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JUNE

Gigs are happening every Tuesday night at The Underground at the Grand Hotel, Newcastle
Doors open at 7:30pm. Band plays from 8:00-10:00pm.
Bar open until 12:00am.

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Mitch Williamson Quartet
w/special guest: James Sarno (NY) 
| Tuesday 4 June

Mitch Williamson is a Newcastle born saxophone player who has been studying jazz for over 10 years now. He has learnt from some of the world’s best saxophonists, including Troy Roberts, Julian Lee, and Mike Rivett. He is accompanied by some of Australia’s finest musicians, Hugh Barrett on piano, Jacob Graham on double bass, and Alex Young on drums. This performance will feature a special guest from New York, James Sarno. James is one of the leading trumpet players in the jazz world at the moment, regularly performing with artists such as Emmet Cohen, Benny Benack III, Veronica Swift, and many more.

 

The band will be playing a mix of classic jazz styles that will bring excitement and variety throughout the show. This is certain to be one of the highlights for Newcastle jazz lovers this year.

Mitch Williamson – Saxophone

James Sarno – Trumpet

Hugh Barrett – Piano

Jacob Graham – Double Bass

Alex Young – Drums

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Pho Fighters | Tuesday 11 June

Robbie Long is a multi-instrumentalist who has covered miles of styles in his weird & wonderful career, from bluegrass to rock, from swing to folk. He has been a working man's musician since leaving school, walking the boards with countless acts on stages and in studios over the past thirty years in Australia, New Zealand, Europe.

 

Tonight Robbie is playing two sets with two different trios collectively known as the Pho Fighters. In one set he’ll feature on guitar with Josh Studley on drums and Brandon Yarnold on bass. In the second scenario Robbie will take the drumming chair, with Luke Gaudry on keyboards and Sam Rush on guitar. The music will travel from blues to early era swing, through to faves from giants such as Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Dave Gruison and John Schofield, as well as some original pieces.

Robbie Long – Guitar/Drums

Brandon Yarnold – Bass

Josh Studley – Drums

Luke Gaudry – Keyboards

Sam Rush – Guitar

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Quartet Chicken n’ Chips | Tuesday 18 June

Sydney based Saxophonist Lachy Hamilton will be touring with Peter Koopman (2022 National Jazz Awards Winner) and his new band. Galvanised by their love of Frango's, Sydney's favourite Portugese Chicken Shop, Quartet Chicken N' Chips have toured Australia, USA and EU with the likes of Vince Jones, James Morrison, Judy Bailey, Donny Benet, are by no means first timers on the stage.

Their maturity is shown not in their band, and song naming abilities, but in the emotion and energy they exert on stage. They'll be performing Rock, Blues and Jazz influenced songs from Australian composes like James Muller, Judy Bailey and Sean Wayland; as well as their own music which can only be described as tasty (no extra salt needed).

Peter Koopman – Guitar

Lachy Hamilton – Saxophone

George Greenhill – Drums

Nick Jansen – Double Bass

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Cygan Groove | Tuesday 25 June

Cygan Groove are a melange of consummate musicians whose combined experience traverses jazz, classical, contemporary and world music styles. Fronted by the classic combination of guitar and violin, this frenetic four-piece is sure to baffle and delight. Allow yourself to be transported back to the old-world glamour of the 1940’s whilst still enjoying the contemporary flair of the modern world. Be astounded by their versatility as they present an engaging choice of atmospheric colours, perfect for easy listening... through to jaw dropping show pieces that will leave you wanting more.

Pana Watson – Guitar

Anthea Wikstrom – Violin

Brett Naylor – Guitar

Yaron Halis – Guitar/Vocals

Jeremy Burrows – Double Bass

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