Black Fedora Jazz are a quintet featuring vocals, saxophone, piano and percussion. Black Fedora Jazz features the vocal talents of Kristine Karahalios. The band members include Nigel Bourn, Michael Boehm and Satomi Ohnishi
We play Jazz standards, a few soul tunes and some re-imagined newer ones with a dash of swing. We're sometimes funky.... and always cool.
We're most comfortable in lounge bars, cafe's and wedding receptions, pre-dinner drinks or cocktail parties. If you are looking for some stylish music for an event, we'd be happy to come along and entertain your guests. Looking to dance? We have plenty of Swing, Soul and Funk to get your night groovin.
We are based in the Adelaide suburbs in South Australia.
Kristine has been singing and performing since the young age of 7 where she began her singing journey in the Australian Girls choir. Kristine has a vast vocal repertoire, however she favors smooth soulful vocals, powerhouse ballads and rich jazz tunes. Kristine has been singing with bands and vocal groups around Adelaide for the past six years, she has been a regular vocalist with Black Fedora Jazz since 2011.
She is also a regular performer at Cabaret live and has featured in numerous musicals with principal roles including Joseph and the Amazing Techni-coloured Dream Coat, Pirates of Penzance, SHOUT and the Dusty Springfield Tribute show to name a few. Kristine teaches voice and classroom music at a primary school in Adelaide. Kristine holds a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in Music and Drama and has completed a one year long Certificate IV in music, majoring in jazz voice at the Elder conservatorium of music, Adelaide University.
A music lover of all genre's. Nigel was drawn to the Sax in his 20's and learned the basics from an old master who'd teach out the back of Cecere's music in the late 80's in a converted toilet!.
After taking a break for a few years Nigel was lucky enough to find a lecturer at the Elder School of Music at Adelaide Uni who was taking on private students, this has reinvigorated his absolute love of jazz
Nigel has played in rock and funk bands - but the love of Jazz and love of players like Dexter Gordon and Stanley Turrentine means he is most passionate about Jazz - "It's a style of music I really enjoy playing."
Satomi studied and played Jazz extensively in Japan after spending time in both the school brass band and orchestra.
Since arriving in Adelaide, she has been playing in several bands including blues, rock and latin flavours. Black Fedora Jazz is the first jazz band for Satomi in Adelaide, and her style suits the band perfectly.
Michael started piano playing over 10 years ago, with a great love of listening to the piano jazz standards and blues he has developed an eclectic playing style.
Robyn Habel is among Adelaide's leading jazz and popular music performers and educators. The recipient of 9 SA Music Industry awards, Robyn has played with Don Burrows, James Morrison, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and Normie Rowe, and supported the likes of Stevie Wonder and Crowded House. Robyn is also a JJJ unearthed winner and has recently completed her fourth studio album to critical acclaim. .