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THE BURDEN OF MEMORY
West Australian jazz saxophonist Jamie Oehlers recorded his latest album, The Burden
of Memory, in New York, thanks to a Creative Development Fellowship from the
Department of Culture and the Arts. Perth audiences can sample this labour of love
when he plays The Ellington in December.
What drew you to the saxophone originally?
Well I did grow up in the 80s, and the saxophone was on pretty much everything
then! I was really drawn to the sound of it, and as a kid I thought it looked pretty
cool – it went from there.
How would you describe live jazz to someone who’s never caught
a perfor mance before?
Live jazz is spontaneous, energetic and creative. It can be many things, and
for people who like to be surprised, jazz is the perfect music. A lot of people
say, “I don’t get jazz”. My answer to them is always, you don’t have to understand
it, just allow it to make you feel something. I think that can be said for anything
considered to be an artform.
What can Perth fans expect from you and your quartet at The Ellington Jazz Club?
We’ll be playing music from the album and a few other things. I tried to write material
that had strong melodies, memorable grooves and sections for all of the band to be
featured on. For people who haven’t seen (pianist) Paul Grabowsky play, he will blow
your mind. It’s well worth the adventure.
Jamie Oehlers, The Ellington Jazz Club, Dec 20.
Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis is
heading west, as part of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival. The internationally
acclaimed musician will be joined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – comprising
15 of the world’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players – alongside the West
Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Paying homage to the evolution of swing, Swing Symphony is Marsalis’s third
symphonic composition and has been performed alongside orchestras in Berlin,
New York and London.
“The Lincoln Center Orchestra is hugely important and this is a really exciting piece
of music,” said Perth International Arts Festival fine music program manager Chris van
Tuinen. “It’s virtuosic jazz on a grand scale, and a not-to-be-missed event.”
Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform a series of popular
jazz standards for the first half of the program. The second half will see WASO join
them on stage for that aforementioned journey through the history of swing.
Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Albany Entertainment Centre,
Feb 2; Perth Concert Hall, Mar 3-4.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Disney this ain’t. Cabaret sensation
Meow Meow puts a sexy, subversive
spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s
classic fairytale, with contemporary
tunes from the likes of Kate Miller-
Heidke, Amanda Palmer and
Megan Washington, showcasing
her operatic chops. The Little
Mermaid promises to be
a spectacle of song and
seduction – just add water.
Feb 24-28 .
Get into the yuletide spirit
with a serenade from local
chanteuse Libby Hammer.
Her Christmas show is full of
fun, with some Bing
Crosby sure to be
in the mix.
The Ellington Jazz
Club, Dec 23-24.
Described by The New
York Times as “One of
the greatest bands in the
world”, Australian cult
improv trio The Necks are
joined by piano prodigy
Volker Bertelmann (aka
Hauschka), who has turned
jamming into an immersive
artform. Blending avant-
garde piano works with
experimental jazz, these
guys will deliver a unique
night of musical goodness.
Chevron Festival Gardens,
Elizabeth Quay, Feb 24.
Jazz fans are enjoying
Blow (get your heads out
of the gutter), a monthly
jazz night at Defectors
Bar, offering unpredictable
and unforgettable live
Keep an eye on the bar’s
Facebook page for details.
Defectors Bar, the third
Wednesday of every month.
1. THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY
Led by popular songstress Jessie Gordon, this swinging sextet will perform the hits of
music icon Peggy Lee, including Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) and Alright.
Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee, De Parel Spiegeltent, Jan 22-25 .
2. MICHAEL GRIFFITHS
Jukebox musicals and 80s pop form the soundtrack to this self-deprecating journey
through prolonged adolescence. Killer voice.
Adolescence, De Parel Spiegeltent, Jan 29-Feb 2.
3. DOLLY DIAMOND
With a razor-sharp tongue and vocals to match, this diva delivers a wickedly funny act
sprinkled with songs from disco to Dixieland.
Dolly Diamond: Alive and Intimate, Circus Theatre, Feb 9-12.
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