THE PORTER PROJECT
It’s De-lightful, It’s De-licious…
THE PORTER PROJECT is a dedication to Mr. Cole Porter, a gifted lyricist and composer and one of the greatest contributors to the American Song Book. This event will showcase some of Brisbane’s finest musicians and present a selection of Porter’s choicest and most beloved tunes.
Mr.Porter was always up for a laugh and this show is no different, featuring tunes such as “Night and Day”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Anything Goes” and “Too Darn Hot”. The evening promises to entertain audiences with interesting arrangements and a fresh contemporary approach to Porter’s most memorable tunes.
THE PORTER PROJECT will leave audiences smiling and help pay homage to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. If you don't want to miss seeing this exciting event please refer to the home page with gig listings.
The Line Up!
Leo completed his Bachelor of music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium, before moving to the United States to complete a Masters degree at Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with Academic Honors in 2007. Subsequently, Leo lived in New York City, working as a freelance musician and teacher while studying theory, counterpoint and harmony with Donna Doyle (a pupil of the celebrated French teacher, Nadia Boulanger).
Leo has had extensive performance experience including major concerts in Australia and the U.S. along with national radio airplay on ABC classic FM and 4MBS. His guitar playing featured in the ABC television show “The Hollowmen”. He toured Indonesia as the guitarist for “Simone de Haan and The Conservatorium Trombone Ensemble” and subsequently recorded a duo CD with the vocalist from that tour, Kristin Berardi. Leo has also played in a duo with Queensland Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Warwick Adeney. In both Australia and the U.S., Leo directed ensembles in highly acclaimed concerts of the music of Astor Piazzolla. In 2012 Leo performed (in
both a musical and dramatic role) at the Lyric Theatre as part of the “Out of the Box” festival in “The Flying Orchestra”, a show after the book of the same name by Leo’s sister, Clare. 2012 also saw Leo make his debut with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, as Conductor for the final concert of their subscription series for that year. It was a very fruitful collaboration and future invitations to lead the BPO as guest conductor, followed in 2013 and 2015. Leo continues to be an active performer in Brisbane’s thriving music scene, enjoying particularly at present, collaborating with some of Brisbane’s best singers from both Jazz and classical music genres, including Tamara O’Callagan, Ingrid James, and Beth McBride.
Leo has been the recipient of major grants and awards including the City of Brisbane, Lord Mayor’s Young Artist Fellowship and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In Boston, he won the New England Conservatory’s prestigious ‘Honors Ensemble’ award for the 2005-2006 year, with a trio consisting of fellow Australian, Jonathan Dimond and grammy nominated colombian percussionist, Tupac Mantilla.
From performing on the P & O "Fairstar "as Lead Trumpet to sharing the stage with the Queensland Orchestra as Elwood from the Blues Brothers and as the Leading host for the A B C ‘s Christmas Children’s Performance’s , Mal Wood is an international trumpet playing and singing star.
He has headlined the Broadbeach Jazz Festival, The Brisbane Festival, The Arts Centre Gold Coast Basement Jazz Series, The Brisbane Jazz Club, Valley Jazz Festival, The Sydney Harbour Jazz Festival, Sunshine Coast Jazz Club , Tweed
Valley Jazz Club , The Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Hervey Bay Jazz Club with his own swinging Quartet / Quintet and Septet .
Mal Wood has had the honour of sharing the stage with International and National artists including - Jerry Lewis, James and John Morrison, Grace Knight, Gina Jefferies , Tina Arena , The Idea Of North , Mr Percival , Rick Price , Rai Thyslewaite from Thirsty Merc , Stan Walker, Rikki Lee, Sophie Monk, John - Paul Young, Jay Lapaglia , Katie Noonan , ABC 's Macca Across Australia, David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Tom Burlinson , Kamahl , Michael Falzon – We will Rock You, Matt Lee – Dancing with the Stars, Luke Kennedy – The Voice and Ben Mingay – Wonderland .
Mal Wood has been the bandleader of the famous Bowery Hot Five for 9 years. These guys perform every Wednesday at one of Brisbane's hippest wine and cocktail bars 'The Bowery 'in the famous Fortitude Valley entertainment district.
Mal lays it down with Big Kitty on the 1st Sunday of the month at the Story Bridge Hotel .
Mal Wood is the Musical / Artistic Director of the Brisbane Jazz Club .
He is the Band Master for St Stephens College in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.
Mal Wood is the President of the Gold Coast City Jazz Club and is constantly encouraging young artists to follow their dreams by giving them the opportunity to perform Live.....
Australian Bassist Stewart Barry is a professional Musician and part-time Fish. In his home town of Brisbane Stu is always busy, freelancing as a Jazz Double-Bass Player as well as standing as the Director for the Brisbane Fringe Festival and the improvised art/music venue Jazz Upstairs.
Stu's talents don't just lie in music as he also works as a underwater photographer extrodinare, touring nationally with island purveyors of 'coconut soul' Bobby Alu. Together they free dives the ocean to capture mermaids and sea creatures on film as Subtrane.
Paul Hudson started playing drums at 8 years old. Since then a variety of teachers have instructed him, and in 1986 he graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma of Music – Percussion Major.
He travelled with the Conservatorium Percussion Ensemble to the International Youth Music Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1985.
PAST WORK HISTORY
Following graduation came a variety of performances with Showstopper backing artists such as: Donny Rae Evins, Venetta Fields, Jackie Love, James Morrison….etc.
He has worked together with the Queensland Symphony
Orchestra and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a variety of jazz gigs with local, interstate and international artists including George Cables, Bernie McGann, Sandy Evans, Don Borrows, Mike Nock…etc
In 1992 he travelled to Spain to perform for 6 months at the World Expo in Seville playing original music, rock and country performances.
During this time he undertook further tuition in the U.K. with Bob Armstrong for 6 months.
In 2000, he performed with other Australian musicians during 5 months at the Hannover World Expo in Germany.
Since returning to Australia, Paul has worked on a variety of gigs including: Hammond Organ Trio, numerous jazz, swing and rock gigs with local and interstate artists, Tommy Tycho, David Bentley, Leah Cotterill, Sharney Russell, Steve Russell, Helen Russell, Grace Knight, Rhonda Burchmore, Vince Genova, John Hoffmann, Frank Bennett and Katie Noonan to name a few.
Paul has also shared the stage with international jazz artists such as Ernie Watts, Jimmy Whiterspoon, Darryl Grant, Sheila Jordan, Jason Robello…etc.
Musical and theatre work also include the Brisbane seasons for Crazy For You, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Fame, Annie, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe amongst others.
CURRENT WORK DETAILS
Paul continues to work with the vast majority of these artists locally and is also involved in many studio projects for upcoming artists.
For the last year Paul has been performing with Mark Sholtez who recently became the first Australian Jazz artist to be signed under the U.S Verve (Universal) label. This work has taken him all over Australia performing alongside artists such as Missy Higgins, Lior, Human Nature, Jamie Cullum and Patrizio as well as concerts and appearances on TV programs to promote Mark’s album.
Furthermore, after many years doing so, Paul continues to instruct drums at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Queensland University of Technology
Sophie Min(born in Seoul, Korea) is a jazz pianist, keyboardist, composer and educator, performing and teaching in the Brisbane area and beyond. After her family had only recently migrated to Australia to complete her studies from the Seoul Institute of the Arts in Korea, she finished her Bmus at the Queensland Conservatorium. Sophie is currently in her masters degree, studying under Steve Newcomb, John Hoffman, Yitzhak Yedid, Zac Hurren and Ken Stubbs. Despite she received the Anthony and Sharon Lee Jazz Scholarship from the Sydney University of Music, has been decided to continue her musical career in Brisbane. She recently has been selected by JM Jazz World Orchestra as a pianist, and so excited to tour Europe including Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Croatia and Slovenia.
As a leader and performer, she collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like John Hoffman, Elly Hoyt, Sharny Russell, SCAT, Joseph O’Conner, Ingrid James, Dave Spicer and so on. Enjoying a wide
variety of musical styles, she is also involved in the Con Artists, the Queensland Jazz Big Band, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Korean Orchestra, Brisbane Men’s Choir and having performed in several shows as her own trio or quartet formats at the Brisbane Jazz Club, QPAC concerts, City Council projects and so on.
She has performed at festivals around the Australia and Korea such as G20 Festival, Seoul Gwang-Hwa Jazz Festival and Easter Jazz Festival. Her performance highlights She has recorded on Sony Music for featuring Dami Im(Winner of 2013 X-factor). Sophie is a longtime accompanist and director of Queensland Men’s Choir. Since 2009 she has been taught many students at Queensland College of Music and Sophie Min Studio.
Sophie certainly counts among the top graduates who have emerged from the jazz area of the Qld Con in the 16 years I have been teaching here. I would place her in the company of, for example, Kristin Berardi, Elly Hoyt, Joe O’Conner, and Isaac Hurren in terms of her level of achievement at this stage of her development and her potential to make a significant contribution to the contemporary jazz scene...... She combines a very high level of musicianship with a strong work ethic and a quiet self-confidence. She has outstanding aural abilities, a strong connection to groove and understanding or rhythm, a solid command of jazz harmony and solo vocabulary. she plays
inventive solos and has written a number of very credible and playable compositions.(Louise, D. 2014)