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Jazz and Blues in Perth 


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Western Australia has a thriving jazz and blues scene, with dedicated jazz venues across Perth and groovy festivals held across the state 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. We’ve got a complete guide to all the best jazz events coming up in Perth. 

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TuneNoiseTune 3: Blue Shadows / New Directions for Chordless Quartet

The third edition of beloved avant-garde jazz series TuneNoiseTune sees ambient music, improvisation and frontrunning jazz combine in two new collaborative projects.

  • Dates:Jun 30
  • Time(s):7:00pm
  • Venue:four5nine Bar

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Accessibility:Accessibility: Whilst the main area of The Rosemount Hotel is wheelchair accessible and has accessible bathrooms, the Four5Nine is not accessible via ramp. Assistance can be provided to access the venue via Fitzgerald Street. Please contact us if you have
  • Hosted By:Perth Jazz Society & Tone List

Description

Part of the Audible Edge Festival of Sound (ae.tonelist.com.au). Tone List & PJS`s beloved collaborative series TuneNoiseTune returns on June 30. This time we`re back at the Four5Nine bar, for two sets of emotionally charged and sonically inventive music. Julia Wallace's haunting and atmospheric project Blue Shadows brings Jake Webb and Liam Downey on analogue and digital synthesizers together with cellist Miranda Murray-Yong and double bassist Lyndon Blue. Julia's piano and vocoded vocals sit awash in the sonic shadows of fragile strings and textural electronics. https://juliawallacemusic.bandcamp.com/ Montreal-based trumpeter Craig Pedersen leads new quartet New Directions for Chordless Quartet, featuring Saskia Willinge (flute), Djuna Lee (double bass) & Ben Greene (drums). With works that leap from ferocious full-bore intensity to spacious, droning dirges in a matter of moments, this is virtuosic music with a keen sense of atmosphere and texture. https://mwrecs.com/artists/craig-pedersen/

The Songs of Shirley Bassey

Award-winning songstress Danielle Matthews sings the hit songs of the legendary Shirley Bassey!

  • Time(s):7:30pm - 8:50pm
  • Venue:Hi Majesty's Theatre
  • Dates:Jul 7 - 9

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Pop,Jazz
  • Hosted By:Downstairs at the Maj
  • Ticket Price:$47

Description

Delve into the iconic songs that have made Shirley Bassey one of the most famous performers of our time, including Goldfinger, This is My Life, Big Spender, Diamonds Are Forever and Where Do I Begin. Join Danielle for this powerful celebration of the music and life of the one and only Dame Shirley Bassey.

The Stories of Swing

Western Australia’s popular jazz musicians, Swinging at the Savoy, have come together to celebrate the untold stories of the great swing era performers.

  • Dates:Jul 8 & 9
  • Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
  • Time(s):8pm

Details

  • Music:Jazz

Description

‘The Stories of Swing’ unveils the captivating, inspiring, funny and weird tales behind Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and others, as they discovered their voices and shaped the history of music. Joined on stage by some ridiculously energetic swing dancers, this high paced show of exceptional music and gripping stories will have you cheering for more.

WAYJO presents Jessica Carlton plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler

A distinct voice in the Australian jazz scene, Jessica Carlton joins the WAYJO WNO to perform works by Kenny Wheeler - Fri 8 Jul, 8pm

  • Dates:Fri 8 Jul
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Lyric's Underground

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Type:Youth
  • Hosted By:WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

Description

Kenny Wheeler was an important and unique voice in jazz as a trumpeter and big band composer. His lyrical and unorthodox style of playing has influenced generations of trumpet players and his albums for big band, including Music For Small and Large Ensembles are considered classics. This concert will feature two significant Wheeler works, A Long Time Ago Suite and The Sweet Time Suite and will feature trumpeter Jessica Carlton. Jessica has recently moved to Perth after living and studying in Melbourne and New York. Carlton’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style is influenced by Wheeler. She is a distinct voice in the Australian jazz scene. Jessica appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2022 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation. WAYJO presents Jessica Carlton plays the Music of Kenny Wheeler WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra, with special guest Jessica Carlton Fri 8 July, 8.00pm Lyric’s Underground, Maylands Tickets wayjo.com

Alison Parade ' Mum Found My Cigarettes' Single Launch

Alison Parade releases their brand new single ' Mum Found My Cigarettes' at Clancy's Fremantle! Supports include Sunsick, Residents Club and Sleepy Soph!

  • Dates:Jul 9
  • Time(s):8:00pm - 11:45pm
  • Venue:Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle

Details

  • Music:Jazz,Rock,Gig Guide
  • Food & Drink:Seafood,Restaurant,Beer,Cider
  • Hosted By:Alison Parade
  • Ticket Price:$10.20

Description

To celebrate the release of our debut single, set to hit all streaming platforms on JUNE 30 - we are hosting a show not to be missed! Following nine days of what we hope will be fierce streaming of 'Mum Found My Cigarettes', we are overjoyed to announce that our dear friends SUNSICK, RESIDENTS CLUB and SLEEPY SOPH will be joining us on stage @ Clancy's Fish Pub to launch our single - for what should be a beautiful JULY 9 evening. Doors will open at 8 pm, and Pre-sale tickets are available via oztix (per the link above). Door sales are available yet limited, so we suggest you snap a ticket up quick smart, to ensure you don't miss out. We have been working very hard and are incredibly proud of this first-ever single... so we'd love to see everyone who has supported us along the way down at Clancy's on JULY 9!!! Set times: 8:20-850: Sleepy Soph 9:10-940: Residents Club 10-10:30: Sunsick 10:50-11:20: Alison Parade Much Love, AP

Niels Rosendahl Quintet at The Ellington

Saxophonist and composer/arranger Niels Rosendahl presents his own all-star jazz quintet performing original, contemporary and standard jazz, funk and soul jazz music,

  • Dates:July 18
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz,Gig Guide
  • Ticket Price:$20

Description

Saxophonist and composer/arranger Niels Rosendahl is a recent addition to the vibrant Perth music scene. Since moving to Perth in late 2021, Niels has been quickly absorbed by the local professional music community, playing the Reeds chair in Platinum Entertainment’s production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and joining the prestigious WA Jazz Project – WA’s premier jazz orchestra. In 2022, Niels became an endorsed artist with Forestone Japan. This performance at The Ellington features Niels’ own all-star jazz quintet performing original, contemporary and standard jazz, funk and soul jazz music, some of which is also featured on his album, ‘No Time For Talkers’. Band Personnel: Niels Rosendahl: tenor saxophone Matt Smith: trumpet Grant Windsor: piano Pete Jeavons: bass Michael Pigneguy: drums More information on Niels can be found at www.nielsrosendahl.com

The Stories of Swing

Western Australia’s leading jazz musicians, Swinging at the Savoy, have come together to celebrate the untold stories of great swing era performers.

  • Time(s):19:00
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Dates:Jul 22

Details

  • Music:Jazz,Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Dance
  • Accessibility:Wheelchait access
  • Ticket Price:25
  • Event Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Description

‘The Stories of Swing’ unveils the captivating tales behind Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong as they discovered their voices and shaped the history of music. Joined, on stage by some ridiculously energetic swing dancers this high paced night of exceptional music and gripping stories will have you cheering for more. FREE SWING DANCE CLASS 6:15-6:45PM prior to the Show

WAYJO presents Gemma Farrell Meets WAYJO

Join the WAYJO MNO & special guest Gemma Farrell in a big band exploration of the Saxophone Family - Sat 30 Jul, 8pm

  • Dates:Sat 30 Jul
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Lyric's Underground

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Type:Youth
  • Hosted By:WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

Description

WAYJO presents outstanding saxophonist, composer and educator Gemma Farrell at Lyric’s Underground, Saturday July 30th. Gemma presents her skills as a performer, while sharing the variety and versatility of the saxophone family with audiences. From the pee-wee soprano to electronic EWI – right through to the sizeable and deep baritone – come enjoy this exciting saxophone showcase in a night of big band jazz. Gemma appears thanks to WAYJO’s 2022 Major Programs Partner, Minderoo Foundation. WAYJO presents Gemma Farrell Meets WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra, with special guest Gemma Farrell Sat 30 July, 8.00pm Lyric’s Underground, Maylands Tickets wayjo.com

The Sky is the Limit

Daniel Susnjar, a multi award-winning drummer/composer leads the WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble bringing you the fusion of Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary jazz.

  • Dates:Aug 11
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Music:Jazz,World
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $ 20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

With multi award-winning drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar at the helm, the WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble presents the joyous intersection of Afro-Peruvian music and contemporary jazz in a performance of thrilling cohesion, infectious rhythms and inspired original music. Music Director - Daniel Susnjar Performed by WAAPA Afro-Peruvian Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

The New Tradition

WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble will bring you a modern version of jazz music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly-Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and more.

  • Dates:Aug 25
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble takes a modern look at the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly-Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and other giants of the jazz world. This is high-energy music with a mix of blues, swing and ragtime flavours. Come and check out the next generation of jazz musicians paying homage to the roots of traditional jazz. Music Director - Ricki Malet Performed by WAAPA New Orleans Ensemble # Booking - Friends booking open on 20 Jul - Public booking open on 27 Jul

Gian Slater In Concert

Multi-award-winning artist Gian Slater collaborates with WAAPA Jazz students to create an inspirational night not to be missed.

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

Details

  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

WAAPA Jazz welcomes back multi-award-winning artist Gian Slater, a Melbourne-based vocalist/composer renowned for her unique use of wordless singing, improvisation, electronics, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Gian will direct and perform a selection of her cutting-edge original works featuring extended improvisation techniques with the WAAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Innovative and inspiring, this is a jazz concert not to miss. Music Directors: Gian Slater Victoria Newton Performed by: Gian Slater and the WAAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble

A Tale of Three Keyboards

The students and the lecturers of WAAPA will take you to a journey through time with historical and contemporary keyboards.

  • Dates:Sep 18
  • Time(s):3.00 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$25 - $32
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

From harpsichords through fortepianos to the modern piano, the history of keyboard instruments is long and fascinating. Students and lecturers introduce and perform on rare and important instruments from WAAPA's astonishing and extensive store of historical and contemporary keyboards, sharing insider knowledge and wondrous music with the audience. This is a concert to move the heart, delight the ear and fire the imagination. Performed by: Classical and Jazz Piano students and staff.

OMXN In Jazz

A tribute night to marginalised genders, including women, non-binary and transgender people around the world by The WAAPA Womxn in Jazz.

  • Dates:Sep 21
  • Time(s):7.30 pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club

Details

  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$23 - $30
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

The WAAPA Womxn in Jazz ensemble was formed to highlight the significant contribution made to jazz around the world by people of marginalised genders, including women, non-binary and transgender people. This performance will feature WAAPA Jazz students performing some of their favourite works. Music Director: Gemma Farrell Performed by: Womxn in Jazz ensemble

Dark Side of the Moon Revisited

Join WAAPA Jazz and Music Technology & Composition students to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

  • Dates:Oct 13
  • Time(s):7.30 pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Jazz,Rock
  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Ticket Price:$13 - $20
  • Produced By:WAAPA

Description

Graduating students from Jazz and Music Technology & Composition celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s legendary album Dark Side of the Moon. Composers and performers approach this influential album from an improvisatory and interactive perspective, drawing out new aspects of the music, its production, and its universal themes of time, life and death. Music Director: Lindsay Vickery Performed by: Composition & Music Technology students and staff, and Jazz students

Brassy Broads - Perth Cabaret Collective

Perth Cabaret Collective is bringing their much-loved show, Brassy Broads to Downstairs at The Maj.

  • Time(s):7:30 pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Dates:Oct 27 - 29

Details

  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret
  • Hosted By:Downstairs at the Maj
  • Ticket Price:$47

Description

This show pays homage to some of the best jazz and cabaret singers of all time featuring some of Perth's finest singers including Priscilla Queen of the Desert star Cougar Morrison and the box office smash hit, Mia Matthiessen! This show features the music of Judy, Eartha, Edith and Liza and many more in a dedication to the women who have inspired generations to follow in their footsteps. Featuring the Perth Cabaret Collective's very live and very loud nine-piece jazz band who simply have to be heard to be believed, this band is made up some of the country's finest jazz musicians whose onstage energy and charisma will blow you away! ? ????? "Well known as Perth’s premier Jazz band, their performances are electrifying and enthralling from start to finish." - FRINGEWORLD Review "The talent is through the roof and the energy electrifying - I couldn't keep myself from grooving along to the music." - Audience review Fringe 2022