Hoi Polloi, Old Parliament House!

I am looking forward to performing at the Hoi Polloi restaurant again this Sunday 28 February at 12.30pm!

For this gig I will be performing with guitarist and fellow Novocastrian, Luke Greenhalgh!

Luke studied jazz guitar at Newcastle Conservatorium.

His tutors included some of Australia’s most prominent musicians; Graeme McCutcheon, Giuseppe Zangarri, Terry Latham, Carl Dewhurst, Ron Philpott and Daryl Aberhart.

Luke was also fortunate to have private tutelage from internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman. His playing style is heavily influenced by American contemporary jazz-rock guitarists John Scofield and Pat Metheny.

He also has a love of the new wave of jazz guitarists such as Gilad Hekselman, Adam Rogers and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Luke’s day job is with the Australian Army Band. I know for a fact that military bands produce very fine musicians. They are expected to be of a high standard upon entry and are very versatile players.

I am looking forward to performing some jazz tunes with Luke for the very first time!

So come on down to the Hoi Polloi this Sunday, the 28th February, for some fine food & jazz!

A little Afro Cuban fusion! 

I am looking forward to having the dynamic Afro Cuban percussionist Sinuhe Pacheco perform with Viktor Rufus and I at Rodney’s Garden Cafe, Pialligo, this Sunday (17th January)!

Sinuhe studied popular Afro-Cuban percussion at the prestigious Superior Institute of the Arts, as well as Felix Farella music schools in Cuba. He has gained a well regarded reputation not only in Canberra but across Australia including performances at W.O.M.A.D festivals and more.

I have been performing with the fabulous young jazz guitarist Victor Rufus over the past 4 to 5 months.

Victor graduated from the ANU in 2012, completing Jazz Performance Honours. He currently teaches at Music For Everyone (MFE). He also composes for his band Reverberation whist playing in various groups across town.

Victor is fast becoming a popular “young gun” for hire not only in the ACT but in Victoria and NSW!

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So come on down to the beautiful surrounds of Rodney’s Garden Cafe. It’s sure to be a lively gig!

By the way, the food is terrific and the staff are friendly.

There’s also plenty of shading to keep you cool!

See you there!

Bella Groove will be playing Funk & Soul plus some R&B thrown into the mix at Honktonks, Canberra on the 30th January from 6 to 8pm!

Having performed some R&B / funk / soul material at past gigs, I felt it was time to form a new lineup specifically to pay homage to those musicians who inspired me so much.

Joining me will be Clare Fitzgerald on keys/clavinet sounds, Scott Temby on bass and Bruce Smythe on drums. Guest horn player, Cameron Smith (from Moochers Inc) will accompany the band on the night!
 
It will be a fun couple of hours. You will hear some tunes from favourite artists such as The Meters, Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock and Eddie Jefferson.
So stop by Honkytonks for a pick me up for your Saturday evening! We will certainly have you dancing and grooving to our soul and funk repertoire!

We’re back at the Hippo Co!

Bella Groove is back at the Hippo Co this Wednesday with some more infectious tunes and rhythms!

I’m excited to be performing with another great line-up of young musos!

There’ll be fabulous Victor Rufus on guitar a.k.a. VRR (Victor Rufus Reverberation), solid bass player Scott Temby (electric and stand-up bass), talented Clare Fitzgerald (keys), Mark Levers, rhythm machine (on drums) and dynamic percussionist Sinuhe Pacheco.

Expect a new kind of beat that’ll get your feet tappin’ and your body groovin’! With some jazz funk, a few standards & some beatnik jazz including some original material by Elise and bass player Scott!

See you there or be square!

 

 

Bella Groove is playing at Pheast Manuka this Sunday March 15th, we’d love you to see you there!

Come on down for a laid-back afternoon at Pheast with fine food, great company and some cool grooves!

Peter Barta will play bass with some groovy effects pedals. Jonathan Mao will play some bluesy licks on his guitar.

Last but not least, drummer Jon Nourse from The Black Hats Band will set the blues & swing rhythms for the day!

 

 

Bella Groove at Molly Bar NYE 2014

It was a pleasant surprise to be mentioned by the Canberra Times!

It was a fun gig at Molly Bar for New Years Eve 2014. Every one dressed up in true 1920’s style for the Gatsby themed evening.

The Bella Groove line-up for this amazing evening included; the talented Sally Greenaway (on keyboard) and John Burgess (on bass) and solid drummer Derrick “Noddy” Brassington. Peter Levans also joined us on a few tunes playing some cool muted trumpet.

The mood of the evening was hard to beat! The crowd sang along and danced to old jazz standards such as: Sing Sing Sing and It Don’t Mean A Thing.

The staff at Molly Bar were friendly and made everybody feel special! Those cocktails were something to write home about too!

Bella Groove playing at Hippo Co

Thanks to Eric Pozza of Canberra Jazz blog for his complimentary post.

Bella Groove certainly had a great time playing at the Hippo Co on the 14th January. It was great to see people get up and dance to our Latin & Jazz blues numbers in the last set!

We tried some new tunes this time, including: Beatrice by Sam Rivers, Stolen Moments by Oliver Nelson, a jazzy interpretation of Temptation by Tom Waits.

Joe Taylor, tenor sax player was an added bonus. He was called in short notice and did a fantastic job.

We look forward to our next gig at the fabulous Hippo Co bar!

 

Bella Groove will be playing again at Pheast in Manuka this Sunday, January 25th!

Pheast is such a cool layback Sunday afternoon gig. I’m looking forward to playing funky, R&B grooves with Peter Barta (bass), Robert Nesci (drums) and Jonathan Mao sitting-in on guitar!!

So come along, grab a drink or late lunch, early dinner and sit back to Bella Groove’s funky tunes from 3 to 6pm!

It’s also the Australia Day weekend so no excuse not to come down and chill out at Pheast Manuka’s beer garden!

Theatre Workshop by Bella Groove

Life is but a stage!

Workshop program for 8 to 16 year olds

Students get to act, sing, dance and put on a 30-minute show in just 3 days!

Working with experienced vocal coaches, performers, musicians and a dance instructor they will learn lines, sing songs and develop dance routines culminating in one fun and exciting performance for family and friends.

Venue: Canberra Baptist Church Community Hall, Kingston
Cost: $150 per child for 3 days including final performance.
Dates: TBA

In the workshop children will explore & develop:

  • their Imagination and Creativity
  • self Confidence
  • self Awareness
  • and Resilience

Facilitated by Elise of Bella Groove and Queen Juanita Music.

If you’d like to express interest, please fill in the form below. We will contact you and advise when the next workshops will be held.

End of year Concert Poster

Below are a few photos from our End of Year Student Concert. Everyone did a tremendous job performing. The concert was a success. We’ll definitely be holding more student concerts in 2015!

I was proud to present a concert for my students with my friend and colleague Juanita Cucinotta of Queen Juanita Music on the 6 December 2014.

It was a fabulous opportunity for students of all ages to get up and perform in front of family and friends. Some students had already experienced performing in public whilst others had stepped out for the first time!

Regardless of experience, there was a good deal of stage fright on the day. So there was plenty of mutual hugging and supportive comments backstage!

Photographs by Louise Brooks.