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If you're a lover of music of the big band era, then this weekend at the Brisbane Jazz Club is for you. Hidden beneath the spans of the Story Bridge, the Brisbane Jazz Club has been fostering live jazz in Brisbane since 1972.
This weekend the club will host their annual Big Band Festival which will see fifteen jazz bands performing across four days, as well as workshops for students of jazz. Big bands are the feature and are Brisbane based professional and student ensembles, however individual jazz artists such as Ingrid James and John Morrison will also be in attendance. Bookings are advisable, as the jazz club is a small venue and the weekend is sure to be popular. The venue is licensed and meals catered by the Story Bridge Hotel are available.
On Thursday, 2nd May, listeners will enjoy the Jazz Singers Jam Night, when Louise Denson – piano, Helen Russell – bass, and Paul Hudson – drums, will join host Ingrid James for an evening of Vocal Jazz. Doors Open: 6.30 – 11 pm and the musicians hit the stage from 7pm – 10pm. Tickets: $15/$12 Club Members and Jazz Queensland Members/$10
From 7-10pm, Friday, 3rd May, the hall will resound with the sounds of the big band, with performances from the Ipswich City Big Band, Cleveland Past Masters Big Band and the Brisbane City Jazz Orchestra. A great chance to strut your stuff on the dance floor, doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $25 for Club Members only, $25, Non-Members $30, Govt Conc $27, Students $20, Child $15 (5-12yrs).
Saturday evening kicks off at 6pm, with the New Groove Jazz Ensemble, Brass Roots Live, Gold Coast Big Band and the BJC Superband. This is sure to be a popular night, so book soon. Ticket prices are the same as Friday evening and can be booked by visiting the Brisbane Jazz Club Website.
Feel like a jazzy brunch on the river? Then on Sunday May 5 from 9:30 until 12:30, sip your coffee and much through bacon and eggs while the Jindalee Jazz Orchestra, Terrace Jazz Orchestra and Late Shift Big Band entertain you. Food is provided by the Story Bridge Hotel and is not included in the ticket prices, which are $22 ($10 Child 5-12yrs only)
The festival finishes up on the evening of Sunday May 5 with doors opening at 5:30 for music from 6-9pm performed by the UQ Big Band, Kate Street Mob, the Brisbane Big Band and BJC Superband. This is your last chance to get your toes tapping. The Brisbane Big Band are the club's resident band and have been performing at the jazz club on the second Sunday of the month since 1986 and are a favourite with local jazz dance aficionados. Again tickets are: Club Members $25, Non-Members $30, Govt Conc $27, Students $20, Child $15 (5-12yrs) and musicians guest $15.
For students of jazz young and old, the Jazz Club will present a workshop entitled How Does a Big Band Work? on Saturday afternoon from 12.30pm, and another on Sunday afternoon called What Makes It Swing?. Talented jazz drummer John Morrison and Jacki Cooper, vocalist will take the St Peters Stage Bands through their paces while explaining the intricacies of jazz performance. Entry is by gold coin donation with no bookings required.
This will be a fine weekend of music for Brisbane Jazz lovers, well worth a visit. You can park at the venue if you are early enough, take advantage of street parking, or perhaps catch the ferry to the Holman Street ferry terminal. Book online from the Brisbane Jazz Club website.