Late Jazz at The Maj: The Common Nouns

‘The Common Nouns’ play a combination of jazz standards, funk & fusion classics and a collection of their own groove based original compositions. This contemporary jazz quartet cite as their influences Miles Davis, Vulfpeck and Snarky Puppy, so you know this late jazz set will be eclectic.

The Common Nouns will feature the following line up;
Felix Lemann - Drums
Harry Walters - Guitar
Jacob Greenmount - Keys
Ashan Weerasooriya - Vocals
Rhyan Lyndon-James - Bass

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: The Afro Cuban Explosion show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Late Jazz at The Maj: Axlotl

Hailing from the Perth Hills, Axolotl is all about having a good time. With groovy influences from Roy Hargrove and Herbie Hancock, and some tasteful sounds from Bill Evans and Duke Ellington, the group blends their inspirations to deliver sounds that pushes this ensemble’s dynamic to its limits.

Matt Knight, Finn Owen, Darcy Maishman, Tim Bewick, and Ben Shelley put their current WAAPA tuition on show through a collation of swing, fusion, and blues. With 5 years of playing together, the group brings their absolute best to the stage and pushes their dynamic to its limits.

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: Central Park North New York - Dick Oatts (USA) show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Late Jazz at The Maj: Fresh Provisions

An Exploration into the groovy side of jazz, up and coming Jazz fusion band Fresh Provisions draws influence from the heavy fusion artists of the 80s and 90s such as the Yellowjackets, John McLaughlin and Chick Corea Elektric Band as well as more recent fusion and nu jazz artists such as Kamaal Williams and Void. Catch Fresh Provisions in their debut performance.

This will be Fresh Provisions debut performance featuring;
Sax: Finn Owen
Guitar: Oliver Vonlanthen
Keys: Jacob Greenmount
Bass: Gavin Proude
Drums: Julius Rogers

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: Dixieland Stomp show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Late Jazz at The Maj: Max Wickham Quintet

Maximillian Wickham is a jazz saxophonist and composer studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Drawing inspiration from Australian jazz artists such as Barney McAll, Julien Wilson, Tal Cohen and Andrea Keller, Max aims to create music full of passion, emotion and intensity and seeks to blur the lines between the composed and the improvised.

Max considers his compositions to be a framework for his band members to bring their own personality to his music.

For this performance the Maximillian Wickham Quintet will be:
Maximillian Wickham - Tenor Saxophone
Michael Ellis - Guitar
Tim Voutas - Piano
Alistair Peel - Bass
William Chiew - Drums

Entry is FREE with tickets to the Saturday evening Jazz at The Maj: The Great American Songbook show, or $10 for just this Late show.


Jazz at The Maj: The Great American Songbook

WAYJO kicks off 2019 with a toe tapping, joyous concert featuring the songs from The Great American Songbook.

After the sell-out shows Ladies Sing the Blues in 2018, the WAYJO vocalists will bring their talents to tunes made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Billie Holiday, as composed by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Berlin, Porter and more.

The Great American Songbook will be the perfect introduction to the 2019 program, so bring your family and friends along to what will be the first hit show of the year.


WAYJO Stars to Shine Next Month at the Quarry

WAYJO Stars to Shine Next Month at the Quarry

Western Australia’s leading jazz big band – WAYJO – presents a night of jazz under the stars at the Quarry Amphitheatre next month.

They will perform jazz classics by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington plus hits from the 1960 album, The Nutcracker Suite, on 22 and 23 November.

WAYJO General Manager Simon Keen said a night at the Quarry in late November was the perfect way to welcome the summer season.

“Our Jazz Under the Stars program is one of our most popular performances each year and we know that audiences will love hearing some of Duke Ellington’s best work plus classics like ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ and ‘Dance of the Floreadores’,” he said.

“Two of our popular orchestras – the Monday Night Orchestra and the Tuesday Night Orchestra – will perform Ellington classics, while our Wednesday Night Orchestra will showcase Ellington’s jazz interpretations of The Nutcracker.”

Mr Keen said Jazz Under the Stars would be WAYJO’s 2018 season finale.

“It’s been a big year for WAYJO. We have curated around 100 ticketed performances, with attendance expected to reach over 8,000 across the ticketed program, tremendous growth from the approximately 1,600 who attended our 2016 season.”

WAYJO will also be distributing their 2019 season brochure, launching the program at the concerts.

Tickets to Jazz Under the Stars Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker are available from ticketmaster.com.au


WAYJO presents Renowned Saxophonist Julian Argüelles, Fri 3 & Sat 4 August

Renowned Saxophonist and Composer’s Australian Premiere

WAYJO presents Julian Argüelles, Fri 3 & Sat 4 August!

Award winning saxophonist & composer Julian Argüelles will premiere his music this August as a guest of WAYJO in Perth. This premier is made possible by WAYJO’s exchange programme with the KUG Jazz institute in Graz, Austria (previous visitors include renowned conductor / composers Ed Partika and pianist Mike Abene).

As a player, Argüelles has been described as a composite of Charles Lloyd and Wayne Shorter. Throw in comparisons to that of Holst, Elgar and Finzi with some moving Spanish folk and grooving South African influences, and you pretty much have the makings of a joyous listening experience suitable for all lovers of music, not just jazz.

Julian Argüelles has appeared on over 120 CDs as a guest and has just released his 15th CD as a leader (Tonadas). Argüelles has built an impressive reputation for his big band writing and arranging in recent years, as well as presenting world-standard small-band post-bop that now spans three decades. Born in Birmingham UK to Anglo Spanish parents, Argüelles has toured and recorded throughout the world with leading musicians and bands such as the NDR and HR Frankfurt big bands in Germany, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra in Denmark, Carla Bley, Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, John Taylor, Loose Tubes, John Scofield & Mike Gibbs and Kenny Wheeler to name a select few.

Julian left the UK in 2015 to take up a Professorship at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria where he is already attracting many sax students to study. It is the oldest established jazz course in Europe. He is proud of his Birmingham (UK) roots, and was delighted to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017 for services to music.

WAYJO presents Jazz at The Maj - His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth:
Fri 3 Aug, 3.00pm | School Concert & Workshop with Julian Argüelles - wayjo.com/education/concert-for-schools
Fri 3 Aug, 7:30pm | Jazz at The Maj: Julian Argüelles - bit.ly/JulianArguellesWAYJO
Sat 4 Aug, 7:30pm | Jazz at The Maj: Julian Argüelles - bit.ly/JulianArguellesWAYJO

More information on Julian at julianarguelles.com

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Julian Argüelles is available for interview while in Perth 31st July to 4th August through his Manager;
Cathie Rae
+43 6641 605 135
rae.cathie@gmail.com

MEDIA: WAYJO's Jazz at The Maj artist images can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/JaTM18
For more information about WAYJO concerts and event, email marketing@wayjo.com

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Enjoy Big Band Jazz in an Historic Jazz Dive, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

Enjoy Big Band Jazz in an Historic Jazz Dive, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket is shaping up to be Perth’s newest and hottest destination this Winter. Choose your own adventure with over 40 shows, boasting 38 acts at 5 venues in a 3-night celebration of Perth jazz.

Revisit the historic Greenwich Club site - now Downstairs at The Maj - nestled beneath Perth’s iconic His Majesty’s Theatre. Escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD to indulge in the relaxed Downstairs Bar atmosphere, with cosy cabaret-style seating to warm your winter’s night.

Downstairs at The Maj is the festival home for big band jazz, presenting 30-40 minute shows by Alana Macpherson and Priscilla Gardiner with Strings, Perth Cabaret Collective, SHOWAYJO (WAYJO Japanese exchange orchestra collaboration) plus WAYJO’s own Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Night Orchestras.

For full festival details, head to cornerpocket.com.au. Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at ptt.wa.gov.au.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
Downstairs at The Maj Program

Thursday 5 July

WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra

6.00pm & 7.30pm WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra

The WAYJO Monday Night Orchestra launch the Corner Pocket Festival with two concerts packed full of the best big band hits from the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more.

 

Alana Macpherson and Priscilla Gardiner with Strings

9.00pm Alana Macpherson and Priscilla Gardiner with Strings

Alana Macpherson (WAM award nominee 2017) brings her own luscious compositions to life with a top string quartet and the enchanting vocals of Prisicilla Gardiner.

 

Friday 6 July

WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra

6.00pm & 7.30pm WAYJO Tuesday Night Orchestra

WAYJO’s Tuesday Night Orchestra bring the unexpected to Corner Pocket, with compositions from the top female composers of big band repertoire via Australia and the World. Ellen Kirkwood, Maria Schneider and more will feature across the two performances.

 

SHOWAYJO

9.00pm SHOWAYJO

Leading the way in commissioning new big band music and developing jazz composers, the Wednesday Night Orchestra presents the Debut Collection. Featuring the work of Composer-in-Residence Tim Newhouse and Associate Composer-in-Residence Max Wickham, check out the exciting new pieces by two of Perth’s best up and coming jazz artists.

 

Saturday 7 July

WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra

6.00pm & 7.30pm WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra

Leading the way in commissioning new big band music and developing jazz composers, the Wednesday Night Orchestra presents the Debut Collection. Featuring the work of Composer-in-Residence Tim Newhouse and Associate Composer-in-Residence Max Wickham, check out the exciting new pieces by two of Perth’s best up and coming jazz artists.

 

Perth Cabaret Collective

9.00pm Perth Cabaret Collective

The four-time award winning Perth Cabaret Collective are coming to King Street Corner Pocket. This 10 piece, jazz/cabaret band will transport you to 1920's jazz scene, specialising in everything from the sexy and sultry to the downright dirty. This one-off performance is set to be a highlight of the festival.

 

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5-Star Jazz at InterContinental Perth City Centre, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

5-Star Jazz at InterContinental Perth City Centre, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket is shaping up to be Perth’s newest and hottest destination this Winter. Choose your own adventure with over 40 shows, boasting 38 acts at 5 venues in a 3-night celebration of Perth jazz.

Step into the InterContinental Perth City Centre - a haven where lifestyle meets luxury, sophistication meets culture and moments make memories. Enjoy an eclectic selection of Perth’s Jazz in Gallery Meeting Suite 3, situated on the first floor of this opulent 5-star hotel.

Neighbouring His Majesty’s Theatre, corner Hay and Kings Streets Perth, the InterContinental hosts 9 shows over 3 nights; Josh Cusack Seven Sided Die, Jamie Oehlers Quartet, Velu, Matt Smith 6, Tristan Wills Quartet, Austin Salisbury Quartet, Live Wyre, Human Contact and The Newhouse Collective.

For full festival details, head to cornerpocket.com.au. Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at ptt.wa.gov.au.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
InterContinental Perth City Centre Program

Thursday 5 July

6.00pm Josh Cusack’s Seven Sided Die

Sometimes dark and a little quirky, composer Joshua Cusack formed this ensemble with the ability to keep the improvisational tradition alive within his own compositions. Consisting of a four-piece horn section supported by a three-piece rhythm section, Seven Sided Die are heavily inspired by the hard bop, post-bop and Avant-guard era. Expect many twists, turns, and rolls of the die.

 

7.30pm Jamie Oehlers Quartet

One of Australia’s leading jazz artists and saxophonists, Jamie Oehlers brings his quartet featuring some of the country’s leading lights for two intimate performances. It’s harder to name the jazz greats that Oehlers hasn’t performed with and this is a unique opportunity to experience the best Australia has to offer as close as you can get.

 

9.00pm Velu

Perth’s newest jazz quartet led by Meg Davidson (saxophone), Velu are set to wow audiences with an engaging set of tunes in the trad jazz tradition. An array of original compositions and reimagined standards await audiences in these thoughtful and charming performances.

 

Friday 6 July

6.00pm Matt Smith 6

Trumpeter and composer Matt Smith has appeared on stage with some of Australia’s leading Jazz and Hip-Hop Musicians; from Vince Jones and Rai Thistlethwayte to Drapht and Mathas. The Matt Smith 6 feature some of the most dedicated young jazz musicians Perth has seen, presenting thoughtful and technically brilliant performances sure to leave audiences wanting more.

 

7.30pm Tristan Wills Quartet

The Tristan Wills Quartet performs the original, heavily energised compositions of Tristan Wills. Influenced by artists such as Tigran Hamasyan, Ambrose Akinmusire and Avishai Cohen. The Tristan Wills Quartet has performed at many venues in Perth including the Ellington, Canton bar, Bar sequel and many more. They are excitedly anticipating the performance of new original compositions as well as well known originals.

 

9.00pm Austin Salisbury Quartet

Jazz Giants. Oscar Peterson, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck are some of the legends responsible for influencing the Austin Salisbury Quartet. Lead by pianist, Austin Salisbury, the ASQ perform an exciting and energetic interpretation of jazz standards from the Cool Jazz era with exuberant finesse and style.

 

Saturday 7 July

6.00pm LiveWyre

Featuring an original blend of cinematic, groove, neo-soul, jazz, ambient and fusion sounds, LiveWyre present an exciting set of music to delight. Blending genres and drawing on the influence of jazz masters like Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi Uehara, and Robert Glasper, LiveWyre will challenge you to rediscover jazz in a new light.

 

7.30pm Human Contact

With melodic horns and an angular yet driving rhythm section, Human Contact look to be the sleeper hit of the Corner Pocket Festival. Lead by Alana Macpherson, Human Contact is free jazz of the finest quality, blending the improvised with the composed in an experience unlike any other you’ll hear this July.

 

9.00pm The Newhouse Collective

The Newhouse Collective is an octet of versatile, multi-tasking musicians, the musicians covering a diverse background of genres and forms, from jazz, classical and music theatre to free improvisation spheres. Film soundtrack-like one second, progressive rock-like the next, the sound always keeps you guessing.

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Enjoy the Pearls of Perth Jazz at Kailis Jewellery, 5-7 July!

King Street Corner Pocket Jazz Festival 2018

Enjoy the Pearls of Perth Jazz at Kailis Jewellery, 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.

Kailis Jewellery is an iconic Australian pearl company celebrating their 40th anniversary. Synonymous with the most sought-after Australian South Sea pearls, every pearl is hand-selected based on five natural virtues of lustre, shape, size, colour and surface quality.

Situated 29 King Street in the heart of the city, this classy establishment presents intimate duo/trios with 30-40 minute sets from pearls of the Perth Jazz scene; Sassafras Trio, Jeanie Proude Duo, TT Duo, Sarah Ramsey Trio, Ben Matthews, O’Brien/Cusack/Chiew and Formes Trio.

For full festival details, head to cornerpocket.com.au. Tickets & discount Pocket Passes are available exclusively from your nearest Perth Theatre Trust box office, or online at ptt.wa.gov.au.

Download the full Festival Program here!

King Street Corner Pocket 2018
Kailis Jewellery Program

Thursday 5 July

6.00pm Sassafras Trio

Perth’s premier gypsy jazz ensemble, Sassafras Trio lead by Pete Jeavons will fire up with toe tapping swing, breakneck gypsy, wistful ballads in a vibrant and engaging night. Sold out seasons at Fringe World 2018 are a testament to the Sassafras Trio’s broad appeal and will be sure to sell fast.

 

7.30pm Jeanie Proude Duo

Originally from a small country town in South Australia, Jeanie Proude can’t wait to share her amalgamation of influences from jazz, folk, contemporary and latin music. Joined by Tim Voutas on piano, Jeanie will transport audiences anywhere between an absolutely swingin’ jazz standard, to a modern jazz interpretation of a popular folk song, or an original of Jeanie’s influenced by her roots in pop music merged with her greatest jazz influences.

 

TT Duo

9.00pm TT Duo

Tim Voutas and Tom Salleo complement each other flawlessly as Tom wields his trombone and Tim tickles the fabled ivories in a combination that blends seamlessly. The TT Duo is an intimate and relaxing musical conversation that blurs the lines of Jazz and Contemporary music, perfect for a relaxed chill out.

 

Friday 6 July

6.00pm Sarah Ramsey Trio

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.

 

7.30pm & 9.00pm Ben Matthews

Exploring the challenges and freedom of freely improvised music, Ben Matthews performs in a unique style that blends genres, drawing equal influence from jazz legends like Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, and from soundtrack titans like John Williams and Joe Hisaishi (Studio Ghibli).

 

Saturday 7 July

6.00pm O’Brien|Cusack|Chiew

O’Brien|Cusack|Chiew is one of Perth’s most promising young jazz ensembles, featuring three prominent members of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra. Performing regularly around the hottest Perth jazz venues, this trio are one to watch as they put the rhythm into classic jazz and rework surprising new arrangements that will stick with audiences for a long time.

 

7.30pm Formes Trio

The Formes Trio explores multiple jazz genres playing classic tunes from the likes of Benny Goodman and Buddy Defranco, to the sounds of West Coast Jazz with Dexter Gordon, and even ventures into the Nuevo tango music made famous by Astor Piazzolla. An eclectic event that will excite as they showcase the multitude possibilities of jazz.

 

9.00pm Sarah Ramsey Trio

Whether fronting an 18-piece big band or accompanied by just a pianist, Sarah Ramsey commands the stage with a warm and inviting presence. Her beautiful, rich vocal approach draws influence from Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Sarah Vaughan and is best experienced through her own compositions and her heartfelt interpretations of jazz standards. Sarah will be accompanied by Jeremy Thompson & Austin Salisbury.

 

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