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Jeff Usher and A Love Supreme Super Band – 27/04/23

Thursday the 27th of April, 2023
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

Jeff Usher, composer, pianist, singer/songwriter, arranger and music educator, is in many ways Australian music’s best kept secret. Yet he was once described by Australian jazz legend, Paul Grabovsky, as “one of Brisbane’s living treasures”.

Blind since birth, Jeff stands in a long line of blind pianists such as George Shearing, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Julian Lee.

A jazz specialist, Jeff also excels in a wide variety of other genres, including traditional blues, folk, rock, country, and world music. He has performed in France, Indonesia, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, and across Australia during a career spanning over forty years.

Jeff has performed with notable American jazz musicians such as Richie Cole, Tom Mason, David Murray, and Australian jazz greats including James Morrison, Bernie McGann, Andrew Firth, Bob Barnard and Dale Barlow. He has released seven albums, played a number of livestreamed concerts, and recorded more than fifty of his own compositions,.

Jeff has been a tutor with the jazz faculty at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University since 1998, and received his PhD in music composition from University of Queensland in 2019.

Most recently, Jeff has been developing his tribute to Ray Charles, and has written a piece for QCGU Symphony Orchestra to be performed at Con Theatre on 21 April as part of a fund-raising project for the Queensland Eye Institute.


Jeff Usher first formed the Love Supreme Super Band in 2005 as a seven-piece group, later increased to nine and sometimes ten members. In 2015, this band released its signature album, ‘Bird Wings: Jeff Usher and A Love Supreme Super Band Live at Brisbane Jazz Club’, featuring Jeff’s compositions written as part of his PhD in music composition at University of Queensland. Tonight the Super Band will perform tunes from the Bird Wings album, plus some of Jeff’s earlier masterpieces.


Jeff Usher – Piano
Brad Esbensen – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Catherine Esbensen – Bassoon
Martin Kay – Alto sax
Ashley Hutton – Tenor sax
John Nagy – Flute/Baritone sax
Ivan Cocking – Trombone
Nicholas Maskell – Bass
Dominic Machen – 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.

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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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