Bands | Projects

Yas Queen

Yas Queen is a celebration of women in music! This female led jazz band – is the yin to the yang of Brisbane’s jazz scene. Since their debut performance in 2017, Yas Queen have performed onstage at Brisbane Festival, The Wonderland Festival and the Brisbane International Jazz Festival; as well as  prominent venues such as the Brisbane Jazz Club, Doo Bop Jazz Bar, and JMI Live. Yas Queen have also appeared regularly on radio stations ABC Brisbane and 4ZZZ.

Described by their fans as the ultimate jazz party band, Yas Queen is fronted by trained musicians Paula Girvan, Mel Lathouras and Tenille West. They are backed by some of Brisbane’s freshest musicians – while their female leads sing Boswell and Andrew Sister-like harmonies with sass and originality.

Yas Queen perform a stompin’ set of big band classics, popular jazz standards and modern-day hits with a vintage twist.

Performing in differing formats- a trio right through to an eight piece, Yas Queen weaves storytelling and humorous stage banter with their vibrant and diverse sets of music.


The Paula Girvan trio is a vibrant classic jazz piano trio comprising of piano, double bass and drums. Their style is deeply engrained in jazz and explores a collection of songs from the great American songbook.

Brisbane Big Band

Since 1974 The Brisbane Big Band has held it’s residency band at the Brisbane Jazz Club. The band performs at the club on the second Sunday of every month. Paula joined the band in 2009 and has been the resident pianist since. “Love the sound”


Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra

A 10-piece dance orchestra performing vintage charts and arrangements from the 1920s and early 30s, RSDO accurately recreates classic recordings and dance music from the “Jazz Age”.


The Organ Grinder

The Organ Grinder is the brainchild of brother and sister musicians, Dan Quigley and Paula Girvan. With its roots in the soul-jazz and hard bop tradition, The Organ Grinder fuses fresh musical ideas producing an innovative, pulsating, transient performance every time. The Organ Grinder has the unique line up of Hammond Organ, Trumpet, Saxophone, Guitar and Drums. The OG performs original instrumental jazz tunes as well as the music of the cookin’ composers from the 1960’s. Since the bands inception in 2009, The Organ Grinder has played impressive gigs at The Press Club, Rics Bar, Brisbane Jazz Club, Valley Jazz Festival and The Brisbane Festival (Spiegeltent), QPAC Green jam sessions.