Oct
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Miles, Bebop & Beyond @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/21-october-2017-miles-bebop-beyond/

The John Mackey/Miroslav Bukovsky/Steve Newcomb Project celebrates the music of Miles Davis. This collaboration, “Miles, Bebop and Beyond”, pays homage to the magic of the music of Miles Davis, drawing from classic albums such as Kind of Blue and the classic quintet of 60’s Miles.

Aria award winning trumpeter and composer, Miroslav Bukovsky, celebrated pianist and composer Steve Newcomb, and the Coltrane inspired tenorist John Mackey, lead the group on this Miles Davis excursion!

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

 

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Oct
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Phil Noy Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/26-october-2017-phil-noy-quartet-melbourne/

For one night only Melbourne Alto saxophonist Phil Noy presents a selection of Hard bop and Bebop era classics presented in an acoustic quartet format. Accompanied by Brisbane’s finest instrumentalist  Steve Newcomb – Piano, Luke McIntosh – Bass and  Aaron Jansz Drums.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

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Oct
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

West End Composers Collective @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/30-october-2017-monday-sessions-west-end-composers-collective/

The 10-piece West End Composers Collective began in 2003 as a monthly gathering of some of Brisbane’s creative improvising musicians, composers and arrangers to workshop original compositions and new and exciting arrangements. Their name stemming from the vibrant Brisbane suburb that allowed them to establish a presence.

West End Composers Collective has since released two studio recordings featuring original material, performed at many well known Jazz Festivals and toured nationally across Australia. Composers that contributed to their debut album “Downstream” include Laura Kahle, Isaac Hurren, and Kristin Berardi. Their follow up album “Driving Hat” focused on the works of saxophonist Rafael Karlen, and also featured vocalists Megan Washington and Hannah Macklin. Musical direction has been shared over the year between Laura Kahle, Steve Newcomb, and Rafael Karlen. The personnel that have rotated through the ensemble are a who’s who of players and composers on the Brisbane music scene.

Their appearance at Doo-bop will be their first in 2017, and the first in a few years. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear original small/large ensemble music played by some of Brisbane’s finest.

Shannon Marshall – Trumpet
Mikael Strand -Trombone
Mark Spencer – Alto Sax
Rafael Karlen – Tenor Sax
Joe Roberts – Baritone Sax
Kayleigh Pincott – Voice
Toby Wren – Guitar
Steve Newcomb – Piano
Owen Newcomb – Bass
Joe Marchisella – Drums

Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm [TICKETS]

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Dec
3
3:00pm 3:00pm

ENSEMBLE TRIVIUM PRESENTS LOCALLY SOURCED

Flute Monika Koerner
Bassoon Nicole Tait 

Featuring:
Clarinet Nicholas Harmsen
Percussion Nozomi Omote

Robert Davidson Bond Over Triads
John Parker The Novice’s Guide to Change
Steve Newcomb Suspended Belief
Thomas Green Imaginary Dances
Rafael Karlen Trio in a Four Parts

SUN 3 DEC 2017 3.00PM

QSO Studio, South Bank

BUY TICKETS

TICKET PRICES
General Admission $45*
Concession $40*
Student $30*
*A $6.95 fee applies per transaction

Locally Sourced brings together some of Brisbane's most virtuosic classical and jazz musicians for a diverse and colourful program of new compositions to engage, inspire and provoke.

Presented by Ensemble Trivium, Locally Sourced will take you on a journey through traditional harmonic landscapes to less explored terrain and from the highs of rhythmic intensity to states of lyrical meditative calm.

With works inspired by fiction, dance and explorations of states of change, expect a vibrant, visceral and virtuosic afternoon of exhilarating new chamber music from some of Brisbane's finest including Monika Koerner and Nicole Tait (Ensemble Trivium), guest artists Nozomi Omote and Nicholas Harmsen, composers Robert Davidson (Topology), John Parker (Trichotomy), Steve Newcomb, Rafael Karlen and Thomas Green. Featuring outfits by fashion designer Sharka BosakovaLocally Sourced is a feast for the senses that is not to be missed!

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Restrung 2017: Rafael Karlen, Steve Newcomb + Strings
Aug
18
9:00pm 9:00pm

Restrung 2017: Rafael Karlen, Steve Newcomb + Strings

https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2017/08/18/restrung-2017-rafael-karlen-steve-newcomb-strings/

PRESENTED BY RESTRUNG PRODUCTIONS

In acclaimed album The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered, composer and saxophonist Rafael Karlen seamlessly draws together elements from jazz and Western Art music through skillful composition and tasteful improvisation. 

The inventive and lyrical playing of pianist Steve Newcomb and saxophonist Rafael Karlen is showcased soaring over the beautiful musical environments and colourful string textures of the Rosenberg String Quartet.

VENUE: Turbine Platform

TICKETS: FREE

Part of Restrung 2017

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Jul
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/25-july-2017-joshua-hatcher-quartet/

Tickets from $10

Sitting in for Chris Poulsen in Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop.

Joshua Hatcher: Saxophone
Steve Newcomb: Piano
Helen Russell: Double Bass
Nathan Goldman: Drums

This long-running group’s music is built around melodies and grooves infused with the echoes of last century converging with contemporary improvisations to create music that’s familiar yet entirely new. This performance will feature selections from their album ‘Now and Then’, as well as their favourite vocal standards and some more recent original compositions that challenge these four improvisers to develop new avenues of musical interaction.

Doors open at 6pm.

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Jun
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop

https://www.doo-bop.com.au/events/29-june-2017-joshua-hatcher-quartet/

Tickets from $10

Sitting in for Chris Poulsen in Joshua Hatcher Quartet @ Doo-Bop.

Joshua Hatcher: Saxophone
Steve Newcomb: Piano
Helen Russell: Double Bass
Nathan Goldman: Drums

This long-running group’s music is built around melodies and grooves infused with the echoes of last century converging with contemporary improvisations to create music that’s familiar yet entirely new. This performance will feature selections from their album ‘Now and Then’, as well as their favourite vocal standards and some more recent original compositions that challenge these four improvisers to develop new avenues of musical interaction.

Doors open at 6pm.

 

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Jun
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

John Hoffman Quintet

http://www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au/#event|john-hoffman-quintet-3|686

Very excited to be appearing at the iconic Brisbane Jazz Club with John Hoffman Quintet. 

Featuring Elly Hoyt – vocals. Steve Newcomb – piano. Owen (OJ) Newcomb – bass and Lachlan Hawkins – drums – all Ex-Cons from Old Conservatorium. Award winning Elly Hoyt has one of the best voices in Australia and overseas with a wonderful band of friends playing melodic standards from jazz to Latin to Broadway plus some originals. So please come. You will enjoy a lovely night of music. Promise.

TICKETS

Members $20 / Non Members $30 / Members concessions $15 / Non Members concessions $25 / Students under 18 $10 + $2 Internet ticket fee (gst included). Max group of 8

 

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Jun
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Berardi & Newcomb @ JMI LIVE

http://www.jazz.qld.edu.au/2017/05/03/berardi-newcomb-play-berardi-newcomb-thu-150617/

$10 entry
Main set from 8pm
Open jam sessions from 6pm-7:30pm and 10pm-late
licensed bar ~ all ages

Berardi & Newcomb play Berardi & Newcomb

The duo will present an all originals concert, reinventing their older songs and presenting some new ones as well.

Kristin Berardi, originally from the country town of Koumala in North Queensland, is a one of Australia’s first calls when it comes to Jazz Singing. Her accolades include winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition in 2006, supporting Al Jarreau and George Benson at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007, winning the National Freedman Fellowship 2007, receiving two National Australian Bell Awards for the Best Jazz Vocal Album for 2010& 2012, winnning the the National Jazz Award for Voice at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2012), and being one of five finalists in the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards for Jazz.

Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music. He maintains an active solo career and shares the stage with a multitude of artists, performing in various styles and making “music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald).

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Kavita Shah Quartet @ Melbourne Jazz Festival
Jun
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kavita Shah Quartet @ Melbourne Jazz Festival

http://melbournejazz.com/program/kavita-shah-quartet

Kavita Shah has combined her multi-cultural background (she's of Indian descent and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French) with her wide-ranging musical tastes to create a unique and ambitious sound. She has toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including performances at the Jazz Standard, Duc des Lombards, Blue Note, Kennedy Center, Art Basel Miami, Winter Jazz Festival, and Rochester Jazz Festival.  

“Breathtakingly beautiful.” DOWNBEAT

“Ambitious and daring.” JAZZWISE UK

Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time.
Bookings:  uptownjazzcafe@email.com Tickets: http://www.uptownjazzcafe.com/

 

 

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Jun
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kavita Shah Quartet @ Brisbane International Jazz Festival

http://qmc.org.au/events/bemac-brisbane-international-jazz-festival-presents-kavita-shah/

BEMAC & Brisbane International Jazz Festival presents Kavita Shah

As part of the 2017 Brisbane International Jazz Festival, BEMAC and BIJF have partnered to co-present an evening of exceptional cultural and musical diversity at Queensland Multicultural Centre on Saturday, June 3.

An international legend praised for her amazing dexterity for musical languages and a local ensemble that unites cultures in an explosive mixture of sounds where tradition, improvisation, musical arrangement and world-class performers weave a thrilling fusion of string quartet, Indian and western percussion make up this double bill with is undoubtably one of the highlights on the festival calendar. is one of the highlights on the festival’s calendar.

Performing live is vocalist and composer Kavita Shah, a native New Yorker of Indian descent, fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Kavita incorporates in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.

Raised in Manhattan, she studied classical piano from age 5 and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center from age 10 as a member of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC.

Tickets $33 full price, $26 concession and $20 for students under the age of 25.

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May
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

Kavita Shah & Steve Newcomb @ Perth International Jazz Festival

Brookfield Place (Perth)

2.00pm - 3.00pm  Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura (Japan) with the Mace Francis Orchestra

3.30pm - 4.30pm  MaxMantis (Switzerland)

5.00pm - 6.00pm  Kavita Shah (USA) with Steve Newcombe (QLD)

6.30pm - 8.00pm  Tal Cohen 'Gentle Giants' cd launch featuring Greg Osby (USA)

8.30pm - 10.00pm  Jo Lawry (NYC)

 

Tickets:

$45 general
$40 student concession
$120 weekend pass - includes all performances at Brookfield Place and The Palace - Friday 26 May to Sunday 28 May. 

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May
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Peter Morris
Soloist: Linley Chai

Ginastera       Harp Concerto
Lutoslawski   Chain 3
Newcomb      A path on which to travel

Peter Morris conducts a contemporary orchestral program featuring the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the newly-formed Contemporary Studio Orchestra. Symphonic works will include Ginastera’s Harp Concerto featuring student soloist Linley Chai, Lutoslawski’s Chain 3 and new works by Queensland Conservatorium student composers. The Contemporary Studio Orchestra will present the world premiere of A path on which to travel by Head of Jazz, Steve Newcomb in addition to other exciting collaborative works.

Adult $33
Concession $21.50
Student/Group $11.50

#Free ticket restrictions apply

Tickets via https://www.qtix.com.au/qcgu/event/cso_philharmonic_fusions_17.aspx

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May
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Steve Newcomb Orchestra @ Brisbane International Jazz Festival

http://qmc.org.au/events/brisbane-international-jazz-festival-presents-densonbaartz-quartet-steve-newcomb-orchestra/

Brisbane International Jazz Festival presents a Double Bill featuring Denson/Baartz Quartet and The Steve Newcomb Orchestra.

Denson/Baartz Quartet features the superb line-up of three acclaimed Australia jazz women alto saxophonist Martha Baartz, pianist Louise Denson and double bassist Helen Russell. Together with maestro drummer Aaron Jansz. This inspiring quartet features beautifully crafted new works by Baartz and Canadian born Denson covering a diverse range of styles from tango, bolero and ballads, to fast swing and samba. This evenings performance will be recorded for an album release in late 2017.

The Steve Newcomb Orchestra (SNO) is a large chamber jazz project realising original and diverse works that evolved during Newcomb’s doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York. The orchestra features the unique instrumentation of harp, string quartet, four winds, voice and jazz piano trio performing works from Steve’s album “Caterpillar Chronicles”.

Newcomb is equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music in various styles making “music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald).

His work in the field of jazz has seen him write for Stefon Harris and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, the world renowned Metropole Orkest (The Netherlands), vocalist Roberta Gambarini, as well as numerous collaborations involving Jazz Orchestra and soloists. His chamber ensemble collaboration "Eternal" with Chris McNulty earned critical acclaim.

He has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Ben Lee and The Panics in the pop world, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world and has collaborated with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan on many projects, including the ARIA award winning album “First Seed Ripening”.

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Karlen/Newcomb/Wren @ JMI LIVE
Apr
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Karlen/Newcomb/Wren @ JMI LIVE

Award winning Brisbane-based composer and performer Rafael Karlen has teamed up with renowned pianist Steve Newcomb and guitarist Toby Wren for an intimate trio project with new album Trace.

Released in December 2016, Trace is the third album Karlen has created with pianist Steve Newcomb but signifies a more open, improvised and flexible direction than Karlen’s previous releases The Sweetness of Things Half RememberedDriving Hat, and Hope In My Pocket.

Featuring original compositions, a Swedish folksong They Sold Their Homesteads, a Renaissance Kyrie by Dufay and a Serenade by Schubert, Trace elegantly traverses a compelling variety of material.

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Mar
31
7:30pm 7:30pm

Qld Conservatorium 60th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate the Conservatorium’s 60th anniversary with a gala concert featuring award-winning alumni and students performing a diverse program of jazz, musical theatre, opera and orchestral repertoire.

Highlights of the night will include the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the opera students performing a selection from Verdi’s Falstaff and the musical theatre department presenting a number from 42nd Street.

ARIA award-winning vocalist Katie Noonan will front the All-Star Big Band alongside Kristin Beradi and saxophonist Zac Hurren, and Grammy award-winning flautist Tim Muron will return from Chicago for a genre-bending performance.

Opera alumna Milica Ilic and musical theatre alumnus Billy Bourchier will return to lead the combined voices of musical theatre and opera students for the grand finale from Bernstein’s operetta Candide. Truly a night to remember!

Adult $40
Concession $33
Groups, Student, QCGU alumni $15

#No free tickets available for this event

Tickets via https://www.qtix.com.au/qcgu/event/qcgu_60_anniversary_gala_17.aspx

 

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Jan
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Swing on This (QPAC Concert Hall)

Four of Australia’s leading stage and screen stars come together for Swing on This. Michael Falzon (We Will Rock YouRock of Ages), Luke Kennedy (The VoiceThe Ten Tenors), Rob Mills (WickedGrease) and Ben Mingay (WonderlandHouse of Bond) deliver a modern and audacious take on all-time swing classics from Sinatra to Bublé, to rock and pop hits from Oasis, Farnham and The Proclaimers.

Accompanied by the 18-piece Swing on This Big Band and special guests, the friends have fun with the music (and each other) recapturing a bygone era with liberal dashes of contemporary charm and cheeky irreverence.

With special guest Rhonda Burchmore

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Jan
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Swing on This (QPAC Concert Hall)

Four of Australia’s leading stage and screen stars come together for Swing on ThisMichael Falzon (We Will Rock YouRock of Ages), Luke Kennedy (The VoiceThe Ten Tenors), Rob Mills (WickedGrease) and Ben Mingay (WonderlandHouse of Bond) deliver a modern and audacious take on all-time swing classics from Sinatra to Bublé, to rock and pop hits from OasisFarnham and The Proclaimers.

Accompanied by the 18-piece Swing on This Big Band and special guests, the friends have fun with the music (and each other) recapturing a bygone era with liberal dashes of contemporary charm and cheeky irreverence.

With special guest Rhonda Burchmore

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Karlen/Newcomb/Wren recording release
Dec
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Karlen/Newcomb/Wren recording release

I'm excited to announce the future release of a recording that captured my first unique collaboration with Brisbane musicians Rafael Karlen (saxophone) and Toby Wren (guitar). The album is called Trace, and there is a pozible campaign underway if you are interested in supporting the project, and of course obtaining some extra goodies.

About Trace (notes by Rafael Karlen):

Trace was recorded over two mornings in June at the Queensland Multicultural Centre by Mark Smith. We were very happy to have Mark recording and mixing this album as he always manages to capture a very beautiful sound from our instruments and has worked on at least five studio projects by Toby, Steve and Rafael.
We were fortunate to record on a beautiful Kawai Shigeru Grand piano that was featured at the 2016 Brisbane International Jazz Festival. 
The record features beautiful album design by Sai Karlen and warm photographs by Michelle Secis. Michelle also captured some footage from the recording session which is currently being edited and will be uploaded soon to show some cool studio footage.
The album will be mastered by the renowned Dave Neil and will be released on the Brisbane-based label Pinnacles Music.
The Brisbane launch will be at the Old Museum Building on Sunday December 11 from 6pm with future performances in the pipeline for Sydney and Melbourne.

TICKETS 6:30pm doors for 7pm show

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Kristin Berardi 'The Balloons' (Melbourne)
Dec
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Kristin Berardi 'The Balloons' (Melbourne)

Appearing at Bennetts Lane in Melbourne on Dec 10 is Kristin Berardi and "The Balloons" band, as part of the Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival

I'll be performing here alongside the marvelous Kristin (voice), Julien Wilson (sax), James Sherlock (guitar), and Sam Anning (bass).

TICKETS http://www.bennettslane.com/gigs.php?eD=2016.12.10

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