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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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Bernie Dieter in Konzert | FRINGE WORLD

The Queen of Weimar punk Kabarett brings you a riotous hour of music, soaring effortlessly from MGMT to Marlene Dietrich and her original songs straight from the salacious back rooms of Berlin.

  • Time(s):8.15pm
  • Venue:Woodside Pleasure Gardens
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Dates:Jan 15 - 25

Details

  • Music:Other Music,Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden,The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Hosted By:Fringe World

Description

JUST ANNOUNCED- BERNIE'S BACK! With her gin-soaked Haus band behind her, the Queen of Weimar punk Kabarett brings you a riotous hour of music, soaring effortlessly from MGMT to Marlene Dietrich and her original songs straight from the salacious back rooms of Berlin.

In her hotly anticipated solo show the 'raven haired, German cabaret goddess' (Glam Adelaide) captures the apocalyptic zeitgeist of our time, blending dangerously funny original songs, sequins and satire with a cut-throat wit, and a deviant eye for debaucherous mayhem! Full of dark, witty and defiant cabaret energy, even in the face of despair, 'Dieter delivers a masterpiece of storytelling and artistry that tugs at the heart - and the tear ducts...a life-affirming hour of ribald revolution.'  (Londonist UK)

‘Dieter’s dynamic vocals, original songs and sheer magnitude of stage presence had the whole audience bewitched, a standing ovation by a mesmerised audience was evidence of this.’ Broadway Baby, UK  

'Dieter delivers a masterpiece of storytelling and artistry that tugs at the heart - and the tear ducts…a life-affirming hour of ribald revolution. Let the freak flag fly!' Londonist

Shahnameh: Songs of the Persian Book of Kings

Combining Persian and jazz instruments, Kohesia Ensemble draws upon the 10th Century Persian Epic Poem, Shahnameh - exploring tales of creation, kings, dragons and demons through music.

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 22
  • Time(s):6:30pm
  • Venue:De Parel Spiegeltent
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Kohesia Ensemble
  • Ticket Price:$32 - 40
  • Music:Jazz,World
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Winners of the 2020 FRINGE WORLD Martins Sims Award, Kohesia Ensemble present a suite of songs inspired by the Persian epic poem, Shahnameh. Combining Persian and jazz instruments, Kohesia Ensemble draws upon Ferdowsi's 10th Century masterpiece, exploring tales of creation, kings, dragons and demons through music. A night of mythical and epic proportion!  "A must see for all true music lovers!" - Fringefeed, 2020 Led by double bassist Kate Pass, Kohesia Ensemble serves as a platform for Kate’s original compositions, influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. Kohesia Ensemble explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian and jazz instruments for a unique listening experience. Having released their debut album “Kohesia” in 2018, Kohesia Ensemble was nominated for 2018 WAM Best Album, Best Jazz Act and Best World Act. Kohesia Ensemble won the 2020 FRINGE WORLD Martin Sims Award and was also one of four acts to be shortlisted for the Award in 2019. Kohesia Ensemble has performed at an array of festivals including National Folk Festival (ACT), Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), Fairbridge Festival, WAMFest, and Perth International Jazz Festival.

Ballads, Banksias and Beauty

From the heart of the South West comes a multi-sensory musical experience, Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans FRINGE WORLD award winner Jessie Gordon, Ben Vanderwal & triple WAMI winner Russell Holmes.

  • Dates:Jan 15 - 25
  • Time(s):7:45pm to 8:45pm
  • Venue:The Gold Digger, Girls’ School
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:FRINGE WORLD Festival
  • Ticket Price:$31-36
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Jazz
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

From the heart of the South West, drawn from the land and shaped by the hands of four world-class musicians, comes a multi-sensory musical experience. Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans is joined by multiple FRINGE WORLD award winner Jessie Gordon, Bell award recipient Ben Vanderwal and triple WAMI award winner Russell Holmes.

This powerhouse quartet sculpt a wall of sound with pedal steel, piano, haunting vocals, drums, acoustic guitar and electronic soundscapes. The band create an hour of heartfelt, glorious and achingly beautiful arrangements of both original music and classic Australian songs performed against a backdrop of images of the West Australian landscape.

Experience Ballads, Banksias and Beauty at the Gold Digger from FRINGE WORLD opening weekend, January 15th to 25th at 7.45pm. Tickets from $27 available at fringeworld.com.au

"an experience that all West Australians should have at least once as it fills you up with the richness of our place" Fourth Wall, 2020 - 4 Stars 

WINNER Fringe World 2020 Weekly Music and Musicals Award Nominated and Shortlisted for Fringe World 2020 Martin Sims Award

The Original Works of Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys

Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys are renowned for captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy.

  • Dates:Jan 21 - 23
  • Time(s):8:30 - 9:30pm
  • Venue:Lyric's Underground
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:33
  • Music:Blues,Jazz,Soul & Gospel
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys are renowned for captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy. This is an evening of entirely original repertoire written by the band inspired by the great composers of Nat 'King' Cole, Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry and Jackie Wilson.

Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia's finest musicians, including:
Mark Turner (Guitar)
Anthony Dodos (Trombone)
Bronton Ainsworth (Drums)
Kane Shaw (Double Bass)
Tim Voutas (Keys)

"One doesn't realise the magical potential of jazz until they've heard the dynamic sound that is Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys" TheWest Australian

Presented by:
Adam Hall

Adam Hall is an accomplished Trumpeter, Vocalist and Composer based in Perth, Australia. His band, The Velvet Playboys are renowned for their captivating live performances marked by slick presentation and raw energy.

The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40s and 50s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements.

AWARDS
2013 Bluesnews Poll 2013 Winner BEST ALBUM (national - German)
2013 Bluesnews Poll 2013 5th overall (international) 
2014 FRINGE WORLD Music & Musicals WA Award Winner
2014 FRINGE WORLD Music & Musicals Award Nominee
2019 FRINGE WORLD Music & Musicals Award Winner

The Roaring 20s featuring Adam Hall and the VPs and Vintage Dancers

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.

  • Dates:Jan 21 - 23
  • Time(s):7-8pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$33
  • Music:Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

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

Presented by:
Adam Hall

In 2005, Adam Hall formed a classic Rhythm & Blues band, Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys. The band is somewhat of an institution of the Perth music scene and renowned for its captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy.

Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including:
Mark Turner (Guitar)
Anthony Dodos (Trombone)
Bronton Ainsworth (Drums)
Kane Shaw (Double Bass)
Tim Voutas (Keys)

The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40s and 50s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements.

Brass Party: Bangers and Trash

Eight good mates get together to prove that when you go dumpster diving through your music catalog, sometimes you find a solid gold nugget.

  • Dates:Jan 22
  • Time(s):11:45pm
  • Venue:De Parel Spiegeltent
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Music:Pop,Jazz,Rock
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Brass Party: Bangers and Trash brings back all the tunes you forgot you loved, and injects them with phat bass, brassy horns, and more memes than you can shake your frosted tips at. The band is made up of eight good mates who met at uni and have been jamming together ever since. With a tight rock band, fronted by five brassy boys, you can expect filthy funk, outrageous horn lines and face-melting guitar solos. Brass Party brings a high-energy blend of raucous horns and tight grooves to every gig they do.

Brassy Broads 2.0

A dedication to women in music who have inspired generations to follow in their footsteps. Featuring nine of Perth's best jazz musicians, the energy of the band is electric and uplifting.

  • Dates:Jan 22 - 24
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$27.50 to $32.00
  • Music:Jazz
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club

Description

This show pays homage to some of the best jazz and cabaret singers of all time featuring several of Perth's finest singers. Backed by the nine-piece Perth Cabaret Collective jazz band, this show features the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Edith Piaf, Dinah Washington and many more.

Gavin Nicklette: Cabaret Roulette

Gavin is known for sharing jazz/pop-fused versions of your favourite songs paired with hilarious—and sometimes heart-wrenching—stories, you'll never hear these songs in the same way again.

  • Dates:Jan 24 - 31
  • Time(s):9.10pm
  • Venue:Chemistry @ Girls School
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Gavin Nicklette
  • Ticket Price:$33-$34
  • Music:Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Girls School

Description

Everyone's a winner in this game of chance, where Gavin ‘the Lady Gaga of the Jazz World’ Nicklette treats you to an evening of intimate cabaret. Decide the flow of the show as the audience selects the songs to be performed. Games, polls and a little help from the Wheel of Chance guarantee that every night will be unique. Gavin is known for sharing jazz/pop-fused versions of your favourite songs paired with hilarious—and sometimes heart-wrenching—stories, you'll never hear these songs in the same way again.

Nintendo Live! - RERUN

Experience the sounds of your favourite games brought to life on stage, and get involved with audience MarioKart 64. Let's-a-go!

  • Dates:Jan 27 & Feb 3
  • Time(s):8:30 pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Ticket Price:$22 to $28
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz,Other Music

Description

These multi-instrumentalists and self-confessed gaming addicts are well-known faces in Perth music, and between them have performed with some of the best Local, National and International artists around. Whenever they come together; whether they are laying it down as a horn section, turning heads as a jazz ensemble or recreating video game soundtracks to appease the masses, the audience is in for a smashing good time.

A Night in New Orleans - Hot Jazz under the Stars

Imagine Hot Summer Nights in the State Theatre Centre Courtyard, under the stars with the Hot 6 Brass Band playing some Hot Jazz from New Orleans and some amazing vintage dancers. Allow us to take you from the streets and parades of the French Quarter. You'll want to the join the parade and dance and sing along.

  • Dates:Jan 29-30
  • Time(s):7.30pm-8.30pm
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$40
  • Music:Jazz,R&B
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

The Award Winning Adam Hall and his Hot 6 Brass band will party like they are in New Orleans at the Mardi Gras. All the Hit songs like "When the Saint's go Marching In" and "This little light of mine" as well as famous artists like Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair.

"One doesn't realise the magical potential of jazz until they've heard the dynamic sound that is Adam Hall" West Australian.

 

Presented by:
Adam Hall

Adam Hall is an accomplished Trumpeter, Vocalist and Composer based in Perth, Australia.

His band, The Velvet Playboys and the Hot 6 are renowned for their captivating live performances marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Adam has since made regular tours to Europe and various cities all over the world including Singapore, Boston, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. He has performed throughout Germany at the Jazzclub Rheingau, Yorckschlösschen, Ratskeller Köpenick and on the Rhein River, and played at the Rockin’ Race Jamboree in Spain and the Metropol in Vienna. Adam was a guest musician in Jeremy Monteiro’s Merry Bebop: A Jazzy Christmas for 2013 and headlined the opening night of the Berne Jazz & Blues Sessions in Switzerland in 2014.

Brass Party: Bangers and Trash - Air Nightclub

Eight good mates get together to prove that when you go dumpster diving through your music catalog, sometimes you find a solid gold nugget.

  • Dates:Jan 29, Feb 5
  • Time(s):7:45pm to 9pm
  • Venue:Air Nightclub
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Pop,Rock,Gig Guide,Jazz
  • Hosted By:Brass Party
  • Performing Arts:Comedy
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Brass Party: Bangers and Trash brings back all the tunes you forgot you loved, and injects them with phat bass, brassy horns, and more memes than you can shake your frosted tips at. The band is made up of eight good mates who met at uni and have been jamming together ever since. With a tight rock band, fronted by five brassy boys, you can expect a high-energy blend of raucous horns and tight grooves at every show. Ain't no party like a Brass Party!

Introducing Bulwer Street Brass

Join Bulwer st Brass for their 2021 launch for an afternoon of spectacular brass music.

  • Dates:Jan 31
  • Time(s):Doors Open 1:30pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Bulwer st Brass
  • Ticket Price:From $20
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Other Music,World,Orchestral
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom

Description

Introducing Bulwer st Brass to the Perth concert scene with an incredible concert of brass ensemble music. Join them for their 2021 launch for a stunning afternoon of live music. Performing some of the most spectacular music written for brass from renaissance England to present day Australia, Bulwer st Brass will fill Government House Ballroom with sounds sure to excite all. Come and hear the exploration of composers such as Byrd, Bach, Tomasi, Ellington, and Kats-Chernin with the power and beauty of brass.

Government House Ballroom 31 January 2021, 2pm Limited tickets available from $20* *Tickets at door not subject to booking fee.

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

"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

  • Dates:Feb 4 - 6
  • Time(s):7pm-8pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Music:Jazz
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

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" - The West Australian

 

Presented by:
Adam Hall

Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys are an institution of the Australian music scene and renowned for their captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy.

Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including:
Mark Turner (Guitar)
Anthony Dodos (Trombone)
Bronton Ainsworth (Drums)
Kane Shaw (Double Bass)
Tim Voutas (Keys)

The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40s and 50s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements.

"Irresistible" Gerd Wieben, Blue Note Germany

The Soul Session of Bruno Mars

Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys take you for a journey through the music of Bruno Mars.

  • Dates:Feb 4-6
  • Time(s):9-10pm
  • Venue:Lyric Lane
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$33
  • Music:Jazz,R&B,Soul & Gospel
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

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

Presented by:
Adam Hall

In 2005, he formed a classic Rhythm & Blues band Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys and later formed the Soul Playboys. The band is an institution of the Perth music scene and renowned for its captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy.

Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including:
Mark Turner (Guitar)
Bronton Ainsworth (Drums)
Roy Martinez (Bass)
Hans Fiance (Keys)

Dance the night away to classics by Stevie Wonder, Prince and Michael Jackson plus the more contemporary Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé. Throw in hip hop artists Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg and you’ve got an evening of soul with the Soul Playboys!

Catherine Summers in 'Le Club Chic A Paris' (5-Piece Jazz Band & Burlesque)

Get lost in the magic of Paris this Fringe Festival. Catherine Summers, presents Le Club Chic A Paris, a 5-Piece Jazz band, burlesque extravaganza celebrating delicious cabaret in Paris.

  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Raffles Hotel, Applecross
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Dates:Feb 5-7; 10-14

Details

  • Ticket Price:From $42.50
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Jazz,Gig Guide,World
  • Performing Arts:Musicals,Cabaret
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Craving a bit of international reminiscing? Le Club Chic A Paris is the perfect night to get lost in the magic of Paris and all things Fringe Festival. This sparkling show features delicious burlesque with Catherine Summers and 5-Piece Jazz band performing a host of French song classics all weaved around cheeky anecdotes and historical narrative to make for an evening both engaging and entertaining. Hugely popular homegrown Perth vocalist Catherine Summers is bringing to Fringe World 20201 a lively Parisian jazz club 'Le Club Chic A Paris', world-class music, high-end sophisticated burlesque weaved around the story of jazz cabaret in France. Catherine is partnering with Tease Entertainment and The Raffles Hotel to bring this Moulin Rouge live-music Parisian extravaganza! You'll hear songs from Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Charles Trenet, Sophia Loren, Eartha Kitt and more... Join Catherine and a line-up of star performances from some of the best in Perth. Immerse yourself and reminisce in all that is 'Parisian Chic' and settle in for a delightful night of French classic favourites. Le Club Chic A Paris | The Raffles Hotel | 5-7 & 10-14 Feb | show 7.30pm