GOLD COAST JAZZ & BLUES CLUB
Sweet Thunder Orchestra - 100 Years Of Big Bands - Wednesday, 3 February, 2021
The Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra traces the development of the big band from the 1920s to the present day. Their repertoire includes works by Ellington and Morton, and performances of the music of the great bands and their arrangers, such as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Thad Jones and Neal Hefti. It also features some of today’s masters, such as John Clayton and Gordon Goodwin. This polished and energetic 13 piece orchestra comprises 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 4 saxes plus piano, bass, drums and some vocals. The repertoire includes ‘Cotton Club Stomp’, ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’, ‘Don’t Be That Way’, ‘One O’Clock Jump’, King Porter Stomp’ and many more.
Pre-Sale tickets are available to members only from 9:00 AM Friday January 15 until Tuesday January 19th at which time they will be open to the General Public.
Jan Preston & Band - 88 Pianos I Have Known - Wednesday, 3 March, 2021
Named Australia’s Queen of Boogie, she is known for her magnetic live performances of astonishing piano playing, original songs, compositions and mastery of boogie-woogie which have captivated audiences at festivals and in concerts around the world. Jan Preston’s outstanding new show “88 Pianos I Have Known” takes us on a road to piano stardom with an engrossing combination of skillfully performed piano music, images, songs and stories.
There are 88 keys on every piano, the piano often being referred to as the 88’s. But in reality Jan Preston has known many more than that. During a lifetime of composing and songwriting, Jan has recorded and performed on 100’s of instruments. “For me, pianos have individual personalities, quirks, strengths and weaknesses just like people, and I take photos of every single one that I play. They can be extraordinarily beautiful, quirky, majestic, humorous, tender, broken, and so on, and my images, songs and stories have seen audiences move from tears to laughter.” These tales weave around Jan’s boogie, ragtime and improvisatory styles of piano quartet music and songs, performed together with acoustic bass, guitar and drums, along with her thrilling virtuoso style.