The WollCon Jazz Series launches with an exclusive premier featuring international trio – including 2023 Grammy Award Winner Linda May Han Oh.
The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music will host an exclusive NSW performance of vocalist Jo Lawry’s new album “Acrobats” to open this year’s annual Jazz Series. The all-star trio will feature Grammy award winning bassist Linda May Han Oh and Perth-based drummer Ben Vanderwal.
Lawry recently returned to Australia after several years abroad where she performed and recorded with Sting as well as working with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon. Her recordings have received rave reviews including a 4.5 out of 5-star review in Downbeat Magazine for her debut album “I Want to Be Happy.”
“Acrobats”, which will be officially released the day after her performance in Wollongong, is a playful album that embodies both the freedom and exquisite complexity of jazz. Lawry explores how to use her voice to function as a horn player with only a bass and drums without the benefit chords.
Award-winning bassist Linda May Han Oh, who is a collaborator on the album will join Lawry for this exclusive performance in Wollongong. Malaysian born Oh was raised in Western Australia before moving to New York where she’s now a successful band leader.
Linda was announced as the winner of the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental album with Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, Nicholas Payton, and Matthew Stevens.
She is also the bassist, playing the character “Miho” for the Pixar animated Soul, where her movements playing her instrument were captured and translated to the animated character.
Drummer Ben Vanderwal, is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Australia, and has previously toured with the Tim Minchin vs Orchestra production.
Linda May Han Oh (double bass) | Jo Lawry (voice) | Ben Vanderwal (drums)
WHERE: WollCon Auditorium – Gleniffer Brae
DAY/TIME: 9 March (WollCon Jazz Combo support set 7pm | Jo Lawry Trio 7:30pm).
TICKETS: General – $37, Concession – $32, Student – $27
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