nancy wilson tribute by kimberley hanson

Kimberley Hanson pays tribute to Nancy Wilson – 06/10/22

Thursday the 6th of October, 2022
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
Doors from 7:30PM
Music starts on the downbeat of 8PM
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets

“I have a gift for telling stories, making them seem larger than life,” – Nancy Wilson, 1993.

A natural storyteller, Kimberley Hanson is a Brisbane-based jazz and blues vocalist with a deep love for improvisation.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the Jazz Music Institute, Kimberley has made a career for herself as an in-demand vocalist and experienced artist.

Most recently, Kimberley has performed at prestigious events and venues including Brisbane Festival, Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival, QPAC Green, and Doo-Bop Jazz Bar.

Outside of her jazz roots, Kimberley fronts multiple original projects including alt-jazz quartet KRUNJ and doom-ska orchestra Boss Moxi. She has contributed vocals to crossover projects and stage shows including The Pink Floyd Experience and Moulin Rouge Spectacular Spectacular.

For her upcoming showcase, Kimberley turns her artistry toward the time-honoured songbook of seminal jazz chanteuse Nancy Wilson. Wilson—who recorded 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work—is a major influence on both Kimberley and artists around the world.

“She’s my jazz mother,” says Hanson. “I listen to Nancy and I feel like she’s telling me a story. She’s taught me so much about singing just by listening to her on record. I’m really excited to showcase a paired-back version of her repertoire while retaining the big band spirit of her iconic arrangements.”

“I hope to take you on a journey, the same way Nancy did.”

To help celebrate the queen who bridged jazz and pop, Kimberley Hanson will be joined by Brad Esbensen (trumpet/arrangements), Noel Stephensen (trombone), Jan Hewerdine (saxophone), Benjamin Van Jole (piano), Nick Quigley (bass), and Gary Eldershaw (drums).

Kimberley Hanson pays tribute to Nancy Wilson happens on Thursday October 6 from 8pm at JMI Live. Tickets via Humanitix.

Kimberley Hanson – Vocals
Brad Esbensen – Trumpet/Arranger
Noel Stephensen – Trombone
Jan Hewerdine – Saxophone
Benjamin Van Jole – Piano
Nick Quigley – Double Bass
Gary Eldershaw – Drums

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to JMI Live being an intimate space, 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.

Live streaming

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JMI Live is a COVID Safe venue

Attendance at JMI Live performances

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).

If you suspect that you have contracted an infection or have tested 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.

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