The Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) was formed late in 2005 by band-leader and composer Mace Francis to experiment with composition, in the style of the great modern big bands lead by Bob Brookmeyer, Thad Jones, Bill Holman and Maria Schneider. The result has been the coming together of 14 of Perth’s finest musician’s and composers to create exciting new music for big band.

Over the last 11 years MFO has recorded 6 CDs, toured nationally four times and performed with international jazz artists, Jim Pugh (USA), Jon Gordon (NY), John Hollenbeck (Berlin), Theo Bleckmann (NY), Ed Partyka (GER) and Satoko Fujii (JAP). In 2015 MFO was awarded the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award for Jazz Work of the Year for their recent album, Music for Average Photography. With swirling saxophones, big brass and a driving rhythm section their performances are filled with energy, humour, raw energy and sophistication. A little big band that punches above its weight.

Saxophones: Ben Collins, Dan Hart, Brett Smith, Mark Sprogowski

Trumpet: Ricki Malet, Matthew McGlynn, Matt Smith

Trombone: Blake Phillips, Catherine Noblet, Rob Coleman

Guitar: Harry Winton

Bass: Wayne Slater

Drums: Greg Brenton

Conductor: Mace Francis

“These layered compositions and scoring convey colour, atmosphere and movement far more effectively and with greater interest than the stock standard arrangements often heard from big bands. Francis, understandably, has attracted international interest with his outstanding orchestra and compelling compositions.”

John McBeath – The Weekend Australian Newspaper


“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

Abbey Foster Falle

Abbey|Foster|Falle return to the PJS stage for a night of exciting improvisational music. The unique and engaging collaboration of these three individually renowned musicians is always a highlight and is absolutely not-to-be-missed!
WAM 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

Student Membership Special – Expires 10pm 21 June 2016!

End of Exams Student Special

Free 12 Month Student Memberships – Valid for 14 and 21 June Only!

Hey there uni students! We have an end-of-exams special for you, valid for 14 and 21 June only. We’re giving away free 12-month student memberships to any student non-member that pays for entry to PJS Jazz Tuesdays on 14 and 21 June at Four5Nine Bar!

All you need to do is rock up, pay the door charge and give us the secret password – ‘Mixolydian’. That bit’s really important. No password = no free membership.

THIS SPECIAL IS FOR 14 and 21 JUNE ONLY – the offer expires at 10pm 21 June 2016.

Want to know who’s playing on those dates? Click here for more info.

See you at Four5Nine!

Winter Membership Special – Expires 10pm 7 June 2016!

Free Membership

Free 12 Month Membership – Tonight Only!

Hey there PJS non-members! We have a once-off special for you, tonight only. We’re giving away free 12-month memberships to any non-member that pays for entry to tonight’s PJS Jazz Tuesdays gig at Four5Nine Bar!

All you need to do is rock up, pay the door charge and give us the secret password – ‘Stormy Weather’. That bit’s really important. No password = no free membership.

THIS SPECIAL IS FOR TONIGHT ONLY – the offer expires at 10pm 7 June 2016.

Want to know who’s playing tonight? Click here for more info.



Will Vinson comes to Perth

Will Vinson - Perth Jazz Society


The PJS is delighted to announce that international saxophonist/composer Will Vinson (NYC) is performing for us next week!

The concert is by invite only for PJS members and friends of Villanova Music and is Vinson’s only Perth show. We only have a few tickets left so be quick if you don’t want to miss out.


PJS and Villanova Music presents:
Will Vinson with the Villanova house band

Line up
Will Vinson – alto saxophone
Tom O’Halloran – piano
Sam Anning – bass
Ben Vanderwal – drums

Friday 26 February
Doors – 6:30pm
Villanova Music – 9/28 Frobisher St, Osborne Park

Tickets – $30 for PJS members:

Get a ticket to Will Vinson + PJS membership  (12 months) for
only $40


The first time I heard Will Vinson, I was totally blown away — so much so that I started trying to play alto again. An ill-fated attempt. But I’m still listening to Will every chance I get. And each time, I’m even more inspired, humbled, and, quite frankly, terrified.” – Joshua Redman