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A lifelong journey of love and jazz
Former Canberran, jazz singer songwriter Kimba Griffith is to launch her album at Hippo Co.
There was a heady time a while back
when Kimba Griffith had just moved
to Melbourne and found herself falling
in love with jazz, just as she was also
falling in love with the man who is
now her husband. It s still like that,
Griffith says, 14 years later.
He wrote a song for me
While in post-album bliss with kids
away with their grandparents she said
her husband shared his beautiful tune
about how they were never going to be
rich as musicians.
One of the lines was when you
look at me from your side of the stage,
I know that life has led me exactly to
this page , she said.
Griffith s journey of love and jazz
began in Canberra, where she grew up
performing in youth theatre, dabbling
in musical theatre and living at
Along with her husband Ryan
Griffith, also an accomplished
musician in his own right, and their
three children, Griffith is now fully
ensconced in Melbourne and its
vibrant jazz scene, but said Canberra
was brimming with creative types who
would sit around in living rooms
thinking up crazy schemes when she
As she was leaving the ACT,
Griffith had begun meeting some jazz
musicians and learning a couple of
songs, but said arriving in Melbourne
opened huge doors.
I guess the jazz thing is pretty
much Melbourne s stamp on me.
Her discovery of Chris Connor, the
first recording artist for Atlantic
Records, was a eureka moment.
She had such a technical facility,
she told the story so beautifully, and
the horns which are doing these lush,
beautiful things that I ve never heard
before or since, really.
The tunes that captured Griffith s
imagination all happened to come
from the decade of the 50s.
I was just amazed, when I was on
this hunt as it became, how many
incredible tunes have been lost, she
said. I thought, I ve got to do
something with these, they re just so
Kimba Griffith Septet launch
Each Time the First Time at a free
gig on Wednesday from 8.30pm at
Hippo Co Bar in Civic.
ALBUM: HONEYMOON/ARTIST: LANA DEL REY
Let Lana draw you into moody depths of her world
It s a world you d be accustomed to if
you are a Lana Del Rey fan.
A sultry, seedy world with style full
of tortured romance, heart-break,
violence and remorse.
Everything this smokey-voiced
singer does is steeped in mystery; her
songs are saturated with moody
strings, dreamy lyrical references and
a sense of abandonment. There is
nothing much different on Del Rey s
new album -- the moodiness is
enhanced on quieter songs like Honey
Moon and Freak but she explores a
more wistful pop sound with Music To
Watch Boys To and the super-catchy
single High by the Beach.
Ye t Honeymoon is another Del Rey
album that is synonymous with the
great American dream of wealth,
sexiness and excess, and what happens
when it all goes bad.
In its own demure way it warns of
the dangers of celebrity life while also
celebrating some of its advantages.
It may all seem the same but Del
Rey can still reel you into her
mysterious and luxurious world.
Her songs are weaved together
beautifully to provide a sultry and
fascinating journey into the heart of a
That s what it feels like to me
anyway -- and it s an engrossing ride.
Try dry wit
at Uni Pub
Uni Pub Comedy on Friday night
features Michael Connell, a multi-
award winning comedian who began
getting laughs at the ripe age of three.
In his early days the innovative
comic used his backyard Hills Hoist as
a stage curtain. Connell hasn t stopped
performing and has carved out a space
for himself on the Australian circuit.
The veteran of six Melbourne
Comedy Festival shows, Connell won
second place in the Melbourne
Comedy Festival s Class Clowns
Competition and was a grand finalist
in Green Faces.
Connell is sure to win over crowds
in the capital with his dry wit at the
Uni Pub on October 2.
Tickets: $20 (plus 30¢ booking fee)
pre-booked, or $22 at the door if still
Online sales close at 7pm on the day
of the show. Book online at
YOUNG CELLISTS JOIN
PEREIRA IN CONCERT
The next instalment of David Pereira
Presents will show on Sunday,
October 4 at Ainslie and Gorman Arts
In the first half, the pre-eminent
cellist takes the stage with Sydney
cellists Ashleigh Chung, 14, and
Benett Tsai, 12, who will perform with
their parents, Joshua Tsai and
The second half of the concert
introduces Chris Latham, who is
researching lost compositions created
by soldiers during the First World War.
From 2pm at the Ainslie Arts
Centre, Main Hall. Tickets: $20 full/
$10 concession available on the
door or at eventbrite.com.au/
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