Concert Stages

Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band (Sydney)
Wednesday 25 May 07:30 pm
Following their 2009 ARIA-nominated live recording Tell It Like It Is and appearances at the Tokyo Jazz Festival the award-winning Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band releases their new studio recording Aurora with a bonus performance DVD of Tell It Like It Is and embark on a 14-show Australian tour. Led by Australian music legend Mark Isaacs and featuring the cream of Australia’s instrumental musical talent - including guitar hero James Muller – their fusion of jazz, R&B, soul, funk, gospel and classical is sure to reach an ever-widening audience.“I’m often asked “Why ‘Resurgence... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space
Jazz Singers 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Concert
Thursday 26 May 07:00 pm
Just the names Birdland in New York and Ronnie Scotts in London is enough to send a thrill through the most worldly of jazz lovers everywhere, but now Brisbane's music and jazz aficionados can experience the feel of a world class Jazz event for one night only at Cloudland's exquisite Rainbow Room.This Anniversary Dinner celebrates 10 wonderful years of Brisbane's legendary Jazz Singers' Jam Night, unique in Australia and will feature10 of Queensland's finest jazz singers. The Jam Night produced by Ingrid James, Jazz Queensland and the Brisbane Jazz Club, has nurtured some of Queensland's f... More info + Tickets
Cloudland - Rainbow Room
Nat Bartsch Trio (Melbourne)
Thursday 26 May 07:30 pm
Lauded by the likes of Australian jazz great Vince Jones, young pianist/composer Nat Bartsch is fast gaining a reputation for playing touching music with beauty, soul and clarity. Joined by the talents of Ben Robertson (bass) and Leigh Fisher (drums), Nat Bartsch draws upon a diverse range of influences, from modern jazz piano trios to indie, ambient and minimalist music including Sigur Ros, Elbow and Radiohead. Together, Nat Bartsch Trio create music that is infused with melodic, harmonic beauty and vibrant rhythmic motives. It’s little wonder Vince Jones selected their latest album, Sp... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space
Double Bill - Matt McMahon Trio (Sydney) + Jacam Manricks Quartet (New York)
Friday 27 May 07:30 pm
Matt McMahon Trio (Sydney) Matt McMahon – piano, Jono Brown – bass, Simon Barker- drums.Award-winning pianist Matt McMahon has performed in collaboration with many of Australia's respected jazz musicians. He has always enjoyed collaborating with a wide range of musicians from many contexts - from Irish traditional music with his brother Michael to performing with oud virtuoso Joe Tawadros; from working with singers Vince Jones and Katie Noonan to Korean/Australian project Daorum. Matt's Trio has been playing together for fourteen years and have long been exploring jazz piano trio playi... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space
The Mute Canary Project - The Beauty of Fetish II
Saturday 28 May 02:30 pm
Involving 10 of Australia’s leading improvisers, this festival performance features the interaction of old and new generations of improvisers, through sonic improvisation and spontaneous composition.Working from the heart and the ear, the project decrypts the social sound memories of this sensation-saturated, novelty-hungry age that we find ourselves a part of in the twenty first century.The musical language is discrete and operates on a microscopic level, able to stimulate the sensibilities of those willing to open their ears to the universe of sonic possibilities.Elliott Dalgleish (sax... More info + Tickets
Brisbane Powerhouse
Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra with Kristin Berardi
Saturday 28 May 07:00 pm
Valley Jazz Festival is proud to present this exciting new collaboration between the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and Kristin Berardi  Australia’s leading jazz orchestra, featuring Australia’s leading young jazz vocalist, who will be presenting original compositions and jazz standards arranged by some of the world most dynamic large ensemble composers. The Mothership is widely acknowledged as Australia’s leading jazz orchestra and was nominated as Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year in 2006, 2007 & 2009. Musically this ensemble represents many of the finest young improvis... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space
Aaron Goldberg Trio (New York)
Saturday 28 May 10:00 pm
Aaron Goldberg is a pianist at the vanguard of jazz music.  His latest album Home (2010, Sunnyside) builds upon his last, Worlds, both exhibiting the sensitivity and dynamism of his longstanding trio featuring Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland.  In addition to heading his singular trio, Aaron has spent the last 15 years touring with many of the most brilliant voices in jazz--Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Madeleine Peyroux and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra among others.  He is currently concentrating on leading his trio as well as numerous cooperative e... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space
Vince Jones (Show 1)
Sunday 29 May 03:00 pm
Valley Jazz Festival is proud to present the voice of Australian Jazz, Vince Jones, backed by a first-rate band featuring Australia’s leading jazz artists, Matt McMahon – Piano, Ben Waples – Double Bass and Simon Barker – Drums. If there was one voice in Australian jazz more recognized than any other, it would be that of Vince Jones. Our leading vocalist, interpreter, trumpet player and composer has entertained and informed us for decades with his ever-evolving elite group of musicians. “A musician paints his or her life with the music they play. Each song a colour, each album a ... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space
Double Bill - Quinsin Nachoff Quartet  (Canada) + Zac Hurren Trio
Sunday 29 May 05:30 pm
Double Bill - Quinsin Nachoff Quartet  (Canada) + Zac Hurren Trio         Brisbane Powerhouse - Visy Theatre   Sunday, 29 May 2011 5.30pm - 7.30pm         Quinsin NachoffSkilfully blending the worlds of jazz, rock and contemporary chamber music while maintaining a distinct edge, Forward Motion brings together some of North America’s great players. Quinsin has been called "...one of the revelations of the year..." (Jazzman Magazine France) and his original and unique compositional style, in addition to his superlative and mellifluous saxophone playing, has delighted ... More info + Tickets
Brisbane Powerhouse
Vince Jones (Show 2)
Sunday 29 May 07:00 pm
This event will be preceded by a short presentation to the winner of the 612 ABC Brisbane - Valley Jazz Festival Vocal Award 2011 Presented by Vince Jones Patron. For more information about the award click here Valley Jazz Festival is proud to present the voice of Australian Jazz, Vince Jones, backed by a first-rate band featuring Australia’s leading jazz artists, Matt McMahon – Piano, Ben Waples – Double Bass and Simon Barker – Drums. If there was one voice in Australian jazz more recognized than any other, it would be that of Vince Jones. Our leading vocalist, interpreter, t... More info + Tickets
The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space

Public Stages

Caxton Street Jazz Band
Friday 27 May 06:00 pm
"The Caxton Street Jazz Band, now in its 34th year, is Brisbane's and one of Australia's foremost jazz bands. Whilst the CSJB’s roots are firmly planted in the hot jazz of the early 1900s, many other influences include big band swing, mainstrea...
Chinatown Mall
LAIQUE
Friday 27 May 08:15 pm
Fresh from taking the 2010 Brisbane Cabaret Festival by storm, LAIQUE has been brewing up a temptatious teacup of an album filled to the brim with toe tapping tunes both quirky and charming. Drawing on influences from 1930's paris jazz and the fl...
Chinatown Mall
Out of Abingdon
Saturday 28 May 09:30 am
Combining Tina Fullerton's grooving Double Bass, smooth & soulful Vocals and Warwick Hargreaves's funky, passionate & skilful exploration of jazz, classical, slide Guitar & Voice provide lovely contrasts & harmonies to their origi...
Brunswick St Mall
Greshka
Saturday 28 May 11:00 am
Greshka is the definition of multiculturalism. The band play a modern concoction of the upbeat yiddish, the drunken um-pahs of Russia and the complexities of the Balcans, mixed with jazz, rock and western-classical music. http://www.myspace.co...
Chinatown Mall
Zoe Knight Duo
Saturday 28 May 12:00 pm
Zoe is a Soul - Blues singer from Sydney with a new classic groove version of jazz, brings a sense of old school style, excitement, class & warmth to every gig. She has warmed the hearts of the local jazz community and is seen as an ...
Brunswick St Mall
Peter Cupples and Friends
Saturday 28 May 12:20 pm
Peter first came into prominence in 1975 as lead singer and songwriter for the blue-eyed soul band Stylus. He has written and recorded many albums over the years, in late 2007 released ‘About Time’ an album of standards with some ver...
Chinatown Mall
Joshua Hatcher Quintet
Saturday 28 May 01:40 pm
With a dedicated taste for authenticity, Joshua Hatcher’s group performs a selection of choice standards, velvety Brazilian grooves, and hip jazz-compositions from its New York golden age. http://www.myspace.com/joshuahatcher  
Chinatown Mall
Brett Fowler + The Enterprise
Saturday 28 May 03:00 pm
Stylistically, Brett Fowler + The Enterprise are cooking in the kitchen of melodic, contemporary jazz but they’re keeping an eye on what’s happening in the dining room of popular song!     http://www.myspace.com/brettfowlertheenterp...
Chinatown Mall

Free Entry Gigs

John Hoffman Quintet featuring Elly Hoyt
Wednesday 25 May 08:30 pm
"Hoffman is one of the USA’s greatest jazz exports to Australia and his Quintet brings together for the Valley Festival an exceptional group of music makers and friends based mostly in Brisbane. The band will play a mixed menu of Jazz, Latin an...
Jubilee Hotel
Marialy Pacheco Trio
Wednesday 25 May 09:45 pm
"Exquisite compositions combined with virtuosic piano technique have earned Marialy Pacheco international acclaim throughout extensive tours of Europe and performances in South America. Marialy delivers commanding performances of pure musical joy...
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront
Azul 3
Thursday 26 May 05:00 pm
Azul are darlings of the Swing Dance scene & have performed over 100 gigs for Brisbane City Council public events as well as playing many International Hotels, Jazz Festivals, Clubs, Pubs, Restaurants & Cafes. Their reputation & rappo...
Waterloo Hotel
David Bentley Trio
Thursday 26 May 07:00 pm
Initially influenced by singer-songwriter Mose Allison, as well as jazz pianists such as Bobby Timmons, Bill Evans and Red Garland, David later discovered New Orleans R&B - distilling these influences, and others, into an intensely personal s...
Limes Hotel
Andrew Butt Trio
Thursday 26 May 08:30 pm
During the late 80's and early 90's Andrew played an active role in the Brisbane Jazz Scene performing and recording with a variety of jazz ensembles and musicians such as the Tony Hobbs led Big band. Andrew formed the Andrew Butt Trio in 2009...
Jubilee Hotel
The John McDermott Quintet
Thursday 26 May 09:00 pm
The John McDermott Quintet is a musical collaboration with some of Brisbane's most talented musicians with John on drums & percussion, John Reeves keyboards, Sam Vincent bass The group will be performing a repertoire of mostly original mat...
Sky Room Rooftop Cocktail Bar
The O'Connor / Wengrow Duo
Thursday 26 May 09:45 pm
Joseph O’Connor and James Wengrow began collaborating in 2008, playing original compositions and jazz standards that exploit the unique possibilities of the piano and guitar combination.
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront
Chi'ca-Chi'ca
Friday 27 May 12:00 pm
A little hip, a little sweet, a lotta soul... meet Chi'ca-Chi'ca! This unique duo offers a chilled sensory indulgence through their interpretations of the jazz world's finest offerings & own original tunes. With Tina Fullerton on double ba...
Waterloo Hotel
Stu Fisher Quintet
Friday 27 May 04:00 pm
Stu Fisher has graced the stages and screens of South East Queensland for more than 13 years. Working first as a comedian and stage actor, he soon became a feature on the Brisbane Jazz Scene in bands such as Mezzcats and Midnight Syndicate. h...
Waterloo Hotel
Feet Teeth
Friday 27 May 09:00 pm
Brisbane based electro-acoutic free jazz duo FEET TEETH take from the sound worlds of 1950/60s cool and free jazz and mash them through more contemporary sounds of noise, drone and glitch. http://www.myspace.com/feetteeth  
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront
Shannon Marshall and the SOULS ALMIGHTY
Friday 27 May 09:00 pm
Formerly known as ‘The Twenty Buck Dessert’ but now reborn as ‘THE SOULS ALMIGHTY’ leading Brisbane trumpet player and vocalist Shannon Marshall has renamed the group in honour of the band’s latest member and collaborator - Australian g...
Jubilee Hotel
Tim Franklin Trio
Friday 27 May 10:20 pm
The Tim Franklin Trio is dedicated towards exploring the sound colours possible in a trio without a bass player. Playing original Australian compositions is a very high priority, as is retaining an accessible yet creative and intuitive aesthetic....
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront
Sarah Collyer Quartet
Saturday 28 May 01:00 pm
With performance credits throughout Australia, Malaysia and recently Japan, Sarah  delivers  a unique blend of Jazz, pop, rnb and blues  with a velvety mellow tone that floats seamlessly through original songs, Jazz standards and unique interp...
The Bank Bar
Lauren Lucille & Toby Wren
Saturday 28 May 02:00 pm
Blessed with a magnificent voice and an extensive repertoire of finely tuned jazz standards Lauren Lucille is backed by veteran guitarist Toby Wren who’s awesome soloing is the icing on the cake.  At present, they are developing fa...
Waterloo Hotel
Karen Anderson Quartet
Saturday 28 May 03:00 pm
Karen Anderson has performed at many festivals including Noosa Jazz Festival, New Zealand's Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival, Suncoastfest, Ladies Sing The Blues, Oz Manouche, Heat and Woodford Folk Festival. Joining Karen for this perfo...
Royal George Hotel
Blood Orange Juice
Saturday 28 May 04:00 pm
Blood Orange Juice are a punchy originals jazz trio from Brisbane.  In this first format of the band they made the Ax Ace Rum album with Sean Dennis on baritone and alto saxes, Craig Curtis on electric basses and Nigel Wherre...
Ric's Bar
David Cotgreave Trio
Saturday 28 May 05:00 pm
DC3 is an energetic trio from Brisbane blending the sounds of blues, funk and jazz. The line-up of Dave Cotgreave (drums), Warwick Hargreaves (guitar), and Nick Quigley (double bass) create music that is both spontaneous and thoughtful. http:/...
Waterloo Hotel
MISINTERPROTATO
Saturday 28 May 09:00 pm
MISINTERPROTATO are one of Australia’s most inventive contemporary music ensembles. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, this group expands the capacities of the classic piano/ bass/drums combination with elements of the avant-garde and a...
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront
The Quadratic Contingency
Sunday 29 May 12:00 pm
The Quadratic Contingency (TQC) are a collaborative Post Jazz/experimental ensemble that explores the grey areas that otherwise defines typical genres such as Noise, Jazz, World and Minimalism. 
Ric's Bar
Good Bait Trio
Sunday 29 May 01:00 pm
The Good Bait Quartet was formed in Brisbane in 1995 by bassist Helen Russell, with Andrew McNaughton on trumpet.  Andrew has since left Brisbane but this legendary band continues as a trio with Jamie Clark on guitar and Paul Hudson on drums.  ...
Limes Hotel
Scat
Sunday 29 May 02:00 pm
Scat is a lively four piece jazz band with vocals, keys, double bass, and drums. Their original songs, clever arrangements and musicianship, as well as their sense of humour and crowd-interaction has earned them a significant reputation.  ...
Waterloo Hotel
Step It Up
Sunday 29 May 02:00 pm
Step It Up has been a premier nu jazz band since the 90's in Australia. Their releases include their classic first album plus numerous compilation tracks on labels including Ubiquity, Creative Vibes and One Movement. They have received much airpl...
Royal George Hotel
Mogo
Sunday 29 May 03:00 pm
Mogo is a bridge between cultures, extending from the Modern Jazz tradition to the traditional music of the East and West sides of the African Continent. John Reeves is a British jazz pianist now living in Queensland and is joined in this project...
The Bank Bar
UNIT 7
Sunday 29 May 08:00 pm
UNIT 7 is a seven piece jazz ensemble from Brisbane. Featuring the talented teaching faculty of Jazzworx! Music Institute, performing classic jazz originals and arrangements of jazz standards, Australian jazz artists and originals. Melissa For...
Jubilee Hotel
Festival After Party and Jam Session with Unit 7
Sunday 29 May 09:30 pm
Jam Session Grand Finale, hosted by Dan Quigley and backed by the Unit 7 rhythm section. Come and help Jazz Qld celebrate the closing night for the 2011 Valley Jazz Festival. Expect to see some of the festival’s favourite artists in a ...
Jubilee Hotel

Allans Music + Billy Hydes Workshops & Clinics

Jim Kelly Guitar Workshop
Saturday 28 May 11:00 am
'THE GUITARIST'S GUITARIST ... YOU'RE LOOKING AT A TALENT THAT SHOULD BE STRUTTING A WORLD STAGE' - Craig N Pearce, Drum Media. JIM KELLY has firmly established himself as a leading Australian jazz guitarist, composer and educator whose reputation goes well beyond Australian shores. In 1975 Jim collaborated with keyboardist Michael J Kenny and percussionist Ian Bloxsom to form CROSSFIRE, Australia's most celebrated jazz fusion group. Jim Kelly will be performing at the festival with Shannon ...
Jazzworx! Music Institute
Grant Collins Drum Workshop
Saturday 28 May 02:00 pm
The Valley Jazz Festival has always catered for music of all genres so the workshop will be a reflection of this and aim to give drummers a broader knowledge of their musical roll in a group. The workshop will cover the importance of being a well rounded drummer and being aware of musical environments. It will also look at giving the students knowledge that will help them to adapt to a variety of different musical styles; from jazz to latin to fusion to rock.
Jazzworx! Music Institute
Kristin Berardi Vocal Workshop
Saturday 28 May 03:00 pm
Born in Koumala, Queensland, Kristin completed her musical studies at the Queensland Griffith University Conservatorium and now lectures in jazz voice at the Australian National University in Canberra; and has held the position of guest lecturer in jazz studies at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music for the past five years. She was the winner of the 2006 International Jazz Voice Competition held at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and awarded Australia's most prestigeo...
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront
Marialy Pacheco Cuban Music Workshop
Sunday 29 May 02:00 pm
Pianist and composer Marialy Pacheco was born in Havana, Cuba, and at the age of seven she began her piano education at the Alejandro García Caturla Conservatorium, where she continued her studies under Olga Valiente at the Escuela Nacional de Artes in Havana. At the age of fifteen she was invited to Asturias, Spain to the Festival de Jovenes Talentos. In 2002 she won the Cuban competition Jo-Jazz, with Grammy award-winner Chucho Valdez presiding over the jury. Under her own name Marialy...
Judith Wright Centre - Shopfront

Emerging Artists Stage

Queensland Conservatorium of Music Student Bands
Sunday 29 May 01:00 pm
The Happy Suits - Luara Karlson-Karp (vox), Dan Hirsch (dr), Euan Cumming (keys), Aaron Day (bs). Enjoy with this tasty and polished group as they explore some seriously swinging standards. Sam O'Brien Quartet  - Sam O'Brien (alto), Josh Tait...
Jubilee Hotel
Jazzworx! The Music Institute Student Bands
Sunday 29 May 03:00 pm
Jazzworx! The Music Institute Student Bands  (bands & descriptions TBA)            Jubilee Hotel      Sunday, 29 May 2011      3:00 PM - 5:00 PMVarious student artists from the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance cours...
Jubilee Hotel

Under the Umbrella

Other Jazz Gigs Around Fortitude Valley

"The Bowery Hot 5" with Mal Wood
Wednesday 25 May 09:30 pm
Real live jazz bar atmosphere with Mal Wood and the best players in town along with interesting guests, all in the intimate award winning best bar in Australia.
The Bowery
I Can't Believe It's Not The Satellites
Thursday 26 May 09:30 pm
Extreme Funk with Ant Aggs, David Orr, Chris Pearson and Mark Henman, but anything can happen here!
The Bowery
Dave Kemp’s Soul Mechanics
Saturday 28 May 07:00 pm
Dave Kemp’s Soul Mechanics play vintage Funk Classics, Motown style Soul and mix it up with some ‘funk-da-fried’ Jazz Standards.
Gertie's Restaurant and Bar
Jason Elliott Trio
Sunday 29 May 04:30 pm
Guitar based jazz trio playing interesting and groovy tunes while you chat up interesting and groovy people!
Gertie's Restaurant and Bar
The Satellites
Sunday 29 May 09:30 pm
Funky guitar trio with David Orr on Guitar, Chris Pearson bass and Mark Henman on drums. Picture Hendrix and Cream in a funky jazz vehicle with no brakes!
The Bowery