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WAAPA Gets The Blues

Thursday, 29 March 2012

From its humble origins in the African-American folk songs of the late 19th century, the blues has become the cornerstone of almost all forms of popular music worldwide. Its influence on jazz brought it into the mainstream and made possible the records of blues singers like Bessie Smith and later, in the thirties, Billie Holiday.

From Tuesday 3 until Thursday 5 April in The Geoff Gibbs Theatre at ECU Mount Lawley, WAAPA’s Jazz students present this homage to the blues, from its classic Memphis sound to the jazz blues of Louis Armstrong, the jungle blues of Duke Ellington, the cool blues of Miles Davis, the wailing guitar blues of BB King and everything in between.

WAAPA’s amazing jazz program consistently produces the rising stars of Australian and international jazz talent: Linda Oh, Sarah McKenzie, Sam Anning, Matt Jodrell, Troy Roberts... the list goes on. Catch the next generation of awesome jazz artists as this dynamic group of students bop, swing, boogie and strut their way through an awesome selection of classic blues cuts.

In a display of versatility the students will perform in an eclectic mix of ensembles and groups in this fully produced concert in The Geoff Gibbs Theatre. The Mingus Ensemble will perform some of the man’s greatest hits including, Prayer Meeting, The Blakey Ensemble will perform a tribute to the genius of Miles Davis, including So What from the most influential jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue. Jeremy Greig will lead the WAAPA Big Band through some rousing classics, including When I Fall In Love, while Freddie Grigson directs the Guitar Ensemble. Also performing on the night will be the 3rd Yr Jazz Ensemble and Victoria Newton will lead the WAAPA Vocal Ensemble through a medley of soulful blues numbers such as Unchain My Heart.

When WAAPA brings its Jazz to the theatre the end results are always spectacular and not to be missed!

Performance Information: Nothin’ But The Blues

Tues 3, Wed 4, Thurs 5 April, 7.30pm

The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mt Lawley.

Tickets are $24 full/$19 concession. Bookings through WAAPA Box Office on 9370 6895 

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