Jazz & Swing
Ani & Harry| |
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.
Arman & Co.|
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.
Billy Whitton & Co.| |
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!
Billy Whitton and the Swingin’ Hepcats|
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.
Black Coffee| |
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.
Dark Annie Duo| |
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.
Dave Sikk Quartet|
Harmonica and Vocals, Brian Parkinson – Double Bass, Aaron Entresz – Guitar, Fred Bradshaw – drums.
Easy listening jazz and popular dance music with a sometimes humorous touch. Great Jazz, but also including material from such popular artists as the Beatles, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and many others.
Dave Sikk (harmonica and vocals)
Dave has played in a variety of line-ups in Tasmania and Melbourne over the last 20 years starting with a residency at Round Midnight club in Hobart. He has previously focussed on country style harmonica and on gritty Chicago blues, but is now playing exquisite jazz, rockabilly and continental music on the chromatic harmonica. Dave also has a silky, sophisticated voice to die for.
Brian Parkinson (double bass).
Brian has been playing live music for most of his life, starting as a bass player in rock outfits in Perth, Western Australia way back in the late 60’s. Now mainly playing double bass in jazz bands, as well as doing vocals, his other passion is mentoring young musicians involved in the College University music program in Tasmania.
Fred Bradshaw (percussion)
Fred is in fact one of Tasmania’s greatest and most highly respected saxophone players, with his own quartet. His smooth “West Coast” jazz style is well known around Hobart. In this band Fred has a break from sax and plays drums. Fred’s drumming, on a minimalist (and so not too loud) kit, is unbelievably tight and supportive.
Aaron Entresz (guitar)
Aaron is one of Hobart’s most brilliant jazz guitarists, working regularly around Hobart in numerous ensembles. His solos always earn him an enthusiastic round of applause from audiences. Musicians who ask Aaron to perform with them openly state that he is the best in Tasmania ““ and in fact up there with the best in the country.
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
Eleanor Meredith| |
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.
Elixir Street| |
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.
Felicity & Harry| |
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.
Finn Seccombe Duo| |
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.
Fiona Stewart| |
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.
Folk Yeah!| |
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.
Harry Edwards & Isaac Gee| |
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.
Harry Edwards Trio/Quartet| |
This Hobart based- acoustic jazz trio / quartet was formed in early 2013, and have since become a staple act of the Hobart jazz scene, with a wealth of experience performing their original works around Tasmania and mainland Australia. The- ensemble has developed a unique creative approach to performances by using traditional gypsy jazz instrumentation to perform Harry’s original material, drawing attention and accolades from experienced musicians and the public alike. Harry’s compositions draw on his love of gypsy jazz (jazz manouche), as well as modern jazz and classical music. The ensemble features Harry Edwards on lead guitar, Charlie McCarthy on violin, Felicity Lovett on rhythm guitar, and Isaac Gee on double bass.