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Jackie Bornstein's Jazz and Social Justice Quintet


Sun 2 Jul 2017, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Bird's Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Entry A Reserve: $35.00
  • General Entry B Reserve: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Jackie Bornstein

Following her sell-out Melbourne International Jazz Festival debut, Jackie Bornstein brings her rich vocals to express the power of jazz as a force for justice. From early on jazz created a space inclusive of all races, where music served as a tool to confront social injustices of the day. Jackie has selected songs by artists including Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Leonard Cohen and Vince Jones, demonstrating the range of social justice issues addressed by jazz artists from the 1930’s to the modern day.

Jackie Bornstein - Voice
Angela Davis - Saxophone
Craig Fermanis - Guitar
Philip Rex - Bass
Hugh Harvey - Drums

Jackie Bornstein (voice) is one of Melbourne's most captivating singers. She performs regularly with a selection of Australia's finest jazz musicians and is a regular at Melbourne's top jazz venues. Known for her richly toned vocals and ability to get to the heart of a tune, Jackie has developed a particular talent for storytelling through song. Trained classically as a child, Jackie went on to study jazz voice at the Victorian College of the Arts. She was awarded a UK Masters scholarship and focused her thesis on the role of the arts/music in peaceful conflict resolution.

Angela Davis (sax) recently returned to Australia after having lived in New York City for the past eight years. During her time in the States, Angela received a Masters of Music from the University of the Arts and studied with saxophone greats including Dick Oatts, Lee Konitz and Steve Wilson. She has released two albums, to rave reviews in the USA and Australia.

Craig Fermanis (guitar) has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Ricki Lee Jones, James Morrison, Paul Grabowsky, Kate Cebrano, Christine Anu and The Melbourne Symphony. Craig was a finalist in both the Wangaratta National Jazz Awards and the James Morrison Jazz Scholarship and has studied with Jim Hall and John Abercrombie in New York.

Philip Rex (bass) is one of the most virtuosic and sought-after double bassists in the country, Philip has worked with many of the greatest musicians in Australia and overseas including Paul Grabowsky, Doug DeVries, Vince Jones, Johnny Griffin, Eddie Henderson, Joe Williams and Cindy Blackman.

Hugh Harvey (drums) plays regularly with many of Australia’s top jazz musicians. Performing with Leigh Barker and Tom Vincent, Hugh opened for the Branford Marsalis Quartet on their 2010 Oz tour. Hugh was a semi-finalist in the Wangaratta National Jazz Awards and has toured extensively.