Jazz Club returns with Angela Lount and the Fedoras

Angela Lount and the Fedoras will be performing at the Down South Jazz Club.

Angela Lount and the Fedoras will be performing at the Down South Jazz Club.

The Down South Jazz Club is delighted to be able to start 2021 with a return to jazz on Thursday, January 21, at Club Sapphire, with popular Canberra band, Angela Lount and the Fedoras.

The band comprises Angela Lount on vocals, Dan McLean on trumpet, James Luke on bass, Wayne Kelly on piano and Stephen Richards on drums.

Leader and vocalist Angela Lount has brought her band to the Down South Jazz Club on many occasions. She is a popular and entertaining vocalist.

She was a member of the Woden Valley Youth Choir for five years and has toured Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK with them. She later became a member of the Darkside Divas, an all female group.

Dan McLean is a versatile and experienced performer, with professional training in both jazz and classical trumpet. Since graduating from the ANU he has performed both nationally and internationally in a wide range of music styles including jazz, pop, rock, blues, contemporary, classical and musical theatre.

Highlights have included playing with James Morrison, lead trumpet with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Grace Knight, Lily Dior and several of Canberra's leading jazz and pop bands. Dan has played for the Down South Jazz Club on many occasions with Angela Lount and the Fedoras as well as with his own band "The Dan McLean's Hot Four.

James Luke on double bass accompanied Dan's own band, and has also played for the jazz club with Angela Lount and the Fedoras and The Hetty Kate and Dan McLean Swingtet. James plays all kinds of music and has played at many festivals from jazz to blues and country. He has also played in orchestras at the Sydney Opera House and has a Bachelor of Music with Honours. He manages to fit in a busy touring schedule and teaching part time at the ANU.

Pianist Wayne Kelly has a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma in jazz studies, and has in the past toured with many artists, among them Judith Durham and Don Burrows, as well as performing at jazz festivals around Australia. He has been Angela Lount's pianist each time she has appeared for the Down South Jazz Club.

We look forward to welcoming back Stephen Richards on drums. He made his debut for the Down South Jazz Club last January when he appeared with Angela Lount and the Fedoras, complementing the band admirably with his very easy, professional style of drumming. Steve is a versatile drummer who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the expert tutelage of Andrew Dickeson before spending a number of years working with international artists on some of the world's largest cruise ships. Locally in Canberra he is most active in the jazz scene where he regularly plays with Canberra's top musicians, as well as being called upon to back touring artists. He also leads the Steve Richards Quartet who, as well as playing in Canberra, have played at the Merimbula Jazz Festival.

A wonderful way to start this year off after such a traumatic few months. This excellent night of jazz will cost $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors. Bookings can be made by sending an email to bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au or using the form on the WhatsOn page on our web site.

You can also call Aileen or Kevin Walsh on 02 6495 9853, or just turn up on the night and pay at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 5.30pm with its extensive menu.