Basement Jazz Fest
A night of all local live music as the city’s best purveyors of JAZZ come together for a huge night showcasing SWING + SKA + FUNK + NEW ORLEANS + DIXIELAND + AFROBEAT + BEYOND! Featuing…
Brass Knuckle Brass Band – New Orleans Funk
NYASH! – Afrobeat Ska
Zackerbilks – Dixieland Jazz
Good Gosh – Gyspy Swing
The first edition of this event was held in 2019 and sold out the Polish Club (see photos!) – and we are very happy to bring it back to an even larger venue in 2021! Expect on stage brass collaborations, heavy jazz vibes of the funk, swing, ska, gypsy and afrobeat variety!
BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND
Brass Knuckle Brass Band play New Orleans street funk, jazz and hiphop perfect for a sweaty late-night party for anyone who knows a sousaphone will always be tougher than a bass guitar. Think whiskey dripping from trombone spit-valves; drummers with callouses on their callouses – imagine a crusty bari sax belting from the gutter and you’re starting to get the idea.
Canberra’s very own enclave of Afrobeat + Ska + Reggae sounds – this 9 piece orchestra combines the mighty Afro-Funk of Nigeria’s Fela Kuti with tight brass section and heavy jazz + ska grooves! Originally formed in 2012 by Nicholas Combe and Simon Milman – two stalwarts of the local jazz and reggae scene in Canberra – 7 years later the band has reformed with original members and some great new additions. From West Belconnen to West Africa and beyond, this musical collective will keep your nyash shaking!
Hot stepping out from their local Canberra speakeasy, Zackerbilks are spreading their love of trad jazz to the world. Join them on a high-energy musical journey that travels from the turn of the century to the 1940s. Dressed to impress, this dapper eight-piece group will have your toes tapping as they play a mix of trad to modern with a vintage twist.
Taking you back to the glory days of Manouche Swing and at times verging on Arabized Bolero, Good Gosh will wow you with fiery waltzes and furious swing licks, with all songs from the pen of front man Liam O’Connell. This special lineup of Good Gosh features the best of Canberra’s string players with Matthew Lustri (guitar), Pablo Shopen (fiddle), Anthony Irving (double bass) as well as Mark Levers (drums) and Liam out the front covering all the malicious melodies.
Liquid Sunshine Sound System is run by deejay Maarten Vlot, and will be doing a special set of Jazz + Funk! Maarten has a deep and forensic musical knowledge – he analyses music in a forensic manner and with academic rigour. This allows for cross referencing tracks on elements, ‘flavour’, dance floor capability and other elements, combining tracks that can be across genres but in a logical and enjoyable story.
Liquid Sunshine is all about good times and positive warm vibrations. It makes people feel good about themselves and the world.