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James Flynn & Leah Guelfi
Friday 16 April 7.00pm
Vocalists, James Flynn & Leah Guelfi join forces once more to present two nights of top shelf entertainment celebrating the swinging styles of Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald and may more great artists as they celebrate the American songbook.
The two recently performed together in “Gotta be Gatsby” to a sellout audience in Denmark and also starred together in “Only You” James’s original Jazz musical that toured in late 2019. Together they capture the magic of these great song stylists perfectly, while still adding their own stamp with style, humour & a touch of ‘Flynnesse’.
With a great on and off stage rapport the two really complement each other with their performance styles. They are both power house performers who love what they do and really engage with their audience. Prepare to be thoroughly, entertained.
Both are joined by a four piece piece ensemble consisting of the cream of Perth’s jazz musicians: Harry Mitchell– Piano, Adam Springhetti – Bass, Paul Millard- Saxes
& Bronton Ainsworth – Drums
Don’t miss out on a wonderful evening of entertainment by these world class performers.
More about Leah:
Leah Guelﬁ is a diverse performer who studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) and in 2011, with a Graduate Diploma of Music (Classical). Leah loves to explore different styles, especially jazz. Leah’s talent and style has seen her fronting the Oz Big Band, one of Perth’s favourite swing bands, since 2012. She has performed with them at the annual Melbourne Lindy Exchange on numerous occasions and performs regularly around Perth, including venues such as the Ellington Jazz Club and the Mustang Bar. Leah also performs regularly with the Metro Big Band and Tim Newhouse’s band Synken and has made special guest appearances with the Perth Cabaret Collective. Besides performing, Leah is a passionate educator in both group and individual settings. In 2016 she graduated Edith Cowan University with a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Music). She is a secondary classroom music teacher at St Mark’s Anglican Community School, a vocal tutor at Perth College and leads the Mercedes/Trinity String Ensemble. She has also been a longstanding committee member of Art Song Perth, volunteering her time to promote and support classical voice recitals in Perth.
More about James:
James Flynn, who recently relocated to Denmark, now curates ‘Riverside Live’ a concert series that has been running at the Riverside Club in Denmark for the last 6 months.
He has had a versatile career that spans three decades and has taken him around the world performing as a professional a jazz vocalist, band leader, composer, actor, director & writer.
Originally from Scotland, Flynn moved to Western Australia in early 2000.
He has written, produced and featured in, regional and national touring productions within Australia and consolidated a significant reputation internationally for his many performances overseas.
Sample career highlights include: Support artist for the late, great, Ray Charles – Support & touring artist with Demis Roussos- Featured soloist with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra- Jazz Festivals performances in Australia, Europe, UK & Asia – Opening act in the USA for ‘The Summer Horns’ Featuring: Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz & Richard Elliot) – Emcee/performer,The Singapore International Jazz festival 2016/17/18 – Emcee/host Gregory Porter in Concert – Singapore 2018.Writer/Performer original Jazz musical ‘Only You’ 2019.
James has recorded eight Jazz CD’s and is currently working on a new album of original compositions, featuring collaborations with artists from around the world and including, Australian jazz saxophone legend, Dale Barlow.
In addition to this he is also working on a project called ‘Jazz & Art, a collaboration with Japanese artist, Tsuyumi Miwa & an original screenplay “Angelicas smile” with, his BBC producer brother, David Flynn.