Jeff Usher Quartet

Jeff Usher Quintet’s Tribute to McCoy Tyner + Celebration of Charlie Parker’s Hundredth Birthday – 27/08/20

Thursday 27th August 2020
Doors open from 7:30PM
Music from 8pm
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills: JMI Live


Jeff has been active on the Brisbane and Australian jazz scene for four decades, starting with his earliest appearances at the former Qld Jazz Action Society at Gardens Point Campus Club and at Brisbane Jazz Club in 1980. Since then, Jeff has built a considerable reputation across Australia, not only as a band leader, but also as a solo pianist, composer/songwriter, arranger, vocalist and music educator. Jeff’s career has included performances and workshops in France, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Jeff is known for his ability to play virtually every type of jazz from swing to fusion, and is right at home playing the blues. He has worked in other forms of music, including rock-n-roll, r&b, country, folk and world music.

Jeff has released seven albums under his own name, mostly featuring his own compositions, the most recent being “Bird Wings: Jeff Usher and A Love Supreme Super Band Live at Brisbane Jazz Club”, released in 2015.

Jeff has been a member of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Jazz Faculty since 1998, founding the Australia and New Zealand Original Compositions Ensemble there in 2012.

Jeff received his Master’s Degree at QCGU in 2007, and his PhD in music composition from University of Queensland in 2019.

Currently Jeff is collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Francis Gilfedder and tabla master Ravi Singh, as Oz-India with Jeff Usher, combining jazz ideas with music from India and elsewhere, including Australia’s first peoples.


Jeff Usher – Piano
John Smallcomb – Tenor Saxophone
Martin Kay – Alto Sax
Nick Quigley – Double Bass
Dominic Machen – Drums

For those who wish to donate to the musicians during this time, follow this link: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8nvPhambZ8
100% of donations will be forwarded onto the artists.

To our friends and family of JMI,
We are extremely pleased to announce that due to the easing of restrictions across QLD, JMI Live will now be RE-OPENED to an extremely LIMITED number of guests ONLY.
Those who wish to watch a JMI Live performances in person will need to pre-purchase a ticket by contacting our office (3216 1110) during business hours (10AM-4PM) and purchase a ticket over the phone. No tickets will be sold on the door. 
JMI Live is a COVID-SAFE venue.
  • We kindly ask that if you are feeling unwell or showing flu-like symptoms, please do not attend JMI Live. When purchasing a ticket, you agree to only attend a JMI Live event if you are in good health and have not been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive or has travelled overseas or to a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.
  • Please ensure that whilst within our venue, you are adhering to social distancing measures as per venue signage. Please ensure you are also implementing strong hygienic practices (for e.g. using hand-sanitiser, thoroughly washing hands and covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing).
  • If you suspect that you have contracted an infection or test positive for COVID-19 after attending an event at JMI Live, please contact the JMI office (07) 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible.
Ticket Refund Policy:

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are unable to attend after having purchased a ticket, please contact the JMI office (07) 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible during business hours (10AM-4PM) to let us know you won’t be able to attend. A full refund will be given if we are contacted prior to a performance. Refunds will not be processed if we are contacted after the gig.

JMI Live is still blessed to have our Live-Stream up and running on both YouTube and our Facebook page, so if you miss out on a pre-purchase ticket you can still join the celebrations online. Join us from 8PM AEST THURSDAY to keep the music swingin’!

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm. JMI Live is renowned for its intimate setting, providing the best opportunity to listen to live jazz in Brisbane. Just like a jazz club in New York, this venue is the ideal location for great jazz music, acoustics and atmosphere. Gigs are live-streamed on our YouTube and Facebook page. 

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