Getting jazzed

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL, polyrhythmic gangster shit is how Melbourne band Hiataus Kaiyote describes itself on the web.

The funky jazz quartet was nominated for a Grammy, but was pipped at the post by Snarky Puppy.

Songwriter/singer Mai Palm brought her own brand of future soul to the band: “I always knew I wanted to be in a band, but I never knew it could be my own conversation,” she says online.

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• Mai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote. Photo

Kaiyote is one of two headline acts for this year’s Perth International Jazz Festival, along with US group Yellowjackets. The Jackets have been around since the early ‘80s and two of their songs featured in the soundtrack of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

The diverse jazz group plays regularly at festivals such as the Indy Jazz fest in Indianapolis.

“Hiatus will play their blend of captivating lyricism and emotive soundscapes as the main attraction of Saturday’s performance, while Yellowjackets, the undisputed legends of jazz fusion, will headline Sunday’s show,” PIJF head honcho Graham Wood says.

The three-day festival has a number of free and ticketed events at a swag of locations around Perth.

Local, national and international jazz artists will bring a feast of jazz, and see the return home of Dane Alderson: “The Perth bass-extraordinaire is the newest member to join Yellowjackets,” Wood says.

• Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer. Photo supplied | Tobey Black

• Ali Bodycoat and Libby Hammer. Photo supplied | Tobey Black

In a first for the annual festival Cathedral Square will play host to a number of free performances on Saturday June 4, including two special shows by Alex Da Cost and the Graham Wood Trio and Christ McNulty (USA).

Festival highlights include Grammy-winning saxophonist Gary Barts (USA), Israeli pianist Shai Maestro, Australian producer, pianist and composer Stu Hunter, saxophonist and composer Sergio Galvao (Brazil), celebrated jazz vocalist Hetty kate (Melbourne) and internationally renowned guitarist Lionel Loueke (Aust).

“Perth International Jazz Festival is a fantastic celebration of music that can be enjoyed by a huge range of people,” Wood says.

“There really is something for everyone in this program and it’s fantastic to see so many talented artist converge on our wonderful city for a weekend of great music, food, wine and fun.”

For the full program go to


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