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Dec
24
Libby Hammer @ The Ellington Jazz Club

None, Western Australia, Australia

None, Western Australia, Australia

Dec
23
Libby Hammer @ The Ellington Jazz Club

None, Western Australia, Australia

None, Western Australia, Australia

Dec
08
Libby Hammer @ The Navy Club

Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

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I must say that the Quintet was the glue that held the whole thing together so well. Libby is a relaxed and accomplished performer and personality. The band was able to work in with the environment and the other entertainers and to interact with the children and adults. I don’t think they could have done much more from my perspective as an organiser. I have had very positive feedback from the guests (especially my daughter). I am happy to recommend the Quintet in the future. - email


I've had so many compliments about your performance and how you and the band made the whole thing sexy and sassy!  And you were the easiest group to work with.  So I thought it important to put in writing how appreciative I am for the lift you gave the whole night. I'll certainly recommend the show... - email


I've had so many compliments about your performance and how you and the band made the whole thing sexy and sassy!  And you were the easiest group to work with.  So I thought it important to put in writing how appreciative I am for the lift you gave the whole night. I'll certainly recommend the show... - email


This was a fantastic event! Libby Hammer and her group provided those present with a range of numbers and more particularly an exhibition of jazz, vocal and musical talents, which are second to none in Western Australia. Libby has a natural style and is a natural draw card. - email


This was a fantastic event! Libby Hammer and her group provided those present with a range of numbers and more particularly an exhibition of jazz, vocal and musical talents, which are second to none in Western Australia. Libby has a natural style and is a natural draw card. - email


Hammer... exploited the tonal shades in her voice with some mesmerizing solos, performing with real showmanship. Bobby Timmons' Dat Dere was sung with perfect childlike belligerence, and her comic timing in Tadd Dameron's zippy Good Bait was brilliant. - The West Australian


Hammer... exploited the tonal shades in her voice with some mesmerizing solos, performing with real showmanship. Bobby Timmons' Dat Dere was sung with perfect childlike belligerence, and her comic timing in Tadd Dameron's zippy Good Bait was brilliant. - The West Australian


She swings and bops and ENTERTAINS, whether it is lounge music with a firm tongue in the cheek or straight ahead standards. - JazzWA


She swings and bops and ENTERTAINS, whether it is lounge music with a firm tongue in the cheek or straight ahead standards. - JazzWA


Libby's strength and grace is grounded in the tradition of the greats, yet her sound and approach is so wonderfully her own. - website


Our patron Libby Hammer once again drew a large attendance who were charmed by with her impromptu remarks and diversity and daring of her vocal dexterity. Her interpretations of Caravan, One Meatball and Stardust
showed the variety of her repertoire. With Chris Foster on piano, Alistair McEvoy on saxes, Nick Abbey bass and Michael Perkins on drums, she had excellent backing and contributory solos... a real crowd pleaser. - Jazz Fremantle


Our patron Libby Hammer once again drew a large attendance who were charmed by with her impromptu remarks and diversity and daring of her vocal dexterity. Her interpretations of Caravan, One Meatball and Stardust
showed the variety of her repertoire. With Chris Foster on piano, Alistair McEvoy on saxes, Nick Abbey bass and Michael Perkins on drums, she had excellent backing and contributory solos... a real crowd pleaser. - Jazz Fremantle


I received ‘Mischievous Girl’ in the mail last night. Thanks so much for sending it across. BOY!! I loved it! After about two minutes of My Wee Bonita I had a grin ear to ear, and I knew I was it for a fun next hour. I also loved the title track. Great vocals and wicked funky Hammond. Will have to drop in a tune or two into my set tonight. It will go SO well with some of this Italian 60s easy stuff I picked up on the weekend. - website


I received ‘Mischievous Girl’ in the mail last night. Thanks so much for sending it across. BOY!! I loved it! After about two minutes of My Wee Bonita I had a grin ear to ear, and I knew I was it for a fun next hour. I also loved the title track. Great vocals and wicked funky Hammond. Will have to drop in a tune or two into my set tonight. It will go SO well with some of this Italian 60s easy stuff I picked up on the weekend. - website


Discography

Mischievous Girl (2003) • The Hip Mo' Toast Big Band with special guests Tommy Tycho and James Flynn
Titled "Mischievous Girl" after a rocking tune by ivory-tinkler and Hammond-master Grant Windsor, it is a fun, party-time album for the more discerning swinger.

Uptown Tight (2002) • Hip Mo' Toast with special guest Peter Holland
The quintet's first full-length studio recording, Uptown Tight, features both originals and new jazz arrangements of unusual repertoire.

Hip Mo' Toast Big Band Live (2001) • Hip Mo' Toast Big Band
An unplanned and rollicking snapshot that caught the band at their raw and energetic best. Swinging the clubland crowd back into the groove, this official bootleg is a piece of that magic.

Introducing Hip Mo' Toast (1999) • Hip Mo' Toast
Our first official demo (if you don't count the one we made on cassette before that).

IN THE PIPELINE...

Australian Songbook [working title] (201?) • The Hip Mo' Toast Big Band
Classic big band jazz meets classic Aussie rock!

LIBBY APPEARS ON THE FOLLOWING ALBUMS AS A GUEST...

Jazzaziz Vol 6 (2011)
New music from West Australian jazz artists
www.jazzwa.com

Jazzaziz Vol 5 (2010)
New music from West Australian jazz artists
www.jazzwa.com

The XenDen Suite (2008)
Troy Roberts
www.troyroberts.com

Canopy: Songs For The Southern Forests (2006)
Compilation by Southern Forest Artswww.southernforestarts.com.au

Here and Now (2003)
A compilation of new original jazz recordings by WA artistswww.jazzwa.com

Billie Holiday Music Story (2001) • Featuring the voices of Tina Kemp, Bronwynn Way and Libby Hammer
Proudly presented by the Perth Jazz Society
www.perthjazzsociety.com

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Bio

Libby Hammer is one of Perth's premier jazz vocalists. With a background in musical theatre, acting and circus, along with five years of music study and 17 years of music industry experience, she has developed a solid reputation in Western Australia as an accomplished jazz singer, bandleader and vocal coach.

Libby received her Bachelor of Jazz Music in 1997 after five years of study at the WA Academy Of Performing Arts in Western Australia and promptly formed a band called Hip Mo’ Toast, who over the next decade would win six Western Australian Music Industry Association awards for Most Popular Original Jazz Act. Over the years Libby’s band matured and grew into an outstanding collective of Perth's best jazz musicians, performing in ensembles ranging from a duo to a big band, all led by Libby herself. She has a formidably large repertoire and often performs themed shows and workshops, such as her Jazz For Kids series. Libby’s preferred band for festival and jazz club performances is the quintet.

Duo • Trio • Quartet • Vocal Quartet • Quintet • Nonet • Big Band

Libby’s approach is a continuation of the tradition of the great jazz divas, though she’s no diva herself. She has cultivated a silky-smooth croon that can turn raw as guts when the song calls for it. Fully cognizant of today’s audiences preference for energetic entertainment, Libby keeps things moving along at a fast pace with frequent nods to kitsch cabaret and comedy, soul-drenched blues, and she intersperses it all with the occasional burst of virtuosic scat for the jazz purists.

Libby has performed thousands of concerts since 1996, including several regional tours and overseas engagements. Libby has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, James Morrison, Joe Chindamo and international jazz artists such as Josh Hilberman (USA), Christoph Spendel (Germany) and two-time Grammy Winner Gary Bartz (USA).

Libby was a key member of the Perth Jazz Society committee from 1992 until 2006 and in 2005 won the PJS Award for Most Outstanding Individual Contribution To Jazz. In 2007 she won another PJS award - Life Membership for Outstanding Long-Term Contribution to Jazz. She is proud to be Patron of Jazz Fremantle. Libby regularly adjudicates eisteddfods, singing competitions and in 2010 was a judge on locally televised talent show, Perth Star. She has taught jazz at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and currently teaches singing at two of Perth's leading private schools.