Giles jazzes up the music of INXS

On first reflection INXS and jazz are not two words most music lovers would put together – but Cam Giles has proven that the music of the rock legends fits well within the jazz genre.

“(I know) It is a funny thing, but it is in the way you sing them and the way you feel the songs which makes it work,” Giles said.

“It is not super traditional jazz but more of a pop jazz vibe and not too laid back. I like that pop structure in music.”

Giles will perform his jazz tribute to INXS – INXSessive – at the Devonport Jazz Festival on Saturday 27 July with a three-course meal, show and glass of wine for $65 a head at the La Pomme Brassiere, at 16 Fenton Street. Bookings are essential and can be made by telephoning 6424 492.

The Brisbane-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist first met the band in the late 1980s at famous Sydney recording studio Rhinoceros, where both his band, Gank, and INXS were recording at the time.

“We crossed paths and got to know them a bit. They were very busy and very famous at that time,” Cam recalled.

“Paula Jones (a recording engineer at the studio) suggested to Michael that maybe we (Cam and then writing partner Kirke Godfrey) could do a track,” Cam recalled

That track was Nail it Down, which was never recorded by INXS but forms part of the tribute show covering the band’s music from 1987 to 1997.

Giles – who started singing jazz about 12 years ago at the suggestion of a friend – said the impact of INXS on not only the Australian music scene but worldwide could not be over-estimated.

“They were incredible,” he said.

“Everything about them was so worldly and they were so committed to their one mission, something you don’t always see in bands.

“Michael was so sensual in the way he sang; he was great and such a nice person.”

The stage show follows the release of the album Cam Giles – A Jazz Tribute To INXS, which is available through Ambition Records/Sony Music.

Giles will be joined on stage by Brett Rosenberg (piano), Lance Sua (guitar), Gavin Pearce (bass), Ryan Menenzes (drums) and Damon Grant (saxophone).

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Other exciting elements of the Festival include the Squeezebox Cabaret (complete with a meal, dance troupe and big band), sensational traditional band The Syncopators, the RAN Jazz Ensemble Melbourne, the ABC Radio live broadcast, a schools’ tour and Pure Jazz Sessions.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at


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Mature trees in Roundhouse Park to remain

Following an arborist’s inspection most of the mature trees in Roundhouse Park will be retained as part of the Waterfront Park project, including the historic English Elms near the fire station and the Canadian Poplar tree, planted in about 1984, near Joe and Enid Lyons’ busts.

The future of the poplar was particularly in question – with many residents concerned that it might be removed – but Council has now received an arborist’s report confirming it was safe and in good health.

In total 41 trees are earmarked to be removed as part of the new Waterfront Park, with 132 new trees to be planted. In addition, a small number of trees will be transplanted to alternative locations.

The new trees will generally be reasonably advanced and in the range of three metres to six metres high, depending on the species, when planted.

Maintaining the original design intent, new tree species will be native to Tasmania.

The Mayor, Cr Annette Rockliff, said the trees that are to be removed were predominately located near the proposed elevated walkway north east of the intersection of Best Street and Formby Road

Cr Rockliff said Council engaged an arborist to assess all the existing trees earlier this year and the information provided was used by the landscape architect and the design team to finalise the construction drawings.

“Council took a proactive approach towards the trees and sought professional advice to be confident that all the trees were safe and had an adequate life span,’’ she said.

A copy of the arborist’s report, along with the complete tree removal plan, is available on the LIVING CITY website, by clicking here.

Changes identified as a result of community consultations into the Waterfront Parkland design have now been completed and final construction drawings have been provided to the short-listed contractors for pricing.

The changes include improvements to the safety of the pedestrian crossings, additional parallel parking along Formby Road and additional seating and enhancements for public events.

The tender process will take about two months to complete with the successful contractor likely to be announced in late August.



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Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

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