jazz and improvised music


Jess Green's Bright Sparks
Tinkly Tinkly CD Launch
DATE Saturday 16 February 2013
TIME 8:30pm
VENUE The Sound Lounge
TICKETS $25/$15
Book Online or 9351 7940

Four years in the making, SIMA is proud to celebrate the release of Tinkly Tinkly. Encompassing the eclectic, irreverent and memorable, Jess’ sound salutes the iconic big bands of Mingus and Dave Holland with moments of raucous guitar rock, country-afro grooves, serious music portraiture, and a dash of minimalism.

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Jess Green (guitar, vocals) Matt Keegan (tenor sax) Dan Junor (alto sax) Simon Ferenci (trumpet) John Hibbard (trombone) Bree van Reyk (vibes, perc) Brendan Clarke (bass) Evan Mannell (drums) with special guest James Hauptmann

About Jess Green...

Jess Green is a guitarist, composer & vocalist based in Sydney. Originally training as a jazz guitarist at the ANU, Jess now performs in a wide variety of musical settings and genres.Jess released her debut album The Singing Fish and other short stories in 2004, to critical acclaim. The album features a 7 piece ensemble – The Green Septet. The group performed in Sydney and Melbourne and has continued to develop. In 2006 Jess won the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award which helped her tour the band. Jess will release a new album Tinkly Tinkly in Feb 2013 with this group (now an 8 piece) under the new name Jess Green’s Bright Sparks.

In 2007 Jess was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship and formed the group Rock group The New Dynamites releasing an EP in 2009.

Jess began performing regularly with Australian blues legend Jim Conway in 2009 and his group Jim Conway’s Big Wheel.  Jess has performed with Big Wheel at many of Australia’s premier music festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and many more. The band features Jess as vocalist and guitarist, and is releasing a new album in Feb 2013 featuring Jess’ songwriting as well as playing.

In 2010 Jess was also part of a “re-ignition” of iconic Aussie group The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. The group played the Woodford Folk Festival in 2010; and continuing by popular demand has performed in Sydney, Melbourne and the 2011 Byron Bay Blues Festival.

In 2012 Jess was asked to join Petulant Frenzy, an 11 piece group performing the music of Frank Zappa. Jess performed with the band across Sydney, as well as touring to Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Jess continues to explore other vehicles for her performing and composing, including Jess Green & The Pre-Loved an acoustic trio performing jazz from the early last century, as well as contemporary rock duo Hurtbeats with percussionist Bree van Reyk. She continues to work with many other groups performing original music including Gary Daley’s Sanctuary and Dave Reaston’s 10 Guitar Project. She has also been featured as a guest member with the well known Australian Jazz group The catholics, with whom she toured with in 2011. 

In 2012 Jess was part of collaboration between composer Nick Wales and choreographer Shaun Parker in creating a new dance/music work Am I. The work was received with critical acclaim at the Adelaide Performing Arts Market, and is set to debut at the Sydney Festival 2014.



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