Studio 188 Ipswich Jazz

Studio 188. An evening of light Jazz with the Jordan Brodie Trio

June 07, 2016

What a surprise, Maggie was reading a brochure that arrived in the mail, promoting Ipswich.  What is new, and what is happening.  She noticed the heading referring to An Evening of Jazz at Studio 188, a converted church in Ipswich.  4 tickets later, last Friday evening she and I accompanied by Simon and Carmen, we sat down for a most enjoyable evening, 3 hours or so in a licensed facility that would make many similar ones we have been to in the past, look poorly equipped and shabby.


The old Baptist Church, built in the 1870’s, now Studio 188, a facility for the musical talent of Ipswich and Brisbane area.

 From Wikipedia.  The former Ipswich Baptist Church, first designed by eminent Queensland architect, Richard Gailey and erected in 1877 on Brisbane Street, was originally a simple gabled brick building in a classical idiom. The church acquired adjacent land on Limestone Street and established a Sunday School hall and a manse there.

An Art-Deco influenced refurbishment of the church was completed in 1938 under the direction of prolific Ipswich architect, George Brockwell Gill. A gateway comprising a gable roof supported on barley-twist columns was opened by the church in 1954 to honour those from the church who fought, suffered and died during World War II, and to provide an entrance to memorial grounds established next to the church on Brisbane Street. In 2004 the congregation established itself elsewhere and the church was sold to eventually be transformed into a performance venue by the Ipswich City Council in 2012.

Certainly very bright and modern, great lighting and colours.  Well done Ipswich.


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And the musicians, wonderful young talent with a bright future ahead of them.  The trio includes talented Guitarist, Jordan Brodie who played for all sets, mostly his own compositions and arrangements, backed up by Lachlan Symons the Bassist and Lachlan Hawkins (Yes they were both named Lachlan) on the HandPan’s, Cajon Box Drum and Vocals… the music was excellent, brilliant in fact.


Jordan Brodie

Quoted from FB

Queensland Music Award winning 20-year-old, Jordan Brodie, is a guitarist and composer from Brisbane who has been impressing audiences around Queensland. Originally from Cairns, Jordan has released an instrumental guitar album with aria award winning producer Nigel Pregrum (Pegasus Studios) titled “First Take”.   Now living in Brisbane and in his final year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Jordan has created a new project drawing on old and new inspirations, such as Julian Lage, Ralph Towner and Pat Metheny.  “Jordan Brodie is the 18 year old instrumental guitarist phenomena from Cairns who performs a cross section of musical genre, ranging from tasty blues to swinging jazz arrangements.   Including in Jordan’s sets are a mix of his own originals that have been impressing audiences in venues across north Queensland. Jordan stage presence is magnetic and he displays a unique affinity between his music and his audience.”

If you have a chance, check out Jordan and the two Lachlan’s, you will not be disappointed.

The Jordan Brodie Trio - Lachlan, Jordan and Lachlan

The Jordan Brodie Trio – From the left; Lachlan Symns (Double Bass), Jordan Brodie and Lachlan Hawkins (Cajun/Handpan/Vocals)

Click to play a selection from Jordan’s First Take album.

Titles from the top:  ‘Australia’, ‘Take Me There’, ‘Windy and Warm’

As stated by Tony Hillier from Rhythms Music Magazine, Jorday is…”One of the best young guitar players in the area” with “a fine sense of showmanship, which should take him a long way”

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One Comment

  1. margaret June 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    great music.

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