NIMA is an incorporated Not-For-Profit Association that was established in March 2009 to address the lack of performance opportunities for contemporary jazz and improvised music artists in Newcastle. The driving goal of NIMA Inc is philanthropic, aiming to support local musicians so that they can showcase their skills and repertoire. NIMA is also looking forward to providing earplay to less commonly accessible music genres in a space where established and emerging musicians can experiment with new musical styles.
Adam Miller Trio | Tuesday 2 May
With a career spanning just over 20 years, Adam Miller had early beginnings as a solo guitar virtuoso, that led to session playing, producing, mix & master engineer, university educator and everything in between, but his vision of creating instrumental guitar music has never lost focus. He has toured the globe, performing in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Japan, Australia & even Afghanistan for the Australian and Allied Forces. Miller has shared stages with Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Adam Levy, Matt Schofield, Mason Stoops, Josh Smith, Joey Landreth, Russell Morris, Ariel Posen, Tony McManus, Ben Gillies (Silverchair) amongst others. With glowing coverage in guitar & music press across the world, the 2002 Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion has his own signature model guitar, the “Adam Miller Redwood Rietbergen” from Nik Huber Guitars"
Adam Miller – Guitar
Peter Gray – Bass
Nic Cecire – Drums
Ashby & the Tonewheels | Tuesday 9 May
Drawing inspiration from 1960s Rock, Blues and Boogaloo the Tonewheels deliver a soulful yet gritty performance infused with the stylistic and iconic sounds of Guitar, Hammond organ, Bass and Drums. Their music comprises Blues and Boogaloo standards, groove-laden arrangements of 1960’s pop classics and original pieces by guitarist Richard Ashby. The Tonewheels trick bag combines a mastery of jazz improvisation, the raw, edginess of blues and in-the-pocket grooves to create a fresh and creative approach to a classic guitar and organ combo.
Ashby's latest release 'Arkadia Blues' is currently in the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart Top 10, and also the UK Blues Broadcasters Chart Top 40. Arkadia Blues was recently featured in the US Blues publication 'Blues Blast Magazine' and is receiving regular airplay nationally and abroad (UK, Canada & the US).
Richard Ashby – Guitar
Luke Sweeting – Keys
Jeremy Burrows – Bass
Mike Quigley – Drums
The Dungeon Small Band | Tuesday 16 May
Having been an exciting part of the Newcastle Jazz scene for more than 20 years, The Dungeon Big Band now appears in a quartet format to bring you songs of the Big Band era on a smaller scale!
Featuring the sweet sounds of clarinet and baritone sax (Rod Barnes) and accompanied by the Dungeon Big Band’s rhythm section (Heather Price, Jo Cadman and Ben Barnes). Lead vocals on the night will also be thanks to Heather Price, who regularly appears on the NIMA stage having performed recently in a number of different ensembles that showcase her versatility and all round awesomeness!!
The great music of Gershwin, Ellington and Porter will be featured with some great Latin tunes mixed through too!
Heather Price – Vocals/bass
Rod Barnes – Clarinet/Saxophone
Jo Cadman – Keys
Ben Barnes – Drums
Rehab Brass Band | Tuesday 23 May
The Rehab Brass Band’s roots are based on the Tradition of New Orleans Street Marching Bands and Second Line rhythms and will get a crowd on their feet and dancing with some down and dirty brass injected funk!
The extensive high energy repertoire is drawn from artists such as: Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, The Meters, Trombone Shorty, The Dirty Dozen, Bonerama, Dr John, Rebirth Brass Band, Jon Cleary, The Soul Rebels, Mardis Gras Indians, Stanton Moore. This covers grooves and harmonies from Gospel hymns, New Orleans Traditional Mardi Gras music, Jazz, Rock, Latin, Funk and Blues.
The bands outstanding versatility can work with any crowd as the flexible line up performs as either a roving, or static band. We can
cover any event or occasion.
The Rehab Brass Band is made up of respected jazz musicians based in the Hunter Valley region of NSW.
Dave Thompson – Trumpet/Vocals
Paul Isaacs – Tenor Sax/Vocals
Jeremy Borthwick – Trombone/Vocals
Leigh Sherringharn – Sousaphone
James "Wah Wah" Wyatt – Guitar/ ocals
David Tracey – Drums/Vocals
The Cookers | Tuesday 30 May
“The Cookers” is a swinging jazz guitar trio - honouring the great trio tradition of Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and more. With their unique takes upon the Great American Songbook and classic Jazz Standards this is certainly not your average guitar trio!
Andrew Dickeson – Drums
Yannick Koffi – Guitar
Jacob Graham – Double Bass