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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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Ballads, Banksias and Beauty: Fringe World Festival 2021

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.

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

Details

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

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

Ella & Louis! Simone Craddock & Adam Hall, Ft Adrian Galante

1956. Streets of America are humming with change. As the world turns, two of its brightest stars walk into Capitol Studios and record an album that captures the charm of a friendship and time gone by.

  • Dates:Jan 15-17
  • Time(s):4:30pm, 6:30pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World Festival
  • Music:Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Musicals
  • Produced By:Fringe World
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club

Description

lla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong defined an era and a standard of performance that have delighted fans & inspired musicians for generations. Against a backdrop of change and uncertainty, they created something beautiful and ageless, transcending the times they were living in.

The winners of the FRINGE WORLD Music & Musicals Award, Simone Craddock (2020) & Adam Hall (2019), accompanied by the prodigious Adrian Galante at the piano, come 'cheek to cheek' to lovingly recreate the magic of the greatest musical pairing of all time, Ella & Louis! 

Presented by:
Simone Craddock

Simone’s dual career in music and theatre has taken her across Asia, Europe and The States. The WA born Singer & Actress has been based in London for the last 20 years, performing in Europe’s most prestigious venues, including Ronnie Scotts, Houses of Parliament and Australia House. She has a presence born of leading roles on the West End stage & International tours of Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dirty Dancing and Hello Dolly!

Having already played the Edinburgh Fringe & London Jazz Festival, Simone was thrilled to return home last year, winning the 2020 Music & Musicals Award for her FRINGE WORLD debut, Nina, Love Simone. Simone is proud to present her world premiere of Ella & Louis, collaborating with the 2019 Music & Musicals Award winners, Adam Hall & Adrian Galante.

 

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.

Soul and Rock n Roll Dance Party

Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys take you for an evening of soul, velvet sounds and groovy times at Freo.Social on the opening weekend of FRINGE WORLD Festival.

  • Dates:Jan 15-16
  • Time(s):8:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:32
  • Music:Blues,Jazz,R&B,Rock,Soul & Gospel
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys take you for an evening of soul, velvet sounds and groovy times at Freo.Social on the opening weekend of FRINGE WORLD Festival.

Think Stevie Wonder, Prince and maybe even some Beyonce, and then think of the the Rock N Roll Classics from Chuck Berry, Beatles, Elton John and more. The amazing repertoire featuring "Supersition", "Johnny B Goode", "Reet Petite" and even "All about that Bass" are joined by many more other classic hits and original compositions which will have you dancing in the aisles.

"A satisfied crowd exited happily to swarm the gracious Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys... Good luck punters this is a night to cherish" 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.

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.

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.

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

A Night in Havana feat Adam Hall and the Young Guns

Don't miss out on an evening of Cuban classics live at Freo.Social with this exclusive 3 night run.

  • Dates:Feb 11-13
  • Time(s):7pm-8pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$35.50
  • Music:Jazz,Latin,World
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

Local favourites Adam Hall and the Young Guns (Velvet Playboys, Cuban All Stars) are live on stage to play 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" - The West Australian

 

Presented by:
Adam Hall

"I've been told that jazz is an open-ended kind of music, designed for an open kind of mind. One doesn't realise the magical potential of jazz until they've heard the dynamic sound that is Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys" West Australian 

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)

"I can add to the list the outstanding showmanship of Australian jazz heroes, Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys" Australian stage

The Rhythm Spectacular - The Music of Stevie Wonder

Let Adam Hall and the Soul Playboys take you on a Soulful and Funky journey through the Music of Stevie Wonder.

  • Dates:Feb 11-13
  • Time(s):8:30-9:30pm
  • Venue:Freo.Social
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Ticket Price:$25-35.50
  • Music:Jazz,Soul & Gospel
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social
  • Produced By:Fringe World

Description

In the surrounds of Freo.Social, on the big stage and with the big sound of the Award Winning Soul Playboys.

This will be a concert for dancing and getting on down. Imagine you're at a Soul Train getting down to Stevie Wonders hit songs including "I Wish", "Superstition", "Do I Do" and "Master Blaster" with the charismatic and dynamic Adam Hall belting out the vocals to get you on your feet.

"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

Presented by:
Adam Hall

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

Adam has since made 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 he performed with Lillian Boutte and members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, in 2015 opened for UB40 and Nile Rodgers and made an extensive tour to Hong Kong and sold out shows at SingJazz in Singapore.