Hip Mo’Toast Perth big band are the Classiest, Swingin'est And, Let's Face It, Cheesiest Band In Town!
Think Peggy lee, Doris Day and Julie London, think Sinatra, Sammy and Dino, think Louis Prima, Brian Setzer, Glenn Miller and Count Basie - it's all here in the same generous dollop of the créme of Perth's jazz musicians. The contagious rhythms of The Theme from The Blob and Perhaps, Perhaps will have you cha-cha-cha-ing all the way to Carioca-ville! Raucous blues numbers or slick swing tunes made famous by the likes of Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones will see you bopping and shuffling 'til way past last Martinis.
Led by award-winning Perth jazz vocalist Libby Hammer, the fourteen piece ensemble swings in straight from the big band era with a truly BIG sound, boasting four saxophones, three trumpets, two slide trombones, a groovy guitar, tinkling piano, the booming double bass, pounding drums and the jazz chanteuse herself. And when this veritable hatful of young talented musicians gets together, the number one item on the agenda is fun!
THE HIP MO' TOAST BIG BAND was formed in 1998, specifically to play at the Perth Zoo's Centenary Celebrations and they soon found themselves in demand at parties and venues around town, landing a Friday residency in the hazy surrounds of the Greenwich Bar beneath His Majesty's Theatre. Following the closure of The Greenwich, they took their roof-raising antics to the Varga Lounge, staying for an unbelievable 15 months and recording their first EP, "Hip Mo' Toast Big Band Live", a perfect testament to the vibe this band creates. After five years lighting up Perth stages, the party got into full swing with the release of the full-length Mischievous Girl, a raucous collection of recordings, both original and traditional, full of jazz standards, cha-chas, mambos, and magnums full of mischief.
HIP MO" TOAST won the Perth Jazz Society Award in recognition of "artistic excellence in performance and outstanding contribution by a group in the area of innovation and jazz advocacy". The quintet won the Western Australian Music Academy Industry Association Awards for Best Original Jazz Act for six consecutive years. As well as it's two record-breaking residencies, THE HIP MO' TOAST BIG BAND'S sought after blend of sophistication and playfulness has been presented at the Perth Jazz Society, The Fly By Night Club, Victory In The Pacific Day and for repeat performances at the Nocturnal Industry Ball and Joondalup Festival as well as numerous gala events, outdoor concerts, festivals and for many distinguished private clients.
When the hip mo' toast big band rolls up, it's time for the manhattans to start flowing and the couples to start swinging, because there's no party like a HIP MO" TOAST big band party!
The Hammer Nine, also called the 'combo' is Libby's newest group. In fact, it's so new, you may need to check that we're even up and running (contact us!). The 9-piece combo offers clients an option between the quintet and the big band, and does have a range of jazz repertoire, but this group differs from the others in that it plays primarily soul, blues and funk music. Ow! Hot damn.
Available for corporate events, themed events, weddings, private functions and special occasions.
It was a brilliant night. Libby is lovely and the band were great.
Thanks once again for your efforts, you never fail.
I have just sent a generic comment to the entertainers. But, on a personal note, 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, Lucie). I am happy to recommend the Quintet in the future. Thank you for your help also. Once I sourced you out on the net, the process was very positive, easy and friendly. That is a great asset. Best wishes for future bookings.