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The Soul Men - Blue Brothers Tribute - Wednesday 4 September 2019

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What a blast last at our show on Wednesday 4 September.  After arriving in the famous ‘Bluesmobile’, The Blues Brothers (The Soul Men’s Alter Ego) stepped out of the silver screen and onto the stage of the Lakeside Room at HOTA (Home of the Arts).  They gave us two awesome hours of non-stop blues and soul, with a little bit of country and western backed up by Sister Blues Asabi.  The driving, swingin’ band dressed straight out of “Jailhouse Rock” were simply magnificent.  The 10 piece outfit The Soul Men took us back to the great era of the Blues Brothers.  Their performance animated the dance floor with members and guests boogying to the music, complimenting a great show. A truly dynamic and memorable musical experience! 

We’d just like to say thanks to everyone that came to our sold out show and for your glowing compliments and comments whilst leaving on the night.  And of course a huge thank you to 10 piece sensational band The Soul Men – Our members & guests simply loved your brilliant performance.

'Duelling Horns Spectacular' with Trombone Kellie Gang - Wednesday 7 August 2019

The joint was jumpin’!✨Trombone Kellie Gang✨had the audience wanting more after every single song! We heard blues, jazz, gospel and soul, even a little rockabilly! With surprises like the hokum-jazz-blues number “Duck Yass Yass” originally recorded by James “Stump” Johnson back in 1929 and Big Joe Turner’s “Flip, Flop, Fly”, a powerful, soulful version of Bonnie Raitt’s “Give It Up”and a bright, uptempo version of “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”… Trombone Kellie GANG had some of our audience clapping and dancing in their chairs like they were in Bourbon St! Everyone was blown away. What a fabulous night of top shelf entertainment delivered with energy, vibrancy and humour we were privileged to experience.  Kellie Barnett with her powerful vocals, trombone and guitar performance delighted the house.  ‘Scrubby Pete’ (Peter Hurcombe) wowed the crowd with vocals and  guitar work and his dexterity with the guitar slide.    Derek Siddon on trumpet, Toby Baron on drums, and Justin Pfieffer on double base were simply brilliant.  Thank you ‘Trombone Kellie Gang’ – for just the best night and we hope you will be back for another gig with our club in 2020. 

'Midnight In Montparnasse' With Melissa Western & Band - Wednesday 3 July 2019

A beautiful set list with a mixture of French classics and a few out of the ordinary such as ‘Ma Cherie Amor’ and spectacular version of ‘Caravan’ to select a couple, gave for a wonderful evening of French vintage chic music with ‘Midnight in Montparnasse’.  Melissa’s vocals were superb and the musicianship of the band was simply amazing.  Many costume changes and beautiful dancers added to an entertaining musical event on the night.  Congratulations to all of our ‘best dressed’ guests, thank you to all who attended our AGM and what a cracker, with our own President up on stage dancing. 

Thank you to Melissa Western – Vocals, Tnee Dyer – Keyboard, Luke McIntosh – Double Bass, Jan Van Dijk – Violin, Rich Seymour – Drums & John Reeves – Piano Accordion for a fabulous evening of musical entertainment.

Merci to all.

'Jazz At The Movies' Featuring The Dorian Mode Quartet - Wednesday 5 June 2019

Beautiful mellow JaZz with a sprinkling of ‘pizaZz’ last night thanks to Dorian Mode – Piano & vocals and band Mal Wood – trumpet, Bruce Woodward – guitar, John Conley – bass, Dave Saunders – drums. Taking us through the years of classic Hollywood films and film scores such as one of the classic love stories in American movie history…Casablanca –🎶It Had to Be You…Breakfast at Tiffany’s –🎶Moon River… the evening being peppered with little known film & musical facts, all with a good dose of humour! A fine evening of entertainment indeed! Big thanks to Dorian and band for bringing “Jazz at the Movies” to GCJ&BC!!🎥🎶

'A Jazz Journey' Featuring Kristina Kelman, Nicole Parker-Brown, Wil Sargisson & Band Leader Peter Parker & The Musomates 8 Jazz Orchestra - Wednesday 1 May 2019

What a wonderful night of Jazz we experienced with fabulous performances by Kristina Kelman who wowed the crowd, ably supported by Nicole Parker-Brown and the Musomates 8 Jazz Orchestra.  Wil Sargisson tickled the ivories like only he can, Todd Hardy demonstrated his mastery of the trumpet, and the band under the leadership of Peter Parker provided an excellent evening of jazz entertainment.  Thank you Kristina, Nicole, Wil, Todd, Peter and all of your talented band members for a most enjoyable evening at the Paradise Room, HOTA.

A Tribute To Aretha Franklin Featuring Angela Fabian And Her Band - Wednesday 3 April 2019

A memorable tribute at our 3 April show to the queen of soul, the late great Aretha Franklin!
Angela Fabian, with her talented band & backing singers thrilled the sell-out crowd with a powerful presentation of Aretha’s great songs highlighting the milestones and achievements of her life.
Angela opened the show with a stirring version of Bridge Over Troubled Waters and concluded with an emotional rendition of Amazing Grace that Aretha sang to Martin Luther King…it brought the house down and achieved a standing ovation!  Angela had such a strong voice and presence on stage as we traversed a well-chosen pathway through Aretha’s life…..Respect, Say A Little Prayer, Spanish Harlem and some great funky rocking numbers.  Angela wowed the crowd with her delivery of a Keith Richards classic – Jumping Jack Flash which Aretha Franklin sang in the movie of the same name – Our members and guests arose to dance in the aisles to this brilliant performance.  The crowd were entertained with a reminder of Aretha’s great musical contributions and Angela’s powerful vocal presentations…a first class evening!  Thank you Angela and band!

Testimonials

Paul: Loved the show – Angela and band really got me

Peter & Jane: Incredible performance and an astounding night of top shelf entertainment – Thank you Angela & band and for the committee of the Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club – Take a bow –  Well done folks. 

Helen: Angela captivated the crowd with her vocal flair and great selection of Aretha’s songs – A wonderful show for the whole sell-out crowd.

Trish: So lucky to have great entertainment at a very reasonalbe price – Amazing show 

A Night On Bourbon Street Featuring Professor 'Adrian' Cunningham & His Old School - Wednesday 6 March 2019

Professor ‘Adrian’ Cunningham with some of Australia’s best musicians took us on a New Orleans journey featuring some of the great music from…Sidney Bechet, Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman to name a few. The Professor’s extraordinary craft on his clarinet, saxophone, flute & vocals, demonstrated his amazing mastery of those instruments with real “showman” style.  The diversity and complexity of sounds Adrian was able to extract from the clarinet, flute and saxophone really did defy belief – just brilliant stuff.   Numbers like Petite Fleur, Basin Street Blues, St James Infirmary, Bourbon Street Blues, New Orleans Stomp & the finale…What A Wonderful World.  With a full house of over 300 guests, we all enjoyed outstanding musicianship and the festive music of New Orleans!  On the day when NOLA was celebrating Mardi Gras…the Gold Coast had its own “Night On Bourbon Street” Mardi Gras!  A huge thank you to Adrian Cunningham, Todd Hardy (Trumpet), Steve Russell (Piano), John Conley (Double Bass), Rodney Ford (Drums) & Greg Chilcott (Trombone).  Simply an extraordinary evening!!!

Testimonials

5822: The whole program exceeded all time

Emery: The very best show I have seen at HOTA for years – Well done Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club.

Joe Howman & The Art Deco Dance Orchestra Featuring Piano Accordion Virtuoso Domenico Taraborrelli - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

The Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club opening show for 2019 kicked off with a bang with our sensational COPACABANA NIGHT.  All of our members and guests started our Jazz year with a smorgasbord of South American toe tapping and dancing music.  The fantastic 17 piece Art Deco Orchestra led by maestro Joe Howman was  accompanied by piano accordion virtuoso Domenico Taraborrelli. The musical performance provided by these talented musicians led us all on a journey through the great years of Latin American music.  It was wonderful seeing many of our past members returning to experience this special show.  Domenico Taraborrelli absolutely mesmerised our audience with his mastery of the accordion and the amazing sound that he extracted from this instrument.  Joe Howman thrilled our members and guests with his moving trumpet solos and the orchestra under his leadership demonstrated the mastery of their instruments in delivering a spectacular musical performance.  Great music stimulated our guests to share their love of Tango, Rhumba, Samba and others on the dance floor.  So much so that we have requested HOTA for a larger dancing space to accommodate our dancers for our next show. In summary a superb evening of music was appreciated by all of our members and guests – Thankyou to Joe Howman and the Art Deco Dance Orchestra and Domenico Taraborrelli for a marvellous show.

Testimonials

Rod & Gwen: Congratulations to the committee on choosing such a great show to start the GC Jazz and Blues year.  A wonderful evening with fabulous entertainment & so good to be back in the Paradise room.  The pre-show entertainers in the foyer were excellent.
Peter: I thoroughly enjoyed the show and knew every song that the band played, so was able to sing along.  Will be back for more shows.
Toni: Was a great night.. Lots of dancing. 

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