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
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.
are the perfect entertainment for your event.