‘Lady Sings The Blues’ – A Billie Holiday Tribute

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Presented by Ella’s Music Club

CAULFIELD RSL – Saturday 16 March-8:30

Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday was born in 1915 in Philadelphia. Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse. Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues.


Growing up under the influence of jazz pianist/arranger father Noel Mendoza, Rebecca started on the Jazz scene at an early age singing the swinging’ and sultry songs Cole Porter, Gershwin and Van Heusen to name a few. One can tell that Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson were some of the greats that Rebecca grew up listening to hence forming her style and technique.

Although steeped in jazz history, Rebecca attributes her stage craft and her ability of breaking down and connecting with a song to the wonderful internationally acclaimed shows, directors and actors she has worked with over the years. Some of her stage works include the original Australian production and German production of Miss Saigon, Show Boat, Hair, the original stage production of Lord of the Rings in Toronto, Canada which was nominated for a Dora award.

Rebecca’s first Billy Holiday show was for Ella’s Music Club 6 years ago,making this the 4th performance after sold out Shows.She has also performed her Billie Holiday tribute show at a number of venues and festivals, including Noosa Jazz Festival, Frankston Music Festival and Newcastle Jazz Festival where she had major success and sell out performances.

Accompanied tonight by the versatility of the Joe Ruberto Quartet with Joe Ruberto (keyboards), Bob Venier (trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals), Dean Cooper(drums) & Dean Addison (bass). Rebecca performs soulful ballads through to toe tappers guaranteed to take even the most seasoned listener on an extraordinary musical journey through the life of Billie Holiday.


Joe Ruberto – keys

Bob Venier –  Trumpet, Flugelhorn, & vocals

Dean Cooper-  Drums

Dean Addison- Bass    


Date: Saturday 16 March

Time:Dinner 630-8:30,Showtime 8:30_6:30(with intermission)

Tickets: Dinner& Show & $69,Show only $39 www.ellasmusicclub.com

Venue:Caulfield RSL,4 St Georges Road Elsternwick                                                   

Joe Ruberto – Piano/Vocals…Musical Director

JOE RUBERTO has been an entertainer since the age of 13 playing both the piano and the piano accordion.  He has performed on television and in concerts throughout Australia and overseas.  It was at an early age that he won numerous competitions including Network Ten’s Showcase and Channel Nine’s New Faces and recorded a number of very successful albums for WNG Records.

Joe is regularly in demand as musical director for local and international acts and has accompanied Normie Rowe, The Drifters, Phyllis Diller, Ernie Sigley, The Coasters, Rick Sonata, Elvis To The Max, Nilla Pizzi, Luciano Tajoli, Manuela Villa, Dario Sebastiani and a host of others too many to list here.

He also led a thirty piece orchestra for the International Song Festival held in Melbourne and staged at the prestigious Palladium at Crown.

Joe has performed at various jazz festivals including Wangaratta Jazz Festival,Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Nagoya (Japan) Music Festival.

Bob Venier – Trumpet, Flugelhorn & Vocals

Bob Venier is recognized as one of Australia’s leading trumpet players.  He has been in constant demand as both a studio session musician and a jazz soloist for the last four decades.  He began his career in Ballarat playing dixieland, mainstream and big band music with local bands before moving to Melbourne where he played with Smacka Fitzgibbon.

In the early 70’s he joined the ABC Orchestra playing percussion for 2 years and then brass for 10 years.  In 1978 he joined the highly acclaimed modern jazz quartet Pyramid, with David Hirschfelder, David Jones and Roger McLaughlin.  They performed to considerable acclaim at the Montreaux and North Seas Festivals in 1983.

During the 80’s and 90’s Bob was a regular musician on leading TV shows including The Don Lane Show, The Bert Newton Show, Young Talent Time and the Steve Vizard Show.  In 1988 Bob toured Australia and the USA with the Bi-Centennial Australia Jazz Orchestra and also featured as a flugelhorn soloist with Don Burrows and James Morrison.

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