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


27/10 Alister Spence Trio + Hannah James Trio @Venue505

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

The HJT is very excited to welcome the incredible Simon Barker on drums! We have been working on some new material in preparation for a recording later in the year and are very excited to be presenting it on Thursday.

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

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

Jazzwise UK review ‘Triliphony’ – New Album Out Now

Thanks to Jazzwise, the UK’s no.1 Print and Online Jazz Magazine, for the lovely review of both the #HJT’s latest album ‘Triliphony’ as well as our pianist Cases’ latest release ‘Outliers’. Check it out by following the link here or have a read below!

Hannah James Trio


Self Release ★★★★

Hannah James (b), Casey Golden (p), Ed Rodrigues (d). Rec. 24 May 2014

A year ago, on this site, I reviewed with much enthusiasm, James first release, “Effigy” and predicted a bright future for this young bassist / composer. Now comes her second, which confirms the promise demonstrated so clearly 12 months ago. She has also taken the bold step of introducing her new compositions in a live setting, recorded at Sydney’s Sound Lounge. There is a sense of déjà vu with the album reviewed above, Casey Golden and Ed Rodrigues return to complete the trio. Despite this, it is James who is the clear leader here, penning 5 of the 6 tracks; the remaining track is Golden’s “Six”. As with her debut, she features a strong sense of melody and compositional skills, providing the perfect vehicle for Golden’s simply luscious piano. Rodrigues is again outstanding on percussion and I suspect it won’t be long before he achieves greater recognition for his different take on the role of the drummer. He is certainly one of the most innovative drummers around today. Golden further cements his reputation as a pianist of sheer class and brings life and passion to James’s compositions. This is a very worthy follow-up to her debut and confirms the promise so clearly evident on that album. – Michael Prescott


Review HJT Album Launch

Thanks to John Clare for the review of our album launch. Full article is pasted below with web link at the bottom 🙂

2014 Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival
November 11, 2014
Reviewed by John Clare

This is the first time I have seen and heard more than a few nights of this impressive event organised by the Sydney International Jazz Festival and SIMA (artistic directors Joanne Kee and Peter Rechniewski) and while it followed hard on Wangaratta and listening exhaustion on the part of this observer, I found every night enjoyable and several engrossing.


At Foundry 616 was the Hannah James Trio’s Trilophony launch. Both pianist Casey Golden and the leader and double bassist James write lovely tunes that are pleasingly exotic yet scrupulously neat and ingenious. I really love this approach, which has echoes of European groups I have heard at Wangaratta. Certainly the trio can strike hard, but these surges are both passionate and coldly bracing, like an intricate tumble of ice crystals. Can you write music like this in a warm and humid climate? Apparently so.

The first tune was by James and it had one of the most engaging bass ostinato patterns I have heard in some time – widely spaced, of four notes, one of which is dropped in the cycle and then restored. This is held. Then the tune emerges, then over this slow step Golden began to race. His lines often run brilliantly toward deft stops in which another brilliant pattern is spawned and instantly sprung. Drummer Edward Rodrigues has the same precise musicality of his colleagues. James achieves a warm smooth tone with soft hands. That is the impression. She can certainly lean into it, however, and did so where appropriate. It is hard to think of a local bassist who plays more lyrically. She is the Lester Young of the bass. Many smiles were exchanged across and around the trio, and these became viral throughout the audience.

HJT Drummer Ed Rodrigues feat. In Drum Scene

So, even though we’ve all know it for, like, EVER, the world has finally cottoned on to how awesome our drummer Mr Ed Rodrigues REALLY is.

He is featured in this months edition of Australian Drum Scene as part of the best and brightest in the NEXT GEN of aussie jazz drummers!!!

“We’ve gathered the cream of the Australian Jazz Scene….including some of the youngest and best up and comers – showcasing the future greats of the local scene”

Aus Drum Scene Issue 78

As one of the most dedicated, creative and passionate individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing, this couldn’t be more deserved!

You can check out the article HERE

BTW you can hear him on the Hannah James Group album ‘Effigy’ or on our new trio album ‘Triliphony’ due for release in NOVEMBER or at any of our upcoming gigs!!!

Paul Cutlan’s ‘Propinquity’ @ Jazzgroove

Paul Cutlan – clarinets
James Eccles – viola
Ollie Miller – cello
Hannah James – double bass

This is a project I am really looking forward to playing with. A beautiful and unique blend of classical strings, electronics, free improv and modern jazz!

“One of Australia’s most versatile woodwind musicians, Paul Cutlan continues his love affair with strings presenting a set of miniatures and improvisations that combine his clarinets with the lush low strings of three superb improvisers. Expect a set of striking textures, surprising contrasts, intensity and beauty.”

TUESDAY 17th June – JazzGroove @Foundry616 Ultimo

8pm – Dave DeVries Quartet

9:30 – Paul Cutlan’s Propinquity!

Full Details HERE!

Mark Ginsberg South African Project @ Foundry 616

Mark Ginsberg (sax), Andy Fiddes (tpt), Judy Campbell (vcls), Ryan Grogan (pn), Hannah James (bs) Dave Goodman (dms)

I am very much looking forward to playing with this seriously infectious band! The band features some of Sydney’s best musicians playing a really unique and very very fun repertoire of tunes from the South African and Australian jazz scenes.

Venue: Foundry616

Date: Saturday 5th April

Time: 8:30pm

For more details and/or to make a booking head to

Listen in to the Jazz Hour!

This tuesday (tomorrow) tracks from the Hannah James Group Album ‘Effigy’ will be featured on the Jazz Hour with Barry O’Sullivan! It will be broadcast across local community radio station’s as well as streaming live from 11:04 on! Thanks to Barry and the team for putting us on! Always very much appreciated! You can also check out and/or join the Jazz Hour on Facebook here! 🙂