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Papillon Jazz Collective

The Papillon Jazz Collective is a group of musicians who are passionate about Jazz music. Based in Perth, Western Australia, they perform a wide range of traditional Jazz, Blues and Latin Jazz at a variety of venues in WA.
Papillon Jazz band includes members who have played with some of the world's great performers such as Sammy Davis Jnr., The Four Tops, and Johnny Farnham. This wide breadth of experience is what gives their music its extra depth. The group was formed out of the musical collaboration of two of the core members. Barry Bruce is one of Perth's best known piano players and swing Jazz band leaders and Miranda Wageman has switched from a successful career playing Argentinean Tango to her true love Jazz violin. They are accompanied in the core group by well known WA Jazz Double Bass player Murray Wilkins.
The core group can be supplemented by other musicians to play as a quartet, quintet or sextet as your event requires. These other musicians also include some of Australia's finest exponents of the art of Jazz such as Denise Dale (Vocals), Tim Woolley (Drums) and Viv Booker (Double Bass). The group plays at many types of celebrations such as festivals and concert performances, weddings, birthdays and corporate launches. To complement their performances, Papillon also has a pool of other musicians and swing dancers that they can contact should you require them for your event.
If you have a corporate function, Christmas or New Year party, why not do something different and turn back the clock to the swinging Jazz era of the 30's and 40's! For something different, Papillon jazz band can work with you to create a theme night such as a Speakeasy from the heady days of prohibition in the USA.

Barry Bruce – piano
Barry is one of Perth’s well known piano players and band leaders fronting bands such as the ‘BB Swing Band’ and ‘Jazzin Around’. He has been playing professionally since his early teens and has spent many years playing solo piano in restaurants, and leading jazz bands in Perth. He spent many years in Sydney playing with the well known Ray Price Quartet and with other notable jazz musicians. Barry also spent 20 years lecturing on piano at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University.

Murray Wilkins – double bass
Murray has just finished 20 years as the tenured lecturer in string bass at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University. He is well known throughout Australia and has backed many famous visiting International jazz players including Teddy Wilson, George Cables, Nat Adderley, Buddy Tate and Bob Wilber.

Miranda Wageman – violin
Miranda studied classical and alternative music and was part of a Youth Classical Orchestra in Holland in her teens. From 2004, Miranda played with Cuarteto Farol, an Argentinian Tango band, playing a range of Latin music styles throughout Western Australia and nationally. In 2005 she studied violin tango techniques in Buenos Aires with violinist Marcelo Prieto of the famous Beba Pugliese Orchestra. Miranda has been intensively studying and performing Jazz since 2004.

Denise Dale - Vocals
Originally from Sydney, but now one of Perth's best known Jazz Divas, Denise is affectionately known as "the little lady with the big voice". She sings with the well known BB Swing Band, as well as her own band, "The High Hat Club". With "The High Hat Club", she has recently recorded a CD which will be available in February 2007.

Viv Booker - Double Bass
A regular player with the BB Swing Band at the Fremantle Jazz Club, Viv has played with a wide variety of Jazz bands dating back to the sixties. He has a wide breadth of musical experience, having played in rock bands in the sixties as well as playing classics, but his one and true love is Jazz.

Tim Woolley - Drums
Tim has played drums for almost every well known traditional or mainstream Jazz band in Perth. He is versatile and has played with Jazz bands in England and Australia. Tim supplements his band gigs with lecturing in Drums at some of Perth's well known colleges.

The Papillon jazz Collective are the perfect entertainment for your event.

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