Jazz / Swing

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The Cocktail Cabinet

“One part swing, a dash of jump blues, and a whole lot of vintage cool Sydney’s 8 piece ensemble The Cocktail Cabinet is the perfect music mix to get your party swingin’, with finger snappin’ vocals and a straight ahead rhythm section this ensemble will keep you coming back for a refill all night long.
The main ingredients that make this magic mix are kept under control by The Senator and his long sliding thing, with his musical direction and souped up vintage vocals the bar is well stocked with flavorings of Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, … Keely Smith, Peggy Lee, and Julie London just to name a few. Styled with his unique arrangements that are cool as heck, you’ll be tappin’ toes and asking for the recipe.

The Cabinet’s chanteuse is Sydney’s vintage pin Up Miss Pia Andersen, with her unique vintage styling and prowess behind the microphone this pink champagne cocktail will have you tempted and teased, her voluptuous vocals dripping with innuendo. Pia’s rich repertoire of obscure tunes means you’ll never know what’s next on her menu.

Neat, on the rocks or straight up, the Cabinet’s offerings of Jumpin’ original tunes are sure to get you through the cocktail hour and our chilled out standards will keep you cool around midnight.

Wherever you find this cocktail cabinet you’re sure to find a Swingin’ Partini!”

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The Black and White Big Band

featuring ‘The Hollywood Honeys’

“Get your hips shakin’ & your soul swingin’, Come and see the WILDEST Big Band in town!! The BWBB are storming stages all over town with an intoxicating energy and charismatic charm that will get you moving to a different beat.

BWBB’s sensational original tunes are Inspired by the wild ways of Louis Prima , the soul sound of Etta James and the dynamite rhythms of Gene Krupa. To compliment their original repertoire BWBB have searched the corners of your record collection for an eclectic selection of quirky classics and will shake up your favourite songs with unique and exciting arrangements never heard by any other band! Every song will surprise and enchant you so get ready for an evening of glamour and sophisticated delight. This hot 15 piece ensemble features Sydney’s finest jazz men and the vocal stylings of the ever vivacious ‘Hollywood Honeys’.

Dressed head to toe in vintage, Sydney’s most stylish 3 part vocal harmony group include; Miss Pia Andersen, Sara Jeanne O’Connor and Kitty Van Horne. They share the spotlight taking turns for solos and also combine their honey tones to bring you a unique blend of voices that will make your soul shiver with delight.

Exciting originals and truly eclectic favourites are what makes the BWBB shine. Expect a varied repertoire flavoured with sounds from the 30′s Big Bands, 40′s jazz standards , 50′s rock’n'roll, and a hint of 60′s soul to create one perfect swingin’ package.”

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Dan Barnett

Dan Barnett Big Band

Dan Barnett is acknowledged as one of Australia’s most accomplished and professional performers. His powerful voice and swinging trombone form the backbone of the Dan Barnett Big Band.
Held in high regard by his peers, Dan has assembled a collection of the very best musicians in the country.
Equally comfortable at formal and informal occasions, the Dan Barnett Big Band will add style and flair to any function. Importantly, Dan‚s charismatic presence will leave a lasting, positive impression on your valued guests.
Featuring original musical arrangements, the Dan Barnett Big Band delivers classic swing in the unique Dan Barnett style (with a voice that has been compared to Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr).
If you are looking at making your event a truly unique occasion let this talented,

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Sally Street

Sally Street is one of Sydney’s finest independent female singer/songwriters. Sally has returned with rave reviews from opening the Tangier Jazz Festival in Morocco “The delightful Australian Sally Street, was a hit at Castel Palace.” reported Et-Tayeb Houdaifa in La Vie éco as part of his June 2009 review of the Tanjazz Festival, wowed audiences at the Venetian and Sands Casinos in Macau China, headlined the 2010 Sydney Multicultural Festival, Kings Cross Festival, Newcastle Jazz Festival and on the club scene around her home country.  5 of the 12 tracks from Sally’s third studio album which she co-produced and co-wrote with her pianist Gerard Masters were shortlisted in the Australian Songwriting Competition and her albums are regularly aired across community radio in Australia, the U.S. and Paris. “Sally’s current single is a blues rock gem, “Tighter than Onion Rings”, featuring solid guitar work by James Muller” – The Manly Daily, 19 Feb 2010.  “It’s Mick Jagger’s little sister” – Paris journalist Pascal Kober, 2 Feb 2010. Sally has been featured on various independent compilation albums released in Australia, and a release by EMI in Greece.

“In the buttoned-up world of jazz, Street’s brazen, often playfully funny sensuality is like a splash of ice water underneath a desert sun. Street was named the “It Girl” of the Australian jazz scene when she made her debut with One Bite at the Cherry in 2008. It’s not difficult to see why; Street’s pin-up looks define the blond bombshell, and her voice, sliding in between a sex-kitten purr and a soulful croon, is what microphones were made for. Street’s newest effort, “The Scorpion Maid”, finds her venturing beyond her jazz roots and into pop, alternative rock, and R&B.  But her sinfully attractive wit and glamorous beauty remain.”

All About Jazz, 25 Feb 2011.

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Sarah J Hyland

Melding traditional jazz influences with pop and blues, folk storytelling, jive and subtle R&B beats, Sarah J Hyland is bringing a new twist to jazz music. Newly returned to Sydney from New York City, having brought her original debut album, “A Girl Like Me”, to a roundup of prestigious jazz and live music venues around Manhattan. Notable appearances included packed-house performances at Greenwich Village’s legendary The Bitter End, the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall and Washington Square’s Zinc Bar. Her eclectic influences and unique stage presence give Sarah a blend of Quirky, cute and cool.

Her ability to connect with the audience as she shares her own life experiences through the journey of song makes her a pleasure to watch. Jazz is mad ,fun and a grand adventure. Be it Swing, Bossa Nova, Ballads or Blues, Sarah jumps in with open ears and a playful spirit, to see where the ride takes her. Sarah J Hyland is Sydney’s sassiest little Jazz Bird, Betty Boop Meets Billie Holiday and a whole lot of fun.

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Edoardo Santoni

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading Singer/Songwriters & Vocalists, prolific Troubadour Edoardo Santoni has been one to keep an eye on for some time with a deep-seated history spanning across Australia’s songwriter scene as well as the underground Sydney Jazz scene. His soulful & sincere sounding voice, dynamic stage presence and passion crosses somewhere between the classic Folk/Pop styles of the late 60’s/early 70’s era, classic Motown, Modern Soul & Jazz interpretations. He has received numerous industry accolades over the years including JJJ Airplay, Unearthed Features and uniquely, the only male vocalist in the Wangaratta National Jazz Award Finals. He’s also performed alongside artists including Augie March, Blue King Brown, Damien Leith, Rai Thistlethwayte and Phil Stack (Thirsty Merc) Jade Macrae & Tina Harrod to name a few…

His band is a stellar cast of some of Australia’s most in demand musicians including Tim Rollinson (D.I.G) Peter Kolhoff (Mal Eastick, Gin Wigmore) Paul Derricott (Laine Lane). Combining high musicianship, well-crafted song writing and raw, honest emotion Edoardo Santoni & band is a
must see show.

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Frank Bennett

In Rat Pack heaven, Sammy, Dino and Frank are surrounded by some angelic babes, taking a swig of scotch, throwing some dice on the table, and looking down on the rest of us… smiling because they know style, glamour and swagger are not dead.

They’re not dead because they live on in Frank Bennett, the velvet toned, smooth talking, tuxedo-clad, lounge lizard .The so-called love child of a Las Vegas showgirl, brought up in Birrong and now residing in beachside Sydney, Frank Bennett is the hipster who’s hypnotised the Australian music scene by intoxicating it with a huge martini glass of class. And in the hands of Frank Bennett any song is only a black bow tie away from chic cool.

Frank Bennett

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Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Still in his early 30s, saxophonist and vocalist Ben Jones has already played and recorded with some of Australia’s finest musicians including; Tom Baker, Bob & Len Barnard, Geoff Bull, Col Nolan, Janet Seidel, Monica & The Moochers, Don Burrows & James Morrison.
He has played at most major Jazz festivals and venues around the country, being a featured artist at the Manly, Thredbo, Wangaratta, Wagga, Noosa and Newcastle festivals, & is now the patron of the Dubbo Jazz Festival.
Ben continues to travel to Europe on a regular basis performing at major jazz festivals in several countries, playing with artists such as Eddie Locke, Jason Marsalis & Peter Washington. His saxophone sound is reminiscent of the big-toned 1930’s & 40’s tenor players. Jones has never been one to branch too far into the Be-Bop idiom, preferring to focus on his traditional roots. His vocal style is a unique mix of swing & “crooning”, taking heed of the masters; Sinatra, Bennett & Torme. Presently, Ben is leading his own group, “The Ben Jones 4tet” which comprises some of Sydney ’s finest young musicians following the respected tradition, while bringing a fresh and exciting approach to swinging jazz.

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Grant Galea

Grant Galea is quite simply an entertainer. With his individual sense of style, charm, wit, and with his velvet voice, versatility and unmistakable charisma, Grant has become something of a unique performer. Inspired by the cool Italian American singers of the 1950’s and 60’s, Grant aspires to become a name synonymous with world class entertainment alongside legendary performers such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley. Grant Galea is reminiscent of the days when entertainers had style, class and true talent.

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