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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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Milford Street Shakers Rock the Quarry with Tell Mama: The Music of Etta James!

Eleven piece soul band The Milford Street Shakers will ring out the music of Etta James and get you up and dancing at the splendid location of the Quarry Amphitheatre.

  • Dates:Nov 14
  • Time(s):Starts at 6.30pm
  • Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Retro Music Box
  • Venue Address:Quarry Amphitheatre, 1 Waldron Drive, City Beach
  • Ticket Price:$79 plus booking fee
  • Music:Soul & Gospel,Jazz
  • Event Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Description

The Milford Street Shakers, will feature Yara Neto as lead singer and guest Mia Matthiessen taking advantage of the splendid Quarry Amphitheatre for the tribute performance, first performed by an earlier incarnation of the band, Stratosfunk.

The West Australian in 2013 described Tell Mama as "a commanding and musically inspiring show” and also won Stratosfunk the 2013 Fringe World Music Award.

The music of Etta James, including songs like At Last, Something’s Got a Hold on Me and I Just Want To Make Love To You, will be celebrated by 11-piece band The Milford Street Shakers on November 14.

Australian Stage said of the show “The Music of Etta James is a great show – you will come out buzzing and on a musical high”.

Aussie Theatre said “…she ripped into ‘Tell Mama’ and the audience began to sway, shoulder shimmy and tap along. They never really stopped”.

 

 

Nights at BFPL

Experience Nights at Brookfield Place with entertainment every Saturday from our award winning venues.

  • Dates:Nov 14, 21 & 28
  • Time(s):7pm - 11pm
  • Venue:Brookfield Place

Details

  • Hosted By:Brookfield Place
  • Venue Address:125 St Georges Tce, Perth 6000
  • Music:DJs,Jazz,Pop
  • Food & Drink:Restaurant Events

Description

Saturday 14 November

7:00pm
W. Churchill presents Kaviar Djs 90's RnB

7:30pm - 10:30pm 
Print Hall Bar presents Catherine Summers 
A fresh serving of café del mar style grooves, Catherine Summers and her 4-piece Groove band delivers a mix of top 40, soul and jazz songs each with an individual funk twist.

8.00pm 
Bar Lafayette presents Sam Nafie Live R&B
 

Saturday 21 November

7:00pm
W. Churchill presents Kaviar Djs 90's RnB

7:30pm - 10:30pm 
Print Hall Bar presents Catherine Summers 
A fresh serving of café del mar style grooves, Catherine Summers and her 4-piece Groove band delivers a mix of top 40, soul and jazz songs each with an individual funk twist.

8.00pm 
Bar Lafayette presents Sam Nafie Live R&B
 

Saturday 28 November

7:00pm
W. Churchill presents Kaviar Djs 90's RnB

7:30pm - 10:30pm 
Print Hall Bar presents Catherine Summers 
A fresh serving of café del mar style grooves, Catherine Summers and her 4-piece Groove band delivers a mix of top 40, soul and jazz songs each with an individual funk twist.

8.00pm 
Bar Lafayette presents Sam Nafie Live R&B

Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground

Join multi-award-winning cabaret performer Bernie Dieter and her degenerate family of misfits in the darkest, funniest, and most debauched club at Crown Perth.

  • Dates:Nov 17 - Dec 13
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Crown Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Zaccaria & Dead Man Label
  • Venue Address:Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood WA 6100
  • Ticket Price FROM:$59.85
  • Ticket price TO:$95.53
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Jazz
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret

Description

With never been seen before acts, sound tracked by a gin-soaked, Weimar-punk jazz band, this boundary pushing show is as inappropriate and provocative as it is breathtaking and hilarious. Bernie Dieter’s Berlin Underground will perform at Crown for a strictly limited season.

Evenings Of Life Drawing At The Corner Gallery Soiree

Join us for An Evening Of Life Drawing Soirée at the Corner Gallery. Fun relaxed vibes and all levels of artists welcome.

  • Dates:Nov 18
  • Time(s):Starts 7pm
  • Venue:The Corner Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:The Little Wing Collective
  • Venue Address:The Corner Gallery, 263 Hay Street Subiaco, WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:$50
  • Music:Jazz
  • Food & Drink:Food Event
  • Other:Arts & Crafts

Description

$50 entry fee includes all art materials & paper, two models, live jazz, a walking grazing table, bottomless drinks and a glass of Moet on arrival

Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm sharp start. Get in early to have a look at the exhibition of anonymous life drawing works that have been left behind over the past 18 months, meet the models from previous nights and find a comfy spot as we bring the food and drinks to you!

Joanna's Sunset Lounge: "Smokey Jazz & Blues" with Mishy Athif

Get ready for a spellbinding night of Smokey Jazz and Blues at Joanna's Sunset Lounge!

  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Dates:Nov 20
  • Time(s):Sunday 5:30-7:30pm, Friday 5-7pm & 7:30-9:30pm

Details

  • Music:Soul & Gospel,Blues,Jazz
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Other
  • Hosted By:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Venue Address:Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle 6160 WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22.50
  • Ticket price TO:$45.50

Description

Mishy Athif will be back at Kidogo Arthouse for a spectacular evening of “Smokey Jazz & Blues”. Accompanied by Gareth Hancox on guitar and Marlene Hay on saxophone/keys, Mishy will sing you songs from legendary artists such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade and Nancy Sinatra, as well as a few smokey renditions of some contemporary songs.

Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble + No Nomad

Kohesia Ensemble explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian flute (ney), percussion (daf), lute (saz) and oud with jazz instruments.

  • Dates:Nov 22
  • Time(s):2 - 4pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Music:Free,Indie & Alternative,Jazz,Soul & Gospel,World
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Type:Free
  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

Led by double bassist Kate Pass, the Kohesia Ensemble is a platform for Kate’s original compositions, influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. 

Since forming in Perth in 2018, No Nomad have crafted a mellow and inviting blend of soul, jazz, and alternative influences into a dynamic six-piece sound of their own.

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy a carefully curated line-up of WA’s best musicians every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s grounds. Due to COVID19 event restrictions, Sunday Music will run a little differently at the moment to keep our visitors, musicians and staff safe. The concerts will take place under the pine trees on our larger South Lawn to allow the audience to spread out. We will be operating with a strict crowd capacity, so head down early and settle in for the afternoon. Bring a rug and picnic (no BYO alcohol) to this family friendly event, or enjoy tasty treats from the food vendors and bar on-site. Some chairs provided.

WAYJO presents Jazz Under the Stars

Bring a picnic and enjoy a feast of jazz new and old, under the stars for one night only!

  • Time(s):7.30-10.00pm
  • Venue:The Quarry Amphitheatre
  • Dates:Nov 27

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Venue Address:1 Waldron Dr, City Beach WA 6015
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Jazz
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Description

WAYJO returns to the beautiful Quarry Amphitheatre to celebrate the joy of live jazz under the vast WA sky.

Treat yourself to three big bands, showcasing all their favourite repertoire from classic big band jazz through to newly commissioned works from Australian composers Andrew Murray, Mace Francis, Alana Macpherson, and WAYJO’s 2020 composer in residence Des Canning.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a feast of jazz new and old, under the stars for one night only!

WAYJO presents Jazz Under the Stars
with the WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night, plus Tuesday & Wednesday Night Orchestras
Fri 27 Nov, 7.30pm
The Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach
Limited Tickets only from wayjo.com

#WAYJO2020 #JazzUnderTheStars

WA Exposé

Situated in a comfortable, welcoming environment, WA Exposé is the perfect way to kick off your summer and indulge in the very best of Western Australian talent.

  • Dates:Dec 5
  • Time(s):Doors 8pm
  • Venue:Clancy's Fish Pub, Fremantle

Details

  • Venue Address:51 Cantonment St, Fremantle
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Jazz,Pop,Soul & Gospel
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Circus,Dance,Musicals

Description

Experience a rapid fire line up of music, drag, burlesque, circus and more in the ultimate artistic degustation. 

WAYJO presents Gemma Farrell Quartet Live at Lyric’s Underground

Enjoy a night of new original material in the lead up to their highly anticipated second album release.

  • Venue:Lyric’s Underground
  • Dates:Dec 6
  • Time(s):7pm

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Venue Address:Lyric’s Underground, Downstairs, 22 Lyric Lane, Maylands WA 6051
  • Ticket Price:$10 at door
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Music:Jazz

Description

The Gemma Farrell Quintet was formed when she moved back to Perth in 2013, after six years away. The group had their debut performance for the Perth Jazz Society at the Perth International Jazz Festival in 2015. Launching their debut album in June 2018 'Organised Chaos' - the album featured on RTRFM as the local feature album, and the group nominated for Best Jazz Act at the 2018 WAM awards. 

The quartet has performed around Perth, at the 2018 and 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival, as well as In The Pines 2019, and the 2019 King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival. 'Organised Chaos' was nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album at the 2019 Australian Jazz Bell Awards and the track 'Be Like Abraham' was nominated for Best Jazz Work of the Year. The group was also nominated for Best Jazz Act at the 2019 WAM awards. In November 2019, the group toured Australia, performing at the Sydney Women's International Jazz Festival, Jazz Music Institute Brisbane and the Jazzlab Melbourne. 

The Gemma Farrell Quartet are: Gemma Farrell - Saxophones, Sam Hadlow - Trombone, Dan Garner - Guitar, Kate Pass - Bass, Ryan Daunt - Drums. 

Band Set 7.00pm
Open Jam Session 8.20pm
Tickets $10 at door 

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Brass On The Grass 2020

Established in 1898, enjoy the smooth sounds of the historic City of Perth Band as it performs Christmas concerts amidst balmy Perth evenings.

  • Dates:Dec 9
  • Time(s):5pm
  • Venue:Victoria Gardens

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Perth and East Perth Community Group
  • Venue Address:10 Royal St, Perth
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Music:Classical,Jazz

Description

On 9 December, don’t miss a special Brass on the Grass hosted by the City of Perth and East Perth Community Group.

WAYJO presents A Summer Wonderland

Jazz up your Christmas with WAYJO at The Rechabite, Sat 12 December!

  • Dates:12 Dec
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Venue Address:224 William Street Northbridge, WA 6003 Australia
  • Type:Youth Art / Performance
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

Description

Let WAYJO take you into a Summer Wonderland as we Deck the Rechabite Hall in the sounds of a swinging jazzmas.

This not so Silent Night will bring you Duke Ellington's version of the Nutcracker and some brandy infused Christmas carols.

Join the WAYJO Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras in a fun ending to this crazy year. Come and party with WAYJO-HO-HO!

Consider booking your end of year function on this night - email [email protected] for details!


WAYJO presents A Summer Wonderland
with the Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras
Sat 12 Dec, 7.30pm
The Rechabite (Main Hall), Northbridge
Limited Tickets only at Moshtix http://bit.ly/WAYJO20-Summer

#WAYJO2020 #SummerWonderland

Joanna's Sunset Lounge Sessions

Music, food, fun & sunsets by the sea! Joanna's Sunset Lounge, open Fridays & Sundays.

  • Dates:Oct 18, 25 & 30. Nov 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20.
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse

Details

  • Hosted By:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Venue Address:Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle 6160 WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22.50
  • Ticket price TO:$45.50
  • Music:Blues,Electronic,Jazz,Latin,Pop,R&B,Soul & Gospel,World,Other Music
  • Food & Drink:Food Event

Description

Fridays & Sundays, Joanna will host a series of spring sunset sessions by the beach at Kidogo Arthouse, featuring some vibrant live music and food and drink pairings. 

The mood for each evening will be distinguished by varying music themes such as funky blues, smokey jazz, acoustic soul, groovy samba and more. The set menu will include a fresh and delicious soup of the day inspired by the music, paired with “Joanna’s famous Irish soda-bread” and followed by a delightful dessert.

Our performers include the incredible Lauralee Faith – Copacabana Swingers – Melissa Erpen – Adrian Galante – Mishy Athif

This summer, Joanna’s Sunset Lounge is the best spot to watch the sunset in Fremantle. Join us for a beautiful evening music, food & fun at Kidogo Arthouse.