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Ella: Centenary of a Jazz Goddess – The Dungeon Big Band with Heather Price

Wednesday 16 August, 2017 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

$25 - $35
Heather Price

2017 Newcastle Music Festival Event – The Dungeon Big Band with Heather Price (vocals), Rod Barnes (director)

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth. Join Newcastle’s premiere big band in this celebration of the life and the work of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, including Too Darn Hot, Caravan, and Fascinatin’ Rhythm. This concert celebrates the songs that Ella made famous, particularly the Songbooks of the great composers.

The Dungeon Big Band

Dungeon Jazz club started in 1997 as a project of the Adamstown Uniting Church and is now a members club. It has presented many of Australia’s finest musicians such as Bruce Mathiske, Mike Nock, Paul McNamara, Julie Wilson, Terence Koo, Sax Blue and more. The Dungeon Big Band was formed from 18 local professional musicians and performs twice a year for the club.

Heather Price

The daughter of Opera singer, Jennifer Barnes, and jazz musician, Rod Barnes, Heather was surrounded by music from birth. Both singing and stringed instruments caught Heather’s ear from an early age and she commenced violin lessons from the age of 5 while also picking up singing tips by sitting in on the lessons her mother taught.

As Heather grew she tried her hand at many instruments, but it was her father’s offer to buy her a bass (if she would learn it and play in his jazz bands), that initiated her love for the bass end of the string section. Heather played for her father’s various jazz outfits (with brother, Ben, on drums) and also began her own original, rock band (Silent Scream) in which she was the lead singer, bassist and songwriter. All this by the age of 16.

Ever interested in ALL styles of music, Heather completed a Bachelor of Music degree on Double Bass (1999–2002), taking out the Valma Barker String Award for highest performance mark in her final year. She went on to be Principal Double Bassist forAustralian Youth Orchestra, to complete a fellowship with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and to then play professionally with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has also featured as a soloist on various recordings. More about Heather at www.heatherprice.com.au


Bookings essential as this event is almost sold out! Purchase tickets online through trybooking.
Tickets: $35 / $25 (conc.) / Family Ticket (2 adults 2 children): $80


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Wednesday 16 August, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$25 - $35
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Adamstown Uniting Church – Church Auditorium
228 Brunker Rd
Adamstown, NSW 2289 Australia


Rod Barnes
0407 002 397

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