Jazzy Jeudi with Leïla Négrau
Alliance Française de Melbourne's Basement, 51 Grey St, St Kilda.
Thursday 1 February at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Full $20 / AFM members $15. Advanced online bookings recommended as places are limited.
Please check if you are logged in to receive the discount. Only one discount ticket per member (unless you hold a family membership) - membership cards will be checked on the night.
To welcome in the first Jazzy Jeudi of 2018 the Alliance Française is proud to present Leïla Négrau with Judex Rose on guitar, Alexander Nettlebeck on piano and Conrad Henderson on bass. Singer-percussionist Leïla Négrau hails from the Réunion Island and brings with her an eclectic mix of musical culture. She combines South American, rock and African rhythms with the traditional Maloya music from the Réunion, which she describes as ‘blues from the Indian Ocean’ having its origins in the music of the former slaves on the island. For Jazzy Jeudi, Leila will present her most Afro-jazz compositions along with some standards arranged for traditional Maloya instruments including ‘Summertime’, ‘Stormy Weather’ or ‘My Funny Valentine’.
Leïla Négrau - Vocals / percussion
Leila Négrau has been performing on stage since the age of 11 through dance then theatre, becoming professional at the age of 16. Today Leila sings and plays traditional percussion from the Réunion Island. She has released seven albums of which the last was entitled Va Te Coiffer (literally: ‘go do your hair’ – a reference to her own wild hair which has become a symbol of her identity) an album that is generous, intense, tender and humorous incorporating sounds from Maloya, afro-rock, pop, jazz and South American rhythms. She has an eclectic background of formal training – from classical singing to African drumming, and has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and South America.
Judex Rose - Vocals / clarinet / guitar
Judex Rose is a music composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Mauritius Island based in Melbourne, Australia. Drawing inspiration from his father, a bassplayer, Judex grew up surrounded by musicians. He started his professional musical carrier as bandsman in the Mauritius Police Band in 1996. Judex plays clarinet, lead guitar, bass guitar and sings. In 2011 Judex Rose released his first single "Rivière Des Créoles" followed by "Afro-Soul Power" in January 2013, an eight track EP with songs in English, French and Creole which was nominated by the Age Music Victoria for PBS Best Soul, Funk, R'N'B and Gospel Album. Judex then released "L'Amour Li Fou" in September 2015 which was voted Music of the year in Mauritius.
Alexander Nettlebeck - Piano
Pianist, keyboardist and music producer Alexander Nettelbeck's compositions have featured in dance, theatre, film, and on radio and television. As band member and musical director Alexander has performed on headlining tours of festivals and venues in Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. His playing encompasses an eclectic range of music styles from jazz, to reggae, boogie to RnB, and world music.
Conrad Henderson - Bass
Conrad Henderson is the bassist for The New Impromptu Jazz Quartet. He is a prolific jazz and world music musician , a composer and arranger. Each year he performs overseas and tours extensively. He is also a renowned music educator here and abroad.
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