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Singapore soul-jazz quintet The Steve McQueens join Jazz by the Bay

March 27, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Eclectic young Singapore band The Steve McQueens are the latest to join the line up for this year’s Jazz by the Bay festival in Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River in WA from June 2 to 5.

Describing their music as ‘neo-vintage soul-funk’, the sound of The Steve McQueens draws influence from artists like Theolonius Monk, James Brown, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Brad Mehldau, Steely Dan and Robert Glasper – from soulful and sultry to eclectic and eccentric.

Their appearance in WA is made possible thanks to a new relationship established by Jazz by the Bay organisers with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, which is held over the same weekend. The McQueens will play in Melbourne and then head straight to the south west for a Sunday night performance.

The band’s name is inspired by the 1960s and ‘70s actor Steve McQueen as an icon for cool, for his anti-hero persona and iconic films. They’ve just released their latest CD, Seamonster, produced in London at Livingston Studios.

The Steve McQueens have been winning fans around Singapore and Asia, playing to glowing praise at festivals like Japan’s iconic Summersonic, Indonesia’s Java Jazz, Singapore’s Singjazz and London’s O2 Indigo.

In 2016 they toured South Korea, and received great reviews for their performances at the Brisbane Festival and Oz Asia Festival in Adelaide.

Also confirmed for Jazz by the Bay 2017 are Nadira and Friends. Hailing from Tasmania, Nadira is a fresh face on the Australian jazz scene. She’s performed at all Tasmanian jazz festivals and had sold out gigs at Devonport Jazz Fest in 2016.

She’s performed at venues across Hobart and Melbourne including MONA, Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Open Studio, and Paris Cat. Nadira will be accompanied by well known local jazz band  Jazztrix for a foot stomping and heart swooning performance!

There’s a wealth of talent at this year’s Jazz by the Bay with more than 200 individual performers appearing across the weekend.

Further acts include Doxy, Cassandra Charlick, SSB Quintet, The Sets, Freddie Grigson and Allira Wilson (Australian Bell Award for best jazz vocal album 2014), Serge Le Goueff, Elle Deslandes, South West Trad Jazz Collective, Mr & Mrs Smith, Pete Jeavons, Chris Tarr, Danny Moss Jnr, the Penny King Quartet, Jazz Jacks, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and more.

Already announced for the Festival are the Buena Vista Social Club Young Guns with Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys; UK-based jazz singer and recording artist Karen Lane with her four-piece band, and festival favourite Cathrine Summers.

Free and ticketed events are scheduled across the Jazz by the Bay long weekend indoors and out and catering for lovers of jazz soul and funk.

Jazz by the Bay provides a complete feast for the senses with many events including stunning local food and wine in the experience.

More acts will be announced in coming weeks and a full program of Jazz by the Bay performances will soon be available from the event websitewww.jazzbythebay.com.au along with ticketing information. Visit the event’s Facebook page for all the latest news and accommodation partners Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Wyndham Resort & Spa or  www.margaretriver.com for accommodation options.  Sign up for the e-news for the latest updates.

The Festival is made possible thanks to support from City of Busselton, Tourism Western Australia, Department of Regional Development – Royalties for Regions, Retravision, Satterley, Singapore Airlines and more.

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