May 23, 2012 § Leave a Comment
As I headed home on a crisp autumn night from His Majesty’s Theatre (The Maj) I spied activity through the window at the Ellington Jazz Club. I’d just played some exciting and uplifting scores with the WASO for the WA Ballet as part of a show called “Diamonds” and didn’t feel like heading straight home.
Kat Tonkin, the Ellington’s charming manager on duty last night greeted me warmly at the door. I ordered a Squires cider off the tap and leant against the beautiful copper-topped bar.
The atmosphere was simply electric. Jazz students and regular customers filled the place. Tenor sax giant Jamie Oehlers was in blistering form and his young protégés hung on his every phrase and nuance. What a treat. On a Tuesday night, here were some of Perth’s top jazz musos tearing the place apart. (I mean this figuratively, not literally. It may be a Northbridge night club, but here it’s all about the music).
SO glad I stopped by.
The musos last night.
You can catch Nick Abbey tonight.
You can catch Jamie and Tal with Emmy and Grammy award-winning bassist Bob Hurst on the 30th and 31st of May
Even though they’ll only be tearing the place apart in a figurative sense next week, the Ellington may still need to replace some of the furniture after the gigs
Here’s a taste of the quartet from the Jazzaziz Vol 5 CD Launch at the Art Gallery of WA last year. Of course, video clips are never a substitute for actually being there…
April 7, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Loved his first album, “Archipel”. The next, “French Suite” is equally stunning!
January 16, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Those of us at the Ellington Jazz Club in Perth on Thursday 14th of January were treated to an incredible display of tenor playing by former Perthite, now London-based, Brandon Allen.
Allen placed his enormous stamp on the venue, occasionally moving away from the mike to show that his sound was such that he really didn’t need it!
We were then taken on a journey through some heavily Coltranesque numbers including a brilliant rendition of “Soul Eyes”. Another highlight of the evening for me was “The Real McCoy” by McCoy Tyner.
His sweat-stained shirt was testament to the energy with which he played.
Added to this heady mix was the fiery Daniel Susnjar on drums who kept the white-hot energy flowing throughout the evening and in the finely tuned engine room were Graham Wood on keys and Karl Florisson on bass.
Brandon Allen will be appearing at the Charles Hotel, North Perth for the Perth Jazz Society on Monday January 25th at 8pm with the Russell Holmes trio.
Unmissable, in my book. He’s returning to London after his Perth visit.
Brandon Allen’s myspace. http://www.myspace.com/brandonsaxophonics
Ellington Jazz Club http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au/
June 8, 2009 § 4 Comments
Troy Roberts brilliant suite for Jazz Quartet and String Quartet is now on youtube. Footage is from the CD launch at the Charles Hotel on Jan 19th, 2009.
Troy Roberts Double Quartet, Live @ The Perth Jazz Society, 2009.
This music is from Troy Roberts’ new album, “The XenDen Suite”, and 8 part suite written in memory of the late Alan Corbet (1964 – 2008)
(available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/troyroberts2)
Troy Roberts Double Quartet
Troy Roberts – saxophones
Konrad Paszkudzki – piano
Peter Jeavons – bass
Daniel Susnjar – drums
Semra Lee – violin
Stephanie Dean – violin
Alex Brogan – viola
Eve Silver – cello
all music recorded and mastered by Lee Buddle from Crank Recording
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part 6 “Scotsman’s Waltz”
April 20, 2009 § Leave a Comment
Last night I plucked up the courage to stand up and play bass clarinet at the Ellington Jazz Club. I chose a transcription of Chris Potter’s brilliant version of Body and Soul from his album “Gratitude”. Even though having a music stand full of printed notes is generally frowned upon in a jazz club, it was great to play with Matt Willis on bass and Mike Perkins on drums who managed to hang on to my efforts to imitate the great Chris Potter. (The original is for double bass and bass clarinet alone but given we hadn’t had a chance to rehearse, drums with brushes seemed to be a wise move….)
The evening was part of a Sunday series now at the Ellington called Explorations where players can put their name on a list and come up to play for an audience after the featured band has played the first set. This forms an important mentoring opportunity for the jazz students of Perth (myself included). It was great to see a good amount of people there too! It was conceived by the late Alan Corbet, whose vision and drive have led the Perth jazz scene to thrive and grow in recent times.
“The concept of jamming has been central to jazz music since its inception in the New Orleans ghettos around the beginning of the 20th century. Indeed some believe that jazz improvisation itself was unwittingly birthed by musicians who would ‘jam’ the melody of a well-known tune, that is, to embellish and add to a given melody to create new melodies over the chord sequences of the original song.
Another important factor of jamming was (and still is) its spontaneity. Often, the musicians on stage wouldn’t have played together before (or at least not in the particular combination), and certainly, the choice of repertoire and musical approach would be last minute. Now in some musical arenas this practice is discouraged – but jazz thrives on exactly this kind of on-the-edge approach. “I don’t think people don’t want to see a live band play the same song they have rehearsed over and over until it sounds like an old record” says Alan Corbet (WA’s Jazz Co-ordinator- JazzWA), “…what interests them is spontaneity, how it makes them feel when all the parts come together, the music, the environment, the people… then the magic is created.”
Jam sessions also created a sense of community amongst the musicians. Young players could listen to (in the days before iPods; sometimes this was the ONLY way a young player could get to hear other musicians), play with and learn from more experienced players whilst at the same time getting the opportunity to showcase their own abilities. The problem is that in more recent times, jazz jam sessions have all but disappeared from the Perth music scene but that’s all changing thanks to an ongoing initiative from JazzWA.”
Alan Corbet – Jazz WA.
The Ellington jazz club is the most important thing to happen for the WA live music scene. Even people who have never considered going to a jazz gig are turning up! The sharing of ideas and plans between people in the industry and cross fertilisation of genres means the WA music scene can now grow and flourish at this important forum. Long may it prosper!