HATCH @foundry616

The HATCH project are back at Foundry 616 featuring the full quintet with extra special guest guitarist Carl Morgan and pianist Harry Sutherland.

“Hatch is the new project from bassist Hannah James. A forum to develop new ideas and collaborations the band sound moves freely between ambient ECM textures, hard hitting modern jazz and soaring lyricism. With their first album due out later in the year the project features some of Sydney’s finest improvising musicians: Paul Cutlan – Tenor/Soprano Sax + Bass Clarinet, Harry Sutherland – piano, Carl Morgan – Guitar, Hannah James – bass and Jamie Cameron – drums”

WHEN: Wednesday 30 August 8:30pm

WHERE: Foundry616 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney

TICKETS: www.foundry616.com.au

SWJC feat. Sandy Evans @ Syd Con International Jazz Festival

The Sydney Womens Jazz Collective is honoured to be playing the the inaugural Sydney Con International Jazz Festival.

The festival is one incredible day of music featuring an incredible line up of International, National and Local Artists. Headlining the festival is one of my all time favourite artist, the phenomenal Tigran Hamasyan as well as Jim Black, Greg Orsby, Tal Cohen, Will Vinson, James Muller and many many more!

The SWJC will be playing at 5pm in Recital Hall East, it would be great to see you there!

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About the SWJC

The Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective is a 10-piece powerhouse formed in 2016. These talented members represent some of Australia’s up and coming jazz stars.

The Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective is led by bassist Hannah James and trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood. Featuring a six-piece horn section and four-piece rhythm section, the band includes several past winners of the prestigious Jann Rutherford Memorial Award for young women in jazz, performing with the acclaimed Sydney saxophonist Sandy Evans. The SWJC plays primarily Australian Works including specially commissioned works by Andrea Keller (Vic) and local composing talents Jenna Cave, Glenn Doig and Ellen Kirkwood.

Hannah James (double bass) Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet) Sandy Evans (saxophones) Melissa Mony (saxophones) Anna Leckie (baritone saxophone) Louise Horwood (trumpet) Alex Silver (trombone) Sorcha Albuquerque (guitar) Emma Stephenson (piano) Ali Foster( drums)


James + Golden + Dilworth @ Smiths Alternative (canb)

Smiths Alternative Book Shop – 76 Alinga Street, Nigel McRae Canberra City ACT 2601


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James + Golden + Dilworth

James + Golden + Dilworth is a special collaboration bringing together two of James’s favourite Sydney musicians and long time friends for an intimate concert of original works.

Over the course of the last 5 years James has had the great pleasure of playing extensively with both Golden and Dilworth in very different musical contexts and locations but never together. In one of life’s many strange twists, these three musicians found themselves playing together in a chance encounter in Bali at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival in 2016. This proved the catalyst for the J+G+D trio.

The trio repertoire will lead you into shifting through-composed melodies, tranquil textures and pulsating grooves influenced by artists such as Avashai Cohen, Kenny Wheeler, Shai Maestro and Arve Henriksen.

Hannah James

Hannah leads the HJT and quintet project “Hatch” (both with new albums due for release in 2017), and co-leads the Sydney Womens jazz Collective. Other projects include the Energetic Zen Quartet, the Matt Keegan Band, Lady Sings it Better, Melville Project and Divergence Jazz Orchestra amongst others and as side person has performed with the likes of Ingrid Jensen, Sandy Evans, Alister Spence, Andrea Keller, Katie Noonan, Don Burrows, Angie Hart and Dean Manning including tours of the UK and Indonesia.

Casey Golden

Long term collaborator Casey Golden is a strong band leader in his own right with the highly acclaimed Casey Golden Trio recently releasing their 4th album “Miniature’. At the age of 17 he won a BBM Jazz Award that sent him to study and play with musicians in London. He has been a finalist for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year in the Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards, a finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards in 2013 and nominated for a Freedman Fellowship in 2015. Additional playing credits include working with

Eamon Dilworth

Eamon Dilworth, whose trumpet “sometimes carries a blast of the raucous vibrancy associated with Balkan Gypsies or Spanish bullfight bands” (Sydney Morning Herald) has established himself as a trumpeter, creative musician & manager with regular performances across Europe, Australia & New Zealand alongside musicians from the far reaches of the genre-spectrum from improvised to mainstream-pop music. Eamon is only back in the Australia for a short period of time on a break from his regular touring schedule.


Ingrid and Christine Jensen (Can/US) @ The Unorthodox Church of Groove

I am very honoured to be playing with the incredible Jensen Sisters (Ingrid and Christine) at the Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle.

DATE: 6 Nov

VENUE: The Unorthodox Church of Groove, 3 Tudor Street, Newcastle West N.S.W


Ingrid Jensen: Trumpet

Christine Jensen: Saxophone

Gavin Ahern: Piano

Hannah James: Bass

Toby Hall: Drums

TIME: 7:30

Tix Available on the door!

Thanks to Christine and Ingrid for such a beautiful gig! Some pictures from the night curtesy of SIMA


SIWJ Band – Wollongong

This year the Sydney International Womens Festival will be featuring its very own large ensemble – the Sydney International Womens Jazz Band.

Led By Hannah James and Ellen Kirkwood, the band brings together 10 exceptionally fine local female musicians to perform a set of new commissions by fantastic Australian Composers.

Further details will be available closer to the date!

SIWJ Band – Sydney

This year the Sydney International Womens Festival will be featuring its very own large ensemble – the Sydney International Womens Jazz Band.

Led By Hannah James and Ellen Kirkwood, the band brings together 10 exceptionally fine local female musicians to perform a set of new commissions by fantastic Australian Composers.

Further details will be available closer to the date!

Alister Spence Trio + HJT @ Venue 505

Thursday 27th October HJT are playing a double bill @Venue505 with one of my all time favourite Australian bands – The Alister Spence Trio.

Not only that, but we are lucky enough to have incredible Simon Barker on drums!!

Venue 505 – Cnr Cleveland and Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

Doors – 6:30

Music From – 8:30



Hannah James: Bass

Casey Golden: Piano

Simon Barker: Drums


Alister Spence: Piano

Lloyd Swanton: Bass

Toby Hall: Drums


Super excited to be launching my brand new larger ensemble project “Hatch”

“Hatch is the exciting new project from our own Hannah James to develop new ideas and collaborations with diverse musicians and musical genres. Compositions and arrangements move between jazz – old and new, groove, classical and everything in between. This incarnation features a quintet of some of Sydney’s finest musicians.”

3 Course Dinner & Concert – Tickets $80
Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

Hannah James – Double Bass
Casey Golden – Piano
Paul Cutlan – Saxophone, Clarinet
Peter Koopman – Guitar
Oli Nelson – Drums


Bookings through the Bungendore Wood Works Cafe. Folow the link below!


The Mieville Project @ Venue 505

The Mieville Project will be performing again at 505 in September!

When: 8 Sept 8pm

Where: Venue 505


Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet
Sandy Evans – saxophones
Byron Mark – piano
Hannah James – bass
Evan Mannell – drums
Caroline Levien – narrator



The quirky, rhythmic eccentricity of Ellen Kirkwood’s music meets the weird, dark and imaginative writing of British author China Mieville in a suite of four illustrative narrated pieces. Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis and premiered in October 2015 at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival to a room full of enraptured listeners, the suite musically explores excerpts from Mieville’s books, including dramatisation and interaction between the musicians and audience. A runaway train ambushed by frolicking spirits, a nightmare moth with swirling hypnotic wings, a diseasepassed on by the utterance of a word, and a cleaning construct that is developing sentient thought are all brought to life through this colourful and captivating set of music.

Jann Rutherford Memorial Award recipient (2012), trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Kirkwood has rapidly been gaining recognition for her compositional work. Her five-part suite, the narrated music-story Theseus and the Minotaur, performed by her band Captain Kirkwood, received wide-spread critical acclaim and glowing reviews.

The Mieville Project features some of Sydney’s most exciting musicians, including national treasure, saxophonist Dr Sandy Evans OAM and creative genius Alon Ilsar on drums plus his fascinating creation, the AirSticks.

“Brilliantly devised” – John Shand

HJT Workshop and Concert, ACT

The HJT are heading to Canberra again! This time they will be working with some of the local senior high school students on jazz ensemble and improvisation techniques and performing in the evening at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in a combined concert with students from the workshop.

Date: 24 August

Times: Concert is from 5-8pm (Workshop is only open to students).

Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT