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

Energetic Zen Quartet @ Ubud Jazz Festival, Bali

The Energetic Zen Quartet is the new project led by Australian/Indonesian drummer Deva Permana.

The band features Deva on drums and Kendang, Casey Golden on Piano, Simon Chadwick on Sax and Hannah James – bass. Playing high energy compositions by Deva, the sound mixes modern jazz with 80’s fusion and traditional Indonesian percussion and traditions.

The group has just finished recording their first album and are now heading for a short tour of Indonesia, starting with the stunning Ubud Jazz festival.

Where: Subak Stage, Ubud, Bali

When: 13th August 2016 – 7:45pm

For Further Details check out the website:


HJT @ the Gods Cafe, ACT

Date: 7th July, 2015
Venue: The Gods Cafe and Bar, ANU Arts Centre (diagonally across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivans Creek).
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $22/15
FYI: Bookings essential. Light meals available beforehand at 6.00 pm. Please book early on 6248 5538. ‘Non-eating’ seats can also be booked. Seating is limited to 80

Always a favourite place to play! Would be lovely if you could join us and support this long running Canberra Venue!

We will be celebrating the recent release of their new album Triliphony and presenting a collection of originals and covers old and new!

“This trio can strike hard, but these surges are both passionate and coldly bracing, like an intricate tumble of ice crystals” — John Clare. The trio comprises Hannah James (double bass), Ed Rodrigues (drumGods Logos) and Casey Golden (piano).

Hannah James – Double Bass
Casey Golden – Piano
Ed Rodrigues – Drums


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


Jazz and Comedy

Monday 9th March the Hannah James Trio will be playing a set at Foundry616 Harris Street as part of their new Jazz and Comedy Night!

The night starts at 7:30  with the first set of music at 8:30. 

There will be three different comedians to check out so come join us for the ultimate start to the working week!

For full details just head to the Foundry website HERE
comedian pic.


Luke Heggie, Winner of Raw Comedy 2010 (NSW), Time Out Sydney’s Best Comedian 2012, supported Steven Merchant (The Office) at the Sydney Opera House 2012

”Hilarious…uproariously catty…sure to entertain with his sharp wit.” **** HERALD SUN

“He is evolving into an incisive wizard of stinging wit.” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

MC’ed by Nick Skeer, the show also includes performances by:

Becky Lucas – Raw Comedy state finalist 2013 (QLD), Selected to perform in Comedy Zone at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2014, as seen on Web Series “At Home With Tone”

Alexei Toliopoulos – Winner of ‘Get Up, Stand Up, Keep Cup’ comedy competition 2014, Host of Green Lights Comedy Night


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 Album Launch

Sydney International Women’s Festival Presents

HJT Album Launch – ‘Triliphony’

Thursday 6th November 8:30pm

Foundry 616 (Harris Street Ultimo)

Recorded live earlier in the year at the SIMA Sound Lounge, the HJT will be letting loose the fruits of that fateful night so come on down and help us celebrate!

We will of course be playing tunes off the new album ‘Triliphony’ available for the first time on the night!

If you were there for the original recording, come on down and see how your canvas art was put to work!

Albums are one of the few concrete example as artists that we really do actually do stuff! Tt’s always such a fantastic mile stone for us and we would so love to have you there for the party!

For more details and to book tickets just head to the SIMA website.






HJT @ NIMA (Newcastle)

New Album ‘Triliphony’ Pre-Release

Tues 14th October

The Underground in The Grand Hotel

(Cnr Bolton St and Church St Newcastle, opposite the Newcastle Courthouse)

8pm – $15/$10

Earlier in the year the HJT recorded their first ever trio album LIVE at SIMA in the Sound Lounge. After many long hours of choosing takes, twerking tweeting twating tweaking reverb and frequencies outside of the human hearing spectrum and sending countless revisions and advice to the graphic designer to come up with what he had there in the first place, the moment has come to finally reveal the fruits of our labour for the very first time to you, Newcastle….

Just as on that fateful night, the people of Sydney gathered to help us create the great artistic atmosphere and vibe soup required to produce this album, we would like to entreat you to come and recreate the moment only so much better cause we’ll be north and in a pub!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’ll be playing tunes of our new album Triliphony and maybe a cover or two so come on down!

Hannah James – Double Bass

Casey Golden – Piano

Ed Rodrigues – Drums