Art Of The Duo

The Art of The Duo: A Masterclass with James Sherlock & Hetty Kate – 20/08/22

The Art of The Duo — A Masterclass with James Sherlock & Hetty Kate
Saturday the 20th of August, 2022
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
Workshop from 10AM to 12PM
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets

The voice and guitar duo has been an integral part of James Sherlock‘s musical life for 30 years and he’s had the opportunity to play with many exceptional singers not only in Australia, but around the world. The duo is such an important and fundamental skill to develop for both guitarists and singers yet it is mostly overlooked in jazz and music education.

Vocalist Hetty Kate has been both a bandleader and a ‘sideman singer’ for over 15 years with a focus on singing in a trio setting with guitar and double bass. Hetty has performed as the featured vocalist with symphony orchestras, big bands and small groups in over 27 countries around the world. As a ‘sideman singer’, or ‘guest vocalist’, Hetty is often called to join musicians she may have never met before, who may not speak the same language and in that role is required to deliver a polished performance with minimal preparation. Professionalism, listening, stage craft and repertoire are four essential skills you’ll need as a jazz vocalist along with communication on and off stage.

You don’t have to be the next Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald, or Pasquale Grasso and Samara Joy. All that’s required for a polished and enjoyable performance in duo is to be prepared to play simply, and clearly – to listen and work together with your duo partner and to best serve the music you are presenting.

Topics for guitarists and vocalists will include :
• Intros and endings
• Phrasing
• Techniques for different feels and styles
• “Self-accompanying” when soloing for guitarists
• Accompanying colla voce
• Maintaining forward motion and flow
• Stage presence and stage craft
• Repertoire preparation for vocalists
• Troubleshooting! What can go wrong, and what to do about it!

Accompanying and collaborating in a duo can be an unforgiving playing context, it requires both musicians to be responsible for all the musical elements. Learning to feel comfortable in the duo format is vital for all young instrumentalists and vocalists.

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Hetty Kate and James Sherlock, voice and guitar, Australian jazz musicians. Photography by Trudi Shuringa

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to COVID regulations, we have a maximum number of guests allowed in the venue. We highly recommend it is best to get in early before tickets sell out.

What is JMI Live?

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm and a jam session after each gig. 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.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills.

JMI Live is a COVID Safe venue

Attendance at JMI Live

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.

For contact tracing purposes, please check in via our QR code sign-in upon arrival. 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 (e.g. using hand-sanitiser, thoroughly washing hands and covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing).

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