Presented by the Down South Jazz Club, The Dorothy Jane Band will be appearing at Club Sapphire on Thursday 19th October. Jazz Club members $15, non Jazz Club members $20. For bookings and enquiries phone 6495 9853.
Australian singer, song writer and harmonica player Dorothy-Jane first brought her band to the jazz club in March 2011, again in March 2012 and Feb 2014, and wowed her audience on each occasion. A gutsy performer, DJ performs, lives, writes and breathes with great determination and a passion that knows no tomorrow. She connects with her audience and delivers a powerhouse performance full of energy and natural open-hearted emotion. She wrote her first song at age 7 and hasn’t stopped. She fell hopelessly in love with the harmonica over 20 years ago and has been performing ever since. She became a full-time musician after winning her battle with breast cancer in 2007 and has released a new album every year since. She has been vocally influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington among others and has received awards from the Canberra Blues Society in recognition of her harmonica, vocals and song-writing talents.
She also performed for DSJC with Ali Penney (“Divine Devilles”) in 2015 and Pearlnoire (“Come to Mama Blues Show”) in May 2016 with outstanding shows on each occasion.
Born and bred in Canberra, Dave Blanken is one of Australia’s outstanding Blues guitarists. His distinctive style has become a driving force behind iconic Canberra Blues bands Blind Freddy and The Groove Kings. Dave has also played with El Caminos, Ali Penney, Doc Span, Fiona Boyes and many other notable names on the Blues circuit.
Paul Leeder (Paulo) first took up the electric bass in 1966, his first bass being a homemade instrument which he subsequently traded-in on some “real” gear. In the late 1960’s Paulo began gigging around Melbourne, mostly concentrating on latin-rock and gypsy. In 1978 he moved from Melbourne to Candelo playing with many local musicians before returning to Melbourne, soon after which he semi-retired from playing to concentrate on a career in the computer industry. In 1990 Paulo returned to the far south coast of NSW, and in 1996 he began working with the finest of the NSW far south coast music fraternity, too numerous to list but included among them are local musicians Bob Porter, Ken Vatcher and Pol O’Shea. In 2006 Paulo moved to Canberra.
DJ has a new drummer with her band on this occasion, Gavin Kelly. It will be his first visit to the Down South Jazz Club and we look forward to meeting and listening to him