MAY 31 — JUNE 5
GRETCHEN PARLATO (USA)
Renowned for technical brilliance and a crystalline voice, LA born vocalist Gretchen Parlato fuses jazz with undertones of Brazilian and African beats displaying the unique and seductive vocal style she has perfected.
SAM ANNING SEXTET (Melbourne)
Originally from Fremantle WA, Sam Anning has become an internationally sought after bassist. Sam was an indispensable fixture on the Western Australian jazz scene until relocating to Melbourne, and eventually New York. He has performed with masters of jazz including Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden, Kenny Werner, Sheila Jordan, Bernie McGann, and Gretchen Parlato. He has been a finalist for the Freedman Fellowship and Melbourne Music Prize, nominated for ARIA and AIR awards, received the Bell Award for Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and won the 2015 National Jazz Award.
KRISTIN BERARDI & SAM ANNING DUO
(Brisbane & Melbourne)
Kristin Berardi has won multiple international and national awards for her recordings and live performances, including The Shure International Jazz Vocal Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival, three Bell Awards for ‘Best Vocal Album of the year’ and the prestigious national Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. Berardi also enjoys teaching and is currently based at the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music.
ENTHUSIASTIC MUSICIAN’S ORCHESTRA
(Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne)
World Premiers by composer's Rafael Karlen and Louise Denson
Featured artists James Sherlock (guitar) and Diana Tolmie (saxophone)
The Enthusiastic Musician’s Orchestra (EMO) is Brisbane’s premier vehicle for the composition and performance of new and exciting music for large jazz ensemble. With all the bluster and bombast of a classic big band as well as the subtlety and refinement of a modern jazz orchestra, EMO is driven to swing!
ZAC HURREN BAND (Brisbane)
A Jazz graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Zac Hurren is a magnificent tenor saxophonist who has performed with many OZ legends including Dale Barlow, Katie Noonan, Sam Anning Paul Grabowsky and John Hoffman to name just a few. In 2009 Zac won the National Jazz Award and in 2012 was a Freedman Fellowship finalist. A truly unique and distinctly Australian saxophonist, composer and improviser.