Upcoming shows Sept / Oct 2012

Posted on September 10, 2012 by lee

Yesterday I had a wonderful time playing originals and standards at Mudgee Brewery with John Stuart and his seven-string goodness guitar, with its lovely warmth and depth of tone.

I have some really exciting shows coming up next:

Tuesday 11 Sept: James Valentine Band, Sheaf Hotel, Double Bay 8pm
James Valentine (sax and bandleader), Gary Daley (keys / accordion), Peter Kohlhoff (bass), Nic Cecire

Sunday 16 Sept: The Power and the Passion – James Valentine Band, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, 3pm
This brilliant show traverses wide musical ground, with the common theme of great Australian tunes, re-interpreted in the jazz genre – from the Divinyls to Daddy Cool, and many pit stops in between. VERY excited to be guesting on this wonderful show, with some of Oz’s best jazz musicians.

Sat 22 Sept: Private show – Tim Bruer (keys), Gary Holgate (bass), Andrew Gander (drums)

Sat 6 Oct: Bennett’s Lane – Elly Hoyt, Luke Howard, James Sherlock and friends
- Super excited about this collaboration with the Bell-award winning Elly Hoyt. Bountiful originals plus fresh takes on some of the greats, exploring the emotional and musical possibilities of two singer-songwriters in the jazz idiom. Bring it ONNNNNNNN.

Thurs 25 Oct: The Basement -The Power and the Passion – James Valentine Band.
If you missed this fabulous show at the Joan, come to the Basement and re-visit the biggest and best Oz tunes, re-interpreted in Jazz. Check out the review on this booking link:

Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) performance Fri 6 July 2012

Posted on June 13, 2012 by lee

I’m thrilled to be performing in Sydney at the Sound Lounge for SIMA, with a killer band:

  • James Muller: Guitar
  • Mark Simeon Ferguson: Piano
  • Ben Waples: Bass
  • James Waples: Drums

We’ll be performing tracks from “Spellbound”, some new tunes I’ve written, and some favourite songs.

Do spread the word – love to see you there! Here’s the details and where you can book:

Lee nominated for Bell, Art Music and Music Oz Awards

Posted on June 13, 2012 by lee

Jazz Critic for The Australian newspaper, John McBeath, recently nominated Lee McAllistair’s “Spellbound” in three major awards programs:

  • The Bell Awards (National Jazz Awards)
  • The APRA / ABC Art Music Awards
  • The Music Oz Awards

Lee was thrilled to be selected as a finalist in the Music Oz Awards, and incredibly honoured to be nominated alongside such jazz luminaries as wonderful winner Kristin Berardi in the National Jazz Awards.

Gig @ 505

Posted on June 13, 2012 by lee

Many thanks to everyone who came to see us at Sydney’s 505 Jazz venue. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to play with Tim Bruer, Jason Bruer, Lloyd Swanton and Toby Hall, who brought a whole lot of energy and a fresh take to the original tunes. Yay for music-making with wonderful musicians. We hope to do it again soon – stay tuned. :)

Where to buy Spellbound from

Posted on October 13, 2011 by lee

AUSTRALIA : Pleased to announce that ‘Spellbound’ is now available from:
Birdland Records (Sydney or online)
Readings Music (Melbourne or online)
Middle Eight Music (Melbourne / online)
or digitally on iTunes

INTERNATIONAL: Spellbound is now available from all international digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody, Spotify, Napster and wherever you go for your listening pleasure! : )

4.5 star album review in The Australian

Posted on September 16, 2011 by lee

Label: Independent
Rating: 4-1/2 stars

Reviewer: John McBeath

GIVEN her background, experience and abundance of exceptional vocal and compositional talents, Lee McAllistair deserves to be far better known in Australia.

Originally from Adelaide, now Sydney-based, McAllistair was a member of the SA vocal quartet Women with Standards, and studied for a bachelor of music at Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium with Jo Lawry, now co-vocalist with Sting, and Anita Wardell, who has built a successful singing career in London and Europe.


Inspiration and exhalation… fresh from Stanford University

Posted on September 16, 2011 by lee

Two weeks ago I embarked on a journey to Stanford University, California, with an open mind and a blank musical canvas.  There, I had the absolute privilege of learning from and working with four of the most inspiring people and musicians I’ve ever come across:  Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens (working together as ‘Tillery’) and Anthony Wilson. These artists are all incredible in their own right (details on each of them below), and to have them all together was a Mecca to which I was a willing pilgrim.   I took the songwriting workshop stream with Tillery, and the composition stream with Anthony Wilson, and both were groundbreaking. Here’s what I learned:


Spellbound Album Launch, Wed 28 September, Sound Lounge, Sydney

Posted on September 8, 2011 by lee

I’m excited to be launching ‘Spellbound,’ my entirely original jazz album, on Wednesday, September 28 at Sound Lounge, Sydney. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The wonderful band on the night is Mark Simeon Ferguson on piano, James Muller on guitar and Ben Waples on bass. I’ll be playing all the songs from Spellbound, and some new material I have written recently through my composition studies at Stanford University. It will be fun!!!

Sound Lounge is at the Seymour Centre, cnr Cleveland St & City Rd, Newton. Easy parking in the car park behind off Shepherd St. It will be a school night friendly gig (not late)! Love to see you there xx Lee


Support shows for The Idea of North 10 & 11 September

Posted on September 8, 2011 by lee

Well this is exciting! It’s a privilege to be supporting my dear friends at The Idea of North, Australia’s premier vocal group and winners of last year’s ARIA for best jazz album.  They will be launching their beautiful new album ‘Extraordinary Tale’, and I’ll be playing a set from ‘Spellbound’…. which all seems to make a lot of fairtyale sense!!

My band will be the amazing James Muller, Matt McMahon and Brett Hirst. Sat night 10 September at Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sunday 11 September at Lizotte’s Dee Why. Dinner & show… come and join us. It will be a very special two gigs. xx

Stanford University Jazz Songwriting Residency with Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens

Posted on July 27, 2011 by lee

I’m spending the first part of August 2011 in the presence of greatness! I’m a big Gretchen Parlato fan, and I also really love the original works of Rebecca Martin and Becca Stevens. All three are receiving accolades right now both individually and collectively for their fresh new perspectives and contributions to jazz and genres outside jazz. It’s all getting pretty blurry these days.

I’ll be spending a week workshopping the craft of songwriting with these masterful ladies, and I can’t wait to see what ends up coming out of it.

With any luck, another album’s worth of material for my next project!