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Get your kicks every
night of the week at
one of Perth’s regular
n MONDAY Even
a break on Mondays,
but The Ellington
Jazz Club keeps
churning out the
tunes. Pop in for
a cheeky cocktail
and a rotating set of
local and touring acts.
n TUESDAY The Yokine Bowling Club is an unlikely suburban hotspot on sleepy
Tuesday nights, featuring weekly sessions from the Jazz Club of WA.
n WEDNESDAY Hump day, schmump day. Shake off the midweek blues at The
Laneway Lounge, where the drinks are so on point it hurts.
n THURSDAY The Moon delivers the goods every first and third Thursday of the
month, with The Fix live jazz sessions playing until midnight. North Freo eatery
Habitue hosts its house piano trio every Thursday and Friday night.
n FRIDAY The Jazz Cellar only opens once a week, so get down there, stat. The
Corner House Jazz Band will get you on your feet with its signature vintage
sounds. Get some big band action at Mustang Bar’s weekly swing sessions.
n SATURDAY Take your pick of white-hot acts at any (or all!) of the regulars. For
something a little different, head to the Swan Valley’s RiverBank Estate on the
first Saturday of every month for some live jazz in a scenic setting.
n SUNDAY Jazz Fremantle is literally right at home at The Navy Club, every week
from 4pm. Parisian-style small bar Swallow has a revolving afternoon lineup
playing everything from swing to gypsy jazz.
Ali Bodycoat and Libby
Two of Perth’s most popular songbirds, Libby Hammer and Ali Bodycoat, are
bringing a revamped show to The Ellington in September, celebrating the timeless
tunes of George and Ira Gershwin. Libby spills about song selection, inspiration,
and working with her bestie.
What can audiences expect from this show?
When doing a tribute, there are songs that one must perform. In this case, you would
never consider omitting Summertime or I Got Rhythm. One of my all-time favourites is
I’ve Got a Crush On You, and pianist Chris Foster and I never pass up an opportunity
to perform that one! Ali and I have been working together for many years, and as our
working relationship develops, so does our style. We now work harder to fit a lot into
each performance: interesting information, personal stories, comedy and, of course,
songs. Listeners can expect to hear many famous Gershwin songs, and some lesser-
known gems that fans may have overlooked.
What keeps you motivated and inspired?
Learning is a big motivator for me. I have been known to book performances based
on what I’d like to learn next in my singing journey. There’s nothing like a deadline
to make that happen! There is so much to learn in the performing arts; I now feel like
I can take what I’ve learned and use it for ‘good’. I am involved with EChO, WASO’s
educational chamber orchestra. The idea of being able to reach, and even help, large
numbers of children with original educational songs is exciting to me.
Any more projects in the pipeline?
Although still in the embryonic stage, my next big long-term project is a girl trio
that involves not only my bestie, Ali Bodycoat, but also the sublime Jessie Gordon.
With those two by my side, I think we can take over the world!
The Ellington Jazz Club, Sept 25-26 .
The celebrated chanteuse
lights up any stage with her
signature style of sultry cool.
Find out why her career
has spanned 35 years.
The Ellington Jazz Club,
A SWELL AFFAIR
To celebrate the centenary
of Frank Sinatra’s birth, the
WA Jazz Youth Orchestra
is paying homage to his
heyday – American big
bands of the 50s and 60s.
Dress in your vintage finest
and get a dose of hits
from Ol’ Blue Eyes, Ella
Fitzgerald, and fellow Rat
Pack-er Dean Martin.
Astor Theatre, Oct 10.
In A Journey Through Jazz, Australia’s favourite
trumpeter will do exactly what the title suggests
– take audiences on a musical tour of history’s
jazz greats. Along with WASO’s full orchestra and
talented young vocalist Hetty Kate, he’s sure to
raise the roof. Expect classics from the likes of Louis
Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and
Miles Davis. Perth Concert Hall, Dec 3-4 .
JAZZ IN THE VINES
Drinks and live music?
A match made in heaven.
Check out Adam Hall & the
Velvet Playboys crooning
their way through the 40s
and 50s, with a few modern
jams thrown in (Beyoncé,
anyone?). Lamont’s Swan
Valley, Oct 17.
JAZZ & SHIRAZ
This midweek treat
is old-school cool.
Be serenaded by
(and a glass or two).
No booking required.
Tarts Cafe, every
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/jazz
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