The Prince of Jazz: Chet Baker

On September 27th Simon Drew will return to the Doo-Bop basement for a tribute to one of the most iconic musicians of all time,  ‘Prince of Jazz’ Chet Baker. What makes Chet Baker so special? Read on to find out more. “Chet Baker was one of the great musical stylists of the 20th century. His perfect trumpet tone mixed with his rich and limited vocal style came together to create music that was unique and immediately recognisable. He lived a hard…

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Nikki Nouveau goes under the spotlight

Nikki Nouveau is coming back in November after not one but THREE sold out performances last month at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar. Nikki Nouveau goes under the Doo-Bop spotlight. How long have you been a musician and what was your first public performance? I first trained as a classical singer in opera. My first public performance was singing ‘Vilia’ from the operetta ‘The Merry Widow’ in a small church at the age of 17 What is special about jazz for you?…

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Andy Sugg goes under the spotlight

Leading Australian Saxophonist Andy Sugg goes under the Doo-Bop Spotlight. Andy Sugg, saxophonist and band leader based in Melbourne will be travelling to Brisbane on September 12th to perform his latest album ‘Tenorness’ at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar. Click Here to Book Tickets Describe yourself in 10 words A musician who loves the way music creates fun, happiness, celebration. How long have you been a musician and what was your first public performance? I started playing when I was 14 (kinda…

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, was undoubtedly one of the defining voices of the 20th Century.  She moved gospel from the church into the secular world of pop and brought with it the struggles of the civil rights movement, and those sounds have spanned generations.  Rolling Stone magazine listed Aretha as the greatest voice of all time and her peers and audience stood in standing ovation. At the young age of six, Aretha was playing complex gospel piano chords…

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How Big is Big?

September is the month for Big Bands at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar as we announce the launch of Big Band Tuesday’s as well as a number of other ‘Big Bands’ set to take the Doo-Bop stage. Ever wondered what exactly it is that  makes a big band BIG? read on to find out… A quick history of the era of swing aka big band jazz! Written by Emma Ives Whilst big band refers to a jazz band with more than ten…

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“It’s all about collaboration” Interstaters come to Doo-Bop in July

A bevy of local, interstate and international artists will be in the house at Doo-Bop in the month of July. Kicking off on Sunday 1st July is an Australian/German collaboration  MFG – Gemma Farrell (tenor sax, Melbourne), Nico Maas (guitar, Germany, Thomas Goralski (paino, Germany/Switzerland), Kane Shaw (bass, Perth) and Ryan Daunt (drums, Perth). Other interstaters brushing through Doo-Bop are Sydney’s David Theak with his 8 piece group called THOOPER THAX v2 who will pay “homage to the saxophone” on…

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Thanks for Celebrating with us!

Spirits are high at 101 Edward St as we recover from our weekend of  celebrations. Last week Doo-Bop hit its 12-month milestone, so we partied like cool cats all weekend to some of the hottest jazz in town. In case you were Stevie Wondering Our anniversary celebrations kicked off early with Peter Cupples on Thursday 21st June. Peter brought in the crowds with his sell-out Stevie Wonder performance. Ingrid James says, “There was a touch of serendipity at Doo-Bop last Thursday night for the celebration…

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In The Spotlight: Pat Farrell

“This music is the music that inspired me to be a musician.” Ingrid James interviews PW Farrell (bass player/composer/educator) for his upcoming show Jazz Fusion: The Music of Hancock/Zawinul/Corea + Beyond @ Doo-Bop Jazz Bar on Wednesday 27 June 2018 Pat, can you tell us a little about how you got to this point in your career and who is most responsible for helping you get here? Well, where do I start? When I was 5 years old my parents insisted that…

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Doo-Bop Reviews Laurence Hobgood

“Simply amazing…” Two nights. Two workshops. Two performances. Doo-Bop reviews musical mastermind Laurence Hobgood. Laurence Hobgood Workshops Reviewed by Ingrid James “A recalibration of our desire to understand – not just an activity” Grammy award-winning piano virtuoso, composer, arranger, producer and educator from the USA, Laurence Hobgood, left a permanent imprint on Brisbane singers and instrumentalists at the two workshops he conducted at Doo-Bop on Saturday 21st April 2018. Each workshop delved deeply into our motivations for learning and for…

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