IT HAS been said that Rockhampton is lacking in different cultural experiences.

But not for much longer.

Music and Events Director at The Workshop Kevin Hogan has a vision to bring life to the region's music world with grace, beauty and soul.

This Saturday night, Rockhampton's CBD will come to life with the first of many jazz events.

The Ladies of Jazz, which kicks off at 8pm in The Workshop, is the brainchild of Hogan and The Workshop owner Vanessa Norimi.

Hogan, a long-standing musician in the region, says we felt that the Ladies of Jazz show was an ideal way to introduce the talent of this region to the Rockhampton public.

"It's not just meant to be for jazz lovers. It's meant to be for everybody," he said.

The ladies will be wearing formal gowns and clothing that represent the jazz genre of over the last century.

Each of the five ladies will perform songs that are from modern to early 20th century jazz.

After two rounds of auditions, Hogan said they ended up with a company of quality singers and musicians and the five Ladies of Jazz have been especially selected for this 'pre-opening' performance.

Hogan said when he says 'pre-opening' he means this event, which is being held on one of hospitalities busiest nights of the year, is a night to give Rockhampton music lovers a taste of what's to come.

The Ladies of Jazz are Amelia Kase, Teish Harris, Katrina Christensen, Jemma Stanton and Sarah Henare.

Kase is vocally multi-talented with a very wide range of jazz influences. She is already well known in the region as an up and coming star with jazz and post-modern jazz being her speciality.

Christensen was a member of Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is a well-known local performer and music teacher.

Hogan said Harris was a young local lady with a sparkling voice who was fast becoming well known in local jazz and music circles.

"Jemma Stanton and Sarah Henare were complete surprises," Hogan said.

"They auditioned for us and both did so off the cuff because they like singing. Jemma has an astounding vocal ability and covers both classic and post-modern jazz songs beautifully.

"Sarah has a rich, almost traditional ladies jazz and blues voice. Her voice is very similar to Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin and she is bound to capture the whole audience."

If you go: 


WHAT: Ladies of Jazz
WHERE: The Workshop, 45 East St
WHEN: Saturday, February 14
TIME: 8:00pm 10:00pm
COST: Tickets $22 online and $25 at the door (www.workshoprockhampton.com.au/live-the-workshop/)



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