The Esperance Jazz and Blues Club has gone from strength to strength and, with the latest edition set to fall on Sunday, February 17, at The Loose Goose, I thought it high time to touch base and see how it’s all been going.
Each session operates with an open format, collaboration a key goal.
Geoff Collins, one of the club’s main drivers, said this element had been realised with nearly 30 different musicians having performed at the club, from local amateurs doing their first performance to seasoned professionals with a wide variety of instruments on display.
By taking a collaborative approach, developing musicians are given the opportunity to learn from experienced performers, gaining confidence in a live setting.
Esperance Blues and Jazz Club meetings have become known for creating a fun and stimulating atmosphere attracting loyal regulars, new attendees and tourists.
Regularly, The Loose Goose has reached capacity and, with ongoing local support and solid attendance, its renown continues to grow.
Geoff said the modest $5 door fee had allowed the club to purchase a quality pa system and further funds would go to additional lights to enhance the performance area.
I was interested to ask Geoff whether any musical collaborations, outside of the monthly club meeting, had eventuated and a number of gigs and jams have come about inspired by collaborations that first occurred at the club.
Each new combination of musicians creates an entirely unique product as it is based on the interactions, experiences and skills of the participants.
Listening and learning with each other is surely the most rewarding aspect of the club for all musicians concerned, with the whole community benefiting from the entertainment that results.
Two meetings back, Grand Casual were invited to play the club and I must say it was an absolutely golden experience.
To get involved, head to the Esperance Jazz and Blues Club Facebook page, and be sure to head down the The Loose Goose on February 17 from 5pm.
WA’S finest has received a swag load of press, big thanks to the local media outlets for getting behind the project which is proudly supported by Dudley Newton Optometrists, Elders Insurance and Elpha. Saturday, February 9th, sees the series kick of on all fronts.
Head to the Cannery Arts Centre from 2-3pm and join Denmark local Myles Mitchell in his workshop focussed on performance technique.
The workshop is free to attend and open to all ages. Head to www.kyzapresents.com for more information.
If you’re keen for one hell of a live experience, don’t miss WAM 2018 Best Regional Act Nominees Blue Child Collective with their full band alongside Esperance’s own regional nominees Grand Casual supported by Myles Mitchell and Campbell Garratt at The Cannery.
Kicking off at 6pm on Saturday night in the main gallery, this one promises to be a beauty.
Tickets are selling fast. Grab yours at www.canneryartscentre.com.au