Festival Program

Thursday 2 August (Doors open 6pm)

JAZZ SINGERS JAM NIGHT 17TH ANNIVERSARY

John Reeves Quartet feat. Nic Jeffries (Sydney) as special guest on sax and voice

Band: John Reeves, Andrew Shaw, bass and Sacha Kloostra, drums, Nic Jeffries

Singers: Laine Loxlea Danann, Robyn Brown, David Spicer, Asabi Goodman, Jessica Spina, Mel Lathouras, Steve Taylor-Brown, Daniel Allen, Nic Jeffries.

MC: Ingrid James

TICKET PRICES

$20 FULL

$15 MEMBERS/CONCESSION

$10 UNDER 18’S


Friday 3 August (Doors open 6pm)

ACT 1 – 7PM TO 8PM – NIC JEFFRIES QUARTET (SYDNEY)

“AUSTRALIAN Vocalist and Saxophonist Nic Jeffries is establishing himself as a true master of the live stage. His voice has been described as ‘like chocolate’ and his presence as a front man is as engaging as it is commanding! Also a saxophonist of notable ability, Nic is a musician admired and respected by audiences and his peers. James Morrison notes: “…to hear Nic, is to feel GOOD,” whilst Grammy Award winning Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling says, “this guy KNOWS WHERE IT’S AT!”

Appearing on the 2016 season of channel 9’s ‘The Voice’, Nic wowed Australian households turning a rare four judges chairs during his blind audition.

At Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival, Nic presents a set of ‘Soulful & Swinging’ music, full of songs that have shaped and formed his career and sound in Australia.”

Band: Steve Newcomb, piano; Owen Newcomb, bass; James Sandon, drums

ACT 2 – FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST – NINA FERRO (MELBOURNE

“A fabulous performer with a knockout voice!”
Tony Bennett

“I don’t think it’s overstating the case here – unsurpassable perfection!!”
Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
When you hear Nina Ferro perform, should you not quite believe your ears, then put your faith in Tony Bennett’s immaculate taste. After she had supported him in concert, the great vocalist said of Nina Ferro: “She’s a fabulous performer with a knockout voice.”  But you don’t need Mr. Bennett’s highly discerning musical ear to realise he is right. Once she starts to sing, even if you can’t tell an octave from an octopus, you’ll know instantly that you are in the presence of a formidable talent. Just check your vital signs. Goosebumps? Check. Spine tingling? Absolutely. Emotions uplifted? You bet! Nina Ferro is a multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist whose powerful, evocative voice, stunning vocal range and captivating stage presence have earned her an enviable international reputation. With 8 solo albums to her credit, Guest appearances on ARIA award winning albums and a performance history longer than ones own arm, it’s no wonder Nina is one of the most sought after vocalists on the international circuit. Whether she’s swinging out a Jazz standard or belting out a soul ballad, there is no underestimating her unequaled talents!

“Wow Girl!!……. You can REALLY Sing!”
Jumoke Fashole, BBC London Radio

“Ferro’s voice is a pleasure to hear… natural, sexy and effortless.”
Cadence Magazine, New York.

Ms Ferro’s mellifluous voice reflected her warm personality and as Bob Hope said of Dinah Shore: “Naturally the voice is good. Just look where it’s been.”
Jack Massarik, Evening Standard, London

Band: Steve Newcomb, piano; Owen Newcomb, bass; James Sandon, drums

TICKET PRICES

$55 FULL

$45 MEMBERS/CONCESSION

$25 UNDER 18’S


Saturday 4 August DAY (Doors open for workshop 12.30pm) to be advised)

WORKSHOP WITH INTERNATIONAL A CAPPELLA GROUP – SKETY (PRAGUE)

1PM TO 4PM (TBA)

SKETY is a 6-piece vocal group made up of award-winning and highly talented young singers and musicians who are fully engaged in the contemporary scene. They are considered to be Europe’s version of Manhattan Transfer and Singers Unlimited. Having recorded and performed with prominent artists, they have also made live performances on TV. Inspired both by contemporary world and Czech composers, they aim to bring the music they love to life. Learn about their vocal techniques and find out how they use polyphony, beatbox, live looping and sound effects to create their dynamic sound. This will be an interactive workshop and open for all levels!

TICKET PRICES

$40 EARLY BIRD BEFORE FRIDAY 20/7 – 6PM

$35 EARLY BIRD CONCESSION BEFORE FRIDAY 20/7 – 6PM

$50 FULL PRICE AFTER FRIDAY 20/7 – 6PM

$40 CONCESSION AFTER FRIDAY 20/7 – 6PM

$30 GROUPS OF 6+ BEFORE FRIDAY 20/7 – 6PM


Saturday 4 August EVENING: (Doors open 6pm)

ACT 1 – 7PM TO 7.45PM WINNER VOCAL AUSTRALIA COMPETITION (TBA)

ACT 2 – 8.15 TO 10PM SKETY (6 PIECE VOCAL A CAPPELLA GROUP FROM PRAGUE)

Multi-award winning a cappella group SKETY is a six-piece collective of professional Czech jazz singers. While each one is a front-man for their own projects, their love of singing a cappella brought them together. As SKETY, they have enjoyed success on the international stage since 2014. Their sound is reminiscent of the legendary Singers Unlimited and Manhattan Transfer, but they often move where many would not expect, to create their own distinctive sound and style.  SKETY’s rich interpretations, tight harmonies and playful groove will have their audience under no illusion that this is a once in a lifetime experience.

2018 will coincide with the 100th Anniversary of Czechoslovakian independence, and SKETY look forward to bringing their fresh and exuberant music to Australia and to the BRISBANE VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018.

“Most exciting, emotion filled , and intelligent live experience I’ve had a long time to support their creative endeavors It’s one of the best ways to keep real vocal alive !!! “Kim Nazarian / New York Voices

“I heard SKETY the first time in 2014 and they totally blew me away, their sense of musical style and their musicality just thrilled me, and their vocal skills inspired me greatly. “They are one of the future a cappella groups in the world”. Anders Jalkéus / The Real Group

“SKETY’S performance will stay in my heart for a very long time…honest, pure vocal jazz like one can rarely hear…passion, lush harmonies, and true swing”.
Andrea Figallo / Wise Guys

TICKET PRICES

$55 FULL

$45 MEMBERS/CONCESSION

$25 UNDER 18’S


Sunday BRUNCH 5 August  (Doors open 9.30am)

ACT 1 – 10AM TO 10.45AM – INVERSION VOCAL GROUP (w/RED LOPEZ TRIO)

Sopranos:
Melissa Murray
Jacqueline Larsen
Naomi Doessel
Shonagh Hale
Louise Purtell

Altos:
Emma Nicolopolous
Evie Levonis
Megan Harrison
Kath Vardy
Angela Wood
Amanda Henderson Mooney

Tenors:
Peter Robinson
Thomas Shapland
Paul Rousell
John Gairns
Tim Booth

Basses:
Ian Martin
Spencer Whiteley
Toshiaki Watanabe

DESCRIPTION OF PERFORMANCE
 Inversion is a mixed-voice contemporary vocal group that sings a variety of jazz styles. Highly influenced by groups such as The New York Voices, The Real Group, The Manhattan Transfer and The Idea of North, Inversion brings you the lush sounds of vocal jazz harmony.

GENRE: SWING/LATIN

Inversion Vocal Group – YouTube

ACT 2 – 11AM TO 1PM – THE FABULOUS BVJF COMMITTEE (w RED LOPEZ TRIO)

(feat. Di Clark, Alan Western, Naomi Doessel, Peter Vance + special guests)
TICKET PRICES

$40/$30 CONCESSION BRUNCH + SHOW PACKAGE

$25 SHOW ONLY

$18.90 BRUNCH OPTIONAL (DRINKS NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE)


Sunday 5 August (Doors open 5pm)

6pm to 9pm

KINGS AND QUEENS OF JAZZ w/DAVE SPICER TRIO

with

QUEENS:

Irene Bartlett (Sarah Vaughan), Ingrid James (Anita O’Day), Pearly Black (Nina Simone)

KINGS:

Peter Uppman (Louis Armstrong), Ian Beddows (Mark Murphy), Steve Taylor-Brown (Frank Sinatra)
TICKET PRICES

$35 FULL

$25MEMBERS/CONCESSION

$15 UNDER 18’S