What's on - Tropical Dance Orchestra


Arrivederci Rio - Sunday 15 August 2021


Enjoy the sounds of Italy and Brazil in an afternoon of wonderful music played by the Tropical Dance Sextet

Featuring guitar, accordion, trumpet, percussion, bass and three fabulous vocalists who will together present  some of the most popular and appealing songs by artists such as Ennio Morricone, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ary Barroso, Paulo Conte, Roberto Sironi, Bruno Martino, Walter Malgoni, Henry Mancini, Pink Martini, and more.

Sunday afternoon, 15 August 2021, 3:30 - 6:00pm 
Brisbane Jazz Club on the banks of the Brisbane River. 
1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point 


Tropical Dance Trio & Guests

   Brisbane Jazz Club
   Thursday 29 October 2020, 7:30 - 10pm

Savour the refined heart of the best music from around the world (Brazil, France, Italy & America) with the Tropical Dance Trio. 

Eddie Gazani - vocal/guitar

Kay Sullivan - accordion

                                                     Peter Freeman - bass

Discover wonderful songs from artists such as Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Luiz Bonfa, Hermeto Pascoal, Pixinguinha, Henri Salvador, Vincenzo di Paola, Sandra Taccani, Bruno Martino, Pink Martini, Johnny Mercer, Henri Mancini and Dave Ricketts plus originals.  


Book Launch - The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim

Announcing the Brisbane launch of Peter Freeman's book 
The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim

Antônio Carlos Jobim has been called the greatest of all contemporary Brazilian songwriters. He wrote both popular and serious music and was a gifted piano, guitar and flute player. One of the key figures in the creation of the bossa nove style, Jobim's music made a lasting impression worldwide, and many of his songs are now standards of the popular music repertoire. In his book Peter Freeman shines a light on on not only the many musical influences that formed Jobim's musical output, but also the stylistic peculiarities that were the product of a great composer. 

Come and join the celebrations at the Brisbane Jazz Club and get your book copy signed by the author for the best price (much less expensive than online). You know his music - "Girl from Ipanema", "Corcovado", "One note samba", but these are just some of Jobim's wonderful songs and instrumental compositions. Hear what the book is all about with the Tropical Dance Orchestra performing some exquisite Jobim pieces with full orchestration including the TDO's five-piece string section.  

--- FREE ENTRY ---

Tuesday 30 July 2019
Meals available 
Doors open 6:30pm
Music, author interview and book signing
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Brisbane Jazz Club 
1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point
To book a table 
Phone: 07 3391 2006 or 0497 657 907

About the book:

The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim                    by Peter Freeman
One of the first extensive musicological analyses of the Brazilian 
composer, this book examines the music, philosophy and circumstances
surrounding the creation of Jobim's popular songs, instrumental 
compositions and symphonic works. It reveals not only the many musical 
influences that formed Jobim's musical output, but also the stylistic 
peculiarities that were as much the product of a gifted composer as that 
of the rich musical environment and heritage that surrounded him. 



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


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


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


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


A Night in Rio - 12 December 2015

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For bookings click here.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


BIG Tropical Night - October 2010

Packed again!

See the Tropical Dance Orchestra performing "Surfboard" on YouTube


Shots from the Hot Club - July 2010


Coming up ... !!!

The Tropical Dance Orchestra and

A HUGE night of great music.

Bookings: Brisbane Jazz Club
Enquiries: 0400 743 128


Hot Club in Rio - Sunday 18 July

Don't miss ...

Book online on the Brisbane Jazz Club website.


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.