Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. The 5 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.
Her recent releases include collaborating with guitarist Karin Schaupp for their ARIA Winning album 'Songs of the Latin Skies' and with the world-famous Brodsky Quartet for the acclaimed 2016 album ‘With Love and Fury'. She has also worked with the country’s top orchestra’s including her fruitful collaborations with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and recently with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Katie Noonan returns to her beloved genre Jazz with her Quintet to perform reinterpretations of the classic 80’s songs that shaped her life in The Sweetest Taboo. Performing Jazz reinterpretations of songs by artists such as Sting, Icehouse, Terence Trent D’arby, Crowded House, Billy Joel, Vince Jones, Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper U2 and more!
Paul Grabowsky at the Town Hall Theatre for one of the Pure Jazz Sessions
t is difficult to describe Paul Grabowsky's career easily. He has been a director of some of Australia's most prominent arts festivals, the composer of nearly thirty feature film scores, and several works of music theatre, the founder and leader for nineteen years of the Australian Art Orchestra, an executive at the ABC, and is currently at Monash University, where he heads up the Academy of Performing Arts. Whether as composer, teacher, television personality, mentor or advocate for the role of artistic expression as a defining attribute of contemporary life, for him this is all informed by his work as a pianist, and composer, particularly in the field of jazz, where, according to him, 'the piano never lies'.
His musical journeys have resulted in collaborations with musicians from many countries, not least with the First Nations peoples of Australia, and those journeys continue. Among his many awards are seven ARIA Awards, the Melbourne Prize for Music and an H.C. Coombs Fellowship. In recognition of his achievements he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014
Ingrid James Quintet Feat. Paul Armstrong at the Town Hall Theatre
Ingrid has recently completed her Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has a private studio practice for over 15 years.
"Love and Other Fiascos" (Great American Songbook/Brazilian and Bebop) has worked really well in Brisbane, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Sunshine and Gold Coasts - all to packed houses.
Ingrid will be performing with American trumpet player who also sings - Paul Armstrong. Paul's mentor was Bobby Shew and he was with lead trumpet in the Jazz Ambassadors in the US and played for the president of the United States in Washington DC. He studied with Bobby Shew, Don Ferrara, Bob Newman, James Knapp. He toured with Maynard Ferguson for a year and recorded an album with Ferguson and Diane Shuur. He arranged an arrangement of Just One Of Those Things on her album called "Swingin' for Shuur". As a sideman, he was a sideman for Phil Woods and recorded with Geri Allen and Marvin Hamlisch.
Brendan St Ledger’s extensive recording and touring credits include some of the greats of Australian Jazz, Pop, Soul, Funk. The likes of Wendy Matthews, Marcia Hines, Steve Clisby, Lily Dior, Tina Arena, Glenn Shorrock and Christine Anu. He was twice selected to play in the Wangaratta National Jazz Piano Award and has recently returned to Brisbane after 26 years in Sydney.
Bitches Brew will feature at Spreyton Cider & The Devonport Hockey Club
Bitches Brew is a brand-new blues and roots force in the Melbourne live music scene, combining the original compositions of trombonist and vocalist Lisa Baird (Lily & King, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lloyd Spiegel, SPIRE) with the badass instrumental skills of Chelsea Allen (drums- Great Aunt, Paris Plan), Stella Anning (guitar- SAT, Push Portal), Sarah Holmes (bass- Thando, SPIRE) and Cheryl Durongpisitkul (saxophone- Koi Kingdom, Australian Art Orchestra).
Bitches Brew is setting stages alight with innovative performances that fuse deep undercurrents of blues and roots music with elements of hip-hop and jazz to bring audiences unmissable performances dripping with sharp-witted lyricism, fire and fury.
Australian Army band will feature at the Devonport RSL
The Australian Army Band Tasmania (AAB-T) has a proud history and it has been serving the Tasmanian community for well over 100 years in various forms. It is an Army Reserve unit and currently consists of two full-time members along with 32 Army Reserve members.
The band’s role is to enhance the image of the Australian Army through community and military engagements, to provide musical support for Defence training, ceremonial occasions and Commonwealth, Royal and Vice Regal ceremonial functions. In addition, AAB-T participates in State ceremonial events, assists Defence Force recruiting and public relations and regularly supports charitable organisations. The band also appears at major sporting events, major community events and significant public performances.
At Devonport Jazz, the Australian Army Band Tasmania will be presenting their traditional Big Band line up, playing mainstream favourites.
Saucy Jack & his Ripper Band Can be seen at the Mersey Yacht Club
Formed in 2017, Saucy Jack and his Ripper Band are a Hobart based jazz band conceived by composer Joseph Richards. Playing music in the style of the 1920s and early 1930s, Saucy Jack has a repertoire of over 40 original songs as well as a large repertoire of authentic traditional jazz pieces from the era, including Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson amongst others.
All members can regularly be seen and heard playing in various Hobart jazz and contemporary ensembles. Saucy Jack provides a hot toe tapping time suitable for all ages.
Playing the blues of the 20s, Dark Annie brings to life the music of Bessie Smith and other 20s blues singers with the powerful voice of Kim Phillips and stride piano of Joseph Richards.
Because of her early stage experience, Bessie Smith’s repertoire was extensive by the time she made her first record in 1923. She primarily specialized in blues numbers, singing more by far than any female vocalist of the day. She also performed country blues, vaudeville, and jazz tunes in a show that completely captivated her audiences.
Billy Whitton/ Randal Muir Trio Can be seen at The Alex Hotel & The Pub Rock Diner
Billy Whitton has been gigging around Hobart for about forty years or so, having a residency at the New Sydney Hotel for a very long time. Billy's laid-back vocals and eclectic guitar stylings are complimented by two excellent musicians – Randal Muir on Hammond, and new young gun in Hobart Al Tolond, on drums.
Expect blues, some jazz-tinged bop, and interpretations of ballads that Billy really makes his own.
The Projekt will be at Rubicon Grove & The Central Bar
A musically dynamic and entertaining performance can always be had when The Projekt is in town. Crossing a range of styles you never quite know what these four friends will dish up next, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll have you tapping your toes, singing along, and up on your feet dancing! Local talent at it’s best. Don’t miss the fun
With over ten albums/EPs bearing his name, Indonesia-born ade ishs celebrates stylistic diversity as reflected in his eclectic repertoire. His music has been described as “strong … and beautiful” (Ivan Lloyd, ABC Jazz, November 2013), “sensational and colourful” (Angela Jones, Inner FM, August 2014), and “expressive” (Steve Sedergreen, October 2014).
After living his formative years in Indonesia, ade migrated to Australia. He has performed with Dung Nguyen (Way Out West — Australia), Geoff Kluke (Australia), Daigo Nakai (Germany), Benny Likumahuwa (Indonesia), Candra Malik (Indonesia), Reyharp (Britain), Zamil Idris (Malaysia), and many other musicians in Australia and Indonesia of various genres.
He has been invited to play at such prestigious festivals as Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Ubud Village Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, and St Kilda Festival. He also served as the musical director of Celebration of Indonesia 2017, a musical depicting various Eastern Indonesian cultures in the forms of music, dance, and drama showcased to a packed crowd at the Melbourne Town Hall. Melbourne’s Radio 3ZZZ Indonesian program currently has him as a regular guest music expert.
Maeve Grieve is a Tasmanian vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter currently based in Melbourne. Maeve has performed regularly in Tasmania at weddings, cafes, restaurants, and private functions. Her live repertoire is eclectic and includes a mix of jazz standards, contemporary jazz and blues, indie, and pop material.
Maeve has recently commenced a Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Improvisation), specialising in voice, at the Victorian College of the Arts and is excited to continue her musical journey within this renowned institution.
Inspired by the likes of Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Missy Higgins, Maeve is currently exploring a variety of genres when composing. With a jazzy and bluesy voice, you will be sure to enjoy her interpretation of well-known acoustic classics alongside the premier of some original songs.