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Libby Hammer

Libby Hammer
Libby Hammer is one of Perth's premier jazz vocalists. With a background in musical theatre and circus, along with five years of music study and 16 years of music industry experience, she has developed a solid reputation in Western Australia as an accomplished jazz singer, bandleader and vocal coach.

Libby started working as a professional jazz singer in 1996, a year before her graduation from Western Australia's Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, and since then has enjoyed a solid schedule of performances in a variety of settings.

Libby is quite partial to the French language and brings to music lovers an impressive repertoire inspired by all things Français. From the cutesy stylings of Blossom Dearie to the raw power of Piaf, this collection of songs takes in the classics right down to a pop number or two (rrra da-da da-da). Crooning in French and English, Libby explores continental repertoire such as the jazzy "C'est Si Bon", the incomparably famous "La Vie En Rose" and the hopelessly romantic "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" (in Franglais). And all with lashings of "je ne sais quoi".

Libby was a key member of the Perth Jazz Society committee from 1992 until 2006 and in 2005 won the PJS Award for Most Outstanding Individual Contribution To Jazz. In 2007 she won another PJS award - Life Membership for Outstanding Long-Term
Contribution to Jazz. She is proud to be Patron of Jazz Fremantle. Libby regularly adjudicates eisteddfods and singing competitions and is sought after for her professional development workshops. She has taught jazz at the West Australian
Academy of Performing Arts, and currently teaches singing at two of Perth's leading private schools.