The Ellington’s 15th Birthday Festival 1st – 3rd March 2024
The Ellington’s glittering golden girls, Ali Bodycoat, Libby Hammer and Simone Craddock invite you to celebrate their beloved club with an afternoon of world-class vocal jazz, scintillating stories and much merriment!
15 years is a remarkable achievement and through thick and thin, The Ellington has prevailed, giving local, national and international artists a space in which to flourish, supported by the brilliance of our dedicated audiences.
Accompanied by a swinging trio, our wonderful Divas revisit highlights from the club’s grand history, citing notable guests and extraordinary moments from the last 15 years – telling The Ellington’s story through song.
Together, these three ladies are a force to behold and if two is company…three is a birthday party!
Ali Bodycoat is Perth’s femme fatale. Winner of the Fringe World WA Cabaret Award 2017 for her original show Minor Major Marlene and owner of the long running 17 year jazz trio residency with Graham Wood and many other Perth-born jazz luminaries, performing with our very own WASO, for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and throughout WA, Ali is one of Perth’s most respected artists.
Libby Hammer is a performer whose talents know no bounds. She sings, composes, plays the ukulele, walks on stilts, sews glorious costumes and has a strong fan base among Perth’s 3 – 6 year olds. She is Perth’s own resident jazz diva, a multiple WAMI award winner and recipient of the WA Children’s Event Fringe World Award for her 2017 original music show Crazy Hat Day.
Simone Craddock is a West End leading lady turned multiple award-winning Jazz Songstress. Returning home from a dazzling career in London 5 years ago, Simone won the 2020 Fringe World Overall Music & Musicals Award for Nina, Love Simone. She has performed at Ronnie Scotts, Houses of Parliament, sung with The Perth Symphony Orchestra, starred at His Majesty’s Theatre and has been commissioned to sing for two Governors of Western Australia.
Jackson VanBallegooyen – piano
Alistair Peel – double bass
Mike Perkins – drums
On this very weekend in 2009, The Ellington Jazz Club opened its doors for the first time. Those doors have stayed open seven nights a week, for fifteen years since! We’re celebrating this milestone with a three day festival showcasing our diverse and vibrant Jazz scene, in honour of the late Graham Wood, the club’s joint co-founder with Bernard Kong. Please join us to celebrate the beating heart of Perth’s Jazz community, to commemorate the rich history of The Ellington Jazz Club and to toast to it’s bright future!