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Russell Holmes | Brodie Stewart | Austin Salisbury | Harry Mitchell
Tuesday 08 September 7.00pm
Featuring Russell Holmes, Brodie Stewart, Austin Salisbury and Harry Mitchell, this show will be showcasing the Graham Wood Commemorative Piano, a Yamaha S6, our new piano which was crowdfunded by our generous patrons! Featuring four immensely talented Perth pianists, this show is set to be a treat for the ears.
The Yamaha S6 now on The Ellington stage is a hand built instrument that was earmarked by Yamaha Australia themselves as a perfect fit for the performance oriented stage at The Ellington. We are overjoyed that the arts community of Perth so openly welcomed becoming a part of both The Ellington and Graham Wood’s musical legacy by contributing to this brilliant new centrepiece. We hope you’ll come along to hear it in action!
Harry Mitchell has performed with notable artists such as Vincent Gardner, Kate Ceberano, George Garzone, Vince Jones, Jamie Oehlers, Julien Wilson, Troy Roberts and Matt Jodrell. He has also performed with pop/rock artists Charlie Watts (Rollingstones), Katy Steele (Little Birdy) and Damien Leith, as well as recording piano on the recent Hank Marvin album, ‘Without a Word’. In 2014 he won the Woss Scholarship (best recitalist) at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts for jazz studies, and in 2015 received first class Honours in jazz performance. In 2017 he was awarded Young Australian Jazz Musician of the year at the AUS Bell awards, as well as being awarded 2016-2017 WAM and 2017-2018 Jazz song of the year, and 2017/18, 2018/19 WAM Best Pianist. Harry has six studio albums to his name.
Russell Holmes is an experienced music teacher, pianist, triple WAMI award winner, ABC recording artist and bandleader. He can be heard around Perth with The Russell Holmes Trio, and in many other ensembles. His performance experience also includes overseas events and supporting visiting artists such as James Taylor. Russell appears on over 90 CDs and has been released on the ABC Jazz label. Russell lectures in both Contemporary and Jazz Music Courses at WAAPA. The Russell Holmes Trio has recently released a new EP CD entitled “RESTLESS” A strong musical statement that embodies the incredible synergy created by these like-minded musicians and friends.
Wearing another hat entirely, having performed with acoustic groups “The Ragabillys”, Gina Williams/ Guy Ghouse Band and “The Nullarbor Mountain Boys” playing guitar, banjo and piano, has led to performing more acoustic and traditional music with daughter Melanie Holmes (vocals, piano ) and amazing multi-instrumentalist Jarrad Van Dort (guitars, mandolin, ukulele and vocals).
Austin Salisbury is a Perth-based jazz pianist, performing locally and nationally for the last 6 years. Graduating with First-Class Honours in Jazz Performance from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2017, he has learned his craft from some Australia’s finest jazz musicians including Tom O’Halloran, Jamie Oehlers, Russel Holmes and Daniel Susnjar.
Austin has performed in both the Perth and Melbourne International Jazz Festivals and played alongside jazz heavyweights Kneebody (USA), Mike Abene and Matt Jodrell and Rai Thistlethwayte. He spent one year in the piano chair in WAYJO’s Wednesday Night Orchestra under the direction of Mace Francis, and currently plays in the R&B outfit the Milford Street Shakers, original jazz group MELVE and leads his own trio, regularly performing a mixture of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. 2018 marked the release of his first studio album as co-leader (alongside Imogen Thomson) of the Afro-Cuban Jazz project “Mejadra”. The album was launched at the 2018 Perth International Jazz Festival.
Brodie Stewart is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer, producer, and audio engineer based in Perth, Western Australia. Brodie is at the forefront of the jazz and contemporary music scenes, where his forward-thinking musicianship has resulted in him being in high demand. A recipient of the “Channel 7 Award for Jazz” and a graduate with First Class Honours in Jazz Performance of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Brodie now lectures at WAAPA in the Contemporary Music course.
Brodie has been performing with his trio – consisting of Alistair Peel on double bass, and Daniel Harrison on drums – since 2014. With an upcoming album in the pipeline, Brodie’s strong compositional signature draws from a kaleidoscope of influences, ranging from modern jazz and classical, through to R&B, folk and pop. His music has seen performances throughout Australia, America, and Europe.