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Jazz and Blues in Perth 


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WA has a happening jazz and blues scene with dedicated jazz venues across the city and groovy festivals held throughout the year. Get your fix of jazz and blues at one of the speakeasy-style cellars or hidden vintage lounges in Perth and Fremantle, or escape to an annual outdoor festival. WA even boasts its very own youth jazz orchestra.

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Music of John Scofield

American jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield is a living legend, influencing jazz since the late 70's and still going strong today

  • Dates:Apr 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$15 - $20
  • Music:Jazz
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance

Description

With his distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful improviser whose music generally falls between post- bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. This concert features music from two of his albums, Electric Outlet (1984) and Quiet (1996), as the Jazz Guitar Ensemble is joined by WAAPA alumni to honour this guitar great. 

Arrangements are courtesy of Freddie Grigson, Kristian Borring, Sam Foster, Ben Jobson and Bryn Larkin

Feeling Way Too Good: Songs of Michael Buble

Eternal optimist Lisa Woodbrook is feeling WAY too good! Lisa is all about finding silver linings, taking a hilarious look at the twists and turns of everyday life.

  • Dates:Apr 17
  • Time(s):8:30pm
  • Venue:Crown Nightclub

Details

  • Hosted By:Crown Perth
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Following the success of It's Not Me, It's Definitely You, Lisa is back with her five piece band for the world premiere of her brand new show! Set to the soundtrack of Michael Buble, you'll hear classics such as ‘Haven't Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’, ‘Cry Me a River’ and ‘Sway’ as Lisa shares just what to do when life gives you lemons.

Pete Jeavons Nonet: A Tribute to Charles Mingus

Bass player Pete Jeavons leads a nonet, paying tribute to the great Charles Mingus and his music at the Ellington Jazz Club

  • Dates:22/4/21
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Hosted By:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz,Blues,Soul & Gospel
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Ticket Price:$15 - 28

Description

Born on April 22nd 1922, bassplayer and composer Charles Mingus is one of the giants of Jazz. A double bass prodigy, his driving bass lines provided support for the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Charlie Parker (and many more) and he was one of the first double bass players to assimilate the bebop language. Mingus was an incredible double bass player, but he is perhaps even more revered as one of the most influential jazz composers of all time. He began composing his own music whilst in his teens and led numerous bands until his untimely death. He composed over 300 compositions and released over 50 albums in his lifetime. His music spans new-orleans style jazz, swing, bop, blues, gospel, latin, the avant-garde, collective improvisation and classical music – occasionally in the same composition! The Pete Jeavons Nonet will pay tribute to Charles Mingus and his music at The Ellington Jazz club on Thursday April 22nd; on what would have been Mingus’ 99th birthday, had his life and career not been cut short at the age of 56. You can expect to hear Mingus classics such as ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’ and ‘Better Get Hit In Yo Soul’ alongside some of his lesser known (but equally enthralling) compositions such as ‘Open Letter To Duke’ and ‘Sue’s Changes’. Performed by Perth’s top jazz musicians in ‘mini-big-band’ format this will be a night of high energy, uplifting music guaranteed to blow away your covid cobwebs. Pete Jeavons - Doublebass/MD, Ricki Malet - Trumpet, Matt Smith - Trumpet, Jeremy Greig - Trombone, Daniel Hart - Alto Saxophone, Jamie Oehlers - Tenor Saxophone, Marek Sprogowski - Baritone Saxophon, Tom O'Halloran - Piano, Daniel Susnjar - Drums

Cuban Sessions - A Night in Havana - Adam Hall and the Young Guns with special guests

Don't miss out on an evening of Cuban classics live at Freo.Social with this exclusive night with some of Cubas favourite music. If you missed out in February this is your chance with an extended night for dancing and all new repertoire.

  • Dates:Apr 30
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$35
  • Music:Gig Guide,Latin,World,Jazz
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social

Description

Local favourites Adam Hall and the Young Guns (Velvet Playboys, Afro Cuban All Stars) are live on stage with at least one special guest. They will be playing the music of Havana including classics from the Afro Cuban All Stars, Buena Vista Social Club and Songs from Cole Espanyol (Nat King Coles Cuban Album), fusing fiery Latin rhythms with classic Cuban repertoire. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! "Hall was the ultimate jazz showman, donned in his blue floral suit, swinging effortlessly between trumpet and vocals"  West Australian

Sassafras return to Lyric's Underground

Featuring Jessie Gordon (voice), Aaron Deacon & Lachlan Gear (guitars), Adrian Galante (clarinet) and Pete Jeavons (bass) - acclaimed gypsy jazz group Sassafras returns to Lyric's Underground.

  • Dates:May 1
  • Time(s):Doors open 6.30pm, Sassafras starts at 7.45pm
  • Venue:Lyric's Underground

Details

  • Hosted By:Lyric's Underground
  • Music:Jazz,Other Music,Gig Guide

Description

Formed in mid 2015, Sassafras has now established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups. Combining toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy classics, wistful french ballads and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, performed with the dazzling virtuosity and passion that is intrinsic to the gypsy jazz tradition. Featuring music from composers such as Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel (to name only a few), Sassafras has sold out numerous shows at the Ellington Jazz Club, The Duke of George, The Stirling Arms Hotel, Kidogo Arthouse, The Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre and more. After a very successful debut performance at Lyric's Underground in December last year, Sassafras return to this fantastic music venue in the heart of Maylands on Saturday May 1st.

Grand Designs: Jazz and the World

A unique concert, composed by commissioned WAAPA jazz alumni

  • Dates:May 6-8
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Ticket Price:$33-40
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Blues,Jazz

Description

WAAPA has produced a myriad of innovative and world-class jazz composers and arrangers now located, seen and heard on stages all over the globe. For this special concert we've commissioned brand new music from our alumni, sparked by one central question: How would you change the world? These outstanding jazz scribes will lead us through a unique concert event - interconnected by massive musical ideas for all our ensembles - including a combined Big Band and Vocal Choir. Commissions from star WAAPA Jazz Alumni, including Sarah McKenzie (USA), Matthew Jodrell (USA/MEL), Alana Macpherson (GER), Troy Roberts (USA), Vanessa Perica (MEL), Grant Windsor (UK/PER), Tom O’Halloran (PER/SYD), Johannes Luebbers (MEL). Generously supported by the Minderoo Foundation. Music Director: Tim O'Halloran Performed by: WAAPA Jazz Students

The Soul Sessions of Bruno Mars featuring Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys

For those who missed out at FRINGEWORLD lockdown. UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL coming back at you for a big week of shows!

  • Dates:May 6 - 7
  • Time(s):6 May 7.30-9pm, 7 May 9-10.30pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$34
  • Music:Pop,Jazz,R&B,Soul & Gospel

Description

Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys take you for a journey through the music of Bruno Mars. This Original take on Bruno Mars, complete with unique arrangements and different interpretations of Hit Songs such as "Just the Way You Are", "That's What I like" and "Uptown Funk" will have you out of your seats and straight to the dancefloor. These FRINGE WORLD award winning musicians contain some of Australia's best talent. Complete with West Australian Bass Player of the Year Roy Martinez, this is a show not to be missed. So grab some friends for some fun times and good vibes. "Those expecting a raving dance party will be left more than satisfied, while those seated may be left casting envious glances towards their counterparts making the most of the dance floor" The West Australian

The Music of Nat King Cole feat Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys

For all the people that missed out at FRINGEWORLD the Underground Festival returns for a big week of shows!

  • Dates:May 7 - 9
  • Time(s):7pm-8.15pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$34
  • Music:Jazz,Soul & Gospel,Blues

Description

"I'm not playing for other musicians, we're playing for the guy who works all day and wants to spend a buck at night. We'll keep him happy" Nat King Cole Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys have always played "pretty music for the people" and now we proudly present the Music of Nat King Cole. One of the greatest performers to have ever graced the stage, this will be a magic evening spliced with images and the feeling of the Swing Era. Featuring all the hit songs such as "When I Fall in Love", "Unforgettable", "The Way You Look Tonight" & "LOVE", this is one not to be missed. "I have never been able to sit still during an Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys show... It had me smiling, bopping, swaying and singing along" ???? West Australian

The Dirty Stop Outs Live at Gypsy Tapas House

The Dirty Stop Outs are an original 5-piece band from Fremantle, WA. Their music is inspired by Funk, Soul, Jazz, Motown, and retro movies!!

  • Dates:May 8
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Gypsy Tapas House

Details

  • Hosted By:The Dirty Stop Outs and Gypsy Tapas House
  • Ticket Price:Free - be sure to book a table for dinner
  • Type:Free
  • Music:Blues,Gig Guide,Indie & Alternative,Latin,Pop,Rock,World,Soul & Gospel,R&B,Jazz,Free

Description

Come and enjoy the famous Gypsy Tapas House experience! Pop in for a wine, a bite and some live music with The Dirty Stop Outs! They will be playing their original music, inspired by Funk, Soul, Jazz, Motown and Retro movies. The Dirty Stop Outs will be paired perfectly with your food, drinks and Summer vibes. Book a table now so you don`t miss out

The Roarin 20s Matinee - Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys with vintage dancers

For those that missed out at FRINGEWORLD. The Underground Festival is bringing the Roarin 20s back!

  • Dates:May 8
  • Time(s):3.30pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$29-$40
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz,R&B,Soul & Gospel
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

Welcome to the Roaring 20s! Come to the speakeasy underground of Lyric Lane and be transported to a world of Snappy Dressing Fellas and Sassy Dames. Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys combine with the Hot 6 to present the Earliest of Jazz in the Hippest Fashion. All the Trumpets, Saxes and Trombones will be blaring while the dancers take centrestage and transport you back through time. "Hall's stage presence and musical prowess paired with The Velvet Playboys' undeniable talent ensure that The Rhythm Spectacular delivers a memorable romp that will have you leaping to your feet from the opening number right through to the inevitable encore" The West Australian "I can add to the list of Outstanding Showmanship of Australian Jazz Heroes, Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys" Australian Stage

Massed Sax

The biggest saxophone event of its kind in Australia. Saxophone players from every corner of Western Australia and beyond to join in a celebration of the world’s most versatile instrument.

  • Dates:May 9
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Jazz

Description

The Massed Sax project returns to WAAPA in 2021! Led by WAAPA saxophone lecturer Matt Styles and The 'Phone Co., this is an event where the saxophone brings together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music. Bookings open now.

Sax players are invited to register as a participant of the event. All-day workshops for participants are also available. To register your interest as a participant, please contact Elly Welch at e.welch@ecu.edu.au.

Music Director: Matt Styles
Performed by: Matt Styles, The 'Phone Co., and the Massed Sax Orchestra

American Beauty

A program of sensational string chamber music, directed by Paul Wright and headlined by Aaron Copland’s thrilling Clarinet Concerto performed by WAAPA’s Head of Woodwind, Philip Everall.

  • Dates:May 21
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23-30
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Orchestral

Description

Composed for the renowned jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, the work showcases Latin-American rhythms and a virtuosic cadenza. This modern American beauty complements Tchaikovsky’s romantic String Sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’, written as a tribute to the composer’s favourite European city, plus other string chamber gems. Music Director: Paul Wright Performed by: String Camerata with Philip Everall

Brassed Off

Showcasing contemporary pop songs with a funky brass flavour that is guaranteed to get you moving

  • Dates:May 22
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Ticket Price:$13-20
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Brassed Off returns for 2021 with an exciting foray into New Orleans funk. This concert showcases contemporary pop songs with a funky brass flavour that is guaranteed to get you moving. Featuring the full gamut of brass instruments, from sousaphone to pocket trumpet, this will be an epic adventure – don’t miss out! Music Director: Jeremy Greig Performed by: Jazz Brass students, staff and community

Sounds of Brazil

Popularized by the 1960s film "Black Orpheus", celebrate the incredible array of rhythms, songs and sounds from Brazil

  • Dates:May 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Ticket Price:$13-20
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Jazz,World

Description

Brazilian music first entered popular culture with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa’s songs in the 1960’s film Black Orpheus. Suddenly, bossa nova was the new groove and Brazilian music soon blended with jazz and popular styles to take on a life of its own. Modern composers such as Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonte, Se´rgio Mendes and Ivan Lins became stars in Brazil but largely remained unknown to the rest of the world. This concert is a celebration of these musicians and the incredible array of rhythms, songs and sounds from this part of the world. Music Director: Chris Tarr Performed by: Brazilian Ensemble

The Dirty Stop Outs Live at Gypsy Tapas House

The Dirty Stop Outs are an original 5-piece band from Fremantle, WA. Their music is inspired by Funk, Soul, Jazz, Motown, and retro movies!!

  • Dates:Jul 10
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Gypsy Tapas House

Details

  • Hosted By:The Dirty Stop Outs and Gypsy Tapas House
  • Ticket Price:Free - be sure to book a table for dinner
  • Type:Free
  • Music:Blues,Gig Guide,Indie & Alternative,Latin,Pop,Rock,Soul & Gospel,R&B,Jazz,Free
  • Food & Drink:Restaurant Events

Description

Come and enjoy the famous Gypsy Tapas House experience! Pop in for a wine, a bite and somer live music with The Dirty Stop Outs! They will be playing their original music, inspired by Funk, Soul, Jazz, Motown and Retro movies. The Dirty Stop Outs will be paired perfectly with your food, drinks and Summer vibes. Book a table now so you don`t miss out