What's on - Tropical Dance Orchestra

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

More from the Masters - Saturday 17 November 2018

Come and enjoy the music of these two extraordinary composers who have worked both as a team and as highly successful individual songwriters.

Their mutual admiration led to Sting singing "Insensitive (Insensatez)" on Jobim's last album Antonio Brasileiro, and Sting performing bossa-nova inspired songs such as his "La belle dame sans regrets" and "Fragile (Fragilidade)" in portuguese.

Bookings: Brisbane Jazz Club
1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point
Saturday 17 November 2018
7:30 - 10:00pm

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The music of Sting & Jobim - Saturday 5 May 2018

The Tropical Dance Orchestra celebrates the music of two of the world's greatest songwriters.

Brisbane Jazz Club
Saturday 5 May 2018

Friday, June 02, 2017

A night with Jobim

Following the tremendous response to our show last year, The Ultimate Seducer, TDO present A Night with Jobim.

One of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
Hear favourites and magnificent songs you didn't know this great composer wrote, performed with strings and Brisbane's finest jazz musicians.

Friday 25 August 2017
7:30 - 10:00pm

Saturday, July 09, 2016

A Tribute to the Music of Antônio Carlos Jobim

The thirteen-piece Tropical Dance Orchestra 
with special guests:
Clive Moorhead (piano)
Kay Sullivan (accordion)
Mauricio Hosi (guitar)
Steph Dick (vocals)
Marcelo Rosciano (percussion)
Anje West (vocals/percussion)

Thursday 22 September 2016
7:30 - 10pm

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A Night in Rio - 12 December 2015

click picture to enlarge

For bookings click here.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

You must remember this - Tuesday 11 November 2014

TDO presents You must remember this, a free lunchtime concert at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday 11 November 2014. Hear Brazilian, jazz and wartime favourites with special guests from the group Para Voce and TDO's five-piece string section.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Coming up- Sunday 3 November 2013

The Tropical Dance Orchestra presents a night of scintillating Brazilian music in Brisbane. A musical feast featuring the sumptuous strings of the 13-piece Tropical Dance Orchestra, Brisbane’s best Brazilian musicians and some surprise guests. Hear classic bossa-nova, samba and choro standards in the way they were meant to be heard — happy, sad and full of life & colour.

Special guests: from Adelaide Mike Bevan and Charmaine Jones

Bookings: Brisbane Jazz Club
Enquiries: 0400 743 128

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

TDO at State Library of Queensland

On Saturday 10 August 2013, 4 - 7pm.
Dont' miss the Tropical Dance Orchestra's appearance at the State Library of Queensland.

This will be a special FREE show as part of the
Live! Queensland Band Culture exhibition
celebrating the soundtrack of our state

and ...
on Sunday 3 November, 2013...


Featuring the fantastic music of Brazil in Brisbane. Hear the songs you love and the best of samba, bossa-nova and choro with the luscious strings of the Tropical Dance Orchestra and guest musicians born and bought up with music in Brazil.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Highlights from the French Connection

Click to see some of the Youtube video highlights of the
French Connection evening at the Brisbane Jazz Club,
Sunday 4 November, 2012.

"Nuages," "A cafe in Montparnasse" and "Midnight"

"Bistro fada," "Night and Day" and " You don't know me"

For more information email:
0400 743 128

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

You'll remember November with ...

The Tropical Dance Orchestra and Swing Manouche play some of the best French repertoire with strings on Sunday 4 November, 6-9pm, at the Brisbane Jazz Club.

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This will be a fabulous night with some specially-written arrangements for two excellent jazz ensembles. Hear the songs you know and love performed by Brisbane's best jazz artists with strings!
Bookings: Brisbane Jazz Club.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Coming in May 2012 ...

See "Lamento no morro" and "Meu amigo Radames" on Youtube 
from the Best of Brazil Concert.

For more information phone Peter Freeman 0400 743 128

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pictures from the Customs House Concert & The BIG Tropical Night - 30 October 2011

... later at the BIG Tropical Night Brisbane Jazz Club

all photos by Tim Butler

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The North and South of it

The Tropical Dance Orchestra perform on both sides of the Brisbane River on Sunday 30 October 2011.

First the free Customs House Concert from 11:30 - 12:30,

... and then the BIG Tropical Night with the UQ BIG BAND
at the Brisbane Jazz Club from 6 - 9 pm.

Make a day and night of it ...

Courting the Greats - 24 September 2011

The Tropical Dance Orchestra provided the atmosphere and dance music for Courting the Greats, a night of celebration for
The University of Queensland's Alumni at the UQ Centre.

See the Courting the Greats video here.

Pictures courtesy Lucid Photography

Saturday, January 22, 2011

BIG Tropical Night - October 2010

Packed again!

See the Tropical Dance Orchestra performing "Surfboard" on YouTube

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Shots from the Hot Club - July 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Coming up ... !!!

The Tropical Dance Orchestra and

A HUGE night of great music.

Bookings: Brisbane Jazz Club
Enquiries: 0400 743 128

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hot Club in Rio - Sunday 18 July

Don't miss ...

Book online on the Brisbane Jazz Club website.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hot Club in Rio - 18 July 2010

The Tropical Dance Orchestra present Hot Club in Rio
Sunday 18 July, 2010, 6-9pm at the Brisbane Jazz Club.

With guests Ewan MacKenzie,
Queensland's finest Django/Manouche style guitarist

and ...

Jason Machado,
Brazilian "sete cordas" guitarist

Hear popular music classics from France and Brazil with flute, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums AND the luscious sound of the five strings of the Tropical Dance Orchestra with our vocalists Cherryn Lomas, Julia McIlveen and Mike Ross.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Coming up ... !

We've been hard at work arranging new original pieces since February 2009.
Check out this site soon for announcements of concerts in 2010.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Sponsorship - Archtop Guitars and Books

The Tropical Dance Orchestra is now proudly sponsored by Archtop Guitars and Books.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Swinging Samba Concert - 10 February 2009

The Swinging Samba concert in the Main Auditorium Brisbane City Hall was a huge success. Great sound, great audience and a fun time.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Swinging Samba - 10 February 2009

Coming up!
Tuesday Lunchtime Concert - FREE!
Brisbane City Hall Main Auditorium
Hear the sounds of samba, bossa nova
and swing standards with STRINGS!

Click here for further details ...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What a BIG Tropical Night!

A classy performance
and a great fun night.