Wilma Reading & Tommy See Poy, Fem Belling


*   Wilma Reading & Tommy See Poy

*   Fem Belling

WILMA READING (voice, Cairns) & TOMMY SEE POY (piano/voice, Cairns)

Wilma Reading, Australia’s Indigenous lady of song, and local North Queensland jazz legend has toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra as part of her stellar international career.

After growing up in what she describes as the ‘village’ of Cairns in the 1940s and 50s, Wilma Reading began her career in Brisbane, before conquering New York and the West End, regular appearances on BBC, as well as touring with the best European national orchestras and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

Be a part of this debut performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club with a musician whose career has overlapped with the likes of the Count Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Liberace, Sarah Vaughan, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin. She is joined by the legendary Tommy See Poy on piano and voice from Cairns  performing an eclectic mix from Jazz evergreens to soulful Blues.

8.15pm to 10.30pm

FEM BELLING (voice/violin, South Africa/Melbourne) is a rising star in the international jazz scene and is thrilled to be collaborating with Dave Spicer, AJ Hall and Lachlan Hawkins at this year’s Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations.

The evening will be filled with musical stories and lyrical tales interspersed with violin and a quick wit of scat vocalization.

More about Fem:

South African born & bred vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has become one of Australia’s most formidable and in demand performers. Her African Jazz and theatre roots augment her unique musicality, choices and interpretations. “A breathtaking storyteller through music.”

The jazz world hums with ubiquitous young singers revisiting the great American songbook. Then one comes along with an actor’s stagecraft and an instrumentalist’s refrain. Fem shot to international attention when she turned all 4 chairs on ‘The Voice 2015’ this season, with Ricky Martin, Jessie J & Delta Goodrem all fighting for the chance to mentor her. Jessie J won out, saying she has been “waiting for someone like this”.

Hailing from a musical dynasty, music in her blood, she has performed with many jazz greats, locally and internationally. Appearing with her own band, collaborations & residencies at Ronnie Scotts (Ldn), Bennett’s Lane, Paris Cat, WOMADelaide, Noosa Jazz Fest, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz SA, Madajazzcar.

Acclaimed for her self-written musical homage to Blossom Dearie and her Sarah Vaughan tribute, she creates magic between music, the stage and the audience. Fem has performed alongside Gregory Porter, Joe Chindamo, Joe Ruberto, John Foreman, The DMJO, Gil Askey, Paul Williamson, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra (ARIA nomination), The Syncopators, and Reggie Watts

With 5 Vita awards under her belt, a Green Room Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical “Genesis to Broadway”, this award winning actress has spent many years as a leading lady in London’s West End.

She performed for Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety. Lead roles in West End shows include Hairspray, Fame, and Footloose. International shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense and Cats & Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ.

Fem is a YAMAHA AUSTRALIA ARTIST playing their 5 string electric Silent violin.

“We were treated to Belling’s prodigious vocal control – truly a chill- inducing performance” – Artshub

“Belling is a pocket rocket with a versatile vocal palette and a gift for improvisation. If it’s music you want to hear, you won’t be disappointed by these lush and limber jazz styling’s” – The Herald Sun

“I believe a new musical star was born on stage last night” – SA Tonight

“Bloody Brilliant – @#*% incredible” – Robbie Williams

“Once Fem walks onto the stage you are under her spell.” – The Age

“Some people in the packed theatre who remembered the childhood difficulty of choosing between multi-coloured, boiled, lollies in a sweet shop. As one of them, I can confirm that listening to Belling was akin to having all the beloved treats at once” – aussietheatre

“Belling is an exceptional talent with a compelling presence and a versatile, powerful voice” – the Herald Sun

Pricing for the whole night: $40 members/all concessions $50 full price $15 (under 18’s)