – saxophone
Steve Barry – piano
Pete Jeavons – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums

 

9:00pm – Vista Needle (feat. Steve Barry and Daniel Susnjar)

Vista Needle is the brainchild of drummer Daniel Susnjar and Sydney pianist Steve Barry. Drawing on the broad gallimaufry of 20th century classical music, Vista Needle brings about a collision of improvisation and composition, utilising the music of Paul Hindemith, Federico Mompou and Bela Bartok, among others, as catalysts for creative reinterpretation and re-composition.

Vista Needle draws equally on Susnjar and Barry’s original music and their respective PhD studies at the University of Miami and the Sydney Conservatorium, as well as their travels and performance experience across the USA, Europe, Asia and India. Joined by acclaimed bassist Pete Jeavons, Vista Needle explore a vortex of lyrical melody and rhythmic diversity, juxtaposed against a fluctuating harmonic backdrop.

 

Line up:

Steve Barry – piano
Pete Jeavons – bass
Daniel Susnjar – 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

Young Lions – Alana Macpherson and Tim Newhouse

Performing for the Young Lions series this month will be two musicians, Alana Macpherson and Tim Newhouse. Doing an hour set each, this is a Young Lions gig not to be missed!

7pm – Alana Macpherson
Nine Lives, an initiative of young alto saxophonist Alana Macpherson, is Perth’s newest large ensemble bringing fresh original compositions and exciting arrangements of songs by artists such as Bon Iver, Stevie Wonder and Gotye. Alana is forging a name for herself nationally and internationally after travelling to Europe to take part in summer workshops in 2015, travelling to Japan in 2014 with WAYJO and performing regularly around Perth. March 30th will see Nine Lives take to Canton Bar for the PJS Young Lions Series.

Line up
Alana Macpherson – alto sax and compositions
Ricki Malet – trumpet
Luke Minness – tenor sax
Blake Phillips – trombone
Tim Newhouse – bass clarinet
Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Gabriel Fatin – keys
Kate Pass – bass
Alex Reid – drums

 
8pm – Tim Newhouse
Spurr are a new, dynamic ‘industrial jazz’ outfit, exploring digital texture, groove matrices and a flexible take on musical interaction. Featuring Tim Newhouse (keys, laptop), Suzanne Kosowitz (electric bass) and Jasper Miller (drums), this electronica jazz trio are excited to improvise their way to complex sound worlds.

Line up
Tim Newhouse – keys/laptop
Suzanne Kosowitz – electric bass
Jasper Miller (drums)

The Late Night Organ Donors

“You wanna do some livin’ before you die. Do it down in New Orleans…” — Dr. John

The Late Night Organ Donors combine a groove-based greasy funk sound straight out of the Big Easy with modern jazz fusion flavours. Influenced by New Orleans staples such as The Meters, Dr John, Robert Walter and Galactic, the group features a mix of standards from the contemporary funk songbook as well as standout original compositions.

The Late Night Organ Donors are a new group to the Perth live music scene, bringing together four musicians jonesing for some good old fashioned New Orleans funk. Saxophonist Marc Osborne and drummer/ percussionist Holly Norman, longtime collaborators in another of Perth’s New Orleans-inspired projects (Junkadelic Brass Band), join keyboardist Jon Fernandes (Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics, Jon Fernandes Trio) and guitarist Jacob Mitchell to serve up a blend of New Orleans funk favourites, original jazz-fusion instrumental arrangements, tasty improvisation and the odd saucy vocal tune.

 

The Late Night Organ Donors Line up:

Marc Osborne – saxophone
Jacob Mitchell – guitar
Jon Fernandes – keyboard
Holly Norman – drums, percussion

Penny King and Tom O’Halloran

2016 marks 20 years since Penny King and Tom O’Halloran first began playing music together. Collaborating on countless projects since then, including Penny’s 2013 release ‘Journey’, this show highlights some of their favourite tunes in intimate duo setting. Travelling through lesser known standards, originals, and repertoire from Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Lennon and McCartney and Neil and Tim Finn, this will be a stripped back musical exploration not to be missed.

 

King is simply an excellent tradition-rooted jazz singer, whose phrasing and scat are jazz elements delivered with rich, pitch-perfect, humanly nuanced ease’ Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record, August 2014. ‘Penny King is a fine musician…. Her pitch is excellent, accompanied by a chrystal clear and authentic tone. Her soloing is always inventive and she nails the shifts in dynamic intensity in all the right places’. Chris McNulty, Australianjazz.net, December 2014

 

“… pianist, composer and conductor Tom O’Halloran led his trio in a sparkling set full of rhythmic teamwork, subtle or sudden gear shifts, zipping pace and dancing lyricism that has characterized the jazz piano trio tradition.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.


Line up:

Penny King – vocalist
Tom O’Halloran – piano

Helium

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

Jazz & Oyster Nights @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Gemma Farrell

Saxophonist Gemma Farrell has been active as a performer and jazz educator since 2003. Originally from Perth, Gemma has lived in Brisbane and Amsterdam, having achieved her Bachelor of Music with Honours at WAAPA and the Queensland Conservatorium, and her Master of Music degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2009 she was a guest lecturer at Sydney’s Young Women in Jazz Course, which she now lectures at in Perth.

In Europe in 2013, Gemma recorded her debut album as a leader, Vicissitude, as well as an album with her quartet, Say What?!, called Get it Together. Gemma returned to Perth later that year where she now performs and teaches regularly. In 2014 she toured Australia with her European group, MFG, and they recorded their debut album, Live at the Brisbane Jazz Club.

In 2015, her new quintet debuted at the Perth International Jazz Festival, and Gemma became the president of the Perth Jazz Society later that year. In 2016 she is touring Europe with MFG and working towards her second album as a leader with her new, Perth based quintet.

She has played alongside the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Justin Dicioccio, Sandy Evans, Nelson Faria, John Farnham, Sharon Jones, Branford Marsalis, Don Menza, James Morrison, Dick Oatts, Jim Pugh, Gary Smulyan, Marco Tambourini and Will Vinson.


Line up:

Gemma Farrell – saxophone
Ben Matthews – piano/keyboards

Jazz Tuesdays @ The Rosemount – Four5Nine Bar Launch

JAZZ TUESDAYS @ THE ROSEMOUNT (FOUR5NINE BAR LAUNCH) – 1 MARCH 2016

Jazz Tuesdays @ the Rosemount is Perth Jazz Society’s new Tuesday jazz series. The launch is on Tuesday 1 March at the Four5Nine Bar (Rosemount Hotel) with music from 7pm.

7pm – Abbey|Foster|Falle
8:30pm – Allira Wilson

PJS FOUR5NINE BAR LAUNCH SUPPORT ACT: ABBEY|FOSTER|FALLE

Abbe|Foster|Falle - PJS Four5Nine Bar Launch

The award-winning Abbey|Foster|Falle trio will be presenting an evening of eclectic popular music in their signature high-energy improvised style to launch the Perth Jazz Society’s new weekly residency at the fantastic Four5Nine Bar. These three renowned musicians will be performing compositions from their acclaimed ‘Brotherhood’ album, as well as brand new works that have been created for their upcoming second album and a selection of favourite tunes from the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Coldplay, Chet Faker, and James Blake.

Awards and Nominations
Jazz Act of the Year Nominee 2013
WAM Song of the Year Winner 2013 – Avina
WAM Song of the Year Winner 2012 – Maelstrom

The title of the current album gives an apt indication of the depth of commonality and kinship present in the musical bonds existing between bassist Nick Abbey, pianist Chris Foster and drummer Ben Falle. With Brotherhood, these three fine Perth musicians have created a model collaborative effort that is beautifully recorded, and will induce you to enjoy listening over and over again.” – Dave Goodman, Music Trust

This album is one for intent and rapturous listening. Abbey|Foster|Falle have been celebrated performers in the Perth Jazz scene for quite some time, but this album shows their composition is impeccable as well. These lads are no small players, with style, prowess and intelligence. Their collaborative release, Brotherhood, is an ideal manifestation of all that.” – Lukas Murphy, The Music

The members are separately listed as this is not a trio with an obvious leader; all contribute equally to the performance and the songwriting. And what tunes they are, bursting with hummable melodies, danceable rhythms and adventurous, flying improvisations. It’s the confidence and the apparent ease that this trio displays that is so striking for their first outing. They appear to be the complete package, excellent songwriting, great use of rhythm and intelligent but emotive solos from all members. More than this, they also they listen to each other’s playing leading to lively and engaging interplay.– Jazzwise Magazine

PJS FOUR5NINE BAR LAUNCH HEADLINE ACT: ALLIRA WILSON

Allira Wilson - PJS Four5Nine Bar LaunchAllira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, whose musical approach has been described as ‘brave and raw as it is supple and intricate’.

Allira’s debut album ‘Rise and Fall’ recently won the Australian Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album 2014 and was recently ABC’s Feature Album of the week.

Her music combines jazz harmony with a contemporary edge and a soulful dynamic. Endowed with a powerful voice, her innovative twists and youthful approach revitalize not only the music, but creates a distinctive and fresh sound. Allira Wilson is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was the winner of the Melville Toyota Scholorship for 2010. Allira was offered a scholarship to attend the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City in 2012.

Allira has been featured on composer Alice Humphries’ Album ECILA and the Rick Webster Project as well as recently on Barney McAll and Gian Slaters new album.
She has performed regularly with her own projects as well as Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, Mace Francis Orchestra, Alice Humphries Ecila and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). She represented WAAPA and toured China in 2010 as well as performing at 2010’s Wangarrata Jazz Festival in Victoria. Allira is a member of ‘Invenio’, a 16 piece vocal ensemble lead by Gian Slater. The group recently toured the East Coast of Australia performing original repertoire and launching the new album Clarion/Whisper. Allira recently performed at the Perth International Jazz Festival and will be touring the East Coast later this year.

Wilson took out best Australian jazz vocal award at the 2014 Bell Awards and this debut album signals the arrival of an important new voice. 4 Stars” – John McBeath, The Weekend Australian

A flawless interpreter, she pays due respect to the tradition within her explorations” – Vanessa Perica, Ausjazznet.com

Line up:

Allira Wilson – vocals
Harry Mitchell – keys
Harry Winton – guitar
Karl Florrison – bass
Ben Vanderwal – drums

Adam James Quartet

After completing his bachelor of Jazz on piano and vocals at WAAPA, Adam moved his home base to  Europe, from where he lived, travelled and performed throughout the world for 10 years . With influences ranging from Oscar Peterson, Adam Makowicz, Bill Evans  Bud Powell,  and Kenny Kirkland on piano and Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Vince Jones and Marc Cohn on vocals, Adam’s style is uniquely jazz and soulfully flavoured.

Adam is currently writing and recording new material with a new fresh direction with an album on its way and performances throughout Europe in April this year. This performance he will be debuting some of this material and performing some of his favorite renditions of songs that have been totally reinvented, along with some new reinventions and some favourite jazz standards.


Line up:

TBC

Young Lions – Marc Osborne and Mitch Boag

Performing for the Young Lions series this month will be two formidable Perth saxophonists, Marc Osborne and Mitch Boag. Doing an hour set each, this is a Young Lions gig not to be missed!

Marc Osborne is a talented saxophonist and recent graduate from WAAPA with first class honours. This evening, Marc will perform new original material with Jeremy Thomson on guitar, Zac Grafton on Bass and Pete Evans on drums.

Baritone saxophonist Mitch Boag is a familiar face on the Perth music scene. Since relocating from Melbourne in 2010 Mitch has established himself as a unique and versatile musician, having performed with artists including James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, George Garzone, The Mace Francis Orchestra, and Junkadelic Brass Band. Mitch will be highlighting a collection of his original compositions with his sextet which draw on a wide array of artistic influences.

Young Lions – Tristan Wills

Tristan Wills is a jazz pianist currently studying at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has performed at many venues including the Ellington Jazz Club, Canton Bar and the Laneway Lounge. He has also performed with musicians such as Karl Florrison, Freddie Grigson, Michael Perkins, and Mathew Styles. Tristan performs in vocal duos, small jazz combos and various other ensembles around Perth.

His compositions are influenced by the likes of Avishai Cohen, Ari Hoenig, E.S.T, And Brad Mehldau and is characterised by odd time signatures and dense fast melodies, usually with an anchoring bass riff.

Line up:

Jacob Mitchell – guitar
Tristan Wills – piano
Alistair Peel – double bass
Liam Hickey – drums 

Jacob Mitchell Trio

Jacob Mitchell is a Perth born and based guitarist. In 2014 Jacob graduated from the Honours program at WAAPA concluding five years of formal music studies. Some of the musicians he has played and performed with include artists such as Jamie Oehlers, Ben Vanderwal, Carl Mackey, George Garzone and James Muller as well as receiving tuition from the likes of Gilad Hekselman, Freddie Grigson and Steve Magnusson.

Whilst his performances draw heavily on the jazz tradition they also pay homage to his love of rock and blues music.


Line up:

TBC

Adrian Kelly

Award winning composer and trumpet player, Adrian Kelly, creates exciting and engaging music ranging from the deeply intimate to ecstatic celebrations and powerful funk grooves. With wild electric sounds blended with the more traditional textures of jazz, his quartet fuses such diverse influences of Miles Davis, Stravinsky, Stockhausen, and Squarepusher; breaking down the barriers of genre with an energy and emotion that reaches all lovers of music.

 

Line up:
Adrian Kelly (trumpet/flugelhorn)
Simon Jeans (guitar)
Shane Pooley (bass)
Mike Perkins (drums)

Andrew Gioia

With Andrew and Shaun living in Melbourne and Djuna and Alex in Perth, this group doesn’t often get to perform together, but when they do it is always exhilarating. Featuring Andrew Gioia on trumpet, Shaun Rammers on sax, Djuna Lee on bass and Alex Reid on drums improvising through their original music.

The quartet weaves through melodic and rhythmic ideas to create music that is interesting, quirky and fun. Inspired by the music of Tony Malaby, David Ades, Tim Berne and Ornette Coleman.

 

Line up:

Andrew Gioia – trumpet

Shaun Rammers – sax

Djuna Lee – bass

Alex Reid – drums

PJS Big Band

PJS Big Band will perform for Perth Jazz Society at the Ellington Jazz Club, Tuesday 22 December from 7:00pm.

 

The PJS Big Band consists of Perth’s finest professional and young emerging jazz musicians collaborating with the sole vision of creating and performing both original and traditional programs of music.

 

With the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) providing young musicians with great training and opportunities, the PJS Big Band aims to continue this at a professional level.

 

Book tickets here

December Feature Event: Joanna Wallfisch from NYC

Joanna Wallfisch has built an impressive profile since her move to New York from London in 2012. She has fashioned a musical identity of her own and been hailed by the great pianist Fred Hersch as “a real discovery—a first-rate musician in every way”.

Critics have described Joanna’s voice and music as “mesmerizing” (Jazzwise Magazine), with a “crystalline delivery” (Downbeat Magazine ) and a “sublime voice” (The Telegraph). In March 2015 she released her second album, “The Origin of Adjustable Things” (Sunnyside Records) — an intricate, sonically enveloping duo project with acclaimed classical and jazz pianist, Dan Tepfer.

Joanna is very excited to embark on her first tour of Australia, and to celebrate this fact at the Laneway Lounge in Perth.

Line up
Joanna Wallfisch – vocals
Jeremy Thompson – guitar
Alistair Peel – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums

 


Praise for Wallfisch:
[Wallfisch and Tepfer’s] interplay is sensitive and deep” — The New York Times

 

Tepfer provides an infectious running commentary to Wallfisch’s musings and yearnings on love affairs… The performances and the duo’s intimate rapport are pretty mesmerising” — Jazzwise Magazine

 

The youngest child of a renowned classical-music dynasty…crossing boarders and flouting rules seem to come naturally to Joanna Wallfisch. With her clear-eyed poetry [she] combines the purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser” – The Boston Globe

 

The subtle chiaroscuro effects of dynamics, dissonance or vibrato, and her focussed, crystalline delivery will melt any purist’s heart” — Downbeat Magazine

 

A clear-eyed poetry… Wallfisch combines the intimate purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser. Crossing boarders and flouting rules seem to come naturally to the youngest child of a renowned classical-music dynasty” — The Boston Globe
For more on Joanna Wallfisch see www.joannawallfisch.org

 

PJS Christmas Jazzstravaganza

Join us for the PJS Christmas Jazzstravaganza to celebrate the festive season and the year that was 2015! The program is jam packed with great jazz from Marc Osborne Quintet (7pm), Laura Corney Sextet (8pm), LiveWyre (9pm) and the Libby Hammer Quartet (10pm).

The 2015 Alan Corbet Scholarship winner will also be announced on the night.

 

Program:

7pm : Marc Osborne Quintet
8pm: Laura Corney Sextet
9pm: LiveWyre
10pm: Libby Hammer Quartet

Avenue 4

Merry Christmas to You!  Lead by the soulful voice of Joyce Mathers, “Avenue 4” will take you through a mix of jazz standards influenced by the likes of Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitazgerald ……with perhaps a little twist of Christmas thrown in to get you in the festive mood!  With their feet firmly planted in the jazz genre “Avenue” have graced all the jazz stages in Perth – The Ellington/Fremantle Jazz/Jazz WA …..they also have been part of many of the local music festivals.

Their ensemble is awash with talented musicians who have years of experience in the jazz world –  including Kim Anning on guitar and vocals, Manoli Vouyoucalos on Bass, and Peter Evans on drums.

Joyce Mathers was born and brought up in the North East of Scotland and was singing long before she could talk!   A regular in the local theatre world , her love of the stage and music is evident in her relaxed and mischievous style on stage.

 

Joyce Mathers – vocals

Kim Anning – guitar and vocals,

Manoli Vouyoucalos – Bass

Peter Evans – on drums

Old School Funk Jam – Fat back beats, Hammond Organs and Boogaloos featuring James Sandon

Old School Funk Jam – Fat back beats, Hammond Organs and Boogaloos

Featuring James Sandon

 

Spend your Wednesday night digging on the funky sounds that shaped a Soul and R and B revolution. Old School Funk Jam brings the 60’s/70’s Blue Note Era back for party of earthy, soulful jazz.

Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, Jack Mcduff, Marvin Gaye, The Meters and Eddie Harris all get a look in. The tones of the Hammond Organ, pumping bass lines, relentless drum beats all get mixed in with massive impromptu jams. You never know who might sit in and what may happen.

Already a raging success every Tuesday Night at Sydney’s 505 Jazz club, the Old School Funk Jam is a loose atmosphere for everyone to hang out and enjoy some soulful tunes.

 

Line up:

James Sandon – Saxophone and Percussion

Graham Wood – Hammond Organ

Harry Winton – Guitar

Karl Florison – Bass

Ben Vanderwal – Drums

Brett Smith

Brett Smith will perform the Perth Jazz Society Laneway Series on Sunday 6 December from 6:30pm. More details coming soon.

Matt Styles

Matt Styles will perform at the Laneway Lounge on Sunday 29 November from 6:30pm. He will be performing with Russell Holmes, Karl Florrison and Michael Perkins. This promises to be a great night of music!

November Feature Event: Wayne Slater Band

After working in Perth for almost ten years as a sideman, bassist Wayne Slater is proud to present his first jazz ensemble project as bandleader.

Hailing from Geelong, Wayne moved to WA to study music and graduated from WAAPA in 2006. He has since worked as a freelance bassist in many different bands around Perth; playing everything from Rock and Country to Trad Jazz and Soul. Whilst he enjoys playing a wide variety of styles, his passion has always been jazz and he particularly values his work with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO).

Through working with MFO, Perth’s premier original big band, Wayne has developed a profound respect for the art of composing. Drawing inspiration from his musical journeys with MFO, he has put together a collection of original music that reflects his diverse tastes; including Duke Ellington, Booker T and The MGs, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood to name a few.

Tonight’s performance will feature Wayne’s original compositions as well as music from his debut album which will be released in 2016.

 

Line up:

Wayne Slater – bass

Harry Winton – guitar

Gabriel Fatin – keyboard

Greg Brenton – drums

 

Young Lions – Amis & Dan Garner

Amis Piano Trio (7pm)

Amis is a piano trio made up of three friends who study together at WAAPA. The group was created to provide a platform for the three artists to write, perform and collaborate with similar minded musicians. All three have similar influences in music including Avishai Cohen, Tigran Hamasyan and Ari Hoenig to name a few. The trio will play an original set with some straight ahead swing to more contemporary infused jazz pieces.

Trio line up:
Tristan Neale – Piano
Kieran Barnes – Bass
Quinn Wells – Drums

 

Dan Garner (8pm)
Dan Garner is a young jazz guitarist. Growing up in Wyalkatchem, a small community 250km out of Perth, early music influences included Adam Brand, Lee Kernaghan and Slim Dusty. After completing high school, Dan studied at WAAPA, learning from local and international greats. Over his journey, he has crafted a unique sound and music style that combines his early influences with a modern jazz sound.
Dan Garner – Guitar
Tom Walsh – Saxophone
Vaughn Beaver – Organ
Liam Hickey – Drums

 

457

457 hit the stage at The Laneway Lounge for the PJS on 22 November bringing a fresh approach to Jazz classics and mixing rhythms from the Islands of the Indian Ocean and Martinique Island.

Throw in the infectious sounds of the band’s own originals and you have something unique.

Thierryno Gangou – Piano / Vocals

Mike Collinson – Sax / Flute

Sarah Clare – Bass

Vince Pavitt – Drums

Adam James

Adam James graduated from WAAPA in 1998 with a Bachelor of Jazz piano and vocals before departing for Asia, Europe, and America where he travelled and lived performing in an array of different musical genres. Since 2008, Adam has returned to Perth where he has continued to perform and create original music..

Heavily influenced by pianists Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Tommy Flanagan, Adam Makowicz, Herbie Hancock and Vocalists George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Vince Jones, Adam has a unique flavour and soulfulness worth experiencing.

Currently Adam has a new Album coming in November with a new, fresh musical direction.

 

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

SARAH RAMSEY & RICKI MALET

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

James van de Ven – Tributing Melba Liston

James van de Ven is a young and upcoming trombonist from Perth. As a current student of the WAAPA jazz program he has enjoyed performance and recording opportunities around WA and Australia ranging from various small group combos, big bands, trad./New Orleans brass bands, commercial music and even hip hop groups. Along with regional and national tours, van de Ven has participated in two international programs hosted by NYU’s jazz faculty and was awarded the Alan Corbet Scholarship by the Perth Jazz Society to assist in attending the 2014 Dave Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
In honour of the women of jazz James van de Ven will be paying tribute to the great Melba Liston. As the defining female trombonist of the big band era Liston has an incredible body of work to reflect on and appreciate both from a musical and political/cultural standpoint. During the showcase van de Ven will present a varied program that demonstrates the different aspects of Liston’s career showing her varied strengths as a composer, arranger and instrumentalist. Also featured will be some originals and arrangements from van de Ven and his ensemble.

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.

Kate Pass – Tributing Linda Oh & Esperanza Spalding

In keeping with October’s female instrumentalist theme, Kate Pass is honoured to present this tribute to Linda Oh and Esperanza Spalding. This gig will feature the original music of these two female bassists who have taken the world by storm.

 

Linda Oh, who studied at WAAPA and was involved in WAYJO, is an inspiration to Perth jazz musicians. After obtaining her Masters at Manhattan School of Music, she currently lives in New York and plays regularly with jazz heavyweights such as Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas and Kenny Barron. Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding has earned international acclaim for her work as a bassist, vocalist and composer. Her music fuses elements of jazz, funk and Latin.

 

Kate Pass is a Perth-based double and electric bassist who performs locally, nationally and internationally in a variety of ensembles. Since graduating with Honours from WAAPA in 2013 Kate performed at the esteemed world music festival Womadelaide with Persian singer Tara Tiba before heading to New York, Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney with the same ensemble. She also performed in Tokyo, Melbourne, Hobart, and at the Devonport Jazz Festival with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. After being awarded WAYJO’s Jack Bendat travel scholarship this year, Kate travelled to Amsterdam where she participated in the “Keep an Eye Jazz Foundation’s” Summer program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she had the opportunity to study with bassist Jay Anderson.

 

Kate is joined by some of Perth’s most talented musicians to interpret the music of these two outstanding female bassists.