Come Swing Again2:30 & 7:30pm QPAC
On August 29 the Queensland Pops Orchestra is back – bigger and brighter than ever – with its next stunning season concert “Come Swing Again”, presenting an all-time greats swing music showcase.
The highly entertaining JMI New Orleans Street Band will open this unforgettable event, transporting the listener back to the birthplace of traditional jazz with a roving ‘street-style’ presentation that will set the pace for this carnival of concerts. Comprising staff and students of the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane’s Bowen Hills, this ebullient ensemble values the importance of early jazz and they’re sure to have audiences smiling, tapping their feet and even dancing in the aisles to their cheerful and lively music throughout the concert – encapsulating the very best of traditional melodies and rhythms of the streets of New Orleans.
Headline artist, internationally renowned pianist Joe Chindamo, will tinkle the ivories with a suite of music by the legendary Duke Ellington arranged for piano and orchestra. Joining Joe on stage will be special guest artists Deborah O’Toole and the Empire Swing Dancers.
The ever-suave Qld Pops Big Band will be in full swing mode of course, adding their special sound to this delectable musical feast. As they say, variety is the spice of life ... and Pops audiences are assured of a dazzling display of talent for this third series concert of 2015.
With 23 CDs under his belt (including several Japanese chart toppers), countless world tours and a plethora of awards, Joe Chindamo is routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. Joe’s creative talents transcend jazz – he’s also composed concertos, chamber music and film music, and his formidable performing technique has earned him international praise across the genre divide. Invited to perform concerts in Italy by celebrated classical pianist Michele Campanella and renowned piano maker Paolo Fazioli, Joe appears regularly in Australia at jazz clubs, festivals and concerts ranging from intimate house to large-scale orchestral. Joe has twice won the MO award for Jazz Instrumental Performer Of the Year, two Bell Awards for best album and the APRA award for best jazz composition of the year ... and then there’s his classical compositions and hit CDs. Joe has worked on more than 60 film soundtracks, and his piano playing is featured on such iconic Australian films as Phar Lap, Man From Snowy River II and The Sound of One Hand Clapping.
Born and bred in Melbourne, special guest vocalist Deborah O’Toole has enjoyed a varied professional career – everything from vocal tutor, cover band vocalist and freelance session singer to musical theatre and television performer, appearing in productions of Into The Woods, The Dusty Springfield Story and Les Miserables among many others. A popular member of ABBA tribute band BABBA, Deborah joined the Australian Army Band in November 2002 and has since shared the stage across Australia with guest artists such as Marina Prior, Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Burlinson and Guy Sebastian. Deborah’s warm rapport with audiences has seen her tour the world – whether it be entertaining the troops on deployments to Iraq, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, or feature performances for Anzac Day dawn services at Gallipoli and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. In 2006 Deborah was honoured to receive an Army Commendation, a medal awarded for her excellence as a vocalist representing the Australian Army.
Adding to the excitement and enjoyment of this “Come Swing Again” program, maestro Patrick Pickett CSM and the Queensland Pops Orchestra are proud to introduce one of Brisbane’s most appealing specialist ensembles, the Empire Swing Dancers.
Empire Swing is Brisbane’s premier Swing Dance School and this talented troupe’s number one priority is to have fun ... so there’ll be colour and movement a ’plenty as they wow the crowd with dance moves ranging from Lindy Hop and Charleston to Balboa and Blues.