[Originally published in Scenestr] How sweet it was to be blown away by the sheer exuberance of the Chris Poulsen Trio on Friday (June 17) at the Brisbane Jazz Club. With Poulsen on keyboards/synth, Jeremy O’Connor on electric bass and ukulele bass, and Dan Smith on drums, these musicians delivered a stellar night to a … Continue reading Chris Poulsen Trio at Brisbane Jazz Club
Review of Valtozash Big Band, the heavy metal jazz band based in Brisbane, published April 11 2016.
Originally published in Scenestr. Valtozash Bigband appeared at the Brisbane Jazz Club (8 April) as Gregorian monks, on a smoky stage set against the magnificent city skyline. They opened the first set with a metal take on Herbie Hancock’s jazz standard ‘Maiden Voyage’. Valtozash played ‘Iron Maiden Voyage’ with a canon fire of the signature … Continue reading Valtozash at Brisbane Jazz Club
Here’s the review in Scenestr.
It was still daylight and there was a queue outside the Brisbane Jazz Club on Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. Full house then? I asked.
Hungarian clarinettist Joe Fritz’s tone is the cream on an Irish coffee in winter. He plays melodies which weave in-and-out and break your heart with their unpredictable prettiness. He was at the Brisbane Jazz Club playing the music of Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and plenty of driving, straight-ahead jazz. His sidemen were sublime. A tight … Continue reading Joe Fritz and his All Stars at BJC review
Their horns assault you with a stabbing dissonance. An electric guitar invades your mind with frenzied brilliance, then wails like a banshee. Bass guitar and drums build that sound of despair, the relentless thudding eventually impales your heart.
I got a group email from multi-instrumentalist John Stefulj about an upcoming gig with Dan Bolton, a singer songwriter pianist based in New York. I thought I would give it a miss since I was looking forward to curling up with a book at the end of the week. The next day I got the … Continue reading Dan Bolton brings NYC to Brisbane Jazz Club