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Reviews 2024

Loved the The Jazz Kings - Australia at the Brisbane Jazz Club last Friday… especially ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, Scat Harmonies, Drum Solo entree and Peter Uppman’s soaring solos and stage antics! Now enjoying their album! Pete Vance xx

Tonight, it's Annie Street, Kangaroo Point…but it could be Bourbon Street in New Orleans…or a 1930’s Prohibition-era Speakeasy in New York…as on stage, there’s a long cool woman in a black dress with a big black rose in her hair…and five just-as-cool dudes in black shirts, black pants, black hats and white ties…. ‘So, please put your hands together for Nicole Parker Brown and The Jazz Kings…here to entertain you with a night of toe-tapping, swinging Jazz, heart-touching Blues and sexy, simmering Soul. And for the launch of their great new album, Blue Jazz’. This combo is very well named…because they are, indeed, Brisbane Jazz Royalty!!

Across two power-packed sets, these six talented musicians, in combinations that changed regularly across the night, lived up to their promotional material by treating a grateful and enthusiastic audience to a wonderful night of standard jazz and blues classics combined with some originals and unique arrangements and delivered with light-hearted humour and extraordinary talent’. Lead vocal responsibilities were shared by Nicole, Peter, Jose, Col and Rod. And each of the instruments was featured in timely, expertly delivered solos.

What a great night!! Thank you…Nicole, Peter, Gordon, Col, Rod and Jose. Alan Smith Brisbane Jazz Club 12 Jan 2024

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Cherrie M

Class Act! 

Christopher K

Real bands,and real musicians.,that what people want.

Dennis C

Val and I were there and witnessed a fantastic performance by a super group! Congratulations Jazz Kings on your performance and your new album release Nicole, Col, Jose, Peter, Gordon and Rod! 

Friday 24th November 2023 - The Jazz Kings - Tweed Valley Jazz and Blues

A superb gig to bring a fitting close to a year of top-flight music. ‘The Jazz Kings’ left us in no doubt why they are currently rated among the top outfits on the North Coast. Each of them – Nicole Parker-Brown on vocals, Peter Uppman on vocals and trumpet (sometimes almost at the same time), Gordon Matheson on guitar, Col Atkinson on bass and yet more vocals, and Jose McLaughlin on keyboards – is an accomplished performer in their own right, and in combination they are a musical powerhouse to be reckoned with.
It was an evening of eclectic mix, from popular jazz standards, through blues arrangements that will be appearing on their latest album, to occasional dips into the classical realms, and a few nostalgic ‘pop’ reminiscences. Among the favourites were their own arrangements of evergreens such as ‘Night and Day,’ ‘All Of Me’, ‘Misty’, ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘Making Whoopee’.
Jose even gave a nod towards his earlier career as keyboard player and musical director of ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ with his updated arrangements of ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ and ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’. All in all, a great end to 2023, and the Club Committee took time at the end to wish all members and visitors a happy and safe Xmas and a prosperous New Year. If it promises music of the same quality as this past year, then we’ll have no complaints.

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