15-25 May 2014 Program

Date Time Venue Title & Artists Price Bookings
Thu 15 - Sun 25 8pm TL An Audience with Billie Holiday More [+] $38 Click Here

15-25 May, Tuesday-Sunday

Don’t miss the world premiere of An Audience with Billie Holiday, a compelling and moving musical stage play, written by award-winning playwright Neil Cole. Acclaimed Melbourne-based cabaret performer Mama Alto stars as Billie Holiday, accompanied by multi-award winning composer, pianist and musical director Warren Wills.The legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday was one of the greatest singers of all time, and had a seminal influence on jazz and pop music. Her tumultuous background as a black woman brought up in abject poverty in the early 20th century underwrote her unique singing ability.An Audience with Billie Holiday is a tribute to the woman they called ‘Lady Day’.  Click here for more info

Thu 15 8pm MTH Jazz Vocals Showcase: Chris McNulty / Sarah McKenzie More [+] $44/$32 Click Here

Thursday 15 May

Don’t miss this chance to hear two of Australia’s premier jazz singers in concert.Originally from Melbourne, Chris McNulty has been based in New York since 1988, working alongside such notable musicians as Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Watts, Gary Bartz and Paul Bollenback. Her highly personal approach to the art of jazz singing saw her win the Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2013. For this rare hometown appearance, Chris will interpret standards and perform original compositions, with James Sherlock (guitar) and Tom Lee (bass).Jazz singer and pianist Sarah McKenzie, who began her career in Melbourne but is now based in New York, has been winning fans at home and abroad. She has performed at the Stonnington, Wangaratta and Melbourne jazz festivals and won the 2012 ARIA Award for her second ABC Jazz album Close Your Eyes. Sarah was offered a scholarship to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston; performed at the Umbria Jazz festival in Italy; and recently was runner-up at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition.www.chrismcnulty.com www.sarahmckenziemusic.com See a preview of Sarah in performance on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/sarahmckenziemusic Click here for more info

Fri 16 7.30pm TGD Greek Blues Band More [+] $10 or FREE with meal Click Here

Friday 16 May

Enjoy traditional Greek blues music in the Rembetika style. Rembetika, the music of the Greek Underground, grew out of the jails and hash dens and epitomised the harsh realities of subculture life. This band brings to life Rembetika music from between the two world wars, played by some of the best Greek musicians in Melbourne. Complimentary glass of wine included with every main meal.www.greekdeli.com.au or 9827 3734 Click here for more info

Fri 16 8pm MTH Sarah McKenzie / Joe Chindamo More [+] $44/$32 Click Here

Friday 16 May

After moving to the USA in 2012 to study in Boston, Sarah McKenzie’s star continues to rise. She recently relocated to New York where she recorded her third album. Sarah’s style is warm, swinging and accessible, whether she is performing original songs or interpreting standards. Sarah will be joined by Hugh Stuckey (guitar), Alex Boneham (bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums).Joe Chindamo is one of Australia’s most respected and popular jazz artists, celebrated for his exceptional skill as a pianist, and his gift for reinterpreting music drawn from a wide array of sources. He has worked with such artists as James Morrison, Billy Cobham and Ray Brown. With his trio, Alex Boneham (bass) and Danny Fischer (drums), Joe keeps his colleagues on their toes and his audiences engaged, as he examines and reinvents his material from every angle.www.sarahmckenziemusic.com www.joechindamo.comSee a preview of Joe Chindamo performing: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJzxaCqbl6gSee a preview of Sarah in performance on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/sarahmckenziemusic   Click here for more info

Sat 17 8pm COC Panorama do Brasil / Sexteto Zona Sul More [+] $25/$20 Click Here

Saturday 17 May

Don’t miss this night of rhythmically vibrant, melodically persuasive Brazilian jazz from two outstanding bands.Led by drummer-percussionist Al Kerr, Panorama do Brasil presents a jazz style that draws influence from the musical styles of several regions of Brazil. Joining Al are Asha Henfry (flute, alto flute), Al Parsons (trombone), Matt Boden (piano) and Jorge Albuquerque (bass), plus special guest Doug de Vries (guitar).The opening set features guitarist Doug de Vries, a leading champion of choro, gleaned from his extensive visits to Brazil. Joining Doug (mandolin, tenor guitar) in Sexteto Zona Sul are Ken Murray (guitar), Adam May (cavaquinho), Asha Henfry (flute, alto flute), Corey King (7-string guitar) and Al Kerr (pandeiro).www.panoramadobrasil.com www.dougdevries.comSee a preview of Panorama Do Brasil in performance on their YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCUyoGLEGD1sE0sZrert6K3QSee a preview of Sexteto Zona Sul in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnbAR_BQ54U  Click here for more info

Sat 17 9pm RU The Cactus Channel, Tulalah, Mike Gurrieri, Blair Stafford More [+] Presale $12/ Door $15 Click Here

Saturday 17 May

Be prepared for a night of futuristic jazz. The Cactus Channel is a ten piece band, all born in the 90s and raised on the internet. Latest release Wooden Boy is soul music for the afterhours. Tulahlah are a six piece orchestral folk band. Incorporating jazz, folk, rock and cinematic influence they create sound far beyond their instrumentation to evoke an emotional response. One of Melbourne’s most eclectic DJs, Mike Gurrieri joins the worlds of soul, jazz, hip hop, electronica and world grooves in his own unique style. Blair Stafford has been frequenting the decks with his particular blend of freestyle. His set features production beats of groove and Latin twists and a heavy undercurrent of funky deep jazz coloured house and hip hop.www.revolverupstairs.com.au Click here for more info

Sat 17 8pm MTH Vince Jones: Monash Sessions More [+] $30/$22 Click Here

Saturday 17 May

Leading Australian jazz vocalist, Vince Jones, is renowned for his subtle, heartfelt style combining jazz phrasing with soul-derived moves, much as his repertoire combines jazz, blues, soul, folk and pop influences. This concert presents a new and exciting collaboration.Vince (vocals, flugelhorn) will be joined by a larger ensemble, comprising students and faculty members from the jazz course at Monash University, including Rob Burke (saxophone) and Paul Grabowsky (piano). They will perform music from Vince’s latest album Monash Sessions (Jazzhead), written while undertaking a teaching engagement at Monash University in 2013.www.vincejones.com.au www.artsonline.monash.edu.au/music-performance-studies/jazz-popular-studies/See a preview of Vince in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnW7DQVDF5c Click here for more info

Sun 18 2pm COC Denis Ball-Eugene Ball Sextet / The Sugarfoot Ramblers More [+] $25/$20 Click Here

Sunday 18 May

Enjoy an afternoon of great traditional jazz, beginning with a set from The Sugarfoot Ramblers. Elder statesman Jason Downes (clarinet, saxophone) heads up the Ramblers, a bunch of twenty-something musicians, playing a classic American and Australian jazz repertoire with flair and authority. Travis Woods (trumpet), James Macaulay (trombone), Jason Downes (clarinet), Brett Thompson (banjo), Marty Holoubek (bass) and Daniel Berry (drums).Denis Ball (clarinet) has been a respected figure on the Melbourne traditional jazz scene since the 1960s, having played in such notable bands as the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band and The Storyville Jazz Band. His son, Eugene Ball (trumpet) has been prominent over the last two decades, whether playing traditional jazz with The Hoodangers and Allan Browne’s New Rascals, or more modern jazz with bands like the Andrea Keller Quartet and Ish Ish. For this concert, Denis and Eugene will be joined by Steve Grant (piano), John Scurry (guitar), Howard Cairns (bass) and Allan Browne (drums).www.sugarfootramblers.comSee a preview of the Sugarfoot Ramblers in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb_AS9BY4L4  Click here for more info

Sun 18 4pm MTH The New Sheiks / The Melbourne Rhythm Project More [+] $30/$22 Click Here

Sunday 18 May

Enjoy an afternoon of upbeat jazz that’s made for dancing. Swinging combo The New Sheiks play vintage standards and originals in the classic style, with Heather Stewart (vocals, violin), Eamon McNelis (trumpet) and Don Stewart (trombone) buoyed by the rhythm section of Matt Boden (piano), Leigh Barker (bass) and Sam Young (drums).The Melbourne Rhythm Project is a collaboration between the Sheiks and a group of dancers, led by choreographer Ramona Staffield. They will show their skills at tap-dancing, the Lindy Hop and more with music written specifically for this project. Already a big hit at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Brunswick Music Festival. Get set to dance the night away as the dancers draw inspiration from the band, and vice versa.thenewsheiks.comhttp://melbournerhythmproject.com/ See a preview of The Melbourne Rhythm Project and The New Sheiks in performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzTEnjMUpb0&feature=youtu.be Click here for more info

Mon 19 8pm COC Mingus Amongst Us More [+] $23/$18 Click Here

Monday 19 May

MINGUS AMONGST USThe earthy, passionate and sophisticated, blues and gospel-inspired jazz of the great bassist-composer Charles Mingus is brought to life in this stellar ensemble, who perform regularly in Sydney under the leadership of Steve Fitzmaurice. Joining Steve (baritone sax) for this concert are Ray Cassar (trumpet), Jordan Murray (trombone), Nick Mulder (trombone), Carlo Barbaro (tenor sax), Tim Wilson (alto sax), Joe Chindamo (piano), Tom Lee (bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums).  www.stevefitzmaurice.com.au/index.php/mingus-amongst-usSee a preview of Mingus Amongst Us in performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYUeKMmkq1g Click here for more info

Tue 20 8pm COC Cannonball / David Rex Quartet More [+] $25/$20 Click Here

Tuesday 20 May

Outstanding alto saxophonist, Tim Wilson, formed Cannonball to explore the joyous, soulful, grooving music of the great Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley. Joining Tim are Paul Williamson (trumpet), Darrin Archer (piano), Tom Lee (bass), Sam Bates (drums) and, for several songs, Chantal Mitvalsky (vocals).The first set features David Rex, long regarded as one of the most exciting altoists in Australian jazz. He has worked with artists like Barney McAll, Allan Browne, James Morrison, Aaron Goldberg and Vincent Herring. David always plays with exceptional urgency, fluency and expressive power. For this concert, he will be joined by David Allardice (piano), Philip Rex (bass) and Danny Farrugia (drums).www.timwilsononline.com/cannonball.html www.davidrexmusic.webs.com    See a preview of the David Rex Quartet in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTIU_GpziTc Click here for more info

Wed 21 8pm COC Bob Sedergreen & Friends / Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative More [+] $25/$20 Click Here

Wedensday 21 May

Great Australian jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen has worked with a who’s who of jazz, from Phil Woods and Milt Jackson to Brian Brown, Ted Vining, Bernie McGann and many more. For this concert, Bob will present his own take on compositions by great American jazz pianists, from Earl Hines to Herbie Hancock and Abdullah Ibrahim. Joining Bob will be Adrian Sherriff (trombone, shakuhachi), Savannah Blount (saxophone), Phil Bywater (saxophone), Anita Hustas (bass) and Sonja Horbelt (drums).The Stonnington Youth Jazz Initiative is a student ensemble program, funded by the City Of Stonnington, which allows a group of secondary-level music students to develop their interest in jazz under the expert guidance of Bob Sedergreen and Allan Browne. For the first set they will play music associated with some of the great saxophone players including Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Australia’s Brian Brown.  www.bobsedergreen.com See Bob in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzfcqRVY0Cc Click here for more info

Thu 22 8pm COC Browne-Noy-Murphy / Joseph O'Connor Trio More [+] $23/$18 Click Here

Thursday 22 May

One of the greats of Australian jazz Stonnington Jazz patron, drummer-bandleader Allan Browne is always developing fresh ideas with various combinations of colleagues, new and old. For this concert, he will be joined by brilliant saxophonist Phil Noy and bassist Tamara Murphy. Their repertoire features several of Phil’s original compositions.Originally from Brisbane, pianist Joseph O’Connor made a strong impression on the jazz faculty when he began his PhD course at Monash University. His exceptional talent (technique and taste allied to a bold imagination) was confirmed when he won first prize in the prestigious National Jazz Awards at Wangaratta Jazz last year. For the first set Joseph will present some of his own compositions, accompanied by Marty Holoubek (bass) and James McLean (drums).  www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Browne http://www.monash.edu/news/show/pianist-tickles-the-ivories-to-successSee the Joseph O'Connor Trio in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wMdvWM3tvQ Click here for more info

Thu 22 1:30pm MTH Open Jazz Workshop: Building Blocks in Constructing Brilliant Solos More [+] Free (Bookings essential) Click Here

Thursday 22 May

The City of Stonnington is delighted to invite secondary school music students to attend a one-off jazz workshop. Five different viewpoints will be examined on Building Blocks in Constructing Brilliant Solos with pianist Bob Sedergreen (VCA, Conservatorium of Melbourne, RMIT, NMIT), drummer Allan Browne (NMIT, Monash University), bassist Anita Hustas (VCA University of Melbourne), saxophonist Phil Bywater (various tertiary institutions) and James Morrison, one of Australia's highest profile jazz musicians. This FREE workshop will be a wonderful opportunity for music students and teachers alike to acquire these skills. Observers welcome. Click here for more info

Thu 22 8pm MTH James Morrison Inheritance More [+] $44/$32 Click Here

Thursday 22 May

Internationally renowned and Australia’s most popular jazz musician, James Morrison has played with jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, George Benson and Don Burrows. His latest band finds him playing with two talented young musicians who are very close to him, his sons William (guitar) and Harry (bass).James will be playing trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, saxophone, piano and probably a few more instruments. Completing the all-star line-up are popular Melbourne jazz singer Hetty Kate and virtuoso drummer/percussionist David Jones.www.jamesmorrison.com   See a preview of James in performance on his YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/jamesmorrisondotcom   Click here for more info

Fri 23 8pm MTH Flap! / Martin Martini: Vienna 1913 More [+] $35/$25 Click Here

Friday 23 May

Flap! have their own distinctive sound and all-original repertoire, combining jazz with a range of influences including calypso, folk and popular music. Their entertaining, exuberant approach has seen them become crowd favourites at festivals ranging from Woodford to Port Fairy and Wangaratta. Flap! are Eamon McNelis (trumpet, vocals), Jess Guille (vocals, banjo), Nick Pietsch (trombone), Mark Elton (bass) and Ben Hendry (drums).For the first set pianist-singer-composer Martin Martini presents striking original music that is jazz-inspired, but also draws inspiration from rock, blues, cabaret and other genres. His suite Vienna 1913 draws inspiration from the art and lives of the major modernists of the time, like Schiele, Klimpt, Koskoschka and Hoffmann. Martin is joined by Steve Grant (cornet), James Macaulay (trombone), Darcy McNulty (saxophone), Ian Smith (sousaphone), Jules Pascoe (bass) and Lynn Wallis (drums).www.flap.net.au www.poundrecords.com   See a preview of Flap! in performance on their YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/FlapVideoWatch Martin Martini's music video for 'Rolls Royce Arms': www.youtube.com/user/FlapVideo Click here for more info

Fri 23 7.30pm TGD Greek Blues Band More [+] $10 or FREE with meal Click Here

Friday 23 May

Enjoy traditional Greek blues music in the Rembetika style. Rembetika, the music of the Greek Underground, grew out of the jails and hash dens and epitomised the harsh realities of subculture life. This band brings to life Rembetika music from between the two world wars, played by some of the best Greek musicians in Melbourne. Complimentary glass of wine included with every main meal.www.greekdeli.com.au or 9827 3734   Click here for more info

Fri 23 8pm MEH John Montesante Quintet featuring Julie O'Hara More [+] Dinner & Show $60 Click Here

Friday 23 May

The John Montesante Quintet was formed in 1990 and is a stylish, versatile horn-led jazz combo with a penchant for New York bebop, standards and special band arrangements. For this show the band will feature one of Australia's finest and most engaging jazz vocalists, Julie O’Hara. The interplay between her and the JMQ is musically solid and exciting as she combines vocal mastery, a sparkling personality and a wide-ranging jazz repertoire. Julie will share the stage with band leader John Montesante (trumpet, flugelhorn), Tony Hicks (saxophone), Ben Robertson (double bass), Rod Gilbert (drums) and guest pianist, Darrin Archer.www.mterica.com.au or 9529 5770 Click here for more info

Fri 23 8pm COC Paul Grabowsky & Virna Sanzone: The Italian Project / Acquacheta More [+] $30/$25 Click Here

Friday 23 May

This concert will present jazz with an alluring Italian accent.The Italian Project is a collaboration between the prolific Melbourne pianist-composer-arranger Paul Grabowsky and the gifted Sydney vocalist Virna Sanzone. Joined by Mirko Guerrini (saxophone) and Niko Schauble (drums), they offer fascinating interpretations of traditional Italian and Sicilian folk songs, and more recent songs from Fellini and other modern Italian composers. Sanzone’s delivery of the lyrics often provides a dramatic contrast to the imaginative improvisations of her colleagues.Having moved to Melbourne last year to take up a teaching position at Monash University, saxophonist Mirko Guerrini’s latest project is Acquacheta with remarkable guitarist Stephen Magnusson. They offer richly expressive interpretations of melodies by Keith Jarrett, Lennon and McCartney and some of their favourite movie soundtrack themes. Joining them are Frank Di Sario (bass) and Niko Schauble (drums)www.paulgrabowsky.com www.virnasanzone.com www.mirkoguerrini.itSee a preview of Virna Sanzone in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qZ5uHXV2x8See a preview of Acquacheta in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9OuAFzyOdw&list=UUhLJlQZ3cUBqLWPEehcX-uw Click here for more info

Fri 23 6:30 pm MH Steve Sedergreen More [+] $25/$15 Click Here

Friday 23 May

A talented and charismatic jazz pianist, improviser and educator, Steve Sedergreen has made a vital and indelible imprint on the Melbourne jazz scene. He possesses an exceptional improvisational sensibility that is true to the spirit of jazz. Steve’s performances traverse complex emotional lines. From the brash, joyous and thrilling to the deeply poetic and still, his music senses and shifts intuitively with the other musicians with whom he shares the stage. Click here for more info

Sat 24 8pm COC Paul Williamson's Hammond Jazz Party / Chantal Mitvalsky More [+] $30/$25 Click Here

Saturday 24 May

Paul Williamson’s Hammond Jazz Combo, teaming the saxophonist-singer with Tim Neal (Hammond organ) and Mike Jordan (drums, vocals), is one of the longest-running, most popular bands in town. Their Hammond Jazz Party has become a fixture at Stonnington Jazz. Book early to ensure you can enjoy the grooving, R&B-fuelled jazz of the Hammond Combo plus guests Bob Sedergreen (piano), Ross Irwin (trumpet), Jeff Lang (guitar, vocals) and Dave Palmer (trombone).The first set features one of Melbourne’s finest younger-generation jazz singers, Chantal Mitvalsky. She has performed in jazz, soul and theatrical settings, with groups as diverse as Jackson Jackson, The Cat Empire, The Meltdown and Cannonball. Her latest project Skycha explores Chantal’s interest in integrating elements of soul, contemporary R&B and hip-hop with traditional jazz instrumentation and harmonies. Chantal will be joined by Sam Keevers (keyboards), Kumar Shome (guitar), Sam Zerna (bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums).  Click here for more info

Sat 24 9pm RU Sex On Toast, The PutBacks, Mike Gurrieri, Blair Stafford More [+] $12 Presale/$15 Door Click Here

Saturday 24 May

Be prepared for a night of eclectic jazz fusion. Sex on Toast, a nine-man explosion of 1980s pop music, yacht rock, R&B and synth-funk, showcase undeniable musical finesse whilst never taking themselves too seriously. Their show features tight vocal harmonies, talk-box synthesizers, drum-machines and choreographed dance moves. The PutBacks’ strength work a deep funky groove with a raw, melodic sound. Their instrumental funk-killer-floor-filler The Diamond Cutter, released in 2009 on vinyl, achieved international acclaim. One of Melbourne’s most eclectic DJs, MikeGurrieri joins the worlds of soul, jazz, hip hop, electronica and world grooves in his own unique style. Blair Stafford has been frequenting the decks with his particular blend of freestyle. His set features production beats of groove and Latin twists and a heavy undercurrent of funky deep jazz coloured house and hip hop.www.revolverupstairs.com.au  Click here for more info

Sat 24 8pm MTH The Syncopators: 30th Anniversary Concert More [+] $30/$22 Click Here

Saturday 24 May

THE SYNCOPATORS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT One of Australia’s best and best-loved traditional jazz bands, The Syncopators present their 30th Anniversary Concert exclusively for Stonnington Jazz. Original frontline players Peter Gaudion (trumpet, vocals), Richard Miller (clarinet, saxophone, vocals) and Chris Ludowyk (trombone, vocals) will be joined for this milestone celebration by Steve Grant (piano), Peter Baylor (guitar, banjo), James Clark (bass, tuba) and Rod Gilbert (drums, vocals), with very special guests Bob Barnard (trumpet) and Fem Belling (vocals).The Syncopators have played all the major jazz festivals around Australia, made numerous tours of Europe, released over 20 albums (including a Bell Award winner) and won countless fans with their entertaining combination of traditional jazz classics, swing staples, early R&B and some in-the-idiom originals.www.thesyncopators.comSee a preview of The Syncopators in performance here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFlhC4Z8d_s  Click here for more info

Sun 25 2pm COC Alan Lee Quartet Reunion / Gianni Marinucci-Steve Grant Quintet More [+] $30/$25 Click Here

Sunday 25 May

Vibraphonist Alan Lee was one of the most respected bandleaders on the modern jazz scene in Melbourne through the 1960s and ‘70s. His music draws particular inspiration from John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet. This concert will see Alan reunited with old friends Tony Gould (piano), Derek Capewell (bass) and Ted Vining (drums) for a special occasion, not to be missed, especially by anyone who enjoyed Alan’s music back in the day.For the first set two of Melbourne’s finest jazz trumpeters will be comparing notes on what is sure to be a delightful session of tasteful, witty, mainstream jazz. Gianni Marinucci (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Steve Grant (cornet) will be accompanied by Tony Gould (piano), Frank Di Sario (bass) and Danny Farrugia (drums).  www.aussiefunk.blogspot.com.au/2009/01/interview-with-australian-vibraphonist.html  Click here for more info

Sun 25 5-7pm DUL Artjazz featuring The Janet Arndt Quartet More [+] $20 Click Here

Sunday 25 May

The Janet Arndt Quartet has played together for 13 years, performing at jazz festivals and conventions, gospel services and restaurants as well as various charity events. Janet has been singing with bands for 27 years around Australia and performed in New Orleans, Hawaii and Switzerland. Her style leads us to mainstream jazz ballads as well as traditional repertoire. Join us for this Jazz SoirĂ©e while appreciating the current exhibition Art Behind the Wire. Complimentary glass of wine on arrival.Email donna@duldig.org.au or 9521 0525  Click here for more info

Sun 25 4pm MTH Brass and Keys! More [+] $18/$15/Children 12 and under FREE Click Here

Sunday 25 May

Stonnington City Brass is thrilled to present an afternoon of great entertainment joined by well-known jazz pianist John Thorn, one of Melbourne's leading impro musicians. He has composed four musicals and been musical director/composer for countless cabaret, comedy, jazz and theatre shows.In 2014 and 2013 John won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction in the Cabaret section. Closer to home, you will have seen him tinkling the ivories at the Stonnington Carols at Como and Central Parks for several years. With an instrument line up of 30 brass players plus piano, and music ranging from popular jazz melodies through to some of John's own compositions, this is an afternoon not to be missed!  Click here for more info