This special double bill is a rare chance to experience the brilliance of Australia’s national jazz scene

Hard-touring Victorian bass player takes a languid, spacious and solemn turn on her beautiful solo LP Spirograph Studies.

Tamara Murphy (VIC) As well as being a hard-touring bass player for names like Bernie McGann, Christine Anu and Grace Knight, Murphy is a composer of renown. The versatile Melbourne-based bassist and composer won the inaugural PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission, was twice nominated for The Age Genre Music Awards and the Australian Jazz Bell Award that year. Murphy’s recent record Spirograph Studies is a languid daydream of space and muted guitar, resonant piano and brushed drums. A sense of share-house melancholy pervades the record – a surrender to the everyday pressure and sprawl. This is mature work from a composer whose compositions evoke the disappointments and small victories of adulthood, and the value of perseverance.

Tamara Murphy (Bass) Fran Swin (Guitar) Luke Howard (Piano) James Mcclean (Drums)

This West Australian saxophonist loves Stella Donnelly, is a modernist with an ear for a classic melody.

Gemma Farrell (WA) is leading saxophonist, composer and educator on the Perth scene, lecturing at WAAPA, and working as the assistant musical director of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra. After a long-stint in Europe, where she earned a Master of Music at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Farrell returned to Australia, a force majeure. Her quintet’s second album Organised Chaos and was nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award in 2018. Farrell’s solo work is bright and soulful, phrasing traditional elements of jazz like lyrical, melodic solos against a swinging rhythm section. Farrell’s work as a musician represents a rich tradition in jazz, and her work as an educator empowers and supports young women to become players.

Gemma Farrell (Saxophones) Sam Hadlow (Trombone) Daniel Garner (Guitar) Kate Pass (Bass) Ryan Daunt (Drums)