Ruth Rogers-Wright, a singer from Brixton who lives in Melbourne, performed her tribute to Nina Simone at the Stonnington Jazz Festival. Backed by a four-piece group, Rogers-Wright’s act was not so much cover band as séance, channelling the spirit of Simone through song and spoken word.
Opening with Be My Husband, the singer set the mood with a soulful rendition accompanied only by drummer Hugh Harvey. He Needs Me showcased Rogers-Wright’s eerie voice as the rest of the band eased into the show.
Crowd-pleaser My Baby Just Cares for Me featured a lovely bass solo from Philip Rex and ivory tinkling from Monique di Mattina, but the real highlight was Paul Williamson on tenor sax, squawking and growling all the way through. Continue reading →
Is it really a year since Allan Browne last played at Stonnington Jazz Festival?
His latest show, The Poetry of Classic Jazz, featured a five-piece band performing New Orleans-influenced jazz and the inimitable Browne sharing some of his favourite pieces of poetry over the jams.
The band leader started with a rendition of W. H. Auden’s Funeral Blues, a tribute to Melbourne drummer Peter Jones who passed away on Friday. Jones had drummed for numerous acts, most famously Crowded House, before he was struck with cancer. Continue reading →
The Stonnington Jazz Festival kicked off last night with the beautiful Sarah McKenzie (left) performing with her sextet at Malvern Town Hall. McKenzie will perform again at the same venue tonight at 8pm.
The festival runs until 29 May and bills itself as “100% Australian Jazz”. Famous names to play this year include Harry Angus of Cat Empire fame, piano maestro Joe Chindamo and ex-George singer Katie Noonan, not to mention personal favourites Bopstretch.
Find out the haps at the festival’s homepage, and book your tickets here. It will be the perfect chance to pique your appetite for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival which kicks off in just a few short weeks.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is now less than two months away. Running from 4 to 13 June, the festival will feature reknowned artists from the world over showcasing their talents for our aural pleasure.
Jazz great Sonny Rollins, the latest incarnation of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sure to be highlights of the festival, and here at Bop Hard we will be previewing and reviewing the gigs ’til our hearts are content.
The official website features plenty of information on the shows and artists and a comprehensive guide to the festival. To purchase tickets you can click on the artist and follow the links from there. You can even follow the proceedings on Facebook.
So stay tuned to Bop Hard as the festival draws closer, and make sure you get your tickets early for some great nights of music.
7.30pm 14 March 2011 at the Dallas Brooks Centre, East Melbourne
A Reserve- $130.00 / B Reserve- $85.00
Formed in 1982, the Rebirth Brass Band is a Louisiana institution. Almost 30 years later, their presence on the New Orleans scene is not only still relevant, but more importantly, still fun. Thanks to HBO’s wonderful TV series Tremé, Rebirth have been introduced to a whole new audience whose ears may never have been graced by the get-yo-ass-off-that-seat tunes which blow proudly from their horns.
And now, they’re coming to Melbourne.
Expect Rebirth to dazzle with good old-fashioned rhythm and blues, funk and soul while giving nods to modern styles like hip hop to get you dancing down the aisles, clapping your hands and singing to the roof tops.
This is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss- come and experience your own piece of the Big Easy right here in Melbourne at the Dallas Brooks Centre on 14 March 2011, with tickets through Ticketek.