Jazz & Swing

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    Southern Tasmania
    Allison Farrow
    Music| Classical Music / Strings| Covers
    A classically-trained vocalist, actor and presenter with special interests in music theatre, jazz and children’s entertainment.  Allison performs beautifully solo, as a duo with Andrew Short  and with trio “Swoon”.  An exceptional performer whose credits include prominent Tasmanian Festival of Voices, Community Christmas Carols and numerous lead roles in major theatre musical productions.  Allison can adapt to a number of styles (including pop, folk, country, classical and music theatre). If you want to add a touch of class to your event Island Entertainment will work with you and Allison to find the perfect show stopper. Allison Farrow Equally at home in front of an orchestra or in a country music hall, Allison is a versatile performer with almost 30 years of performing experience across a number of genres. She has performed throughout Australia, Europe and Asia and has been involved in festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh Fringe, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ten Days on the Island, Festival of Voices, MONAFOMA and TasPride. A classically trained soprano, Allison has played roles including Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Lily in The Secret Garden, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Cosette in Les Miserables, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Claudia in Nine, Judy/Ginger in Ruthless! The Musical, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Sylvia in the world premiere of For the Term of His Natural Life. Her one-woman cabarets I’m a Stranger Here Myself: the Songs of Kurt Weill, In the Still of the Night: an evening with Cole Porter, and Dumb Blonde: the genius of Dolly Parton have played to popular and critical acclaim. In 2013 she presented Spring Fever: Allison Farrow with Kelly Ottaway and band with the Theatre Royal, Hobart. For Bel Canto Young Opera, Allison has performed the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s The Perfect Wife and the title role in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Cinderella. She has also worked with IHOS opera, in productions including Rapture and The Divine Kiss, and recorded a solo work for soprano, Incantation Echo, which was broadcast on Classic FM. Allison performed in Dylan Sheridan’s chamber opera, starchild, as part of MONA FOMA in 2013. Allison provided the voice for ‘Betty Bug’ in Blue Rocket’s animated television series Buzz Bumble and featured numerous times with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, narrating/singing for Little Red Riding Hood in 2014, Maximus Musicus Visits the Orchestra in 2015 (and again in May 2019) and The Tale of Gibson in 2016. Her children’s shows have been a regular fixture in the Festival of Voices and include Sing a Rainbow (2016), Rhymes My Nanna Taught Me (2017), More Rhymes My Nanna Taught Me (2018) and Jazz Hands (2019). Allison performs regularly with her jazz quintet Allison Farrow & Friends for corporate and festival events, and is a member of the glamorous female harmony trio Swoon. Allison Farrow and Andrew Short Allison and Andrew have been performing together for more than 25 years, sharing the stage as the Cosette and Marius in Les Miserables (2000), Christine and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (2013), and Eliza and Freddy in My Fair Lady (2019). Known as the gorgeous couple behind the Festival of Voices perennial sell-out event, Afternoon at the Ritz, the duo have also featured for the Clarence Jazz Festival with their show Lullaby of Broadway, and featured in Judy Tierney’s Burning Desire Festival in 2020. Allison and Andrew are both local artists with extensive lists of individual credits.

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    Amanda Hodder
    Music| Genre| Classical Music / Strings
    Amanda can play a huge cross section of classical piano repertoire and cocktail’ish piano pieces. Described as “magic” by esteemed pianist and accompanist Malcolm Martineau, Amanda has worked as pianist, vocal coach and music director with Opera Australia, OzOpera, Opera Queensland, VCA, Sydney Philarmonia Choirs, Gondwana Voices, University of Tasmania and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. While completing her Master of Music at the Victorian College of Arts with Dr Donna Coleman, she won the Geoffrey Parsons Award, The Mietta Song Recital Award, the Accompanist Award at Liederfest, and the Lady Hamer Scholarship at VCA. A keen collaborator, Amanda has co-created new works for Festival of Voices, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, St Martins Youth Arts and Junction Arts Festival. In recording, Amanda has appeared on Monique Brumby’s latest album Closer to the Truth, Hush Vol. 20, and regularly appears on Classic FM performing the music of Tasmanian composer Jabra Latham. Having recently left her role as Co-ordinator of Classical Voice at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Amanda has spent the first half of 2021 performing at Mona Foma, Ten Days on the Island, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Australian Musical Theatre Festival, and Festival of Voices. A passionate advocate for community group singing, Amanda runs the Hobart Glee Club, a zero-obligation choir that meets once a week.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel
    Ani & Harry
    Music| Blues & Folk| Jazz & Swing

    Like a warm blanket, this duo aims to comfort and calm. Playing mostly gentle ballads and soul songs,- Ani- and- Harry- found common ground focusing on the sensitive and sentimental.- Weaving their combined influences, Ani’s soul and art pop stylings and Harry’s experience as a gypsy and modern jazz guitarist, this duo have entertained audiences in jazz lounges, at wedding ceremonies and jazz festivals throughout the state. Ani and Harry are often asked to play for larger functions, will bring a- full band if you’re after a few toe-tappers, and- are always up for a chat to help bring your event to its full potential.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel
    Arman & Co.
    Music| Jazz & Swing

    Arman & Co. is a Hobart-based band which plays a mix of Swing, Latin, and Ballads. Front man of the band is jazz vocalist, Arman Bratamidjaja. Arman has a crooning bass-baritone voice which is often compared to classic crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman. This young man moved from the island of Java, Indonesia to Hobart in 2016 and formed this band. The band commonly perform as a quintet of vocal, double bass, drums, guitar and saxophone. It has now performed in numerous venues around Tasmania and regularly perform at jazz festivals namely the Hot August Jazz Festival and Clarence Jazz Festival. Backed by the best musicians in town, Arman & Co. delivers a show that brings audience back to the era of classic crooners. Whether audience want a lively Swing and Latin music to dance to or listen to this young crooner telling his story through his music, Arman & Co. will be able to adjust their show accordingly.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel
    Billy Whitton & Co.
    Music| Blues & Folk| Covers

    Billy Whitton is one of Tasmania’s best known solo artists, and regularly performs at numerous venues throughout Tasmania and- on the mainland. In Hobart he can be found playing at Wrest Point Casino, Salamanca, Mona, New Sydney Hotel, Republic, Beachfront 32, Coterie Coal Valley and at numerous corporate events. He tailors his performance to suit the occasion, whether it is background guitar solos or classic songs from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. He is able to read the audience and modify the repertoire to the event. Billy is known as the crooner of Hobart.

    Duos featuring Billy & Co

    Billy & Aaron Specialising in swinging guitar tunes and strong vocals, Billy and Aaron present- bluesy and jazzy tunes made up of a mix of original tracks and classic favourites. Expect Buble, Tony Bennett, Harry Conick Jr., John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and something new… Billy & Randal-  Billy & Randal play a mix of classic favourites such as Leonard Cohen, Bill Withers , Eric Clapton etc”¦.as well as a large swing / jazz & blues repertoire”¦.playing for many years as a resident act at Wrest Point, they have a high class sound that works anywhere” playing at quality venues such as Henry Jones,… New Sydney Hotel…, MONA Billy & Randal have a perfect mix for functions, cocktail parties, bars etc Jamie & Billy A- trained singer from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music, Jamie Taylor has been singing soul, jazz-  & rock around Hobart for several years and- also fronts her own original band, Lazerbaby.- Billy Whitton, this duo mixes music from classic pop, rock and soul… and can also specialise in a jazz, blues mix when required. Tilly & Billy Tilly, influenced by recent artists such as Madeline Peyroux, Amy Winehouse, and classic jazz singer Billie Holiday is the owner of a beautiful voice and is much admired by all in the music industry.- With Billy, they cover classic torch ballads, using and jazz numbers but can also include Billy’s crooning styles or earthy blues numbers.- Centered around listening type audiences or background at functions, their swing tunes are also good for a dance or two.- Tilly & Billy can also enlist two extra musicians to create a four piece band if this better suits your occasion. Billy and Sabine have a wonderful sound together, performing all genres of music in duo form, from Blues and Pop, to Jazz and Funk. Billy’s legendary guitar playing and crooning voice cover a whole range of sounds and emotions, while Sabine’s clear, athletic voice performs soulful Funk and RnB, or effortlessly swings her way around a Jazz classic. Occasionally Sabine will bring her trumpet for a smooth jazz solo or funky embellishments. Together they provide a full musical experience not to be missed out on. Billy Whitton and the Swingin’ Hepcats! Billy is the front man for the inimitable Billy Whitton and the Swingin’ Hepcats!

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel
    Billy Whitton and the Swingin’ Hepcats
    Music| Jazz & Swing

    Billy Whitton is the consummate lounge performer. With his smooth vocal stylings and vast repertoire of Jazz and Blues he has entertained Tasmanian audiences for over thirty years. Billy and the Swingin’ Hepcats is his longstanding guitar/vocals, bass and drums trio, we now include reggae & soul / funk in our repertoire” as well as our specialty of swing jazz, blues etc. Personnel: Billy Whitton, Vocals and Guitar; Hamish Stevenson, Double Bass; Matthew Ives, Drum Kit.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel
    Black Coffee
    Music| Covers| Jazz & Swing
    Black Coffee is here! If you are looking for a professional covers band that are not loud and in your face and who play a wide range of music from jazz, swing and salsa with a few soul, pop and rock and roll songs, then this is what you are looking for. Black Coffee have been regulars on the Hobart music scene for the past 5 years playing almost every Sunday at the Queen’s Head Hotel, and at various wedding and corporate events. The musicians in the band have over 50 years experience between them. The band is perfectly suited to weddings and events where people dance or talk easily while listening to the band. The band- can, of course, be loud if requested. Black Coffee are made up of Bass Guitar and vocals (Rod Lowe), Drums (Stephen Marskell), and vocals (Kalo Lowe) and become a 4 piece outfit with the addition of saxophone (Scott Cashion). This gives the band a fuller and more exciting sound for bigger events.

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    Hobart
    Dark Annie Duo
    Music| Blues & Folk| Jazz & Swing

    Dark Annie is a pianist/vocals duo, performing roots blues and jazz from the 20’s.-  Dark Annie brings to life the music of Bessie Smith and other 20’s blues singers with the powerful voice of Kim Phillips and stride piano of Joseph Richards.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel,
    Django’s Tiger
    Music| Jazz & Swing

    Hobart based instrumental trio-quintet “˜Django’s Tiger’ perform swinging gypsy jazz in the style of the late French guitar virtuosos Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Blending classic early swing numbers, with musette- waltzes and dreamy French ballads, this group provides an energetic and rhythmically infectious performance that can be enjoyed by all ages. Django’s Tiger can customise their repertoire to suit your event. Whether you’re looking for dreamy French ballads for your wedding, lively swing for your function, or some fiery gypsy numbers for your party, they’ve got it covered! The band can perform as a trio, quartet, or quintet, and features the following Tasmanian musicians: – Harry Edwards on lead guitar – Charlie McCarthy on violin – Jane Morris on vocals – Felicity Lovett on rhythm guitar – Isaac Gee on double bass

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    Hobart
    Eleanor Meredith
    Music| Jazz & Swing| Original Artists
    Eleanor Meredith is a pianist and singer from Hobart Tasmania. She grew up in a musical family and was encouraged explore music from a very young age mainly through singing, and at age 7 began to play piano after her parents brought one into the family home. As a self-taught songwriter, Eleanor entered and won many local talent competitions, including the Cygnet Folk Festival’s youth blackboard Competition, throughout her teen years whilst also being involved in local community Concert Bands and Big Bands where she developed an appreciation for many genres of music, but particularly a love for jazz. In 2013 Eleanor received the Hobart Jazz Club’s Ian Pearce Memorial Scholarship in Jazz Improvisation as part of the Clarence Jazz Festival giving her the opportunity to study Jazz piano properly under Randal Muir. After some time off from piano pursuing classical composition and jazz voice, Eleanor took jazz piano back up studying under Matt Boden at the Conservatorium of Music and is now in high demand as a pianist and singer both as a performer and teacher. She has led and performed in numerous ensembles, playing original compositions and arrangements, and has garnered much respect in the Hobart community for her abilities.

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    Hobart
    Elixir Street
    Music| Covers| Jazz & Swing

    Elixir Street perform an eclectic array of upbeat funk, R&B, soul and jazz songs. Let you hair down and get your dancing shoes on! Elixir Street is- Madelena, Nick Parish, Brenton Bayly, Simon Reid and Jose Mahinay Huia Iii. Madelena has been performing in and around Hobart for over eight years for both public and private events as an original artist and in a number of cover bands, and released her debut solo EP, Scrapbook, in August 2017. Nick is a jazz devotee who has trained in jazz guitar with teachers both at home and on the big island, and in 2014 commenced a PhD on jazz guitarist Jim Hall. Brenton has been playing drums since the age of eight, and since then has played in original and cover bands across Hobart and Sydney, including a national tour with Christine Anu and appearances on the Midday Show with Ray Martin. Simon has written for and performed electric guitar and bass with the TSO’s full orchestra and smaller ensembles, and has played professionally for twenty years in over a hundred bands. Jose grew up in Cebu, Philippines, where he developed a passion for music watching his dad play bass in a local band. He has played in bands since the age of seven, and has had the privilege of playing internationally was a broad range of artists and bands. Elixir Street will fill your event or venue with vibrant energy and movement creating a fun filled atmosphere.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel,
    Felicity & Harry
    Music| Blues & Folk| Covers

    Felicity (vocals and guitar) and Harry (guitar) perform a selection of vocal and instrumental tracks from a range of styles, including jazz, pop, soul, and blues. Featuring classic repertoire from artists such as The Ink Spots, Tom Waits and Ella Fitzgerald, this eclectic duo act is perfect for any setting. The duo has experience performing across Tasmania at venues and private events.

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    Hobart
    Finn Seccombe Duo
    Music| Blues & Folk| Jazz & Swing

    Finn Seccombe is a diverse singer/guitarist playing styles ranging from pop through soul, RnB, reggae to straight jazz. He is usually accompanied by Simon Reid on guitar or bass and if Simon is already booked, with Kelly Ottoway. Finn has recorded several albums of his own, the most recent being Trumps “˜Derailed’. These songs are all loosely in the genre of roots reggae, perfect for any outdoor festival or live music event, and can be performed as duo or alternatively, depending on budget, with the full band. You can expect a high energy performance with soulful vocals and rhythmic innovative guitar work. Simon and Finn’s guitar styles, although quite different complement each other and they are always coming up with new and exiting ways to approach the repertoire.

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    Mainland
    Fiona Stewart
    Music| Blues & Folk| Covers

    Fiona Stewart is undoubtly a singer / songwriter of international quality. Her coppery warmth and depth of her voice and songs have enchanted audiences from Sydney to Paris. She moves gracefully through the genres of jazz and blues, folk and pop, while delivering her original material in an intimate and unique style. Fiona’s background as an actress (N.I.D.A. graduate) and her rich life experience make her a moving performer. She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you cry. She’ll make your evening. Fiona is also able to provide an extensive repertoire of jazz and popular standards in a duo format.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel,
    Folk Yeah!
    Music| Blues & Folk| Covers

    Folk Yeah! deliver an appealing mix of easy listening ‘singer songwriter’ repertoire from American, Australian and Irish sources. Classic song writing from the likes of Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Dolly Parton, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt & Stevie Wonder alongside Old Timey, Bluegrass & Country. Folk Yeah! perform joyfully, with innovative arrangements and harmonies. Expect a mix of classic covers and well-crafted originals.

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    Hobart,Willing to Travel
    Harry Edwards & Isaac Gee
    Music| Jazz & Swing| Original Artists

    Hobart jazz duo performing originals, jazz standards, and- arrangements- of popular melodies. Harry and Isaac explore the interaction and improvisation possibilities of acoustic guitar and double bass in this small jazz ensemble. With a very “˜open’ sound, this sensitive duo mix some of their favorite jazz standards with original duo compositions, and instrumental/improvised interpretations of popular melodies This duo is perfect for a smaller venue where accommodating a trio may not suit, or for providing some delicate wedding music.

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