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Jazz and Blues in Perth and WA

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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Guides


Benny Green Jazz Messenger

A night of hard-swinging piano jazz standards performed by Benny Green of Art Blakey's legendary Jazz Messengers.

  • Dates:May 7 & 9
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$33
  • Ticket price TO:$40
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Benny Green has been hailed as the most exciting, hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Benny has recorded, performed and collaborated with celebrated artists including Ray Brown, Betty Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Oscar Peterson. In this special concert, Benny will share his outstanding artistry accompanied by WAAPA’s talented instrumentalists and vocalists in an evening of exceptional swing and groove. Benny will lead us through jazz’s roots and offshoots - including the blues, bebop, hard-bop and more modern styles.

Benny Green’s visit is generously supported by Brigid and Ronald W. Woss AM of the Woss Group of Companies.

Bernie Dieter's Little Death Club

The boundary pushing Spiegeltent phenomenon returns with never been seen before acts and soundtracked by a gin-soaked, Weimar-punk jazz band. Join uber-award-winning kabarett sensation Bernie Dieter.

  • Time(s):9pm
  • Venue:The Woodside Pleasure Gardens
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival
  • Dates:Jan 17 - Feb 16

Details

  • Venue Address:West Australian Spiegeltent, Pleasure Gardens, Russell Square, Northbridge, Perth WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:35
  • Ticket Price FROM:from $35
  • Ticket price TO:46
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Event Venue:Woodside Pleasure Garden
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Circus,Comedy
  • Music:Jazz
  • Hosted By:FRINGE WORLD 2020

Description

The boundary pushing Spiegeltent phenomenon returns with never been seen before acts and soundtracked by a gin-soaked, Weimar-punk jazz band.

Join uber-award-winning kabarett sensation Bernie Dieter and her degenerate family of misfits in the darkest, funniest and most debauched club this side of Berlin! A hazy night of dangerously funny kabarett, circus and sideshow featuring drag superstar and current “Drag Performer of the Year”Art Simone (RuPaul’s Drag Con) jaw-dropping hair-hanging dynamo Fancy Chance (La Clique), gender-bending aerial marvel Michael Standen (Circa) and angle-grinding, fire-breathing vixen Jacqueline Furey.

'A cross between Lady Gaga, Marlene Dietrich and Frank-N-Futer in sequins', Bernie Dieter has stunned, aroused and terrified audiences from Berlin to Hong Kong with her gin-soaked lascivious charm. Blending dangerously funny original songs, sequins and satire with a cut-throat wit, and a deviant eye for debaucherous mayhem!

There is no fourth wall, no rules, and no seat is safe in this dark and defiant den of iniquity. Welcome to the Little Death Club where you can be whoever you want to be...

"Wickedly funny, deliciously defiant punk cabaret. With Dieter in charge, Little Death Club is a rallying cry from the raucous depths of cabaret. All you can do is cheer." Fest, 2019

"Magnificent, brilliant, unpredictable & boundary pushing." Arts Review, 2019

"Life affirming and adventurous entertainment at its best." London Theatre, 2019

"Absolutely outrageous! Unmissable experience." Out In Perth, 2019

The Music of Disney - Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys

The Music of Disney starring Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys features Jazz and Vintage versions of the Disney songs you know and love.

  • Dates:Jan 17, 18, 29 - 31, Feb 1
  • Time(s):8.30pm on Jan 17, 18. 7pm on Jan 29 - Feb 1
  • Venue:Sewing Room
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Venue Address:Wolf Lane, 317 Murray Street
  • Ticket Price:$33 - $38
  • Ticket Price FROM:$33
  • Ticket price TO:$38
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Performing Arts:Musicals
  • Music:Jazz,Other Music,Popular Music

Description

The Music of Disney starring Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys features Jazz and Vintage versions of the Disney songs you know and love. These FRINGE WORLD Award Winning performers fresh from the 2019 Music and Musicals win will bring their unique take on songs like 'The Bare Necessities', 'Let it Go', 'Be Our Guest' and 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious', and promises to leave you dancing and singing in the aisles.

"I've been told that jazz is an open-ended kind of music. One doesn't realise the magical potential of jazz until they've heard the dynamic sound that is Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys" The West Australian.
"Irresistable" Gerd Wieben, Blue Note Germany.
"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

‘Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys' are an institution of the Australian 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) Kate Pass (Double Bass) Adrian Galante (Keys). The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Jr, Harry Connick Jr, Jackie Wilson and Chuck Berry. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements. They won Best Music and Musical performance at FRINGE WORLD multiple years including 2019.

 

The Stories of Swing | Fringe World Event (SWINGIN' AT THE SAVOY)

Hear the band play the most fun songs of the swing era! See Perth's leading swing dancers. Listen to the wild stories of the jazz artists and dancers.

  • Dates:Jan 17 - Feb 15
  • Time(s):Jan 17 - 26, 6.45pm - 7.45pm; Feb 15, 5pm - 6pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:FRINGE WORLD
  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$17.50
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

FRINGE WORLD EVENT. Swingin' at the Savoy-The Stories of Swing!
Hear the band play the most fun songs of the swing era! See Perth's leading swing dancers. Listen to the wild stories of the jazz artists and dancers. Feel the energy and passion of this great era of music and dance.

"This band know how to play-they also know how to have fun" - The Ellington Jazz Club.

“Every show sells out and gets the audience up and dancing. Highly recommended” - Paddle Steamer Decoy.

“Randa is bubbly and fantastic…backed up by the best of Perth’s musicians" - Jasmine Abbot (Music promoter)

Swingin' at the Savoy have been delighting audiences since 2017, playing at festivals, events and jazz clubs. They will be joined by two of Perth's leading swing dancers for a fun night of swing music, stories and dancing.

Dates: Jan 17, 18, 19, & 26 (6.45pm); February 15 (5pm) 2020

The Great American Songbook Part 2

The FRINGE WORLD Award-winners 2019 are back for part 2! requests are allowed, and banter is mandatory.

  • Dates:Jan 17-18, 22-25
  • Time(s):7pm - 8pm
  • Venue:The Sewing Room
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Venue Address:Wolf Lane, 317 Murray Street, Perth
  • Ticket Price:$25-$35
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$35
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Performing Arts:Musicals
  • Music:Jazz,Rhythm & Blues,Soul & Gospel

Description

The FRINGE WORLD Award-winners 2019 are back for part 2! requests are allowed, and banter is mandatory. Adam Hall and Adrian Galante (from the Velvet Playboys) play through the American Songbook, from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder to Cole Porter to Cher. This is going to be a musical adventure like no other! you'll be singing along and yelling for more!

"One doesn't realise the magical potential of jazz until they've heard the dynamic sound that is Adam Hall" West Australian.

"Irresistible" Blue Note, Germany.

"Good humour, lofty musical standards. Musical wizardry on the keyboards" West Australian.

2014 Winner of FRINGE WORLD music award
2018 2019 Adelaide Fringe Music Award
2019 Winner of FRINGE WORLD Music and Musicals award

The Underground is presented by Halmak Music 

Presented by:
Adam Hall

Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys are an institution of the Australian 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) 
Kate Pass (Double Bass) 
Adrian Galante (Keys)

The repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Harry Connick Jr, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements

"I can add to the list of Outstanding Showmanship of Australian Jazz Heroes, Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys” Australian Stage.

 

Hot 6 - Hot Jazz from the Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Let's go to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans... Brand New Music in 2020. You might be in Perth, but imagine you are marching down Bourbon Street behind the HOT 6 brass band.

  • Dates:Jan 22, 23, Feb 5-8
  • Time(s):varies
  • Venue:The Sewing Room
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Adam Hall
  • Venue Address:Wolf Lane, 317 Murray Street, Perth
  • Ticket Price:$28-$38
  • Ticket Price FROM:$28
  • Ticket price TO:$38
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Let's go to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans... Brand New Music in 2020. You might be in Perth, but imagine you are marching down Bourbon Street behind the HOT 6 brass band. Party like you are in New Orleans with all the classic hits like "When the Saints," "This Little Light o' Mine," "Mardi Gras," "You are My Sunshine" and all new Classic songs.

"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 and the Hot 6" West Australian.

"Beautiful booths, bodies and a well-stocked bar added to that the musical styling of the Hot 6, resulting in a dapper evening indeed" Colosoul (Australian).

Presented by:
Adam Hall

Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys are an institution of the Australian 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) 
Kate Pass (Double Bass) 
Adrian Galante (Keys)

The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, creating their new group the Hot 6 - playing Hot Jazz from New Orleans the band has limitless potential.

“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

"Irresistable" Gerd Wieben, Blue Note Germany.

 

Kohesia Unplugged: Persian Quartet

Journey with Kohesia Quartet and experience the evocative sounds of acoustic Persian music. Kohesia Quartet explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian ney, daf, saz, oud and double bass for a uniquely intimate listening experience. Having been shortlisted for 2019's Martin Sims Award, Kohesia Quartet presents a debut 'Unplugged' show which will transport you to another place.

  • Dates:Jan 23, Jan 28, Feb 6
  • Time(s):Jan 23 7:00pm, Jan 28 6:45pm, Feb 6 7:00pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club and Duke of George
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Kate Pass
  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort st Perth and 135 George St, East Fremantle WA 6158
  • Ticket Price:$30 + BF
  • Type:Music
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz,World

Description

Journey with Kohesia Quartet and experience the evocative sounds of acoustic Persian music. Kohesia Quartet explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian ney, daf, saz, oud and double bass for a uniquely intimate listening experience.

Having been shortlisted for 2019's Martin Sims Award, Kohesia Quartet presents a debut 'Unplugged' show which will transport you to another place.

100 Years of Crazy Blues - Simone Craddock Combo ft Adrian Galante

100 years of Blues in 60 crazy minutes! From spirituals of the Deep South, to Gospel, Country & Rock n Roll, no-one can resist the hip-swaying, whiskey-toting, laughter & rhythmic lure of the Blues!

  • Dates:Jan 24 - 25
  • Time(s):9pm
  • Venue:The Duke of George
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Ticket Price FROM:$27
  • Ticket price TO:$38
  • Type:Food & drink,Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Cabaret,Musicals
  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide,Jazz,Music Festival,Popular Music,Rhythm & Blues,Soul & Gospel

Description

It's been 100 years since the first blues record was cut & there's been a whole lotta crazy-good blues since then! West End Diva, Simone Craddock, & her badass blues band led by Fringe-fave, Adrian Galante, smash out the hottest & hilarious hits of the last century! The best of Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash & more!

 
"Aplomb, good humour & panache, Simone Craddock is the girl for you" Blues And Soul London, 2018
 
 
Simone Craddock - Vocals
Adrian Galante - Piano
Danny Moss Jnr - Bass
Mike Perkins - Drums 

 

more about simone at https://www.simonecraddock.com

 

Jessie Gordon Is Out Of The Loop

Jessie Gordon is an award winning, jazz singing, blues dancing, loop pedal pressing performer with a passion for improvising everything.

  • Dates:Jan 28 - Feb 1
  • Time(s):8.30pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Jazz

Description

She is bringing her loop pedal back to the Ellington with improvised jazz, folk, gospel and original music. Each show will be fiercely ad-libbed, recklessly inspired, and wildly unplanned.

Barrelhouse Blues: Hokum and Heart Tonics

Join Grammy Award winning Lucky Oceans and his team of vagabonds for an evening of raucous barrelhouse blues.

  • Time(s):30-31 JAN, 1 FEB @ 6:30PM · 55 MINS
  • Venue:Duke of George
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Venue Address:135 George Street, East Fremantle, WA, 6158
  • Ticket Price:$26.00 - $31.00
  • Ticket Price FROM:26
  • Ticket price TO:31
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Join Grammy Award winning pedal steel guitarist Lucky Oceans and his team of vagabonds for an evening of raucous barrelhouse blues. Featuring Spirit of Fringe winner and jazz/blues vocalist Jessie Gordon alongside guitarist Bill Lawrie of Tin Dog fame, Barrelhouse is a band full of energy and spirit(s). There are songs for drinking if you’re inclined to wine or frisky for whisky, songs for dancing if you’re moved to groove, and songs of heartbreak for those who know what it means to lose yourself in the games of life and love. This musical collaboration brings you the best juke joint blues this side of the 129th meridian, a veritable tonic for the soul. 
 
30-31 JAN, 1 FEB @ 6:30PM · 55 MINS
Tickets: $26.00 - $31.00
Age Suitability: PG
Occasional Coarse Language
 
*****- Australian Stage, 2019
****½ - West Australian, 2019

Fairly Average Dance Band: Where Average Happens

Winners of the 2017 Music and Musicals Award, the Fairly Average Dance Band are back with Perth's best jazz musicians playing more nostalgia, nonsense, and total bangers from the 80s, 90s and 00s.

  • Dates:31 JAN, 1, 7-8, 14-15 FEB
  • Time(s):31 JAN, 1, 7-8, 14-15 FEB @ 10:00PM · 55 MINS
  • Venue:The Ellinngton Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Ticket Price:$23.00 - $28.00
  • Type:Music
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Winners of the 2017 FRINGE WORLD Music and Musicals Award, The Fairly Average Dance Band are back with more nostalgia, nonsense, and total bangers from the 80s, 90s and 00s. Think Venga Boys with added tuba, Britney with much more testosterone and Love Shack with 100% more piano accordion than you’ve heard it with before (unless you came to the last show, in which case it will be exactly the same, just slightly more disappointing).
 
So if you, like us, have had a lifetime of questionable decision making, why not make just one more poor choice and come party with us. Expect another decidedly average evening: a power set of mediocre fashion, genuinely terrible dance moves and more cowbell than anyone expects or needs. It's like magic. But much worse.
 

Shahnameh: Songs of the Persian Book of Kings

Kohesia Ensemble presents 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!

  • Dates:Feb 1, 8 and 15
  • Time(s):5:30pm
  • Venue:The Sewing Room
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble
  • Venue Address:317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$30 + BF
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz,World
  • Food & Drink:Festival

Description

Kohesia Ensemble presents 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!

Led by double bassist Kate Pass, the Kohesia Ensemble explores unusual time structures and microtonal melodies, combining the sounds of Persian ney, baglama and oud with jazz instruments for a truly unique listening experience.

Kohesia Ensemble was shortlisted for FRINGE WORLD's Martin Sims Award in 2019 for their show Kohesia Presents: A Night of Persian Jazz.

Lucky Oceans And Jessie Gordon: The Western Swing Hour

Grammy award winning Lucky Oceans and FRINGE WORLD veteran Jessie Gordon present a night of exuberant Western Swing with a dash of sorrow.

  • Dates:Feb 3-8
  • Time(s):7pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Born under the Texan sun, burnished in the heat of Australia’s own West, this music is the nexus where country meets hot jazz, fuelled by driving rhythm and chaotic harmony, providing a mighty good time for all!

Queer Jazz

If you like jazz, you probably like queer jazz.

  • Dates:Feb 3 - 8
  • Time(s):8.30pm
  • Venue:The Ellington Jazz Club
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Fringe World
  • Venue Address:191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Event Venue:Ellington Jazz Club
  • Music:Jazz

Description

There is a long and illustrious list of queer jazz singers, composers and lyricists. From the out and proud Bessie Smith to the closeted Lorenz Hart, many jazz and blues standards have been touched by the fabulous flourish of queerness. Jessie Gordon and Adrian Galante are here to celebrate it all. 

Shades of Buble

Direct from New York City, Shades of Bublé – The Three Man Michael Bublé tribute arrives in Australia. Having wowed audiences across the globe with their exciting harmonies, smooth choreography and charming good looks, the men of Shades deliver a set list ranging from Bublé’s Motown hits, through to his Sinatra chart-toppers.

  • Dates:Feb 6
  • Time(s):Opens 7:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Venue:Esperance Civic Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Esperance Civic Centre
  • Venue Address:Council Place
  • Ticket Price:$32 to $39
  • Ticket Price FROM:$32
  • Ticket price TO:$39
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:Jazz,Popular Music,Rhythm & Blues

Description

Direct from New York City, Shades of Bublé – The Three Man Michael Bublé tribute arrives in Australia. Having wowed audiences across the globe with their exciting harmonies, smooth choreography and charming good looks, the men of Shades deliver a set list ranging from Bublé’s Motown hits, through to his Sinatra chart-toppers.

Shades of Bublé stars an impressive lineup featuring former lead performer Adam Rennie of the famed Rocky Horror Picture Show.

With the three voices singing incredible songs like "Feeling Good," "Moondance," "Come Fly With Me," "Home," "Everything," "Fever," "Save the Last Dance for Me" and many more, Shades of Bublé: The Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Bublé himself to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. With standing ovations across the US, their Australian premiere is sure to sell out!

Duration |115 mins (including interval)

Rating | All Ages, (recommended 10+)

PURCHASE TICKETS www.esperance.wa.gov.au/events/shades-bubl%C3%A9 (also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre)

Tickets | $32-$39

Concession $37.00
Adult $39.00
Child Under 16 yrs $37.00
Group of 10+ $32.00

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