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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.

Twilight Picnic concert Series 2020

Celebrate the Swan Valley harvest and vintage on a long summer's evening with a picnic style Twilight Concert showcasing Perth's best Salsa, Soul, Swing and Jazz.

  • Venue:Upper Reach Winery - Swan Valley

Details

  • Venue Address:Upper Reach Winery 77 Memorial Ave Baskerville (Swan Valley)
  • Ticket Price:General entry (bring a picnic) $40pp Dinner and concert $99pp
  • Ticket Price FROM:$40pp
  • Ticket price TO:$99
  • Type:Food & drink,Music,Performing Arts,Winery Events
  • Music:Jazz,Rhythm & Blues,Soul & Gospel
  • Food & Drink:Restaurant Events,Wine

Description

Combine fabulous food, award winning wines and marvelous music; you have the perfect recipe for a summer twilight evening in the Swan Valley.

Upper Reach proudly supports local Perth musicians - each year we search out the hottest up & coming bands. We have a mix of new, talented musos as well as our old favourites; we can’t get enough of them!

 Bring a picnic to enjoy during the Twilight Concert as the sun sets over the vines or dine in style at Riverbrook Restaurant overlooking the festivities.

Nueva Salsa  |  Saturday 8th February

 The hottest Cuban and New York salsa band this side of Latin America, Nueva Salsa is all about high-energy salsa, mambos, bombas and cha cha, guaranteed to get you moving to their infectious rhythms.A nine-piece salsa band with spicy percussion, sparkling horns, awesome vocals and bass grooves that will transport you to Latin America

The Velvet Playboys & Adam Hall  |  Saturday 29th February 

Back by very popular demand, these fantastic entertainers will wow you with their captivating live performance and raw energy.The Velvet Playboy's are rooted in the jazz, rhythm & blues music of the 40s and 50s. Artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, J. Wilson Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers

The Aretha Franklin Experience  |  Saturday 14th March 

Come, pay R.E.S.P.E.C.T to the Queen of Soul; Aretha Franklin. After multiple sold out shows, 'poised, sassy & soulful' Claire Fahie with her 7-piece band pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time.From Aretha's powerhouse originals to her expressive covers, come hear all your favourite Aretha tunes at Upper Reach for a sensational and soul filling night. 

Adam Hall & the Soul Playboys  |   Saturday 21st March 

This concert is all about soul.Adam Hall will take you for a night of soul, velvet sounds and groovy times.Think Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson and then of the modern Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé, Superstition, No Diggity and many more classic hits will have you up and dancing

 

Xylouris White

Jazz and avant-rock duo Xylouris White come to the Four5Nine bar at the Rosemount Hotel after years old touring around the world and playing in New York's jazz scene.

  • Dates:Mar 11
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Four5Nine Bar at The Rosemount Hotel

Details

  • Hosted By:Feel Presents
  • Venue Address:459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth WA 6006
  • Ticket Price:$29.10
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Rosemount Hotel
  • Music:Gig Guide,Jazz

Description

Xylouris White, the two-headed monster comprised of Dirty Three / The Double drummer Jim White and Cretan folk / lute legend George Xylouris return to Australia this March as special guests to both Bill Callahan and Stereolab and, for a series of headline shows. The tour comes in support of their 4th album and the 2nd for ABC Music The Sisypheans.

"Once again, Xylouris White create a new musical world” - PBS-FM feature album

“In revisiting the traditional directly, and investing it with such a disciplined application of freedom, Xylouris White's The Sisypheans is their most compelling record to date.” - AllMusic

The dynamic duo will tackle Perth, Sydney, Castlemaine and will also feature at this years Brunswick Music Festival. Bandidas, a brand new trio featuring George’s daughter Apollonia, will also appear in Melbourne as support.

“What we’re doing drives us, takes us, to what we’re looking for,” explains Xylouris. “You find things. You learn things. And that’s the treasure.”

The Witchy Djypsies – Gyspyland Album Launch

Gypsy jazz musical phenomenons the Witchy Gypsies are launching their debut album on March 13th!

  • Dates:Mar 15
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:SONAR Room

Details

  • Hosted By:SONAR room
  • Venue Address:42 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$15
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Music:Jazz,Other Music

Description

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a gathering deep in the forests of Witchcliffe. A gathering of travelling gypsies from lands afar who brought with them a saxophone, a clarinet and a guitar. Together they formed a caravan and began to play sweet melodies for the soothing of souls before realising that they had created infectious dance floor magic.

They moved north towards the lands of Perth, unpacked their caravan in the coastal paradise of Fremantle and began attracting attention on the streets and beaches.

Now with a full seven piece lineup they have been putting the gypsy fire into dance floors everywhere.
The caravan is hitting the road again in support of the release of their debut album "Gypsy Land" in March

Jazz On The Lawn

Smooth Jazz on a sweet night in the Government House Gardens is a perfect Sunday evening.

  • Dates:Mar 5 & Nov 8
  • Time(s):4:00pm
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:13 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$55
  • Ticket price TO:$65
  • Type:Music
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Jazz
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Grab your hamper from the house, relax in the glorious surroundings of the Government House Gardens and soak up the Jazzy vibes of some of Perth’s best Jazz musicians. There is simply no finer way to enjoy your time in the heart of the city than with sunshine and shade, friends, fine food, laughter and sensational music.

Ticket includes a picnic hamper and a glass of bubbles on arrival.

This is Music on the Terrace 2020’s Governor’s Choice.

March 15: Featured artist Ali Bodycat with her Jazz Trio.

November 8: Featured artist to be announced.

Roaring 20s Jazz Party with Swingin' at the Savoy!

Celebrate the 20s coming back with this swinging party!

  • Dates:Mar 15
  • Time(s):5.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Venue:The Stirling Arms Hotel

Details

  • Hosted By:Swingin' at the Savoy
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Jazz
  • Venue Address:117 James St, Guildford WA 6055
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access

Description

It's the 20s again, so what better way to celebrate, than with a roaring 20s jazz party! So dust off your zoot suits and dancing shoes and get ready to swing with Swingin' at the Savoy. Playing the best music from Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and many others, the band have been playing sell out shows all over Perth and are ready to bring their jazz party to the Stirling Arms on March 15. Prizes for the best-dressed 1920s retro couple. 

Torn Edge

Whether you listen to classical orchestras, jazz, pop, rock or Eastern-European folk music, this show will spin, twist and fuse the music you love to create an extraordinary palette of musical worlds

  • Dates:Apr 4
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Orchestral,Popular Music

Description

Co-directed by WAAPA postgraduate students Sean Hayes and Jazmin Ealden, this show invites you to challenge your senses, broaden your musical horizons, and discover music you'll want to hear again and again!

Waapa Jazz Young Artists Ensemble

A free concert showcasing WA's young rising jazz talent!

  • Dates:May 21
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Music,Free
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

WAAPA is proud to welcome back this exciting showcase of the rising talent of the Western Australian jazz world. High school students from years 10, 11 and 12 across WA are invited to perform with this elite group and receive tutoring by WAAPA's Head of Jazz, Jamie Oehlers. The group meets for six weeks to workshop tunes and ideas for exploration and improvisation, culminating in this unique free concert.

Jazz By The Bay 2020

Held across more than 20 venues in Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River Jazzy the Bay gets people swinging, scatting and jiving

  • Dates:May 29 - Jun 1
  • Time(s):12am - 11.59pm

Details

  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Providing more than 40 performances by over 200 artists across four days Jazz by the Bay Jazz by the Bay is Western Australia's premiere regional jazz festival.

The festival features free and ticketed live soul, funk, jazz big band, bebop and swing performances during the day and into the night on the street, in wineries, bars, theatres and private properties.

Jazz by the Bay provides a complete feast for the senses with many events including stunning local food and wine in the experience. In the words of Dave Brubeck, 'Take Five' and go where the in-crowd go this June.

New Directions In Peruvian Music

A rhythmic and emotionally powerful night of music from directed by the locally and critically acclaimed Daniel Susnjar accompanied by WAAPA's Afro-Peruvian Ensemble.

  • Dates:Jul 30
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz,World

Description

This exciting musical experience puts the stirring emotional power and rhythmic grooves of Peruvian jazz centre stage. Led by Afro-Peruvian jazz specialist and award-winning drummer Daniel Susnjar, WAAPA’s jazz and percussion students perform new compositions and arrangements that showcase this positive, inclusive, life-affirming music. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a syncopated spring in your step!

Massed Sax: Homecoming

The Massed Sax project returns to WAAPA in 2020 with award- winning UK composer, saxophonist and Massed Sax patron, Andy Scott.

  • Dates:Aug 2
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 150 (1.150), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Geoff Gibbs Theatre
  • Music:Classical,Jazz,Popular Music,World

Description

Still the biggest saxophone event of its kind in Australia, Massed Sax brings together saxophone players from every corner of Western Australia (and beyond) to join in a celebration of the world’s most versatile instrument. Led by WAAPA saxophone lecturer Matt Styles, visiting artist Andy Scott and The 'Phone Co., this is an event where the saxophone brings together jazz, classical, contemporary and world music!

Electric Jazz

An exciting journey through 20th century electric jazz, with jazz fusion and electric instruments at the forefront.

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

When jazz decided to plug in during the late 1960s, the fusion of jazz improvisation and strong drum grooves was pioneered by influential artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Iconic fusion bands Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report have morphed into modern incarnations like Tribal Tech and Hiromi. Electric jazz also jumped genres into rock, with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and progressive metal groups enshrining their own versions in music history. WAAPA’s Jazz students take us on an experimental journey of jazz fusion’s most famous works, combined with rock, electric instruments, and plenty of grooves.

Muses Of Mingus

An exhibition of some of the best works by legendary jazz composer Charles Mingus by WAAPA's brightest jazz students.

  • Dates:Sep 3
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

Charles Mingus was a firebrand bandleader, virtuoso jazz musician and prolific composer. He also wrote music for and inspired by other musicians – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat for Lester Young, O.P. for Oscar Pettiford, So Long Eric for Eric Dolphy, and there are no prizes for guessing who Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love was written for. WAAPA's Jazz students will play selections of these famous works, tinged with the blues, hard bop, gospel, free jazz and classical music, in an uplifting tribute concert to this American jazz legend and his musical muses.

Be Glad And Sing

Hear the WAAPA Jazz Choir sing a repertoire spanning six centuries of music!

  • Dates:Sep 3 - 4
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Choral,Jazz

Description

Following on from last year’s sold-out choral concert with Eneksis Vocal Ensemble and the WAAPA Gospel Choir, the WAAPA Jazz Choir joins the party to raise the roof yet again with glorious choral singing. Hear the joyful sounds of young voices singing heavenly harmonies, with repertoire from the 16th century through to the modern era, from songs of praise and gospel music to jazz standards. WAAPA’s three showcase choirs, led by three extraordinary directors, will bring tears to your eyes – for all the right reasons!

Basie To Beyoncé!

WAAPA's jazz vocalists and band take to the stage to showcase the timelessness of vocal big band classics and recent hits alike!

  • Dates:Sep 18
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

From the swinging sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, to the smash hits of pop and R&B powerhouse Beyonce´, the WAAPA Jazz Vocalists and Big Band take you on a journey into the timeless world of vocal big band classics and beyond! Sing along to all-time favourites from Sinatra to The Andrew Sisters; be wooed by lush vocal arrangements from acclaimed ensembles such as New York Voices; and be amazed by roof-raising interpretations of our most outstanding pop and soul divas!

 

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