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Now in its third year, the Perth International Jazz
Festival is taking this city’s jazz scene to the next level.
Founder (and local jazz royalty) Graham Wood tells us
who his must-see acts are this year.
1. Kate Ceberano with the
PIJF all-star band
ARIA award-winner Kate will return to her jazz roots
with an explosive big band, featuring a strong line-up
of talent from across the festival.
2. Greg Osby
Demanded at festivals across the world, Greg is one
of the leaders in contemporary jazz. He has recorded
more than a dozen albums and has an impressive array
of credits as a sideman.
3. Peter Bernstein
Hailed as one of the finest jazz guitarists, Peter plays
with a smooth tone and swinging mastery, and
will be performing in the classic Hammond organ
combination of guitar, organ, sax and drums.
4. The Hoodangers
If you had to choose one word to describe this
traditional jazz/punk/urban folk/pop extravaganza
it would be ‘energy’. The renowned six-piece group
is one of a kind.
5. Kristin Berardi
Without doubt, this is one of Australia’s classiest jazz
singers. Kristin’s amazing tone has seen her win two
Australian Jazz Bell Awards.
Perth International Jazz Festival, May 9–11 .
with Kate Ceberano.
LIONS BIG BAND
Under the skilful
guidance of musical
director Phil Hatton,
the South Perth Lions
Club Big Band are
known for their magical
sounds of the swing era.
They know how to fill
the dance floor with
classics from the Glen
Miller Band, Duke
Goodman and more.
Navy Club, Apr 13.
original tunes or
of standards, as
a composer, arranger,
lyricist and singer,
Melissa puts her own
stamp on every song,
conveying a diverse
range of moods and
textures enhanced by
her velvety voice. The
Ellington Jazz Club,
Larry Carlton, who has
worked with artists
as diverse as Carole
King and Steely Dan,
is best known for having
created the theme song
for the hit television
series Hill Street
Blues. He’s bringing
his jazzy vibes to Perth
later this year. Astor
Theatre, May 28.
The Canadian king of
croon returns to Perth
once again to serenade
those who go weak
from his charm and
charisma. This tour
will be celebrating
and is all about the
music. Perth Arena,
The Seals thrive on
music with the
exuberance of youth,
and have captured
the hearts of punters
throughout the nation,
inspiring riotous dancing
and raucous hoeing-
down wherever they
go. The Ellington
Jazz Club, Jun 26.
HOME AND AWAY
Despite living in different countries, guitarist Tim Jago, bassist Dane Alderson and drummer Ben Vanderwal will join
forces in Perth this year for a formidable show at the Ellington Jazz Club, before heading off to perform at the Melbourne
International Jazz Festival. The three musicians make up The Grid, and Ben describes the band’s current interaction
as similar to an “online relationship”. “The band bubbles away with correspondence, swapping music and ideas over the
internet, and then culminates in a nervous, exciting meeting,” he says.
The Grid began in a Perth lounge room, and while Jago and Alderson now study and perform in the USA, Ben
believes there’s a great opportunity to play here in Western Australia. “To my mind, Perth is an amazing jazz oasis at the
end of the Nullarbor,” he says. “We have a healthy pool of musicians, an amazing club that I would rate as one of the
best in the world, and an annual international jazz festival with a growing audience.”
The Grid, Ellington Jazz Club, May 28.
Jazz and shiraz
From May to September, the Marine Lounge Bar at
Fremantle’s Esplanade Hotel will host live jazz and
blues on Sundays. The new grazing menu is proving
popular, as is the sun-soaked view across Esplanade
Park. Sundays from May, 4-8pm, Fremantle.
Friday night jazz at
The Terrace Hotel.
PERTH’S JAZZ VENUES
THE ELLINGTON JAZZ CLUB
Reminiscent of the jazz clubs of New York, this
chic and sophisticated venue offers top-shelf
tipples and the very best of the Australian jazz
scene. Best part? It’s open seven days per week.
191 Beaufort Street, Perth.
THE LANEWAY LOUNGE
Paris meets New Orleans in this little intimate
hideaway, with a collection of jazz-era cocktails
and one of the largest Gin and Bourbon selections
in the country. Visit Tuesdays to Saturdays for live
jazz concerts from regular and visiting artists.
414a Murray Street, Perth.
THE JAZZ CELLAR
Through an alley, into a phone box and down
a flight of stairs is where you’ll find Perth’s most elusive
nightspot. A true jazz lover’s haven. Open Fridays only.
Corner of Buxton Street and Scarborough Beach
Road, Mt Hawthorn.
THE TERRACE HOTEL
Bars don’t get much swankier than The Terrace Hotel.
Each Friday night, the front terrace comes alive with
live jazz sessions. 237 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
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