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Thursday 24 Jul - 05:00 pm
Russell Holmes Trio every Thursday. Russell is a well known player of Jazz, teaching at WAPA and playing regular gigs at various venues in Perth including the Ellington. He plays at sundowner time in a little wine bar in Leederville, where you can drink lovely wines and eat delicious gourmet food.
Amani Wine Bar - Leederville

Thursday 24 Jul - 06:00 pm
Extraordinary singer JEFF DUFF, from Sydney, returns to join the John Montesante Quintet (JMQ), performing jazz standards and his favourite tunes at the Commune on the city's edge on July 24. The John Montesante Quintet is one of Melbourne's most entertaining and versatile jazz combos, with a vast repertoire of bebop and timeless jazz standards and the ability to work with a wide variety of Jazz artists.The regular JMQ line-up features John Mo...
The Commune Cafe Bar - East Melbourne

Thursday 24 Jul - 06:30 pm
Jazz lovers will be treated to some of Melbourne’s finest singers at the newly transformed Rising Sun Hotel.This historic South Melbourne Hotel has a long association with the best in Jazz. Now with new owners, new menu & freshly opened upstairs lounge, this grand two storey building is poised for a bright future for all to share in.The foundation of the music is the traditional jazz piano trio (piano, double bass and drums), led by Joe Rube...
Rising Sun Hotel - South Melbourne

Friday 25 Jul - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents the Craig Scott Quintet
Craig Scott has been one of Australia’s leading bassists for over 30 years and has performed with many of this country’s leading jazz musicians including Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian Lee, Kerrie Biddell and Judy Bailey. The Quintet features the musical calisthenics of two of Australia’s leading horn players in the front line – namely Warwick Alder on trumpet and Paul Cutlan on tenor and soprano saxophones. The rhythm section fea...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 26 Jul - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents the Java Quartet 'Together' Tour
The Java Quartet celebrates 20 years with the release of their seventh album and an East coast tour. The appropriately named new album, Together, returns to the acoustic (and organic) nature of the group, blending exotic grooves and spoken word into the jazz harmonic world that is The Java Quartet. At once driving, trance-like and reflective, The Java Quartet establishes their own corner of sonic territory.Recorded live in a large TV studio, T...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Thursday 31 Jul - 06:00 pm
On Thursday, July 31 at The Commune, we are delighted to welcome backtalented and versatile singer, RITA SATCH, who is always enjoyed by our audience - with the JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET.The venue is on city's edge (near Parliament Station), so it is easy to come along after work, or even make a special trip and enjoy a relaxing meal,with your friends or partner, as you listen to some of the finest jazz artists in Australia.You may learn more ab...
The Commune Cafe Bar - East Melbourne

Friday 01 Aug - 08:30 pm
World renowned Australia bass player and composer Steve Hunter, will release ‘Cosmos’- his first live album as bandleader.For over thirty years Steve Hunter has been creating original electric jazz music as bandleader, bass player and composer. He has appareds on over 70 albums , and over 130 of his compositions have featured on albums by a wide range of artists.With a line-up that includes Matt McMahon, Andrew Gander and Matt Keegan, you ...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 02 Aug - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents the Tim Clarkson Trio
Clarkson is constantly engaging and driving on alto and tenor saxophone.... There are metric modulations ... creating a maze of negotiated rhythms through which irresistible momentum can still be felt. - John Clare“Land of Free Men”, launched last year at SIMA, marks a new development in Clarkson’s unique voice. Exploring the historic and contemporary expressions of what it means to live in a free society the album is in part dedicated t...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 02 Aug - 09:00 pm
After highly lauded performances at Glastonbury (UK) and St Paul Jazz Festival(France), and many gigs in Australia, versatile songstress, MAY JOHNSTON, returns to Dizzy's with her "Women of Jazz" program, performing Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan & Etta James, among others. You are guaranteed a stellar experience with this special artiste, outstanding jazz music, delicious food and drink and excellent company.Bookings 94281233 ...
Dizzy's Jazz Club - Richmond

Friday 08 Aug - 08:30 pm
Those who heard Song Fwaa, heard edge, originality and musical humour so cunning that no weasel could better it. John Fenton, Creative Jazz Club (NZ)Song Fwaa are launching their second album Sons Of No Guns, For We Are Anomalous, following on the hooves of their debut release, Ligeti's Goat, described by various reviewers as passionate, explosive, tranquil, sublime, abstract, eclectic, fiercely cohesive. Their second album sounds a unit burn...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 09 Aug - 08:00 pm
Join us for our inaugural Jazz Insights program, as we hear from one of the most respected pianist/composers in the modern Australian jazz scene, Judy Bailey, who will reflect on her life and career in jazz. Following this talk will be a performance by her trio.
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Sunday 10 Aug - 06:00 pm
Amani presents Lofty Heights presenting Conan Greenway. Conan brings a young youthful Jazz sound to Amani every second Wednesday at 6.00 p.m. Conan plays at various venues in Perth and we are priveledged to have him play at Amani. Entry is free, bar and restaurant is open.
Amani Wine Bar - Leederville

Friday 15 Aug - 08:30 pm
Astonishing versatility and technique, a highly polished shimmering high-class actAUSTRALIAN STAGEUrban Gypsies Quartet are an instrumental Jazz/Latin/contemporary band featuring nylon string guitars, cello and percussion. They represent an exciting direction in Latin / jazz mixed with world music influences, exploring a wide range of styles and genres from breezy Bossa Novas to fiery improvised virtuosity. Each instrumentalist is a master of ...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 16 Aug - 06:30 pm
On Saturday, August 16, the JOHN MONTESANTE QUINTET (aka JMQ) will feature stunning REBECCA MENDOZA at a special EXTRA EARLY SHOW at THE PARIS CAT at 7PM, with doors at 6.30pm. Influenced by bebop, the band offers a modern take on standards as well as John Montesante’s special jazz arrangements. This evening's special guest, REBECCA MENDOZA is influenced by Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Diane Schuur and is a fine and seasoned performer: ...
Paris Cat Jazz Club - Melbourne

Saturday 16 Aug - 08:00 pm
WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Singin' Up A Sorm
Nothing beats a good old swing-along!This August WAYJO, armed with three of their own talented young vocalists, will be Singin' Up A Storm at the Astor Theatre, along with two of Australia’s foremost big band musicians: bandleader and drummer John Morrison (big brother of James) and singing sensation Jacki Cooper, as well as local favourites Libby Hammer, Bronwynn Sprogowski and Victoria Newton.This one is a must for anyone who loves classic...
The Astor Theatre - Mt Lawley

Wednesday 20 Aug - 07:30 pm
The Freedman Jazz Finals
Who will win the 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowships?“For music lovers it’s an opportunity to hear the best of the best playing in a white hot session” Daily TelegraphFreedman Jazz sees Australia’s top jazz musicians go head to head in a blistering display of thrilling jazz and daring improvisation as they compete for the lucrative $15,000 prize.Distinguished nominators from each State and Territory have selected 16 of the very best artists...
Studio, Sydney Opera House - Sydney

Friday 22 Aug - 08:40 pm
JOHN MONTESANTE DECTET"A knockout 10 piece JAZZ Band playing cool arrangements and featuring 3 stellar singers"The Dectet had its genesis in Montesante's stylish, horn-led quintet,(JMQ -formed 1990),added four horns and a guitarist to the core JMQ lineup, to breathe life to his new dedicated arrangements.Although a large band, the Dectet is NOT a regular 'Big Band', or 'Trad Band', but performs JAZZ for those who savour undiluted virtuosity, o...
The Flying Saucer Club - Elsternwick, Melbourne

Saturday 23 Aug - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents George Garzone (USA) with Mike Nock Trio
"Parallels with John Coltrane's classic quartet are too lightly tossed around but this really did have something of that monumental, wave-like energy, the tenor by turns majestic and searing. "John Shand, Sydney Morning HeraldGeorge Garzone visits our shores to inspire at delight. Garzone has always possessed and expansive and warm tone that moves from inside to out- jazz with relative ease. "Like Trane, his music resonates from what must be w...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Friday 29 Aug - 08:30 pm
This new project features three of Sydney's most talented and sought after musicians: Ben Hauptmann, Johnathan Zwartz, and Hamish Stuart
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 30 Aug - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents Tony Gorman and Bobby Singh +Sandy Evans Trio
Don't miss this all to rare sighting of Tony Gorman and Bobby Singh. Triple ARIA award-winning artist Tony Gorman's 'meditative clarinet is sparse, dreamy, immaculate, drifting music with great power' (limelight magazine). Tony's infintely nuanced clarinet playing is pensive. Accompanied by tabla wizard Bobby Singh, this duo was described by SMH as "intimate, like music being whispered in your ear, or like a confession from a best friend".The...
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Friday 05 Sep - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents the Jann Rutherford Project: Discovery
Music of delicacy, optimism, warmth and expressiveness, this project remembers the music of Jann Rutherford, one of the most distinctive voices in Australian jazz. Performed by original members of her band, Paul Cutlan, Roger Manins (saxes) and Craig Scott (bass) who will be joined by award-winning pianist Matt McMahon and drummer Dave Goodman.
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 06 Sep - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents the Spyglass Gypsies
Combining traditional French gypsy jazz tunes with their dazzling swinging originals the Spyglass Gypsies bring the bygone days of bohemian Paris into the here and now. With the lyrical sounds of the accordion, clarinet and the percussive 'la pompe' of gypsy guitars, they have established themselves as one of the leading ensembles in Australasian Gypsy jazz.
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Friday 12 Sep - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents The Vampires
The Vampires’ music is a unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, romantic Afro-Peruvian, danceable Afro-Cuban, exotic Balkan and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion between the sax/trumpet front line, the band defy genre and have wrought a style of their own.
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 13 Sep - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents Reid Between the Lines
The Cam Reid Trio once again joins forces with outstanding vocalist and saxophonist Nic Jeffries. Over the years they have developed a deep musical connection that combines a unique sense of groove, interaction and energy whilst maintaining a strong emphasis on the written lyric.
Sound Lounge - Chippendale

Saturday 27 Sep - 08:30 pm
SIMA presents Bearing the Bell @St Stephen's Church
Set against the striking sanctuary of St Stephen’s church, this rarely performed work takes an intimate look into the music of the fifteenth century English Tudor composer Thomas Tallis through the musical kaleidoscope of four of Australia’s most accomplished jazz musicians. Scored by and featuring award-winning saxophonist Andrew Robson and Sandy Evans (sax), James Greening (trombone) and Steve Elphick (bass).
St Stephen's Uniting Church - Sydney

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