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Jazz Cafe Presents: Jane Irving
May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
“Lavish talent and striking originality.” – The Weekend Australian magazine
A truly gifted musician, Jane Irving possesses a gorgeous and engaging voice that stirs the emotions of everyone in the room. Born in Sydney, Australia, Jane Irving has spent most of her life surrounded by music. Trained in classical piano, she discovered jazz in her late teens while attending local jazz camps mentored by Australia’s finest musicians.
Jane spent the next 20 years singing and teaching voice, and being featured at festivals: Thredbo Jazz Festival; Manly Jazz Festival; South Coast Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
After moving to New York in 2011, she quickly made her mark, working solidly at various venues like 55 Bar, The Zinc Bar, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, Spoonfed NYC and The Metropolitan Room, with many of top players such as pianists Tadataka Unno and John Di Martino; guitarists Ron Affif and Ed Cherry; and drummer Steve Williams.
Jane Irving is a fine interpreter of songs, sincere, swinging and warm.
“Irving’s voice is effortlessly projected. Sometimes a phrase is pursued with increasing pressure until the notes glisten and when suddenly released in a whipping ribbon can give you the shivers.” – S.I.M.A Australia.
Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour.
Admission: Members $10, Nonmembers $15, includes snacks and a beverage (wine, beer, soda)
The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks. Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad.
The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Joe Ham, an accomplished drummer, percussionist, arranger and producer. Joe has worked with soul singer Deniece Williams (on her Grammy Award winning album, “This Is My Song”), Dizzy Gillespie, Bobbi Humphrey, Gloria Gaynor, Mary Wilson & The Supremes and Tom Browne. Joe has also performed for various TV shows and commercials. Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter. “Ratzo Harris plays bass that’s living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).