Sat 25th May 2024
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
65b Woobys Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$27 +bf each
$50 +bf for 2 x tickets
$88 +bf for 4 x tickets

Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room on Woobys Lane, with 
the launch of ‘All Ears ‘, a new album by Jamie Pregnell.

Jamie Pregnell’s follow up to his 2020 album “Sleepy Town” sees him once again reunite with Australian jazz greats Julien Wilson, Sam Anning and Ben Vanderwall. All Ears, the title of the new album was recorded in Melbourne in January 2023 after performing a small tour around Australia including Sydney, Canberra, Hobart and Melbourne.

For this Hobart launch gig Jamie is joined by long time Hobart collaborators Dan Sulzberger on Piano, Hamish Houston on Bass, and Tom Robb on Drums.

The quartet focuses on delivering fresh interpretations of the new album material with emphasis on strong melodic themes, group improvisation, open textures and dynamic song forms.

There will be CDs of the new album to purchase on the night and you can listen to preview of Jamie’s new album All Ears here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4RwLs9c474

And his previous album “Sleepy Town” at https://jamiepregnell.bandcamp.com/album/sleepy-town

Jamie Pregnell – Guitar | Dan Sulzberger – Piano | Hamish Houston – Bass | Tom Robb – Drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Tickets are only $27 ea +BF, or buy two tix for $50 +BF, or for buy four tix for only $88 +BF.

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Woobys lane}

Please note lift in currently undergoing repairs and is not available for use.


Sat 27th April 2024
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
65b Woobys Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$27 +bf each
$50 +bf for 2 x tickets
$88 +bf for 4 x tickets



Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room on Woobys Lane, with the
‘Ottaway/Bywater/Houston/Robb’ quartet

Jazz is all about improvisation, right?
As Louise Denson is unable to perform as schedueld this month, in her absence Kelly Ottaway has recast the band and the program, and will perform under the title of ‘Bywater Ottaway Houston Robb’.
But you’re still in for a treat this month, when Kelly Ottaway (vibes / piano)Phil Bywater (saxophone)Hamish Houston (Double bass) and Tom Robb (drums), perform a collection of originals written by Phil and Kelly, focusing on the minimal and free aspects of jazz/improvised music.  
The quartet will also be playing a selection of time-honoured standards, where they will apply the same principles of minimal and delicate playing.We expect to be able to welcome Louise back to the stage in the Founders Room later in 2024.

Saxophonist and composer Phil Bywater has toured Europe, the USA, South East Asia and the South Pacific, has performed with an array of Australia’s finest musicians, and recorded dozens of albums with acclaimed Australian and international bands, including his own ensembles Phil Bywater’s Buried Treasure,
Big Fela Afrobeat Orchestra and Fallingwater Trio. “Wonderfully big expressive tone on the tenor saxophone”
Mal Stanley ABC Jazztrack

“Wonderful saxophonist, a beautiful album”
Jessica Nicholas, RRRFM
His performance experience is diverse, encompassing jazz, reggae, funk, afrobeat, world music, free improv, punk, rock, musical theatre and contemporary classical music.
From 2014-2023, Phil led the Music Theory department at Collarts (the Australian College of the Arts). He has also lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts, the
University of Tasmania, the Australian Institute of Music, and JMC Academy. He has delivered Workshops and Masterclasses for the University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), The Music Place, and countless primary schools.
Phil plays Temby Australia saxophones and flutes.

Tickets are only $27 ea +BF, or buy two tix for $50 +BF, or for buy four tix for only $88 +BF.

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Woobys lane}

Please note lift in currently undergoing repairs and is not available for use.


Sat 23rd March 2024
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
65b Woobys Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$27 +bf each
$50 +bf for 2 x tickets
$88 +bf for 4 x tickets

‘Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room on Woobys Lane, with the

Damien Kingston Quartet ‘Harmony’ album Launch
and supported by the Annwen Roberts Quartet

The Damien Kingston Quartet, featuring Matt Boden on Piano, Hamish Houston on Bass, and Tom Robb on drums, has released its latest album ‘Harmony’ on vinyl, and will be launching the record with a live performance.

The music from the group features dense textures, fluttering melodies, and huge walls of sound; rhythmic intricacy and some dramatic harmony shine through in music that prioritises songcraft and resonance.

The Damien Kingston Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to performing original compositions that mix elements of jazz, free improv, and traditional song form. The band has been performing together since 2018 and to date has three albums out; the latest, ‘Harmony’, was released on ABC Jazz and Scratch Match Records.

‘Harmony’ will be available for purchase on the evening [ have a listen at www.damienkingston.com ].

Damien Kingston – Guitar | Matt Boden – Piano | Hamish Houston – Bass | Tom Robb – Drums

The Quartet will be playing material from the new album alongside some new tunes, and will be supported by a set of original tunes and standards from the Annwen Roberts Quartet.

Annwen Roberts Quartet Bio:

Annwen is a violinist from Tasmania, where she grew up playing Tasmanian folk tunes.

She has a keen interest in the practices of bebop, Mingus-style big band music and free improvisation.
Her musical pursuits now incorporate her folk roots, while looking forward to the future of Australian jazz and improvisation, drawing on influences such as Regina Carter, Joe Lovano, Charlie Parker and Joshua Redman.

Annwen’s performances include Tasmanian festivals Dark Mofo, MONA, the Spiegeltent, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, and Clarence Jazz Festival. She also performs around Australia with her quartet, playing her original compositions.

She has played with musicians such as Andrea Keller, the Mahavishnu Tribute Orchestra, Sandy Evans, Twine, Ben Lee, Sasha Gavlek, Adrien Cunningham, and the Foley artists. Annwen has studied under musicians such as John Hoffman, Brett Williams, Sunny Kim, Johnathan Zwartz, Sam Anning, Kelly Ottaway, Danny Healy, Andrea Keller, Carlo Barbaro, Peter Knight (former director of the AAO) and Barney McCall.

Her debut album is in the works.
Annwen Roberts – Violin | Elijah Davies- Guitar | Dominic Nguyen – Bass | Tom Robb – Drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Woobys lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]


Sat 24th Feb 2024
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
65b Woobys Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$27 +bf each
$50 +bf for 2 x tickets
$88 +bf for 4 x tickets

Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room on Woobys Lane, with Nadira & Friends.

Salamanca Jazz launches its 2024 live music program with Nadira & Friends

Nadira is this unstoppable person; Full of energy and enthusiasm. 

Nadira sings with the kind of pure joy that is totally contagious. “Those who have been to her shows knows that this petite, yet commanding, performer has a punk-ish attitude and on-stage banter that could be a comedy act on its own” (Australianjazz.net). 

Over the past ten years Nadira Farid has performed at Clubs and Festivals across Australia, and entertained the audience with her fresh, cheeky renditions of jazz standards and tunes from The Great American Songbook

When the rhythm gets lively, you won’t be able to resist hitting the dance floor and swaying to her upbeat melodies. But it’s in the hush of a ballad, when Nadira’s voice pours out like velvet, that she’ll leave you breathless, holding on to her every note in suspended silence. 

For Salamanca Jazz in February 2024, Nadira will be performing as part of a sextet, accompanied by Aaron Entresz (guitar), Iestyn Parry (piano), Jesse Bowden (sax), Jed Adams (d/bass) and Bruce Innocent (drums).

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Woobys lane ]

PLEASE NOTE our lift is currently undergoing maintenance and repairs. Wheelchair access to levels 2 and 3 of the arts centre is currently unavailable.


Sat 25th Nov 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets

Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room
Saturday 25th November 2023

Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room
Saturday 25th November with the 
The Sulzburger-Folvig-Park Trio
This November, Konrad Park returns to the trio format with an exciting lineup comprising pianist Dan Sulzburger, bassist Seb Folvig, and Konrad himself on drums. Built on the strength of last year’s trio venture, ‘Los Trios Bastardos’, Konrad Park dives into new territory as the Trio rediscovers the repertoire of Chick Corea and Emmett Cohen, among others. 

Dan Sulzburger has long been a strong voice in Hobart’s jazz community, able to bring to life any form of jazz, with his tasteful, passionate, and authoritative playing. 

Image credit = Craig Opie (c) 2020

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Seb Folvig contributes an agility and commitment to jazz improvisation that only comes once in a generation. 

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Konrad Park thrives on the exchange of ideas, made possible through jazz, and this multi-generational offering speaks to the strength of Hobart’s vibrant music scene and his love for it. Expect a musical surprise, including elements of straight-ahead jazz, chamber jazz, and bold conversations in the moment, as only jazz can offer.

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF

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Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, and is supported by the City of Hobart’s Cultural Grants Program.


Sat 21st Oct 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets

Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room
Saturday 21st October 2023

The SPIKE MASON QUARTET
This newly formed quartet will be playing for the first time, and will be presenting music that Spike has written, and other music that he hasn’t. The group will weave their way through pretty melodies and lush harmonies, with Svetlana Bunic on accordion, Sasha Gavlek on bass, and Tom Robb on drums.’Spike Mason’s saxophone achieved a high level of pure melodic play.’ John Clare – ABC Digital Radio
Read more at www.spikemason.com   

“Spike Mason is a fantastically good sax player. The respect he has earned from all corners of the music industry: young and old, jazz, classical, folk and pop is testament to his ability to listen, reflect, and respond musically in any situation. The strength of his performance and the sublimity of his improvisations are always evident. Few musicians are so reliably able to find the sweet spot in any venue, the heart in any ensemble, the ear of any audience. ”— Andrew Lorien – Improvising multi-instrumentalist and Venue Manager @ Johnston St Jazz, Sydney, Australia.

A musical chameleon, with a kaleidoscopic array of cinematic musical styles, accordionist Svetlana Bunic’s musicality is driven by curiosity and possibility.

Sasha Gavlek is a contemporary bassist, bandleader, composer, and educator hailing from Hobart. With a love for alternative jazz and rhythmic madness, Gavlek pours her soul into her compositions and improvisational work. Gavlek is a part of several regularly performing acts outside of her own alt jazz quartet including Kudu Joy, Uncle Gus and the Rimshots, and FFLORA. Gavlek graduated from the UTAS Conservatorium of music with a Bachelor of Music in 2019. 

Tom Robb is a Hobart-based Electronic musician and drummer, working in the fields of improvised experimental music and Jazz. Tom has worked with some of Australia’s finest musicians, including Jim Denley, Damien Kingston and Cor Fuhler.

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF

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Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, and is supported by the City of Hobart’s Cultural Grants Program.


Sat 30th Sep 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets

Salamanca Jazz’ is Live in the Founders Room

Drawing together some of Tasmania’s finest performers and improvisers, the Nugent Sextet presents Mingus Ah Um Live; performing Charles Mingus’ influential Grammy award winning album in its entirety. Experience the iconic Mingus Ah Um live from start to finish, followed by a set of all original music composed and arranged by bandleader Nick.

Personnel:
Nick Nugent – Reeds
Mitch Ellis – Reeds
Joe Weller – Trombone
Kelly Ottaway – Piano
Dom Nguyen – Bass
Chris McGuinness Terry – Drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF

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Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, and is supported by the City of Hobart’s Cultural Grants Program.


Saturday 19 August 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets


Two of the state’s most in-demand jazz trombonists, plus a rhythm section comprising of some of Tasmania’s grooviest jazz musos present an evening of gorgeously arranged standards, originals from the band, and a few surprises.
Expect everything from J.J. Johnston to Joni Mitchell, featuring Louise Denson, Joe Weller, Stevie McEntee, Sasha Gavlek and Konrad Park.

The trombone was recently voted Australia’s 30th favorite instrument in ABC Classic FM’s top 100 instrument competition. Stevie and Joe intend to change Australia’s mind, one performance at a time, and are backed by a superstar band of some of Tasmania’s finest rhythm section players. Come and hear why we reckon the trombone should be #1 – and experience the gorgeous versatility of this unique and unusual instrument!

Louise Denson – piano
Joe Weller – trombone
Stevie McEntee – trombone
Sash Gavlek – bass
Konrad Park – drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm

Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF

Louise Denson is a Hobart-based pianist/composer/arranger/educator working in jazz and classical music. She has released seven CDs – Nova Nova (2021) earned 4-stars in   the Weekend Australian Review. Completed commissions include Clarence Jazz Festival (2023), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (2022), Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery Association (Cooktown, 2021), Brisbane International Jazz Festival (2018) and others. Her works have been performed/recorded by artists including Viney-Grinberg Duo, Muses Trio, Downbeat poll-winning trombonist Bill Watrous, Bell Award-winning vocalist Elly Hoyt, and Southern Cross Soloists. She is an Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre and is published by Wirripang.

Joe Weller is a freelance trombonist based in Hobart. At a young age he discovered a passion for playing trombone which led him to undertake studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart and during this time he quickly established himself on the Hobart music scene. He has since gone onto perform and record with many local, interstate and international acts at different festivals and locations all around Tasmania, these include local acts Kudu Joy, Matthew Ives And His Big Band and The Sasha Gavlek Quartet, interstate act Hot Dub Time Machine and the Japanese artist Tomoko Momiyama and festivals such as The Clarence Jazz Festival, Devonport Jazz Festival, Junction Arts Festival, Dark Mofo, Panama and Party in the Paddock. Joe is constantly working on his craft to ensure that he can continue to be one of the first names called whenever a trombonist is needed in Hobart.

Stevie McEntee is a non-binary trombonist, composer, bandleader, festival director and creative producer. Originally from Mount Gambier in South Australia, they graduated with a Bachelor degree in Jazz Performance from the Elder Conservatory (Adelaide) in 2012. By day they work as the founder and artistic director of the Lutruwita Art Orchestra and as the co-artistic director of the Clarence Jazz Festival (Tasmania’s biggest jazz festival), and by night they lead Hobart’s very own 12-piece all-original Afrobeat-danceband, Baba Bruja, and play trombone in the hugely popular reggae-fusion band Boil Up, regularly collaborating with some of the most loved jazz musicians on the island, as well as writing and conducting music for projects and major festivals across the island of Tasmania. Before relocating to Hobart in 2016 Stevie toured Europe and South-East Asia with Adelaide-based afrobeat legends, the Shaolin Afronauts, and spent two years living and touring in India with musicians and bands from around the world. Stevie has led successful CACD and musical projects that have attracted the support of Arts Tasmania, the Australia Council, the Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts Tasmania, Creative Hobart (Hobart City Council) and Festivals Australia. They strive to create platforms and opportunities for collaboration with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and diverse genders and make music that reflects and celebrates the best bits of being human.

A queer femme, lover of soup, Sasha Gavlek is a contemporary bassist, bandleader, composer, and educator hailing from Hobart. With a love for alternative jazz and rhythmic madness, Gavlek pours her soul into her compositions and improvisational work, exploring themes of personal struggles and growth, as can be seen in her debut album, On Second Thoughts. An active member within the island state’s music scene, Gavlek is a part of several regularly performing acts outside of her own alt jazz quartet including Kudu Joy, Uncle Gus and the Rimshots, and FFLORA, and is a regular performer at annual events such as Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Clarence Jazz Festival, A Festival Called Panama, and the Taste of Tasmania to name a few. On a Contemporary Music Performance scholarship, Gavlek graduated from the UTAS Conservatorium of music with a Bachelor of Music in 2019. When she’s not performing, she is tutoring bass and providing musical accompaniment across local schools.

Konrad Park is a nationally recognised drum kit artist who is a passionate performer, teacher and composer.  He has over four decades of experience backing leading artists including Multi Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans and vocal great Leo deCastro, through to the contemporary music of Brian Ritchie’s Shakuhachi Club and the visceral blues power of Billy Warner Band. Konrad studied composition at the University of Tasmania from 2014 to 2020 under Dr. Maria Grenfell. He is equally focused on live performance and his teaching practice, sustaining ensemble and private lessons at Claremont College, Friends and Elizabeth College. Konrad’s principal focus as an instrumental tutor, is to expand the students musical grammar and confidence, eventually becoming independent artists who will forge their own individual path.  He continues to perform original live instrumental music, directing his many ensembles in a variety of styles. These include modern jazz with the Konrad Park Quartet, Big Small Band (hard bop), The Schwing Thing (post fusion electric jazz rock), Simon Patterson Trio (modern jazz).

Konrad lived in Melbourne from 2008-14, experiencing highlights such as backing David Campbell and Marina Prior for the MSO. He recorded at the ABC for Mal Stanley’s Jazz Track program, with the Tim Neal Trio, a Hammond organ featuring Simon Patterson on guitar. Konrad’s studies at UTAS have greatly furthered his musical aims and compositions skills. He writes from his second instrument, the Chapman Stick, a ten-string tapping instrument. As a UTAS student, Konrad has been able to write more prolifically for his various ensembles. As a Chapman Stick artist, Konrad aka Stickrad, writes and performs his compositions with Stickrad Quintet, to audiences in search of a new listening experience.  As co-artistic director of Southern Stick Events, Konrad brought international “Stickists” Bob Culbertson to Australia three times since 2007, for teaching seminars and Stick Night concerts. Konrad continues to compose and have a performance career on the Chapman Stick. A collaboration with the internationally acclaimed drum kit artist Terry Bozzio, is planned for 2025 culminating in a work for concert band, extended modern drum kit and Chapman stick.  Konrad is now based in Hobart, Tasmania and continues to back local and interstate artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Konrad’s musical diversity allows him to contribute on multiple fronts, to Tasmania’s dynamic and rich musical legacy.

Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, and is supported by the City of Hobart’s Cultural Grants Program.

Saturday 29 July 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets


We welcome the return of delightful songbird Mia Palencia and her ensemble of renown: Matt Boden, Hamish Houston and Tom Robb, from their highly successful concert at Salamanca Arts Centre in June 2022.

Keep warm with Salamanca Jazz in July ~ The Mia Palencia Quartet [ + featured guest Andrew Saragossi on tenor saxophone]

Live in the Founders Room
Saturday 29th July 2023

Mia Palencia +
Matt Boden [ piano ] +
Hamish Houston [ d/bass ] +
Tom Robb [ drums ] +
Andrew Saragossi [ tenor sax ]

Malaysian born Mia tours extensively, records regularly and teaches singing continuously. The empathy she shares with the band guarantees another outstanding performance. This is not to be missed. The quartet will be joined in this concert by featured guest, Andrew Saragossi.

Doors & Bar open at 7pm
Music begins at 7.30pm
The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
[ Enter via the stairs off Wooby’s lane, or take the lift from the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard ]

Tickets are only $25 ea +BF or buy four tickets for only $80 +BF.

Live Jazz is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Public Program, which is supported by the City of Hobart Cultural Grants Program.

Saturday 27 May 2023
7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Live @ The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre
Entry via Wooby’s Lane, or for lift access enter through The Courtyard

$25 +bf each
$80 +bf for 4 x Tickets


This newly formed Quintet will do what they do best, performing an evening concert of their favourite jazz standards.

Alistair Dobson – saxophone
Matt Boden- piano
Damien Kingston – guitar
Hamish Houston – bass
Tom Robb – drums

Doors & Bar open at 7pm
Music begins at 7:30pm