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Bassendean on the Green: Introducing Trevor Jalla

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Bassendean on the Green: Introducing Trevor Jalla

Melinda Tognini

Have you secured your tickets for Bassendean on the Green yet?

In case you missed it, Bassendean on the Green promises to be a wonderful evening of music on the banks of the Swan River. Bassendean on the Green is 12 Bucket's major fundraising event for 2015, and will go a long way to:

Helping children discover their capacity to give, regardless of background or circumstance.

If you've already bought tickets, we look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 28 November. If you've not yet done so, then this is your invitation to swoon away under the stars with an evening of delightful music: classical, jazz, blues and rock. But you'd better get in quick - tickets are selling fast.

Among the line-up for Bassendean on the Green will be Trevor Jalla, performing as part of the Trevor Jalla Quartet. 

Trevor Jalla

Trevor Jalla can be heard at numerous local venues, but has also been building an international reputation, with gigs in the US, Europe and South-East Asia. His music is a mixture of blues, gospel, funk, folk and soul, which Trevor describes as 'music that speaks from the heart to the heart.'

We recently spent time asking Trevor about his music, mentors and why he's keen to support this fundraiser for 12 Buckets.

How long have you been playing music and what first sparked your interest?

I've been playing music since I was 5, professionally since 2001. Mum taught me piano at a young age, and my Dad's music collection gave me my context that I still reference today.

What made you decide to step out and become a full-time musician?

Flunking out of law school in 2000. I started doing gigs and have never stopped.

What musical projects, performances or groups are you currently involved in?

I play mostly as an acoustic solo or duo format, or as side-man in various line-ups. That's the bread and butter. I've just returned from Kuala Lumpur with my blues sextet at the inaugural Global Transformation Forum. I performed for the Malaysian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, Carl Lewis, Helen Clarke and even Arnold Schwarzenegger! I also front an 8 piece James Taylor Tribute line-up. I'm very proud of that project - the band sounds world class.

Have you ever played, or do you currently play, an instrument other than guitar?

Closet drummer. Isn't everyone?

Given that 12 Buckets is involved in mentoring children, who have been your mentors?

That's a tough one. I've tended to learn by  proxy from outside looking into others' lives and examples. If I had to pick one - Paul Morrison, who used to be worship pastor at Riverview Church where I attend. He's now chaplain at West Coast Eagles. He could always break down to heart level in a simple but straight to the matter kind of way. Champion of a guy, great songwriter, too.

Any specifically musical influences?

Too many to count - but it boils down to Ray Charles, BB King and James Taylor. In person, my parents. My dad's brother really got me hooked onto blues. And I learned a lot from Travis Fitch in my teenage years, too.

And if people like what they hear at Bassendean on the Green, where else can they hear you play?

Wednesday fortnights at the Left Bank, Thursdays at Bar Lafayette and (most) Saturdays at the Belgian Beer Cafe with Travis Fitch. Or look me up on YouTube!

What do you do when you're not playing music?

My wife and I have two awesome kids. My daytime hours are flexible, so I'm home with them quite a bit. Definitely a perk of my working hours. I've also been developing my skills and inventory as a live sound engineer and equipment supplier. I've found it's reawakened my long dormant left-brain, in  a way that still ties into music and right-brain creativity.

What's your connection to Travis Fitch and 12 Buckets?

I was part of the early (1998-2000) and late (2004-2005) line-ups of the Mounty Gospel Choir, both as a choir vocalist and also a guitarist. Trav and I have been in and out of each other's musical lives for almost 20 years now that I think about it. The Saturday gig we do now is literally the same venue where I first jammed with him at his gig, except back in 1999 it was called the City Hotel.

What would you say about Travis and 12 Buckets, and why people should come along and support Bassendean on the Green?

Travis embodies real-world 'do something' compassion as much as anyone I know. In fact, the highlight of our Saturday CBD gig hasn't been the music. Hanging with Trav has opened my eyes to the real struggles happening right on our doorsteps, on our streets. Supporting Bassendean on the Green is just the tip of the iceberg for what we can do for at-risk kids and get them started on a path to safety.

For more details and to purchase tickets, go to:

 http://www.12buckets.org/shop/concert-ticket-to-bassendean-on-the-green