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What is Hip?: A Jazz Journey through Funk and Soul

Tuesday, 29 March 2016


Jazz and the blues have been the source and inspiration behind the majority of popular music from the 1960s onward.

Jazz pioneers like Lee Morgan and Cannonball Adderley forged the beginnings of boogaloo and soul, which led to a new frontier for popular music.

This concert showcases these jazz-influenced genres from funk to soul and everything in between, performed by WAAPA’s incredible Jazz students.

What is Hip?: A Jazz Journey though Funk and Soulwill be performed by WAAPA’s Jazz students on Wednesday, 6 and Thursday, 7 April at 7.30pm in WAAPA’s Geoff Gibbs Theatre, under the musical direction of Jamie Oehlers and Victoria Newton.

Get ready for powerhouse performances from WAAPA’s Big Band, Vocal Ensemble and the new Phat Funk Band, a funky extravaganza band showcasing multiple horns and powerhouse vocals, with the cream of WAAPA’s Jazz students as featured soloists.

Groove along with soul and funk classics such as Lee Morgan’s 1964 defining jazz standard The Sidewinder; Cannonball Adderley’s surprise hit Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and Save Your Love for Me; Herbie Hancock’s Wiggle Waggle and Chameleon; two smoking-hot Tower of Power anthems, What is Hip and Soul Vaccination; Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu’s 2012 version of Afro Blue; and Snarky Puppy’s glorious Gone Under.

Also featured is one of London's funkiest acid jazz tunes, Talkin’ Loud by none other than the famous Incognito!

The vocal ensemble will be performing a gospel flavoured jazz/drum n bass rendition of Billy Myles' My Love Is plus the gospel extravaganza, Joyful Joyful with some extra special guests along for the ride.

Most of the solo tunes will feature the soulful sounds of our Phat Funk singers (Nicole Murua, Laura Igglesden, Reece Clark, and Mia Simonette) plus our 2016 WAAPA big band vocalist, Elysia Korn.

Be prepared to sway in your seat and tap your feet as this exciting line-up of WAAPA’s musical talent takes you on an unforgettable jazz journey!

For all venue and performance details, please visit the What is Hip?: A Jazz Journey though Funk and Soul performance web page.


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