WA has a vibrant live jazz scene and some great organisations and clubs bringing people together who share a love of jazz. The WA Jazz Directory lists artists, bands & ensembles, composers, arrangers, venues and organisations from all around Western Australia.
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Bands & Ensembles
Edith Cowen University (ECU)
Recognised as one of the strongest jazz courses in the southern hemisphere, the WAAPA Jazz Performance major produces many nationally and internationally renowned jazz musicians. The strength of the major lies in the focus on performance outcomes, and all educational units are based around developing these skills. Students have the option of pursuing a performance or arranging stream in their final year, culminating in a professional recital.
All students participate in many varied ensembles, from big bands to jazz trios and everything in between. The major also has a visiting artist program that is second to none, and prides itself on the depth of professional knowledge that is on offer to students year round.
Recognised as one of the strongest jazz courses in the southern hemisphere, WAAPA Jazz produces many nationally and internationally renowned jazz musicians.
WAAPA Jazz faculty members include:
Chris Tarr (drums)
Fred Grigson (guitar)
Jamie Oehlers (saxophone)
Jeremy Greig (trombone)
Paul Pooley (bass)
Ric Eastman (drums)
Tom O'Halloran (piano)
Victoria Newton (voice)
For the Jazz performance schedule at WAAPA visit: www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/performances-and-events/performances/music/jazz
We play funky- soulful jazz: Instrumental and vocal. From Cole Porter to Mile Davis to Roy Hargrove.
Phil Hatton was born to jazz, being the son of Dick Hatton, well known Perth jazz trombonist. He has been passionate about jazz all his life and, as a reed player, specializes in the early jazz, swing and mainstream styles.
He played in many Perth bands before moving to the USA where performed and taught music for 12 years, appearing as a featured artist at over 50 jazz festivals. He has a Masters Degree in Music from Portland State University and currently leads his own band, The Manhattons, is musical director of the South Perth Lions Big Band and a member of six other Perth bands.
Corner House Jazz Band plays traditional jazz with a hard driving style, making it one of Australia’s most accomplished jazz bands. The band was formed in 1980 to play at the Railway Hotel, North Fremantle, and still plays there every Saturday afternoon. It is in it’s 20th year of Friday night gigs at the Jazz Cellar. Song repertoire ranges from Souza Marches to Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens Numbers.
The Oz Big Band is a community based organisation that was established way back in 1984. Today they are the most sort after swing sensation in the land, not only in WA but across the country. Darlings of the Perth's Lindy Hop Dance scene, The Oz Big Band has performed annually at the Hullaballoo Ball since 2006 and invited no less than 4 times in recent years to perform at the Melbourne Lindy Exchange (MLX) in Victoria. Along with performances at many of Perth's prestigious venues including The Ellington Jazz Club, The Perth Town Hall and The Governor's House Ballroom, The Oz Big Band play regularly downtown at The Mustang Bar in Northbridge, making them one of the busiest big bands in the country. Fronted by an exceptional versatile Vocalist, Leah Guelfi and playing styles from early Lunceford and Ellington right through to the modern arrangements of Gordon Goodwin, you will be in for a treat next time you hear the well rehearsed sounds of The Oz Big Band.