Swingin' at the Savoy

Saturday 23 February 7.00pm

Jump aboard the Swingin’ at the Savoy time machine and we will sweep you back to the fun, glamorous and entertaining days of the swing era!  We play infectious music from the 1920’s-1940’s from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and many other greats, along with our own authentic original songs.  Swingin’ at the savoy are sure to get the party going and keep the dance floor alight!
Over the last year the band have made quite a name for themselves playing at clubs, river boats festivals and swing dance events. The music chosen is enjoyed by a very broad audience and the level of musicianship appeals to enthusiastic jazz fans and non-jazz audiences alike.  Most importantly, the band captivate their audiences and their shows include musical surprises and audience participation.
The individual band members have a great deal of experience in playing many styles of jazz and are well sought-after musicians, both in Western Australia and overseas: 
We are looking forward to appearing at the Ellington for a wild swing party!  Dancing will most definitely be encouraged for this event.
The band members are:

Randa Khamis – Lead vocal

Randa is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who has released two singles and two albums worldwide on London label, Freestyle Records. Her music has been licensed to US television show, Skins and she is at times invited interstate and overseas to perform, including shows extensively across the UK, Spain and France. Most recently, she performed in the Brunswick music festival.  Randa has supported Lionel Richie, singing to 12,000 people; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and The Cat Empire.  Randa is mainly known from the band, Randa and the Soul Kingdom. When not performing, she is a Music Lecturer by day.

Barnabas Courtauld-Drums

Barnabas has been captivating audiences his whole life.  He studied jazz at WAAPA and has played in a number of bands of various genres. He has three years’ experience playing in the iconic Corner House Jazz Band in Perth and has played abroad in Europe and Asia. 

Mark Wearing – Woodwinds

Mark [AKA Mr.E.Mann] is a jack of all trades, with a penchant for woodwinds (saxophone/clarinet/ xaphoon) and keys (piano/accordion/melodica/keytar). A trained audio engineer both in studio and live sound, he composes for films, animations, games and performs with Voudou Zazou (gypsy jazz), Crow Jones (ritual rock) and Discordians (various genres)

Chris Dombrose-Guitar

Chris Dombrose (ex WAAPA) is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. A versatile musician, he is equally comfortable playing guitar, piano, bass, accordion or Greek bouzouki and has performed in a wide variety of styles. This includes leading a Hendrix-esque guitar-driven rock trio; channelling Bob Dylan with solo acoustic guitar and harmonica; and playing bouzouki in a family trio sharing the music of Greek icon Vasilis Tsitsanis.

Sid Hennessy-Double bass

Sid has studied under the renowned double-bassist, Geoff Chalmers and has performed extensively in the UK, Japan and around Australia.  He is also a singer and songwriter, playing to audiences of up to 12,000 people.  Sid also plays double-bass in the gypsy jazz outfit, Voudou Zazou, He is regularly invited to recording sessions playing double-bass, electric bass and acoustic bass guitar, in a diverse range of musical genres.

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