Jazz & Oyster Nights @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Jeremy Thomson

Come and enjoy the finest things in life with live jazz and freshly shucked oysters. Perth Jazz Society will present the best jazz musicians in town while Andy Grljusich will shuck fresh oysters for your indulgence.

Jeremy Thomson, 22 from Perth, has been playing guitar since the age of 11. He has completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) Honours at the West Australian Academy of Performing arts during which time he won the award for the best graduation recital and highest course marks in his year.

In 2014 he was selected as a finalist for the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Artists Jeremy has performed with include, Joanna Wallfisch, Jamie Oehlers, Ben Vanderwal, Daniel Susnjar, Tom O’Halloran, Giorgio Rojas, Mark Fitzgibbon and many more.

Jazz & Oyster Nights @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Interview Music

Interview Music is a trio comprised of Jeremy Thomson (guitar), Gabriel Fatin (keyboards) and Alex Reid (drums). Far from an average jazz trio, most of the repertoire is made up of pop songs that have been put through a rigorous deconstruction. They maintain the jazz aesthetic while exploring artists as diverse as Thom Yorke, Stevie Wonder, Tupac and Bruce Hornsby. Each song is given a transforming treatment, as the trio uses each element of the song as a plaything with endless possibilities. Using plenty of creativity, virtuosity and tongue-in-cheek humour, Interview Music is entertaining and engaging.

Line up:

Jeremy Thomson – guitar
Gabriel Fatin – keyboards
Alex Reid – drums

Jazz & Oyster Nights @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Southpaw

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here for more info.

Led by drummer Peter Evans, Southpaw explore the sounds of 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll, folk, pop and country music with a jazz sensibility.   From the Boogaloo to the Bo-Diddley Rhythm, expect both original music and jazz interpretations of songs from popular artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel.

Line up:
Simon Jeans – guitar
Shane Pooley – bass
Peter Evans – drums

Followed by film screening: YOUTH
*Jazz & Oysters is included in the film ticket price)

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.

Young Lions: Ryan Daunt & Matt McGlyn

The Perth Jazz Society presents the Young Lions series, the last Wednesday of each month.

The March program features drummer Ryan Daunt and trumpeter Matt McGlyn, leading their own ensembles.

The PJS are proud to announce that the Canton Bar & Lounge will be hosting the Young Lions Series this year, so be sure to come down early to get some oriental-inspired delicacies and delicious cocktails before the show.

Wednesday 27 May FREE ENTRY

Performance from 7pm – 9pm

Canton Lounge & Bar, 532 Hay St Perth 6000

Young Lions: Zac Grafton & Vaughn Jameson

The Perth Jazz Society presents the Young Lions series, the last Wednesday of each month.

The March program features bassist Zac Grafton, and guitarist Vaughn Jameson, leading their own ensembles.

The PJS are proud to announce that the Canton Bar & Lounge will be hosting the Young Lions Series this year, so be sure to come down early to get some oriental-inspired delicacies and delicious cocktails before the show.

Wednesday 29 April FREE ENTRY

Performance from 7pm – 9pm

Canton Lounge & Bar, 532 Hay St Perth 6000

Jazz & Oysters @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema Pete Evans

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here to find out more.

Melbourne/Perth based drummer Peter Evans is an up-and-coming drummer and composer in the jazz scene. In the past year, he has done performances with his own groups in both Melbourne and Perth and completed an Honours degree at the Victorian College of The Arts.  This year he is undertaking further study in the USA and is intending to record some of his own music. In this performance for the Perth Jazz Society’s Camelot Series, Peter will be exploring music from a diverse range of artists and genres in the open duo format of guitar and drums. Expect both original music and jazz interpretations of songs from popular artists such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones influenced by the sounds of country, blues, pop, and rock music..

Doors 6.00pm

Performance 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Film Screening 7.45pm (The Imitation Game)

Jazz & Oysters @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Gabriel Fatin

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here to find out more.

Gabriel graduated from Bachelor of Jazz Performance course at WAAPA last year, receiving the Best Recitalist award. In 2013 he also performed at both the Perth and Melbourne International Jazz Festivals, traveled to New York City for two weeks to take part in a workshop hosted by NYU and was invited several times to play his own music at the Ellington Jazz Club, one of Perth’s only listening focused venues.

Doors 6.00pm

Performance 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Film Screening 7.45pm (While We’re Young)

Young Lions: Dan Harrison & Dom Barrett

The Perth Jazz Society presents the Young Lions series, the last Wednesday of each month.

The March program features drummer Dan Harrison, and guitarist Dom Barrett leading their own ensembles.

The PJS are proud to announce that the Canton Bar & Lounge will be hosting the Young Lions Series this year, so be sure to come down early to get some oriental-inspired delicacies and delicious cocktails before the show.

Wednesday 25 March FREE ENTRY

Performance from 7pm – 9pm

Canton Lounge & Bar, 532 Hay St Perth 6000

PJS Big Band 2015 Launch

The PJS Big Band consists of Perth’s finest professional and young emerging jazz musicians. With a vision of creating original works and performing traditional programs of music this is an exciting new project supported by the Perth Jazz Society.

With the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra providing young musicians with great training and opportunities, the PJS Big Band aims to continue this at a professional level. Featuring lecturers and band directors from both organisations with a mix of Perth’s most exciting young jazz artists this will be a must see on Perth’s cultural calendar.

This debut PJS Big Band event will feature the compositions of the Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra with charts written by Bob Brookmeyer and Thad Jones himself. This gig will also feature the amazing Allira Wilson on vocals alongside:

Carl Mackey lead alto

Laura Corney alto 2

Luke Minness tenor 1

Marc Osborne tenor 2

Gemma Farrell bari

Jeremy Grieg lead bone

Blake Phillips bone 2

Rob Coleman bone 3

Kieren Hurley bone 4

Marty Pervan lead tpt

Ricki Malet tpt 2

Benn Hodgkin tpt 3

Matt McGlynn tpt 4

Harry Mitchell piano

Pete Jeavons bass

Ben Vanderwal drums

Jazz & Oysters @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Marc Osborne

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here to find out more.

Marc Osborne is a talented and in demand saxophonist based in Perth, Western Australia. He has recently completed his First Class Honours in Jazz Performance at the prestigious West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Marc has performed and recorded with the best players on the local jazz scene, national artists such as Andrew Gander (Sydney) and James Morrsion and international artists such as Fred Wesley, George Garzone and Wilson Saoko.

 

Doors 6.15pm

Performance 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Film Screening 8.00pm (Birdman)

Jazz & Oysters @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Luke Minness

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here to find out more.

Originally from Victoria, Luke Minness moved to Perth to complete his studies at WAAPA. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Jazz Performance, he has since played with well-known ensembles such as the Mace Francis Orchestra, WAYJO, the Jamess Cross Quintet amongst others.

Currently the artists in resident at The Claremont Hotel with his quartet as the leader of this ensemble. Involved in a dynamic brass band, Luke also plays regular gigs at The Ellington club under the Hornography banner. Other achievements include successful performances at The Laneway Lounge, as well as recording and touring with the JC5, and as a soloist.

Jazz & Oysters @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema – Ben Matthews

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here for more info.

2010 WAM Song of the Year nominee, pianist and composer Ben Matthews has shared the stage with many of Australia’s highly acclaimed jazz musicians (Katie Noonan, Libby Hammer, Ben Vanderwal to name a few). Ben’s passion for artistic expression through improvisation and composition lead him to begin learning jazz piano in 2007. In 2008 he began studying at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

James Flynn Kings of Swing

“Kings of Swing” – A Rat Pack / Vegas style show featuring James Flynn and the seven piece, Fly little Big Band performing the music of Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jnr.

James Flynn has established himself as one of Australia’s leading entertainers. Over the last two decades James has consolidated a significant reputation as not only a fine jazz vocalist but also as an actor, writer and producer of some of the most exciting productions to tour Australia: ”Unforgettable” The Nat King Cole story, “Simply Sinatra”, “That’s Amore” A celebration of Dean Martin, “Beyond the song” Remembering Bobby Darin, “Chattin’ with Chet” The Chet Baker story, “Wonderful”- The music of Stevie Wonder & “Gotta be Gatsby” A 1920’s musical.

James Flynn possesses flawless intonation, a fine sense of rhythmic swing and an uncanny interpretation of the lyric. From the point of view of solely recording, this would be sufficient but in a live setting he brings much more. Flynn engages his audience – he has the talent to communicate. His concert performances in front of capacity audiences feel like a casual presentation in a friend’s lounge room. This ability to make everyone feel “at home” is a rare skill in the jazz environment. In short he is an entertainer.

“Kings of Swing” will be a fabulous evening of entertainment with the cream of Perth’s top musicians: Graham Wood – piano, Bronton Ainsworth – drums, Zac Grafton – bass, Paul Millard- alto, Dan Hart – tenor, Bill Macalister – trombone & Mark Underwood – trumpet. Plus special guest artists from the UK. There will be a small dance floor for audience members to use during the performance if they wish. Food is also available at the venue prior to the performance.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in the chic style of that era 40’s & 50’s. Prizes will be given out to coolest looking guy & girl.

For Bookings: Please email james@jamesflynn.com.au or call Madeline on 0418 937 083

Jazz & Oysters Opening Night @ Camelot Outdoor Cinema

Come and enjoy all the finest things in life with the Jazz & Oyster Nights at Camelot Outdoor Cinema. Perth Jazz Society presents Perth’s finest jazz musicians every first Wednesday of the month at Camelot. Together with celebrity chef & seafood extroadinaire Andy Grljusich, who shucks fresh oysters for your indulgence. Click here to find out more.

With a luminous and introspective presence, Priscilla Gardner is a vocalist and composer in the Perth music scene. Priscilla has recently graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance this year. With a pure and haunting tone, Priscilla draws inspiration from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Norma Winstone, Chet Baker and Billie Holiday. Recent performances include supporting renowned vocalist Victoria Newton, as well as having guest appearance at The Ellington and The Laneway Lounge.

Lofty Heights

Conan Greenway started his musical career as a young violin student, moving on to studying guitar and the rest is history.. He moved to London and studied at Tech Music Schools for a year completing his Diploma in Contemporary Music on Guitar. Conan then returned to Perth to study jazz at The West Australian Acadamey of Performing Arts where he completed his BMus in Jazz Performance on Guitar.

His most recent project LOFTY HEIGHTS is looking to record in the next few months after having successful performances at The Ellington Jazz Club and PICA bar for The Perth Jazz Society.

Conan returns under his moniker Lofty Heights for what is set to be another stellar performance at the PJS.

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

WA Music Industry (WAMi) Awards 2013 Indigenous Act of the Year, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse return to the Ellington to showcase songs from their upcoming album Kalyakoorl.

Gina and Guy are rapidly captuing their hearts of audiences, connecting deeply through the power of song. You know when it happens, there’s that magical moment when a hush falls over the room; you can feel it, you know it’s special. It’s even more special when it’s in a rare Indigenous language. Yet that’s exactly what these friends have been doing with audiences across the state. You don’t need to understand the words; love, loss, joy all mean the same things in anyone’s language.

Come see this duo bring a modern take on an ancient tradition, merging evocative sounds, acoustic instruments and that incredible, beautiful voice. The natural rhythms of the language are perfectly captured, and there’s an onstage connection that comes from two people who’ve grown up with similar soundtracks, who share a deep friendship and commitment to this music.

Abbey-Foster-Susnjar

Nick Abbey (bass), Chris Foster (piano), and Daniel Susnjar (drums) return to the Ellington stage to present a fantastic night of music, featuring their unique and impressive take on the modern piano trio format.

This formidable ensemble will take you on a journey through repertoire ranging from original pieces (including some from their recent release ‘Brotherhood’), jazz standards, spontaneous composition, and even some creative re-imaginings of contemporary pop tunes.

Each performance by this great trio heralds something new and exciting, so don’t miss this opportunity to see these guys up close and personal from within the comfort of the Ellington Jazz Club.

“They sound closely attuned to each other and in complete accord on the way each track should unfold… This set is about three musicians combining as a well-balanced unit. Recommended.” – Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (Rhythms Magazine)

 

Oz Big Band Farewell

The Oz Big Band will be performing a farewell gig at The Ellington Jazz Club.  A week before they travel over to Melbourne they will be showcasing all of their tour material in an unmissable show.

With a reputation of being one of the best big band vocalists in Perth, the talented Leah Guelfi will be leading the group as the solo vocalist du jour.

Be sure to book early for this date –  you will be kicking yourself if you miss this special performance.

Will Udall

Returning from the UK for only a handful of hometown shows, The Will Udall Band will be playing cuts from their brand new album ‘Room with a View’ as well as a spattering of classic covers that inspire his music. Will is accompanied by his London-based band of Aaron Spiers (bass) and Chris Grant (drums, both ex-WAAPA), this exclusive performance is not to be missed!

As a professional singer/songwriter for almost 10 years, Will is committed to creating music with the same spirit as those who inspired him.  Though he writes on the acoustic guitar, once recorded, his music takes on a more electric, fleshed-out sound, akin to the sounds of a Hi-Fi Crowded House with a generous mix of Americana.

Gavin Shoesmith Quartet

Gavin Shoesmith is a singer, songwriter and double-bass virtuoso. Leading the bass grooves in John Butler Trio, Shoesmith now leads his own jazz ensemble.

Performing for the PJS with a talented quartet, playing an array of  of jazz, latin, jazz and contemporary Australian roots music, and digs deep into the influences of seminal musicians like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.