Known for her engaging stage presence, and a sound ranging from rich swinging tones through to haunting and fragile melodies, expect the unexpected when it comes to repertoire; Radiohead followed by Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins next to Joni Mitchell, and contemporary Australian classics next to original compositions, there is something for every music lover.
Penny moved on to the national stage in 2013, with her album Journey, recorded with her quintet, which was subsequently shortlisted for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards. The album features both original compositions, and original arrangements of jazz and contemporary standards. Penny feels privileged to create music with her band, made up of some the leading lights in Australian jazz.
A regular at the Ellington Jazz Club, Penny has also has appeared at numerous festivals, including the inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival in 2013, and again in 2015, where she presented her show ‘Both Sides Now: The Music of Joni Mitchell’ with a sextet including musical director Tom O’Halloran.
Penny has also appeared at Rottnest’s ‘Jazz on the Rock Festival’, the York Jazz Festival, the Beaufort St. Festival, Fremantle International Jazz Festival, the Harbourside Concert Series in Albany, and the Jazz By The Bay Festival, Dunsborough. In 2016, Penny travelled to Melbourne to perform original music and arrangements at the Paris Cat Jazz Club.
Penny is thrilled to be joined by the Russell Holmes Trio for this performance.