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Lately, there's been a heap of be-bop-
ping about jazz around Perth. A little
intriguing, considering jazz is a style
of music that's been around since the
beginning of the 20th Century -- and
while some might argue we're behind the eight ball,
it's doubtful we're that far behind.
It might surprise you to find we have had a solid
jazz following in WA for quite a while.
Groups such as the Perth Jazz Society have been
around since the early 70s acting as a facilitator for
established and emerging talent, and it's actually the
oldest modern jazz society in Australia.
The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra has been giving
our up and comings a chance to perform and hone
their skills for more than 25 years, and local artists
such as Jamie Oehlers and Libby Hammer have
been making waves here and overseas.
To clear things up and to score a few hot tips, we
chat with jazz gem and owner of the Ellington Jazz
Club, Graham Wood, who -- besides scoring the first
new liquor licence in Northbridge in eight years --
knows his way around a riff or two.
What's with our sudden interest?
I don't think the interest has been sudden -- I think
that Perth was starved of opportunities to experi-
ence quality live jazz performance. There has always
been a strong following in Perth, but few venue
operators understand the way live jazz is performed
in famous jazz clubs in other parts of the world. If
you don't place the music in a respectful position
Music in the key of jazz
within the venue, people won't treat it with respect.
Perth has historically treated jazz as wallpaper music
-- which it's not.
What's the appeal of jazz?
There are many sub-genres in jazz, and each one has
a different appeal to a different listener. Think about
the difference between Diana Krall and Ornette
Coleman. All of it is "jazz", but it is musically miles
apart. I think the excitement and spontaneity is what
really draws people in. The best jazz has evolved
into a combination of high energy, rhythmically
driven music and serious art music.
Which up and coming performers should
we look out for?
Sean Phillips (drums), Allira Wilson (vocals), Sean
Little (saxophone), Tal Cohen (piano), Karl Florrison
(bass) and many more from the jazz program at
Where to in Perth for live jazz?
At The Charles on Monday nights for the Perth Jazz
Society, on Wednesday at the Subiaco Hotel, at The
Moon on Thursday night, Jazz Fremantle is at the
Navy Club in Fremantle on Sunday afternoons, as
well as various other smaller gigs -- and of course
seven nights a week at The Ellington!
The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort St, Perth, (08)
9228 1088, offers world-class jazz, drinks, tapas and
light meals in a sophisticated New York-style club.
Open Tues --Thurs 'til 1am, 3am on Fridays and Satur-
days and midnight on Sundays. ellingtonjazz.com.au.
KEEPERS OF THE
Wood (left) and WA
jazz talents Jamie
Oehlers (right) and
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