Marnie was educated at Perth Modern School studying classical and jazz saxophone for 5 years and went on to study jazz voice at the WA Conservatorium of Music. During her study at The Conservatorium she participated in workshops with international jazz singers Sheila Jordan and Carmen Lundy and studied with local jazz musicians Helen Matthews, Freddie Grigson and Ray Walker.
Marnie then relocated to Melbourne to start her first band. For the past 20 years Marnie has played in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbaneand the Gold Coast and to international audiences in Singapore,China and Japan.
She has performed at the Kiama Jazz festival (NSW),Wangaratta International Jazz Festival (VIC), Sanctuary Cove Festival of Jazz (QLD), River Festival (QLD) andFremantle International Jazz Festival(WA), Future Music Festival (WA), Summa Dayz Music Festival (WA).
Marnie Kent is developing an impressive fan base and ever increasing profile. Her recent Live recording at the Leederville Hotel, Ellington Jazz Club and former residency at the ‘Belgian Beer Cafe’ have provided great exposure.
Marnie has shown her respect and admiration for the incredible caliber of WA’s local musicians: naming them “as good as any in the world. Truly world class.”
Her album “Ginger Blu Collective” LIVE is now available on our face book page, C.d Baby, i tunes, Amazon, Google Play, JB Hifi…The list goes on.
A Cross Genre Journey through jazz, the upcoming album features original songs by Marnie Kent and Grant Windsor, standards and blues classics. An eclectic, yet fiery mix.
The mood and repertoire reflect Marnie’s musical taste, delving into New Orleans, Blues and swing. Her scat solos add a contemporary jazz edge as she melds her vocals with the horns. With an awesome band, electric solos and a great vibe, this album will excite jazz lovers.
Recently embarking on another project, Marnie is about to release original nujazz and dance tracks from October 2004. A collaboration with Grant Windsor, the sound delves into nujazz, broken beats, r’n’b and beat poetry. Keep your ears out for this one.
Marnie Kent has performed in productions of ‘The Mikado’ and ‘Calamity Jane’ and with the following ensembles:
(WA) The WA Girls Choir, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, Sister Moon, Saxchange, Divided Self, Hothouse, Lady Luck, The Jazzmen and Ginger Blu.
(QLD) Divalicious and The Lounge Lizards, Lady Luck and The Jazzmen, Horns From Mars
(CHINA) Heavenly Playground
(JAPAN) Blonde Venus
Marnie Kent has supported Concerts featuring Kenny Burrell, Dale Barlow, Paul Grabowsky, Frank Bennett and Grace Knight, and has played residencies in many of Perth’s venues for the past 20 years.
As an educator I have had over 20 years experience training singers of all ages in many contemporary styles and a variety of voice training programs and techniques. Some of my appointments include:
10 years at St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls. Positions held, director of Contemporary Voice studies, and now my current position as a voice coach | Mercy College as a saxophone & voice coach | St. Brigid’s College Girls as a saxophone & voice coach.
With a professional career focused on performance I’ve gained the experience of being trained by the best musicians in the business to pass onto my students. Take your musical talents to a new level with the dedicated training of highly skilled professionals at my Burswood studio.
Registered memberships | AAPRA- The Australasian Performing Right Association, as a registered song writer | WAMI- Western Australian Music Industry, which seen me win the 2005 WAMI Award.