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18/01/2018 Kurt Elling to return to Australia in June 2018

Roy Ortuso is proud to present the return of Grammy Award winning jazz artist Kurt Elling to Australia in 2018 for a four city tour in June 2018.
Wed 6th June Perth Astor Theatre
Thurs 7th June Canberra Southern Cross Club
Friday 8th June Sydney City Recital Hall
Saturday 9th June Brisbane The Tivoli
Kurt Elling has been widely praised as one of the most exciting and popular jazz performers of our time. He has been hailed as the standout male vocalist of our time by The New York Times, whilst the Sydney Morning Herald described him as processing “a rare and remarkable virtuosity used in the cause of daring sonic adventures and intelligent, wide-ranging musical enterprises.”
Celebrated for the technical mastery and emotional depth of his rich four-octave baritone voice, Chicago-born Elling is renowned for expanding the possibilities for jazz vocals, making him one of the most popular male singers in jazz today.. He has won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. A truly international jazz award winner, he has also been nominated for multiple Grammy awards. He is a renowned artist of vocalese and the natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks. Kurt Elling breathes new life into old favorites for today’s audiences. He is undoubtedly the most influential jazz vocalist of our time.
Joining Kurt Elling on his 2018 tour is Australia’s queen of Jazz Emma Pask, best known for her collaboration with James Morrison and her performances on The Voice. (*Emma Pask will not be performing in Canberra).

18/01/2018 Smooth Jazz in the City

CHRIS BOTTI - Smooth Jazz In The City – Australian & New Zealand Tour 2018
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2017 - The world’s biggest selling jazz instrumentalist, CHRIS BOTTI, returns to Australia in early 2018, playing at the nation’s leading concert venues.
Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, American trumpeter Botti has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
Tickets for all shows go on sale midday (local time) Wednesday, November 29.
Botti’s musical connections with some of the world’s best known recording artists – including Sting, Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer and Mark Knopfler – has led to continual tours and recordings since he first moved to New York City in 1985 to hone his craft as a studio musician. Bocelli and Knopfler were among featured artists on Botti’s Grammy award-winning Impressions (2012), one of 10 studio albums he has recorded, together with two live albums and two compilations.
As both a trumpeter and composer, Botti has established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles. Botti also attributes his rise to world success to his work with Sting; “Watching artists like Sting and Paul and Joni Mitchell, how they get in and out of songs … all that was a huge asset for me. I wouldn’t be the performer I am today without that background,” Botti said. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra.
Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.
“Virtuosic trumpet work… inventive melody-making… engaging onstage presence” – Los Angeles Times
“Chris Botti’s (recent projects) display the influence of Miles Davis and Chet Baker… he is the most famous trumpeter since Herb Alpert.” – Jazztimes
“A modern-day jazz heartthrob” – New York Times SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16

18/01/2018 Kamasi Washington for One Night Only

Hailed as jazz's tour-de-force visionary who can swing between Coltrane and Kendrick, American saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington will take to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage with his epic 10-piece band on the 13th March 2018.

18/01/2018 The Necks at Parramatta

THE NECKS are Chris Abrahams on Piano, Tony Buck on Drums and Lloyd Swanton on Double Bass.
After one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, a successful US tour, three European tours, and a huge feature article in the New York Times, Australia’s legendary artists–in–resonance, return in February to perform a run of east coast dates, with one performance only at Riverside Theatres on Sunday 3 Feb at 3pm, and mix their new album which will be released later in the year.
“One of the greatest bands in the world” NEW YORK TIMES
Be prepared to experience an entirely improvised performance live in the making on stage at Riverside. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by THE NECKS stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of THE NECKS is possibly unique in the world today.
Unseen Recordings defines the unique music of THE NECKS as hard to pinpoint because they sound like nothing and everything all at once. Their minimalistic, repetitive improvisation with piano, drums and bass sounds like it's coming from one single, new never-heard-before instrument. The Necks can be delicately quiet where the slightest contact between a drumstick and a cymbal will take the music in a totally new direction, and they can come at you loud and fierce. They are a very rare musical experience.


Eccentric and original trio Too Many Zooz have added a Melbourne and Sydney dates to their returning Australian tour through February. Punters will be able to catch Too Many Zooz at the Garden of Unearthly Delights in Adelaide on Friday, February 16, at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Sunday, February18, February 19 and at Perth Festival on Wednesday, February 21. Too Many Zooz will also be playing an All Ages show at the Factory Theater in Sydney on Monday, February 19.
Too Many Zoozhave only just come off their first Australian tour with dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Mullumbimby and Queenscliffe. While they were in the country they surprised commuters on a Brisbane train with an original performance named after the iconic Fortitude Valley station, and performed a tribute to the late Malcolm Young in AC/DC Lane, Melbourne. From the underbelly of New York City's subway stations to gleaming stages alongside Beyoncé; Too Many Zooz have proven their unique take on music can spark a fire in anyone.
Baritone saxophonist Leo P, trumpeter Matt Doe and drummer David 'King of Sludge' Parks met while attending the Manhattan School of Music and quickly set out to use their formal training in informal settings. Taking to the subway's of New York City, Too Many Zooz earned their reputation busking but it wasn't long until their powerful noise took them to viral fame. Thriving under the momentum of their quickly growing careers; Too Many Zooz have lent a hand in creating Beyoncé's critically acclaimed album 'Lemondade' as well as shared the stage with the pop superstar. Their track Warriors is also featured on the new advertisement for the Google Pixel 2 showing across Australia and the world. Their high-energy single and music video Bedford is an ode to the viral sensation video that sent them into the stratosphere.
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