Author: Tatum Stafford

Now in its 6th year, the Perth International Jazz Festival is set to make its anticipated return at a handful of Northbridge venues from Friday the 9th to Sunday the 11th of November. With over 60 performances, workshops and open rehearsals on offer, take advantage of our handy guide of featured events to experience an eclectic range of enthralling jazz events.  

Featured Events


Kate Ceberano and Carl Mackey (MEL)

Join the talented Kate Ceberano and Carl Mackey for “Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderly”; a series of arrangements made famous by this jazz pair. Featuring songs such as “The Masquerade Is Over”, “Save Your Love For Me” and “A Sleepin’ Bee”, it is sure to be an evening to remember.

Venue: State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Date and time: Friday 9th November 7 – 8pm, Tickets: $40

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Chilean saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana is considered one of the most compelling tenor saxophonists on the scene. Having released four recordings as her quartet’s leader (most recently, ‘Back Home’), this “bold new talent” (NPR) will present an exciting program of works reflective of her South American heritage at this year’s festival.

Venue: State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Date and time: Friday 9th November 9 – 10pm, Tickets: $35 – $40

Libby Hammer Club Choir Rehearsal

Join the community singing craze in this exciting event led by jazz singer Libby Hammer! Libby will teach a different song in each session in three or four part harmony in an inclusive, stress-free environment – all for the love of music!

Venue: State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Date and time: 9th – 11th November 10am – 12pm, Free event

Ben Matthews presents LiveWyre

Drawing influence from cinematic, neo-soul, groove, jazz and fusion sounds, LiveWyre blends traditional jazz genres through the dynamic talents of Daniel Susnjar (drums), Sean Little (saxophone), Joe Southwell (bass) and three-time WAM Song of the Year nominee Ben Matthews (piano).

Venue: State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Date and time: Saturday 10th November 1 – 2pm, Tickets: $20

Niran Dasika (AU) and Sumire Kuribayashi (JPN)

Inspired by the ‘nihonga’ paintings of Kaii Higashiyama, trumpeter Niran Dasika is set to join forces with pianist Sumire Kuribayashi for this groundbreaking project. Gaining increasing attention following placing second at the 2017 National Jazz Awards, Niran has just released his latest album ‘Suzaku’ through Japanese jazz label Apollo Sounds Records, which is highly indicative of his distinctive sound and virtuosic technique.

Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, Date and time: Saturday 10th November 2 – 3pm, Tickets: $25 – $30

Anita Wardell (UK)

Two-time winner of the BBC Jazz Award, Anita Wardell is highly regarded for her scat singing and vocalised version of Lee Morgan’s solo from ‘Moanin’. Proclaimed “a model of the Jazz singer’s art” by The Guardian, Wardell’s emotional resonance, clarity and phenomenal improvisational skills are not to be missed.

Venue: Rehearsal Room 1, Date and time: Saturday 10th November 6 – 7pm, Tickets: $35 – $40

Trio ELF (GER) 

Part of the new German jazz generation, the unique Trio ELF sound is a formula of club culture, house and grand piano musical stylings – making for a very sonically diverse and genre-defying experience in performance.

Venue: State Theatre Centre Rehearsal Room, Date and time: Saturday 10th November, 9:30 – 10:30pm, Tickets: $40

Charanee Wade (USA)

The first artist ever to enter two Thelonious Monk Vocal competitions, Wade’s star is on the rise. Known for her expert vocal improvisational ability and seriously swinging groove, she evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan – two of her musical touchstones.

Venue: State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Date and time: Sunday 11th November 7 – 8pm, Tickets: $35 – $40

Sara McDonald NYChillharmonic (NYC)

Based in Brooklyn, Sara McDonald is an acclaimed bandleader, composer, arranger and vocalist – and has notably established the NYChillharmonic, a 22-piece progressive jazz orchestra. Since its inception four years ago, the ensemble has performed all over the world and is renowned for its original, richly-layered orginal works.

Venue: State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Date and time: Sunday 11th November 9 – 10pm, Tickets: $40

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Image credit: Silhouette and Anita Wardell – Perth International Jazz Festival Facebook, Kate Ceberano, Museum Stage and Trio ELF – Perth International Jazz Festival Website, Ben Matthews – Ben Matthews Website, Niran Dasika – Niran Dasika Website, Charanee Wade – Charanee Wade Website, Sara McDonald – The NYChillharmonic Facebook





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