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YVETTE JOHANNSON

One of Melbourne’s most respected and endearing vocalists – she has had audiences calling for more over the last decade, and in particular for her sell-out tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday - Yvette grew up listening to and loving such varied performers as Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson. Today she is one of our finest jazz singer-songwriters, with a captivating charisma on stage and a repertoire that covers the field, from jazz, to contemporary, from soul
to funk.

JOE CHINDAMO

“He has more facility on the piano than you could ever wish for, his energy is boundless, he is forever inventive and never settles for the obvious (unless it’s the best)” - James Morrison Each Wednesday in September, Bird’s hosts the internationally respected Joe Chindamo and friends.

Bird’s Basement Octet

An evening of unadulterated jazz, hard and hot with the emphasis on all-stops out Latin, Bird’s Basement Octet will now be a regular Monday night attraction. Gianni Turcio conducts, arranges for, and plays piano with a magnificent seven other Melbourne musicians -  Tim Wilson (alto saxophone, flute), Greg Clarkson (tenor saxophone, flute), Pat Thiele (trumpet), Roger Schmidli (trombone), Patrick Schmidli (bass), Darryn Farrugia (drums) and Salvador Persico (percussion). Gianni has worked with one of the world’s top three tenors, Roberto Alagna, on his recent Australian tour, and with the likes of the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Marina Prior and James Morrison.

Urbanity

A brilliantly successful fusion of two top talents, long time collaborators, guitarist Albare (Albert Dadon) and Phil Turcio (keys), playing at Bird’s with Pablo Bencid (drums) and Peter Mollica (bass), URBANITY in a short while has made its mark internationally. Albare and Turcio’s eponymous album has had Billboard chart success and completed seasons in major clubs across the U.S.

Soul Cupcake

Adelaide Clark sings funky, fabulously. And when she’s got Soul Cupcakes’ non-stop excitement behind her – a 4-piece rhythm section and edgy 4-piece brass, all driven by Salvador Persico’s pounding percussion - you can see why fans of jazz-funk have packed out Bird’s Basement every time they appear.

Soul Sacrifice

Soul Sacrifice is an eight-piece band that pays genuine tribute to the great music of Carlos Santana. For the band, it's all about the music and putting on a great show focusing on classic Santana (late 60's/70's) with a splash of later hits covering Latin rock, jazz, funk, Latin soul and rock genres. Classics such as Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways, Oye Como Va & Smooth create the infectious grooves and rhythms of Santana. If you love Carlos Santana, you will be sure to enjoy every minute of this masterful fan band. 

Renée Geyer

Renée Geyer’s career has spanned four decades and is still going strong with her 25th album of 2013 Swing. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; Countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly. She is a singer, songwriter, producer, and author. In 2005 Renée was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and in 2013 into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, both proud occasions in which she joined the ranks of Australia’s most respected and accomplished musicians.

 

Grand WaZoo

Since 1981, Grand WaZoo has been Australia’s premier soul music outfit – presenting the iconic 60s-70s Black Soul hits, rare gems and band originals to appreciative audiences, across generations. These soul kings perform the timeless music from Otis Redding, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Motown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Etta James, Sam & Dave, and numerous others of the era.

The Nate Najar Trio

Guitarist Nate Najar is emerging as one of this decade’s finest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess- not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Nate seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and intriguing.

Antonio Sánchez & Migration

Riding the crest of a musical wave that began with his Grammy® winning and BAFTA & Golden Globe nominated original score for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), followed by soundtracks composed for director Fernando León de Aranoa’s Política, Manual de Instrucciones, and EPIX network’s Get Shorty, Antonio Sánchez now returns with his most personal work to date, Bad Hombre. Antonio and his Quintet are thrilled to bring their show to Melbourne, exclusively at Bird’s Basement!

Barney McAll

Barney McAll is one of Australia’s most esteemed jazz musicians and one of the few who has also achieved distinction in that great, global music metropolis, New York City. He is a Grammy-nominated, multi award-winning pianist, composer and ensemble leader and is an extraordinary performer and communicator. 

Miss B & The Bad Boys

Miss B & The Bad Boys are a big band powerhouse delivering energetic and powerful vocals together with sexy, big brassy sounds with songs from the 1930’s through to the present day in both English and Italian. Their style spans swing, jazz and soul, Miss B drawing her inspiration from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra. Miss B’s chemistry with her Bad Boys and audience alike is electric.

The Vampires

Described by the Guardian UK as “seductive, genre-hopping creativity," and US Downbeat magazine as “a worldly, talented band”, The Vampires features four of Australia’s most awarded jazz instrumentalists, including saxophonist Jeremy Rose, trumpeter Nick Garbett and drummer Alex Masso, joined by bassist Jonathan Zwartz and special guest guitarist Ben Hauptmann. The band has released five albums and toured relentlessly around Australia, Europe and the UK.

 

Julien Wilson Trio

Comprising three bandleaders, the Julien Wilson Trio are rarely able to get together, but after more than a decade of perfomring, it is always magical when they do. With Stephen Magnusson (guitars) and Stephen Grant (piano accordian) collaborating with Wilson (saxophones & clarinet), this unique ensemble has a distinctive sound and approach that has produced three acclaimed albums. Their first album was Trio-Live (2007). Their last album, Swailing saw them expanding their sound with the addition of electric guitar, moog guitar, bass clarinet and soprano sax.       

Kristin Berardi

Australian Jazz Bell Awards Best Vocalist for 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2017 Kristin Berardi, originally from the country town of Kamala in North Queensland, is one of Australia's first calls when it comes to Jazz Singing. Her accolades include winning the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Vocal Competition in 2006, supporting Al Jarreau and George Benson at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007, winning the National Freedman Fellowship 2007, receiving two National Australian Bell Awards for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2010 & 2012. 16, winning the the National Jazz Award for Voice at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2012), and being one of five finalists for this year's APRA Professional Development Awards for Jazz (2013), and most recently winning once again the best Australian Jazz Vocal Album in 2017.

 

Wilbur Wilde

Wilbur Wilde is is an Australian saxaphonist, television personality and radio presenter. He is best known for his work on Hey Hey It's Saturday. He rose to prominence with the bands Ol' 55 and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons. 

Rex & Satch

Bass virtuoso Philip Rex and acclaimed vocalist Rita Satch come together for an unmissable evening of R&B, Soul and Jazz hits, in their only Australian show for 2017. Currently based in London, Rita Satch, renowned for her powerfully soulful vocals and musical spontaneity, has spent the last year playing shows and major festivals across Europe and collaborating with UK-based producers for her next album release.  As one of Australia’s most in-demand double bass players, Philip Rex has played with artists ranging from US jazz legends Joe Lovano, José James and Johnny Griffin, to Australian icons Renee Geyer, Joe Camilleri and Ross Wilson.  

 

Karrin Allyson

Karrin Allyson captures the hearts of her audiences with her honest, soulful vocals and her optimism and wise-cracking humor. Audiences are invited to go on an everlasting journey with Karrin’s lyrics and to live through the vast emotional range of her pitch perfect voice. Karrin sings dreamily in English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish and five of her albums have received Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Karrin is considered to be one of the most established jazz vocalists of our time and her legacy keenly shapes the evolution of jazz today. 

 

Virgil Donati

Virgil Donati's drumming has been at the leading edge of music for at least a decade. Originally from Melbourne, Virgil has been living in the USA for the past 25 years and has played at major venues around the world, non-stop. Having recently won Modern Drummer Magazine's best recorded performance, the bar has been set for his rhythm explorations.

The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience

The Afro Cuban Experience ensemble (the original band of the late Dizzy Gillespie), led by Dizzy Gillespie’s long-term bassist John Lee, showcases the unique rhythms and well-loved melodies of Gillespie’s oeuvre of Cu-Bop which he developed with Chano Pozo in the 40's and 50's. Their repertoire also explores the broader world of Latin-American music - the tunes that Dizzy would have been playing today.The musicians are drawn from the high-calibre pool of New York-based talent that frequent the Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band and All Star groups. 

 

Allan Harris

Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, he has forged his sterling credentials through his ten previous albums, covering a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut is an American jazz pianist, composer and producer. In 2006, Josh Tyrangiel, music critic for Time, wrote: "What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space." Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. Cyrus Chestnut has also performed and/or recorded with many of the jazz greats including; Freddy Cole, Bette Midler, Jon Hendricks, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Scott, Chick Corea, Isaac Hayes, Kevin Mahogany, Dizzy Gillespie.

 

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