King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

Eclectic Jazz in an Edwardian Baroque Bar, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket is shaping up to be Perth’s newest and hottest destination this Winter, boasting over 40 shows, with 38 acts in 5 venues over 3 nights.

The Dress Circle Bar, situated corner King and Hay Streets on the first floor of the historic His Majesty’s Theatre, is a plush, licensed venue and your destination for eclectic jazz in July.

Innovative and diverse jazz sounds, from multi-award winning musicians and rising stars of Perth’s jazz scene, will be presented in 30-40 minute sets by the Laura J Quartet, Will Chiew Quintet, WAAPA Jazz – Thom Freeman Quintet, Axolotl, Chris Musitano Quintet, Atlas State, Riffz 2000, Max Wickham Quintet and MFG.

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King Street Corner Pocket 2018
His Majesty’s Theatre, Dress Circle Bar Program

Thursday 5 July

Laura J Quartet

6.00pm Laura J Quartet

A rising artist in the Perth Jazz scene, Laura J makes a name for herself through her versatility and commitment to her art form. With a soulful and rich voice reminiscent of her favourite artists, including the likes of Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson, Laura J’s sophisticated style is sure to entice.


Will Chiew Quintet

7.30pm Will Chiew Quintet

Drawn to the lyricism of Chet Baker and the eloquence of Roy Hargrove, William Chiew’s compositions aim to narrate stories of adventure: joy and sorrow, struggle and triumph. The quintet is a platform for conversation – the music an extension of communication. On his way to becoming an absolute super-star on the drum-kit, William Chiew is one to watch.


Thom Freeman Quintet

9.00pm WAAPA Jazz – Thom Freeman Quintet

Spending the last four years honing his playing and song writing under some of the best mentors Australia’s jazz community has to offer, Thom Freeman brings his quintet to Corner Pocket. Showcasing original compositions and arrangements influenced by the styles of Arron Parks, Wayne Shorter and Ben Wendel, get in on the ground floor of one of Perth’s most exciting new talents.

Friday 6 July


6.00pm Axolotl

Difficult to spell but easy to swing to, Axolotl bring a repertoire that is eclectic and energetic. With a repertoire covering blues, funk, fusion, calypso and straight ahead swing, this young ensemble are sure to be a fixture in the Perth jazz scene for many years to come, complementing each other’s talents in a way that belies their age. Sure to be a hit of the Festival.


Chris Mustitano Quintet

7.30pm Chris Mustitano Quintet

Local Perth trumpet player and musician Chris Musitano, fresh from graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts, brings his quintet to Corner Pocket. Featuring Musitano’s original compositions, new music, and arrangements influenced by artists such as Christian Scott, Jacob Collier and Bon Iver.


Atlas State

9.00pm Atlas State

Combining an eclectic mix of rock, blues, funk and jazz, Atlas State are emerging as an audience favourite, captivating with the group’s unique approach to performing. Atlas State acts a vessel for the band members to explore new and original sounds as this six piece emerge into Perth’s thriving live music scene.


Saturday 7 July

Riffz 2000

6.00pm Riffz 2000

Live instant remixes of classic tunes. Riffz 2000 are Harry Mitchell, Harry Winton and Ben Vanderwal, and will rock your evening as they improvise organically around your very eyes and ears with sample riffs from the likes of INXS, Bob Marley, Nirvana or Michael Jackson. Part beats, part memory jogger – all head nodding, all fun.


Max Wickham Quintet

7.30pm Max Wickham Quintet

WAYJO Associate Composer-in-Residence and saxophonist, Max Wickham draws his inspiration from John Coltrane’s classic quartet of the 1960’s, Keith Jarrett’s standards trio and the works of modern jazz artists. Max’s aim to create music full of passion, emotion and intensity allows each members of the quintet to contribute their own personality to his work.



9.00pm MFG

MFG is the musical collaboration of guitarist Nico Maas, saxophonist Gemma Farrell, and pianist Thomas Goralski. The name MFG acts as an abbreviation for their surnames, as well as the German greeting, Mit freundlichen Grüßen (with friendly greetings). A rare Perth performance as part of their 2018 Australian tour after recording their third album, the funk jazz of this stellar ensemble is not to be missed.


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