Gigs are happening every Tuesday night at The Underground at the Grand Hotel, Newcastle. The Bistro is open upstairs for meals, coffee and desserts.

Gigs at the Underground



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Lisa Parrott (NY/Aus) |  Tuesday 6 July

Lisa Parrott is a local music treasure. She has moved from Lake Macquarie to New York, the toughest jazz nursery in the world, and established herself as one of the leading baritone and alto saxophone players in jazz.

Lisa has been in the US for the past two decades working with a number of prominent acts. She is consistently being mentioned in DownBeat Magazine's Critics and Readers Polls winning the 2016 annual DownBeat Critics poll in the 'Rising Star' category for baritone saxophone. Lisa's playing has been featured on over 30 albums and her performance credits include such notable musicians as Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Diane Shuur, Johnny Mandel, Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops.


Lisa's latest album, 'Round Tripper' received great reviews, including 4 stars in Downbeat and JazzTimes, and a 4.5 star review on

Joining Lisa for this special night are long time collaborators Cameron Undy and Carl Dewhurst.

Lisa Parrott - Saxophone

Carl Dewhurst - Guitar

Cameron Undy - Bass

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Paul David Quartet |  Tuesday 13 July

Jazz & Latin music played in the style of the popular classic era artists and recordings from the 1940's, 1950's & 1960's. Recently formed, the Quartet pays homage to the greats. Offering a fresh approach to such artists as; Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Carlos Jobim, Wes Montgomery and more...

Paul Chaplin - Guitar/Vocals

Steve Gidney - Bass

Jason Tyler - Piano

Ben Barnes - Drums

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Briana Cowlishaw Quintet  |  Tuesday 20 July

Sydney based vocalist Briana Cowlishaw is making leaps and bounds with her mesmerizing voice and incessant creativity. Her compositions are not only innovative in harmonic and structural approach, but leave you entranced from her honest and generous expression that explores the journeys and experiences of everyday life.

Brianna is performing alongside some of Australia’s greatest jazz musicians. Don't miss out on what will be an incredible live music experience.

“Her compositions reflect a distinctive style, that promises to be unmistakable; her structures and arrangements are always interesting, her melodies transporting.”  – Lloyd Bradford Syke, (The Australian Stage)

Briana Cowlishaw - Vocals

Gavin Ahearn - Piano

Karl Laskowski - Saxophone

Jonathan Zwartz - Double Bass

Nic Cecire - Drums

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Cygan Groove  | Tuesday 27 July

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 1940s 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.

Anthea Wikstrom - Violin

Pana Watson - Guitar

Brett Naylor - Guitar

Jeremy Burrows - Double Bass

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