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2010 Event Media Release: Dick & Christa Hughes: Speakeasy Sundays

Media Release: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dick & Christa Hughes bring Speakeasy Sundays to the Sydney Opera House

“It’s 21st Century Blues alright it summons up that original spirit many have forgotten about, the force that made this music so edgy and radical in the first came out”  The Age

Father-daughter jazz duo Dick and Christa Hughes will party like it’s 1929 when they launch Speakeasy Sundays at the Sydney Opera House Studio next month with an all-star line-up of jazz greats.

Christa Hughes is well known to Sydney audiences as a blues belter, vaudeville vamp, rock ’n’ roll hell cat and cabaret chanteuse. Dick Hughes is Australia’s best-loved jazz pianist, the Godfather of Stride in Sydney, and the first solo jazz pianist to ever play at Sydney Opera House.

Together, their first public performance was at the iconic Sydney jazz venue Soup Plus in the 1980’s, before they took up weekly residency at the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills. Their authentic yet somewhat rowdy performances became infamous.

After discovering, and being discovered by, the world, Christa returned to Australia with her one-woman show Beer Drinking Woman, before writing the Sydney Opera House-commissioned post-postmodern cabaret Sleepless Beauty.

Then there was her incandescent time at the top of the charts as K.K. Juggy during her rock star period with Machine Gun Fellatio, before confounding expectations yet again by becoming the ringmistress of Circus Oz.

Last year the two artists reunited to record 21st Century Blues (ABC Music). They were joined by Bob Barnard and Jim Conway amongst many other fine musicians in a beautiful recording of jazz and blues songs of the 1920s and 30s.

Now, these two Sunday sessions will showcase jazz, blues and vaudeville featuring old and new friends in a New Orleans style line-up which Dick and Christa have never performed live since recording their CD.

The show will include songs from the album, some gut-bucket blues and traditional Dixieland as well as contemporary pop and classic rock played in a very old style – think hard-hitting, thumping, in-ya-face, doof-doof remixed for 1920s gramophone.

Imagine, for example, Basement Jaxx transported back in time to appear in a house of ill-repute, rather than a nightclub. Dick will also be featured in a classic “duelling pianos” 88-key showdown in a sight not to be missed!

Watch Dick and Christa Hughes perform at the Sydney Opera House for Late Night Lounge in April at the following link:

WHAT: Speakeasy Sundays

WHO: Dick and Christa Hughes

WHEN: 11 & 18 July              

WHERE: The Studio

TIMES:  8.15pm (Wed, Thu), 9.30pm (Fri) and 7pm (Sat)

DURATION: 70mins

PRICE: Table seats from $39 or $29 concession. Gallery seats from $29/$19.

BOOKINGS: 02 9250 7777 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House

02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146 /


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