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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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Joanna's Candlelit Soirées

This winter, Kidogo Arthouse hosts a series of Candlelit Soirées featuring some of the best musicians Western Australia has to offer and a warm candlelit dinner in a beautiful gallery space.

  • Dates:Jul 24 - Sep 1
  • Time(s):5.30-7.30pm and 7.30-9.30pm sessions available
  • Venue:Kidogo Art House

Details

  • Hosted By:Kidogo Art House
  • Venue Address:Bathers Beach
  • Ticket Price FROM:$55
  • Ticket price TO:$75
  • Type:Classical Music,Food & drink,Performing Arts
  • Music:Jazz,Opera,Other Music,Busking,Classical,Country & Folk,Gig Guide,Music Festival,Rhythm & Blues,World

Description

The soirées are hosted at the Kidogo Arthouse Gallery in Fremantle and are set to run exclusively throughout winter, June through to August with limited seats for each dinner.

From jazz and blues to opera and everything in between, each night offers music by a different artist, making each soirée experience that much more unique. The intimate setting creates an immersive musical experience like no other that creates a genuine connection between performers and dinner guests.

The three course meal begins with Joanna’s freshly baked Irish soda bread, followed by a warm hearty soup, a vegetarian and meat main course and finishes off with something sweet.

Each soirée is a truly magical experience, being serenaded in the cozy gallery space surrounded by the warmth of candlelight, all while enjoying a scrumptious three course meal in great company.

Electric Jazz

An exciting journey through 20th century electric jazz, with jazz fusion and electric instruments at the forefront.

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

When jazz decided to plug in during the late 1960s, the fusion of jazz improvisation and strong drum grooves was pioneered by influential artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Iconic fusion bands Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report have morphed into modern incarnations like Tribal Tech and Hiromi. Electric jazz also jumped genres into rock, with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and progressive metal groups enshrining their own versions in music history. WAAPA’s Jazz students take us on an experimental journey of jazz fusion’s most famous works, combined with rock, electric instruments, and plenty of grooves.

Be Glad And Sing

Hear the WAAPA Jazz Choir sing a repertoire spanning six centuries of music!

  • Dates:Sep 3 - 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Choral,Jazz

Description

Following on from last year’s sold-out choral concert with Eneksis Vocal Ensemble and the WAAPA Gospel Choir, the WAAPA Jazz Choir joins the party to raise the roof yet again with glorious choral singing. Hear the joyful sounds of young voices singing heavenly harmonies, with repertoire from the 16th century through to the modern era, from songs of praise and gospel music to jazz standards. WAAPA’s three showcase choirs, led by three extraordinary directors, will bring tears to your eyes – for all the right reasons!

Muses Of Mingus

An exhibition of some of the best works by legendary jazz composer Charles Mingus by WAAPA's brightest jazz students.

  • Dates:Sep 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Charles Mingus was a firebrand bandleader, virtuoso jazz musician and prolific composer. He also wrote music for and inspired by other musicians – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat for Lester Young, O.P. for Oscar Pettiford, So Long Eric for Eric Dolphy, and there are no prizes for guessing who Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love was written for. WAAPA's Jazz students will play selections of these famous works, tinged with the blues, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend and his musical muses.

Basie To Beyoncé!

WAAPA's jazz vocalists and band take to the stage to showcase the timelessness of vocal big band classics and recent hits alike!

  • Dates:Sep 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

From the swinging sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, to the smash hits of pop and R&B powerhouse Beyonce´, the WAAPA Jazz Vocalists and Big Band take you on a journey into the timeless world of vocal big band classics and beyond! Sing along to all-time favourites from Sinatra to The Andrew Sisters; be wooed by lush vocal arrangements from acclaimed ensembles such as New York Voices; and be amazed by roof-raising interpretations of our most outstanding pop and soul divas!

 

Jazz On The Lawn

Smooth Jazz on a sweet night in the Government House Gardens is a perfect Sunday evening.

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):4:00pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:13 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$55
  • Ticket price TO:$65
  • Type:Music
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Grab your hamper from the house, relax in the glorious surroundings of the Government House Gardens and soak up the Jazzy vibes of some of Perth’s best Jazz musicians. There is simply no finer way to enjoy your time in the heart of the city than with sunshine and shade, friends, fine food, laughter and sensational music.

Ticket includes a picnic hamper and a glass of bubbles on arrival.

This is Music on the Terrace 2020’s Governor’s Choice.

March 15: Featured artist Ali Bodycat with her Jazz Trio.

November 8: Featured artist to be announced.

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