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PIJF: Tal Cohen & Ricki Malet Jazz Jam Session - Open To All
Friday 06 November 10.30pm
Open jazz jam – free entry for musicians and vocalists wishing to perform!
US based pianist Tal Cohen bring and local trumpeter Ricki Malet will host the opening night jam session at The Ellington. Tal and Ricki have played together for many years and have now been reunited by the events of 2020, they will be joined by Nick abbey on bass and Bronton Ainsworth on drums. Come down for a listen or join in on the action, it’s sure to be an exciting way to close out the opening night of the Perth International Jazz Festival!
Tal Cohen: Tal Cohen is a Grammy award winning Australian jazz pianist currently located in Miami. He has received much acclaim including winning the Barry Harris National Piano Competition and was the recipient of the prestigious Freedman Fellowship him performed to a sold out crowd at the Sydney Opera House. Recently, Tal Cohen has been playing around the Globe with Terence Blanchard, Greg Osby, Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano and others. He currently leads his own ensemble which has performed at Iconic jazz festivals and venues that include Jazzbez Jazz Festival (Ukraine), Detroit Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival (Australia), a three week residency at the Black Cat (San Fransisco) and his most recent album “Gentle Giants” has received international acclaim, gaining him many reviews, including a 4 star review from the historic Downbeat Magazine. Cohen’s become one of the most in demand pianists as he continues to tour the globe with his unique blend of Jewish melodies, traditional jazz Harmony and an impeccable rhythmic pallet, forging a path to be remembered.
Ricki Malet started on trumpet at age 10 and was accepted into the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at age 15 where he completed his Bachelor of Music in 2003. Over the last 20 years he has performed all over Perth (including a residency with quartet ‘The Fix’ at the Moon Café for 15 years) with various bands covering lots of different styles and has toured extensively, with tours to Europe in 2002 with Original Band Prawns with Horns, New York in 2006 with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), Melbourne in 2006 with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) and 2007 with Funk outfit The Roast as well as Australian tours with MFO in 2008, 2010, 2011 & 2013, the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group in 2017 & 2018 and the Jamie Oehlers Quintet in 2019. Most recently Ricki has played and recorded with the Australian National Jazz Orchestra at the Sydney Con Jazz Festival in 2017 and 2019 and been invited to perform and workshop students at The Brubeck Institute in 2014, 2016 & 2017, SHOWA University in Tokyo, Japan in 2018 and Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG) in 2019. Ricki was also a finalist in the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival ’17, a two-time Freedman Jazz Fellowship nominee and a recipient of a WA Music (WAM) award for best instrumentalist in 2017 & 2019.
Bassist/composer Nick Abbey has become an integral fixture of the jazz and contemporary music scenes in WA since arriving from Melbourne in 2006. Well known for holding down the low end as an eminently reliable sideman to many groups, this PhD recipient, 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship nominee, WAAPA sessional lecturer, and finalist at the 2015 National Jazz Awards is also a compelling artistic voice in his own right. His compositions have repeatedly drawn accolades, including the 2018/2019 WAM Jazz Song of the Year award for Song for The Days When (from the album Phantoms) as well as a further nomination in 2020, which followed three consecutive wins of the same award (2012– 2014). Nick has featured with a host of national and international luminaries, including the likes of Veronica Swift, Peter Bernstein, Vivian Sessoms, George Garzone, John Scofield, Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris, Jim Pugh, Howard Levy, Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers, Tom O’Halloran, and Troy Roberts.
Influenced by masters past and present, Bronton Ainsworth’s natural affinity for the drums began at ten. Since then, his burgeoning career has seen him work with musicians and bands all over Australia and around the world. Sparked by his studies at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he has become inspired by and equally at-home in all kinds of musical styles, from rock, folk, and blues, to jazz, latin, RnB, and beyond. Highly in-demand, Bronton has played with some of Australia’s leading musical figures, including Marina Prior, Grace Knight, Joe Echo, Bobby Fox, and Lucky Oceans, and through his tenure with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra has shared the stage with national and international icons Fred Wesley, Jim McNeely, Kate Ceberano, Ross Irwin, and Kristin Berardi. Bronton currently plays with local groups Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys and the Danny Moss Jnr. Trio.
Part of the Perth International Jazz Festival