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With a frontman named
Buster Bloodvessel, you
know you’re in for a sonic
workout. London ska giants
Bad Manners have bona
fide jazz roots – but there’s
nothing smooth about this
band of backstreet weirdos.
Call ’em what you will, they
make a joyful noise.
Rosemount Hotel, Jun 7.
Never heard of super-tasty fusion septet Koi Child? Oh, you will. You will. We chat to
saxophonist Jamie Canny about fame, Tame Impala and holding down a day job.
“We were originally two separate bands and both had played lots of gigs around town. One was classic hiphop, the
other more nu jazz. One night, we were both on the bill at X-Wray Cafe and decided to have a jam together onstage.
It just so happened Kevin Parker from Tame Impala was sitting in the audience – by halfway through the set, some of us
recognised him. He’s an international superstar, but he’s also a local muso, so it wasn’t that big a deal. Later we all ended
up at a party at Hilton, and one of my friends pulled me aside and said, ‘Don’t freak out, but this guy offered you to
support Tame Impala at Rottnest.’ If I was capable, I would have done a triple barrel roll, but I was holding a beer at the
time. We’ve quite a bit of press but honestly it’s not paying the bills yet. We all have day jobs. I work at Grill’d burgers in
Freo, I’m a bit of a familiar face among our customers. It’s pretty hard not to remember a guy with a big afro.”
Catch Koi Child at the Fremantle Winter Music Festival, Jun 27.
n THE ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB.
A Manhattan-style jazz club on little ol’ Beaufort
Street, and home away from home to a revolving
cast of international and homegrown jazz greats.
Now blowing your mind seven nights a week.
191 Beaufort Street, Perth, 9228 1088.
n THE TERRACE HOTEL
Aficionados and artists alike swoon for the
Friday night sesh at this architecturally significant
venue. Incorporating the stately Bishops Grove
mansion, circa 1892, the Terrace is making local
jazz history circa right-this-very-minute.
237 St Georges Terrace, Perth, 9214 4444.
n THE NAVY CLUB
Feeling flat at the wrong end of the weekend? Of
course you are – the Sunday night blues is an actual
thing. Luckily for all of us, the Navy Club’s Sunday
Jazz has the anti-venom. Vibing out to live, local
music is perfect way to make Monday morning lose
all meaning. 64 High Street, corner of Pakenham
Street, Fremantle, 9336 3752.
n THE LANEWAY LOUNGE
If The Ellington is a taste of the Big Apple, the
Laneway lies somewhere between Perth and Paris,
with lashings of 1940s New Orleans. WA’s own
answer to Le Jazz Hot – with the best cocktails in
town. Now you’re jammin’. 414a Murray Street,
Perth, 9321 2508.
n THE JAZZ CELLAR
Pssst! Where can you find speakeasy charm at BYO
prices? Don’t tell mama, but it’s The Jazz Cellar.
Oh, ok, go on and tell her, she could use a night
out. Enter through the red phone box. Corner
of Buxton Street and Scarborough Beach Road,
Mt Hawthorn, 9447 8111.
Jazz is a many-tentacled beast these days, and jazz fusion trio Trisk is practically a case
study in that eclecticism. Think Afro-Peruvian jazz – the ensemble’s drummer has
a PhD in it, no less – modern piano, and a mash-up of electronic and acoustic
influences both mainstream and avant garde. The result? A complex but oddly
quaffable musical brew. The ensemble is also very well named. Frontman Nick Abbey
explains that “to trisk” is a verb meaning to throw ideas around and turn them to
action, “which is pretty cool as that reflects our collaborative creative process.” With
production of the band’s first full-length album to begin this winter for an end-of-year
release, the dual nominees and winners of the 2015 WAM gong for Best Jazz Song
(Charon), are currently thinking big, but happy to keep gigging small. “With everything
being so global now you’re definitely able to make an impact from anywhere,” says
Nick. “On top of that, Perth itself is an amazing place to make music, with a scene
centred on a really strong course at WAAPA and supported by a stack of great venues
and organisations.” Laneway Lounge, Jun 28.
THE RAT PACK
Direct from Las Vegas
comes this tribute to the
fabled Rat Pack of the 50s
and 60s: Frank Sinatra,
Sammy Davis Jr, and Dean
Martin. Bring your cocktail
shaker – metaphorically
speaking – and settle back
to relive the sound, the
songs and the smoking
jackets that defined an era.
Astor Theatre, Aug 1.
ALL THE WAY
There’ll be no halfway
measures when the
Quintet swings to the beat
of the Great American
Songbook, the standards
made unforgettable by the
likes of Sinatra, Bennett and
Bublé. Listen to the stories
behind the songs and let
the smooth jazz vocals carry
you away. All the way. His
Majesty’s Theatre, Aug 26.
A RHYTHM AND BLUES
50 Shades of Blue? You bet
– and a unique opportunity
to support Australian war
veterans’ charity Legacy.
Renowned soloist Matt
Taylor of Chain fame
headlines, with stellar
support from The Healys,
Bronnie Gordon and Perth
Blues Club’s top man,
Rick Steele. Astor Theatre,
LET’S MISBEHAVE! THE
MUSIC OF COLE PORTER
Birds do it, bees do it, even
educated fleas do it. So
now it’s your turn to fall in
love, Ellington-style. Join
the Cathrine Summers
Quartet for a sophisticated
romp through the immortal,
and immortally mischievous,
Cole Porter songbook.
Summers has been smokin’
hot since her sell-out shows
at Fringe this year – think
Nancy Wilson meets Diana
Krall, with a Northbridge
twist. The Ellington Jazz
Club, Jul 5.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/jazz
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