Its the end of the year and as the regular gigs draw to a close, there are a couple of more reasons to come out and party in Sydney

This Tuesday night is the Jazzgroove Christmas party fundraiser. The Jazzgroove Association has been supporting local artists for over fifteen years, so we’re throwing a party, and asking for a little bit of your support. Come celebrate Christmas, Jazzgroove-style, with three sensational bands including an All-Star Jazz Orchestra formed just for the occasion! Hedge a few dollars on the JG Mega-raffle! Test your knowledge with everyone’s favourite wine-oriented trivia game, Jazzgoon! Delve into Jazzgroove Records’ back catalogue at the CD stall! Get your photo taken with Santa!

All proceeds of the night go to Jazzgroove to help it continue doing great work for the independent artists of Sydney.

The Coggins/Henderson Band (8pm)
This young and exciting band will be presenting original compositions by Henderson and Coggins and some fresh covers. With influences including John Coltrane, Jonathan Zwartz, Radiohead and J Dilla the group present a unique approach to modern jazz music.
Paul Meo (Trumpet) // Tim Coggins (Trombone) // Michael Avgenicos (Tenor Saxophone) // Tim Hanz (Piano) // Nick Henderson (Bass) // Harry Day (Drums)

The Venusians (9pm)
Taking inspiration from Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul, this new group has so much electricity emanating from them into seriously beautiful and crazy sounds, that you won’t want to miss out.
Meklit Kibret (Vocals) // Andrew Bruce (Synth, Vocals) // Christian Hemara (Vocals) // Ben Panucci (Guitars) / Harry Sutherland (Keys) // Pat Harris (Bass) // Dan Saddleton (Drums, Electronics)
Jazzgroove All-Star Big Band (10pm)
Come celebrate Christmas in style with a stunning collection of Jazzgroove committee members past and present performing original compositions from the Jazzgroove records catalogue. For one night only be treated to the fun and merriment that is JAZZGROOVE.

Jeremy Rose, Dan Junor, Matt Keegan, James Loughnan, Sophie Unsen (Saxes) // Simon Ferenci, Andy Fiddes, Eamon Dilworth, Angus Gom (Trumpets) // Tim Coggins, Mike Raper, Glen Doig, Jono Ramsey (Trombones) // Matt McMahon (Piano) // Ben Panucci (Guitar) // Zoe Hauptmann (Bass) // Evan Mannell (Drums)
**line up subject to change

Plus, Venue 505 celebrates its ninth anniversary this Wednesday.  A great reason to celebate

Wednesday 18 December marks nine years of doing what 505 do best. Entertaining you with the most fabulous local, interstate and international live music! 505 is celebrating their b’day with a ‘best of the year’ night of music. It’s pretty hard to assemble ALL our favourites but we are thrilled to present Emma Pask, who’s had a sensational year signing a record deal with Universal,  Lionel Cole who has been a revelation to us all with magnificent presence and vocal prowess, The Alister Spence Trio who are still at the very forefront of modern Jazz music making who are also celebrating the launch of a vinyl release of the critically acclaimed ‘Far Flung’ and Leah Flanagan who joined our city from Darwin this year and who we feel is a star of the future and a truly remarkable singer/songwriter.

Wednesday 18 December.

505 Birthday gig

Doors open 6pm for cocktail hour, dining and best seating. (90% seated, 10% standing)
Venue 505
280 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills

Jazzgroove Christmas Party Fundraiser
THE BASEMENT – 29 Reiby Place Circular Quay – 9251 2797
Tix $15 plus bf