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A celebration of
underground music is
held each week in the
of High Street, Fremantle.
Hidden Treasures consists
of four venues hosting jazz
musicians every Thursday.
High Street, until Jul 31.
Garzone, considered one of
the finest jazz musicians in
the world, has played with
the likes of Aretha Franklin,
Elvis Presley and even New
Kids on the Block.
The Ellington Jazz Club,
of jazz and musical
theatre is embarking on
her countrywide tour,
performing some of her
most popular hits. The tour
complements her newly
released special edition
boxed set Songbird.
Centre, Sep 5.
PERTH’S JAZZ VENUES
1. 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 a week. 191 Beaufort Street, Perth.
2. 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.
3. The Jazz Cellar
Through an alley, into a phone box and down a flight of stairs 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.
4. 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.
Local jazz guru (and founder of the Perth International
Jazz Festival) Graham Wood reflects on this year’s
event and where Perth’s music scene is headed...
This year’s star perfor mance? This year was an
amazing line-up, with the incredible Kate Ceberano
headlining with a top-notch all-star big band at The
Perth Concert Hall.
Who were you most excited about? Greg Osby and
Peter Bernstein – these guys have real musician street
cred and would be at home in any major jazz festival
around the world.
Has the jazz scene in Perth changed over the
past few years? PIJF has really expanded it, and
has enhanced the reputation of jazz in Perth both
nationally and internationally. We have a really healthy
scene, with the combination of talent from WAAPA
and WAYJO, as well as other jazz organisations such as
JAZZWA and Perth Jazz Society.
Does Perth have something unique? Yes – Perth has
always been recognised as a major breeding ground
for Australian jazz talent and as we grow, hopefully, it
will be easier for Perth-trained musicians to stay here
and have a lucrative career, rather than having to move
to Sydney or Melbourne, or overseas.
Hot tips right now? Look out for Gregory Porter,
Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Robert Glasper,
PRISM and Danilo Perez.
Grace Knight fell into jazz by accident. After doing pop/rock with the Eurogliders
in the 80s she was offered a small role as a nightclub singer in the ABC TV
mini-series Come In Spinner – she jumped at the chance, without realising it
involved making a soundtrack album of the show with Vince Jones. “I’d never
really listened to jazz, let alone sung it, so I was pretty petrified by the idea,”
she says. “But I really wanted the acting job so I agreed to do the album. The
album was a huge success and all of a sudden people were calling me a jazz
singer!” With her seventh solo album (Keep Cool
Fool) out recently, Grace’s introduction
to jazz now seems serendipitous. In
September, she will be performing in
Perth again. “I’ve played with a lot of
[Perth musicians] over the years and
they’re never been anything other than
excellent,” she says, adding that she can’t wait to
return to the Ellington. “ It’s very intimate, which
I like, and the last few times I’ve played there it has
been sold-out, which adds a great atmosphere. Oh,
and I like the pizzas.” Ellington Jazz Club, Sep 19-20.
The Laneway Lounge.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Glenn Miller Orchestra will take audiences on a sentimental journey this winter, when it tours from the USA. Focusing on American favourites, the orchestra will present ‘big band’ hits,
the original Glenn Miller arrangements, the music of The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and the romantic World War II melodies made famous by Vera Lynn. Musical director
Rick Gerber says that the performance captures the fun and nostalgia of the 1930s and 40s. “Our unique jazz sound is sought all around the world, and in addition to recreating the golden
era of swing, we bring to life the colour, costumes and spirit,” he says. Perth Concert Hall, Jul 19; Albany Entertainment Centre, Jul 20.
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