“George Harrison’s phrase ‘while my guitar gently weeps’ makes perfect sense….for Hopper is a master guitarist both in interpretation and composition.” Andrew MacLean : music-culture.org.au. One of Australia’s most talented Guitarists and Composers of his generation, Aaron Hopper has performed throughout Japan, Germany, Austria, and Australia, and has received international and National acclaim for his writing and playing, with the great Australian duo, “stringmansassy”.
The mysterious calm of the ocean at dusk, kissing someone for the first time, New York, the mist that creeps in on a mountain side, the bush after rain: This duo casts an enchantment that's hard to define. Influenced by musical greats like Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Chet Baker, Erykah Badu, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, their music is elegant, sophisticated, and as innocent and welcoming as Spring. Swingin Jazz, Brazilian Melodies & rhythms, soulful R&B, and a handful of well crafted originals. They do it all well. Featuring pedigree musicians Angela Iimura (Guitar and Vocals), and Oj Newcomb (Double Bass & Guitar), this duo is a match made in heaven. Anyone who loves music and loves a heavenly experience will be kicking themselves if they miss Angie & OJ.
“Barry Charles is a unique singer from a blues and rock background renowned for his exceptional vocal range and technique. He performs with spontaneity, emotion and originality to which he adds the magic ingredients of soulfulness, humour and a great repertoire . . .” Barry has recorded five albums of his original songs, and an album of songs of Tom Waits. His song writing touches the soul with observations of life, love, the environment, indigenous causes, fantasy, humor - darkness and light. Sometimes referred to as an ‘extreme vocalist’, his performances showcase his song-writing skills, incorporating some very innovative scatting that has its roots in the blues, soul and jazz idioms. Barry performs his original songs and selected album covers accompanied by “The Deeper Beat’, innovative guitarist Peter (awesome) Wells, saxophonist Ric Halstead, Andy Tainsh - delicious bass lines & Ms Ami Smith - inventive melodic drums.
Brandon, the innovator of an entirely new expression for the acoustic solo guitar, has been described as a session guitarist when he was in his birth country South Korea, playing electric guitar in numerous rock and fusion jazz bands. He then turned to jazz, and then focused on Latin American roots, his first album 'West End To New Farm', was made during his master's course in Queensland Conservatorium Griffth University in 2012.
The Caxton Street Jazz Band is recognised both locally and internationally as one of Australia's leading jazz bands. The band presents hot, swinging jazz in a manner that elicits enthusiastic responses from listening and/or dancing audiences. The CSJB is a 6-piece band that not only appeals to jazz aficionados, but also to the general public at large. The inspiration for the band is the classic hot jazz of the early 20th century, but many other influences are represented in its output. These include big band swing, mainstream jazz, folk, country, rhythm and blues, and popular tunes of the 30s, 40s and 50s. This variety of repertoire has in part been responsible for the band's unprecedented popularity in recent years, with demand for its performances coming from jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and community and private functions throughout Queensland and northern and central New South Wales.
INGRID JAMES – Australian jazz singer has a voice that’s been described as “chocolate: rich, dark and smooth”. Performing throughout Australia and overseas Ingrid James is one of Queensland’s award-winning and leading Jazz vocalists. Appearances range from soloist with the Queensland Orchestra in Spirit of Christmas broadcast nationally on ABC TV and with Maestro Tommy Tycho in tributes to Cole Porter and Gershwin to crowning as Queen of the Noosa Jazz Festival and special guest at many other Jazz Festivals throughout Australia, including the Brisbane Festival, River Festival, Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Bellingen Jazz Festival, Kiama Jazz Festival, Dingo Creek Jazz Festival, Gold Coast Jazz Festival... In between Ingrid has performed overseas in France and the UK. Described as a “fearless and gifted Jazz singer" by the Sydney Morning Herald, a candidate for the Best 10 list by Cadence Magazine reviewer in New York and a singer who has “a special affinity for Brazilian music (who) brings out the full beauty of the lyrics” by critic Joao da Penha of Brazil, reviewers acknowledge the heartfelt warmth and intimate style that characterizes her performances.
Jodie-Joy is a versatile, polished performer with a powerful voice. One of Australia’s finest adult contemporary vocalists, bursting with versatility, performing popular cover songs (variety of styles jazz, cabaret, pop, classical) and her own original songs on request from her debut album (released through Columbia Records). Jodie can be selected as individual solo act, within her jazz duo/trio playing or can produced a fully choreographed, themed stage show complete with backing dancers and dazzling costumes. Her obvious vocal and creative talents has enabled her to collaborate with some notable artists including Daniel Jones (Savage Garden), Audius (Delta Goodrem), Paul McDermott (Good News Wk Host), Paul Mac and Phil Burton of Human Nature. Jodie is capturing audiences with her truly international voice.
Presenting an engaging repertoire of jazz standards alongside her original compositions, Lauren Lucille possesses all the skills of a great composer and performer. She is blessed with a magnificent voice, a sound grasp of harmony and sophisticated rhythmic sense. "If you have an opportunity to hear her live, you'll do yourself a favour." - Lyn Irwin (President – Jazz Queensland)
Brisbane’s sauciest jazz-cabaret star Melissa Western draws out the minx in all of us. Successfully straddling the worlds of jazz, cabaret and theatre she is widely considered a ‘pocket dynamite' who delights in unleashing her unique style onto an eager audience. By turns sassy, soulful, smart and sweet, Melissa’s ability to work a crowd and entertain any audience, from a corporate function to a private party, large-scale festival or intimate jazz gig, is surpassed only by her impassioned delivery and thrilling voice. “Western’s gorgeous voice serves her well” – The Australian
Para Você present the best of café jazz presenting their own exotic take on Brazilian and French standards, with some select jazz and originals to add spice to their mix. Featuring piano accordion, double bass, guitar and percussion, each group member is an experienced master of their instrument who adds their own special take to each number. Foco Nuevo, the Queensland State Library Café, the Brisbane Jazz Club, Warwick Jumpers and Jazz Festival, Sofra Turkish Cuisine and the Toowoomba Empire Theatre have already experienced the vibrant energy and musical passion of this group, who revel in their colourfully warm and energetic sound.