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MONDAY While most
venues close their doors
on Monday nights, The
Ellington Jazz Club keeps
the beat alive with a rotating
list of various acts.
TUESDAY The Jazz Club of
WA adds a little sass to your
Tuesday night at the Yokine
Bowling Club. Sip on one
of The Laneway Lounge’s
signature jazz-era cocktails
while you surrender to the
sultry sounds of the venue’s
popular Laneway Sessions.
head to Oxford Street’s
Amani Wine Bar to take
in the soulful sounds of
jazz connoisseur Conan
Greenway. Described as an
‘unrivalled force’ in the local
jazz vocalist scene, catch the
dulcet tones of Ali Bodycoat
and her jazz trio at the
THURSDAY Get your jazz
fix with The Fix, on the first
and third Thursday of the
month at The Moon. Funk
and soul have nothing on
the stylin’ Odette Mercy
Trio, playing every second
Thursday of the month.
If edgy and stylish is your
MO, look no further than
JUICE at Llama Bar.
brings together jazz
hip hop MCs on one stage.
A SNAPSHOT OF THIS SEASON’S
BEST JAZZ PERFORMANCES.
1. WAYJO tribute series:
Keeping up with the Joneses
Legendary instrumentalist, composer, arranger and
bandleader Thad Jones and 27 Grammy Award-
winner Quincy Jones will be paid tribute in the
WAYJO Big Band concert. The Ellington Jazz
Club, Oct 23.
2. Over the Rainbow
In collaboration with PRIDEFEST, Perth jazz darlings
Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer will perform
a collection of songs that celebrate gender and
sexual diversity in our community. The Ellington
Jazz Club, Nov 21.
3. Adam Hall and
the Velvet Playboys
A swing band rooted in the jazz and blues music
of the 40s and 50s, these cats – who draw from
artists such as Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and Chuck
Berry – will get you up and dancing. The Laneway
4. Corner House Jazz Band
This six-piece traditional jazz band is the stalwart of
The Jazz Cellar. A full house most weeks means you
should get there early for the 5pm release of tickets.
The Jazz Cellar, Fridays.
FRIDAY Look for Perth’s
famous red phone box –
the gateway to The Jazz
Cellar and some of the
best traditional jazz around.
The 2007 Australian Jazz
Artist of the Year and World
winner Jamie Oehlers has
taken up weekly residence
at The Terrace Hotel.
For more than a decade,
the Charisma Brothers
have been one of Perth’s
favourite jazz outfits: they riff
cool tunes for sake sippers
at Tsunami Sushi Bar.
SATURDAY Get your
groove on with a little
neo-soul at The Laneway
Lounge, thanks to the
smooth sounds of Soul
Child and Astrid Ripepi.
get lively at Freo’s
stalwart Railway Hotel,
with Dixieland and
traditional jazz tunes,
compliments of the
Corner House Jazz Band.
SUNDAY Grab a seat
and a beer at the Navy
Club and settle in for an
afternoon of sweet tunes
from a variety of local
groups, including Ali
Bodycoat and the Penny
King Quintet. Catch the
as they play their rockin’
brand of zydeco, rhythm
and blues, Cajun, swing
and everything in between
at Clancy’s Fish Pub, Freo.
We dare you to sit still.
Perth-based songwriter Shameem is something of
a cultural puzzle. Born in Australia to a Chinese-
Malaysian father and an Iranian mother, she draws
on her eclectic background to infuse her unique
concoction of soul, R&B and jazz. Looking and
sounding like an Australian Alicia Keys helps, too.
“Because I am multi-racial, I feel like I don’t belong
anywhere in the world,” she says. “And yet I belong
everywhere!” Despite recent tours to the USA and
Canada, Shameem confesses she loves returning here.
“Touring is always fun because you get to meet new
people and experience new things, but I really connect
with the people of Perth. I think The Ellington has
done a lot for the jazz scene, and the music scene at
large here. It’s a venue dedicated to music, so music-
lovers don’t have to put up with people chatting while
they try to listen, and musicians get to really express
themselves fully. ” The Ellington Jazz Club, Nov 14.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au
(photography Penny Lane).
Keeping up with
AT THE QUARRY
Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic The Nutcracker clearly had
visions of sugarplums dancing through Duke Ellington’s
head. This year, WAYJO will present Ellington’s 1960s
interpretation of the tale, which, like the original, has
stood the test of time. “Ellington loved to compose suites
of music based on his musical and cultural experiences,
such as the Far East Suite, the Perfume Suite, the Latin
American Suite and Such Sweet Thunder – which was
based on Shakespearian characters,” says WAYJO artistic
director Mace Francis. Mace says Ellington’s version of
The Nutcracker still pays homage to the classic melodies,
but makes them swing. “I love this suite because
everyone knows the melodies, but they are played in
such a cool way,” Mace explains. “I also love the way
Ellington changed the titles of each piece to make them
more ‘jazz’ – Sugar Rum Cherry – so great!” The Quarry
Amphitheatre, Nov 8-9 .
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