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Stars of jazz in fundraising concert

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

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A special concert to raise funds for the international medical humanitarian‑aid organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) will be held in WAAPA’s Music Auditorium on Wednesday, 18 May at 7.30 pm.

The Duettes concert was conceived by Perth jazz guitarist and WAAPA lecturer, Freddie Grigson. It features the remarkable vocal talents of the Perth jazz scene – Libby Hammer, Victoria Newton, Allira Wilson and Elle Deslandes – accompanied by Grigson on guitar.

The artists and technicians are generously donating their time and talent to the project to celebrate the release of their recently recorded CD entitled &. All proceeds from the recording will go to MSF.

The concert will showcase the musicians performing well‑loved jazz standards including Thelonious Monk’s Epistrophy, Lerner and Loewe’s Almost Like Being in Love, David Bowie’s Life On Mars? and other tracks recorded for the CD. Special guests will perform on selected songs.

Grigson is an ardent supporter of the crucial, lifesaving work of MSF.

“Being an independent, non‑government organisation, MSF provides medical care where it is needed most – in armed conflicts, epidemics, famines and natural disasters – regardless of race, religion or political affiliation,” he said. “To know that there is an organisation committed to reaching these areas to help those most in need is very humbling.”

Born in Sri Lanka, a country plagued by the continuing impact of civil war, Grigson didn’t experience the fighting first‑hand but saw its devastating aftermath.

“I feel that we, as an affluent community, could do a lot more to see to it that the not‑so‑fortunate individuals affected across the globe are looked after. Everyone involved in the project was more than happy to contribute their time and expertise.”

Complementing the work of the musicians is award‑winning sound engineer Laurie Sinagra; Elle Deslandes who created the CD artwork; Joe Marrable of Hawkeye Editing Services who provided the promotional material; and WA firm DiskBank that donated its services to supply the pressed and printed CDs.

“I am extremely grateful and humbled by all these artists and technicians so generously providing their expertise and giving up their time,” said Grigson.

The CD will be officially launched on Tuesday, 12 July at the Ellington Jazz Club and will be available for $20, as well online at Freddie Grigson.

This is a wonderful opportunity for lovers of great music to enjoy the brilliant vocal talents of Perth’s finest female jazz singers – and help a worthwhile cause at the same time.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Duettes performance web page.

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