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Don Burrows & James Morrison – In Good Company

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ABC Jazz is proud to present the final album from one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Don Burrows, playing with his finest pupil, the legendary James Morrison.

In Good Company – released here for the first time – documents an afternoon in the studio with Don and James, and represents a golden opportunity to witness these two brilliant musicians ‘jamming together’.
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Julia Messenger Quintet to play The VANGUARD, Sydney on July 12, 2015

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Internationally renowned Julia Messenger earns rave reviews around the world for her exquisite vocal technique and ability to get to the heart of a song.

Hailing from Melbourne, the versatile singer-songwriter and producer with a mesmerising voice and charismatic stage presence has a busy career in Australia and Europe, and more recently New York, recording and performing everything from jazz, blues and soul to electronica. In Mebourne she is a regular at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
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Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015 – Day 1

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Bluesfest 2015 Day 1

Review by Wanda Hill

It’s that time of year again when thousands of music lovers make their way to Arakwal Country in the Byron Shire for the annual Easter celebration of all things blues, roots and beyond. It is such a lovely feeling to walk onto the extremely well prepared festival site knowing that there are five days of incredible artists from around the world to be enjoyed amidst a friendly crowd and delicious food.
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Valtozash Bigband to play the New Globe Theatre, Brisbane – October 9, 2014

jazzkabanBehold Brisbanes newest and most brutal jazz orchestra, the Valtozash Bigband.

Recently described as ‘innovative but kind of messed up’, the band splices the textures and improvisation of jazz with the numerous styles of metal; thrash, grindcore, march, ambience, among others.

Under the oppression of Andre Bonetti, composer and electric-vibraphonist, Valtozash has among the hottest players in Brisbane and boasts a seven piece horn section.
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Music, Comedy and Art – 5 Free Events at Brisbane Powerhouse this Weekend 18-20 March 2011

Brisbane Powerhouse and Brispop present
The Residents – MUSIC
They’re fresh, they’re free and they’re moving in. Fridays are about to get a lot more interesting as some of the best Indie-Pop bands around stake their claim on the Turbine Platform. No ‘one night only’ gigs here. Each band will have an entire month to capture the hearts of Brisbane music lovers with a set every week. So, if you’re liking what you hear, come back again and again.
March: Bang Bang Boss Kelly
Every Friday in March 2011 @ 6pm
FREE
Turbine Platform

Saturday Sessions
Brisbane Powerhouse and Jazz Queensland present
Turbine Jazz MUSIC
Cool cats and smooth tunes, cross rhythms and bebop. Highlights in this program include Brisbane jazz trio Misinterprotato renowned for blending inspiring improvisations with pulsating grooves, acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Jeff Usher with his A Love Supreme Superband plus Indonesian-Australian collective Temannya si Deva led by master percussionist Deva Permana.
Sat 19 March 2011 – 5pm: Soundscapes
FREE
Turbine Platform
For more information go to www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Brisbane Powerhouse and Brispop.com present
Live Spark MUSIC
Sunday 20 March 2011 – 3.30pm: Luke Peacock + Mardi Lumsden and the Rising Seas
Free
Turbine Platform
For more information go to www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Brisbane Powerhouse presents
Livewired COMEDY
Funny, free and freakin’ awesome.
We’re talking about Livewired, our free comedy program. In the past we’ve been entertained by the likes of Tripod, Josh Thomas, Wil Anderson, Gina Yashere, The Bedroom Philosopher and Stephen K Amos. Upcoming artists include Michael Chamberlin and more.
Warning: Livewired is open to all ages but is recommended for people aged 15 years and older. Some concepts and language may offend.
Sunday 20 March 2011 – 6.30pm: Special Guest
Free
Turbine Platform
For more information go to www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Brisbane Powerhouse and Australian Centre for Photography present
The Christmas Tree Bucket: Trent Parke’s Family Album VISUAL
“It was there – while staring into that bright red bucket, vomiting every hour on the hour for fifteen hours straight – that I started to think how strange families, suburbia, life, vomit and, in particular, Christmas really was…” Trent Parke. So began Trent Parke’s latest and much-anticipated new body of work. The Christmas Tree Bucket is humour of the blackest hue. In a dazzling display of virtuoso storytelling Parke snaps the family rituals of Christmas with the in-laws and builds a gritty gothic tale of a nightmare lurking in the suburban shadows. Operatic in its vision and darkly satirical in its style, The Bucket is a photographic masterpiece destined for cult status. Trent Parke, the first Australian to become a Full Member of the renowned photographers’ cooperative Magnum Photo Agency, is considered one of the most innovative and challenging young photographers of his generation. He received numerous national and international awards, including five Gold Lenses from the International Olympic Committee and World Press Photo awards in 1999, 2000 and 2005. In 2003, Parke was awarded the prestigious international W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his series Minutes to Midnight.
Tue 1 – Sun 27 Mar
9am – 5am Mon – Fri + 10am – 4pm Sat + Sun + during performance times
FREE
Brisbane Powerhouse
For more information go to www.brisbanepowerhouse.org

Guitar Legend SANTANA to tour Australia in March 2011! [Tour News]

GUITAR LEGEND SANTANA RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
In Concert with his Guitar Heaven Tour

Chugg Entertainment today announces that come March, one of the greatest musicians and legendary guitarists of our generation is set to ignite Australian & New Zealand shores. Toting a style that defies definition, immediately recognizable yet unlike any other, Santana’s fusion of Latin rock, blues, soul and jazz comes in full swing on stage in a way that transcends time and the limits of genre typecasting.

The GUITAR HEAVEN TOUR begins on Sunday 13th March at Sandalford Estate Swan Valley in Perth, followed by Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday 16th March, and then the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Thursday 17th March before heading to New Zealand for shows at Vector Arena in Auckland on Sunday 20th March and Christchurch’s CBS Canterbury Arena on Tuesday 22nd March. The tour then heads back to Australia for a performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Thursday 24th March, then Sydney’s Acer Arena on Friday 25th March. The tour then concludes with a very special performance at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 26th March, where Santana will be joined by very special guests The Doobie Brothers.
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RICHARD BONA Journeys to Australia – November 2010

  The electrifying Cameroonian bassist and singer Richard Bona is coming to Australia with his band for the very first time. This is destined to be a wonderful, genre-bending tour that takes in Sydney and Melbourne before finishing up at the famous Adelaide International Guitar Festival which is curated by Slava Grigoryan.

Richard’s band for his first Australian outing includes a handful of fine contemporary musicians – Etienne Declin Stadwijk on keyboards, Lee Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet, Jean Christophe Marie Maillard on guitar, and Ernesto Siverio Simpson on drums.

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Bluesfest 2011 Dates Announced!

After a successful Bluesfest’s 21st birthday celebration event during Easter 2010 – planning for Bluesfest 2011 is now in full swing.

The 22nd annual Bluesfest 2011 event will take place over five days between April 21 and April 25, 2011, once again at the festival’s new permanent site at Tyagarah, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay.

New awards and nominations for Bluesfest include: recognition as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards – for the fourth year in a row – a continuing tribute to the event’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. Bluesfest has also picked up a Silver Award in the ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category in the North Coast Tourism Awards. And lastly, Bluesfest has been nominated as finalists in the Australian Event of the Year Awards in two categories: ‘Best Cultural or Arts Event’ and ‘Best Achievement in Sustainability’.
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Queenscliff Music Festival 2010 Launch

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Sleepy, seaside fishing village gets its loudest wakeup call yet as Pikelet helps launch the first of the line up and some exciting new developments for the 14th annual Queenscliff Music Festival.

The first round of artists for this year’s Queenscliff Music Festival have been revealed as well as a number of exciting, new announcements at a special launch event on Tuesday 10th August, held at Melbourne’s Transit Lounge, where the incomparable girl-with-the-loop-pedal, Evelyn Morris aka.Pikelet, dangled the musical carrot with a Festival preview performance.The 2010 festival line up when completed will deliver over 80 acts presenting 150 performances in 13 venues across Queenscliff on the weekend of 26-27-28 November.

Today’s Queenscliff Music Festival media launch included a set by the charming PIKELET.

Photographer: CARBIE WARBIE

Direct from 3 years of staging large scale concerts in Macau and 10 years at the USA’s Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, New Festival Director, Michael Carrucan, has added a new stage called The Crossing Stage, and ensured everything kicks off on an ultra high note with The Lighthouse Stage opening a day earlier to encompass the Friday night. Continue reading

Dweezil Zappa “Return of the son of…” – Album Review

Review: Hannah Collins


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  Ian Donald Calvin Euclid, AKA Dweezil Zappa, paramount rock guitar legend, composer, actor and more, has released to the public a new work. A two disc composition, of the most insane “lounge” music I’ve ever heard! There’s not much in the title, yet “Dweezil Zappa, return of the son of…” is an exciting, entailing and esoteric ride from the opening riff to Dweezil’s “Thank you people good night” that outs the last entry. Unfortunately for Dweezil, the shadow cast by his Father has followed him throughout the duration of his 30+ year musical career, still keeping DZ in somewhat of a box like a tight cast actor. Return of the son of is no exception, and is more of an expansion, addition and extortion of some his fathers earlier works, than an

individuals attempt at breaking the mould. Charismatic although it is, and had me giggling my way through the first listen; all two and half hours of it! Whether listening while driving in the car or sitting or the lounge, the moment my attention waned (which others may relate to during the elongated jazz progressions linking sections of verse) I’d be hit with another installment of a completely off the wall story, that began to make some sense by the end of the piece. Continue reading

Ticket Giveaway: 2010 Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival – 2nd May 2010

Do you want a double pass to the 2010 Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival? See below for details.

Caxton Street Seafood & Wine Festival   Every city in the world has distinct pockets of colour, culture and character. London has Covent Garden, Paris has Montmartre, New York has Time Square and out of Brisbane’s many precincts – one stands out from the crowd – Caxton Street – and on Sunday 2 May 2010, Caxton Street will be transformed into Queensland’s biggest street party!

Sixteen years ago, the Caxton Street Festival had humble beginnings with a few little jazz bands and a couple of food tents. Fast forward to 2010 an estimated 12,000 people will be sampling a taste of life in one of Australia’s most historical precincts and treating their palettes to delicious seafood, fine wines and sharing a day under the autumn sun while

enjoying the diverse array of musical talent that is sure to keep every festival goer happy – this is how to live it up!
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Live Review: True Live + The Kidney Thieves @ The Zoo, Brisbane 4 July 2009

True Live @ The Zoo , Brisbane 4 July 2009
Supported by: The Kidney Thieves.
Author: Jose Eduardo Cruz

True Live   Saturday was a very cold and windy night in Brisbane, which would keep many a punter at home. Being Brisbane anything short of perfect weather keeps most concert goers away from live venues. Keeping this in mind, the attendance level was a testament to the calibre of performance we were about to witness.

Supporting act, The Kidney Thieves are definitely not shy or suffer from stage fright. These guys have been around for a while now and have developed a nice following in their home town. Charismatic or maybe a bit insane is how you would

describe their front man, Jack Muzak. You can’t call these guys a warm up band; they are more like a set fire to the stage band and hope the next band can still use it. Their sound takes me back to a Faith No More era, where sounds and styles blended. Sex Panther an 8 minute epic, riddled with so many time changes that you forget which song it is, illustrated this bands wild nature. The Kidney Thieves equal fun.
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Dan Hicks and The Innocent Bystanders @ The Tivoli, Brisbane 24-25 July 2009

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Dan Hicks and The Innocent Bystanders

Dan Hicks   Dan Hicks is truly an American original. His unique blend of swing, jazz, folk and country music, coupled with his irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid-back vocalising, and infamous on-stage wit make his live audiences fans for life. For more than 40 years, most famously with his band The Hot Licks, Dan has been a stalwart of the American music scene.

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Giants Of Jazz – QPAC – 16-17 August 2008

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QPAC is getting all jazzed up to host some of Australia’s biggest names in jazz.

For an entire weekend in August, jazz fans will be treated to two days of non-stop music by some of the country’s finest performers and bands.  Jazz music will weave its way through QPAC with known and local artists performing across two venues from midday to 11pm on Saturday, 16 August and midday to 6pm on Sunday, 17 August.

The exceptional line up includes one of Australia’s leading international artists, Bob Barnard (pictured, left), who will perform with his all-star band; the highly regarded composer, performer and educator Bob Sedergreen and Australia’s top rated traditional/ mainstream jazz group, The Syncopators.

Featuring all styles of jazz, Giants of Jazz also features: Geoff Bull’s Olympia Jazz Band, George Washingmachine, Julie O’Hara, Peter Baylor, Laique, The Jazz Factory, Clare Hansson, Harry Lynn Quartet, Queensland Conservatorium Big Band, Jazz String.

QPAC’s Artistic Director John Kotzas said Giants of Jazz was a great opportunity for lovers of jazz to indulge in a smorgasboard of entertainment.

“It’s rare to get this number of artists of this calibre together under one roof for an entire weekend,” Mr Kotzas said.

“It’s also rare for jazz to be performed in these intimate surrounds, enabling fans an up-close and personal experience.

“Giants of Jazz builds on QPAC’s incredibly successful Jazz Fridays, which has seen local jazz artists performing in Cascade Court regularly since February,” Mr Kotzas said.

Patrons can purchase a full-day pass for either Saturday or Sunday or a full weekend pass.

Ticket Information:
Dates:            Saturday 16, August and Sunday, 17 August
Venues:           Cremorne Theatre & Studio 1, QPAC
Tickets:          Single Day Pass $105; 2 Day Weekend Pass $198
Bookings:         qtix.com.au or 136 246