Perth on a Tuesday night in Autumn

May 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

20120523-135145.jpgAs I headed home on a crisp autumn night from His Majesty’s Theatre (The Maj) I spied activity through the window at the Ellington Jazz Club.  I’d just played some exciting and uplifting scores with the WASO for the WA Ballet as part of a show called “Diamonds” and didn’t feel like heading straight home.

Kat Tonkin, the Ellington’s charming manager on duty last night greeted me warmly at the door. I ordered a Squires cider off the tap and leant against the beautiful copper-topped bar.

The atmosphere was simply electric.  Jazz students and regular customers filled the place. Tenor sax giant Jamie Oehlers was in blistering form and his young protégés hung on his every phrase and nuance. What a treat. On a Tuesday night, here were some of Perth’s top jazz musos tearing the place apart. (I mean this figuratively, not literally. It may be a Northbridge night club, but here it’s all about the music).

SO glad I stopped by.

The musos last night.

Tal Cohen- piano
Jamie Oehlers- saxophone
Nick Abbey- bass
Bronton Ainsworth- drums

You can catch Nick Abbey tonight.

You can catch Jamie and Tal with Emmy and Grammy award-winning bassist Bob Hurst on the 30th and 31st of May

Even though they’ll only be tearing the place apart in a figurative sense next week, the Ellington may still need to replace some of the furniture after the gigs 😉

Here’s a taste of the quartet from the Jazzaziz Vol 5 CD Launch at the Art Gallery of WA last year.  Of course, video clips are never a substitute for actually being there…


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