The Suits is Adelaide's premier events band. It boasts hot new talents Kiah Lanagan, Jakub Tengdahl and Abby Witts, led by the experienced hand of Musical Director, Robyn Habel.

The Suits have played weddings, balls, parties, pubs, exhibition openings and festivals to much acclaim as well as backing visiting artists and working as session recording musicians.

 

ROBYN HABEL Electric and Double Bass

Robyn Habel

Robyn Habel is among Adelaide's leading jazz performers and educators. The recipient of nine SAMIA awards, Robyn has played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Don Burrows, James Morrison and Normie Rowie and supported the likes of Crowded House and Stevie Wonder to name but a few. Robyn is a JJJ Unearthed winner and has recently released her third studio album as a solo artist to critical acclaim.

FAVOURITE ARTISTS: Charles Mingus, Ray Brown, Billie Holiday, Cole Porter
FAVOURITE TUNES: Manha de Carnaval, Cry Me a River
GEAR: 110 year old German made double bass, 1965 Fender Jazz, Gallien-Krueger 800RB, MarkBass 2x10 speakers
OTHER PROJECTS: Robyn Habel & The Rain, Freelance composition

 

Kiah Lanagan

KIAH LANAGAN Vocals

Heralding from Queensland, smooth and sultry jazz singer, Kiah Lanagan has proved a hit on the Adelaide scene. Kiah is a SCALA award winner and was second place winner in the Musical Theatre section of the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Think Astrud Gilberto meets Norah Jones- Kiah is among Australia's hottest up and coming, young vocalists.

FAVOURITE ARTISTS: Julie London, Leslie Gore
FAVOURITE TUNES: Too Darn Hot (Ella Fitzgerald version), Bookends (Simon & Garfunkel)

 

 

 

JAKUB TENGDAHL Piano

Jakub Tengdahl

Graduating with distinctions from the Elder Conservatorium, Jakub is a creative and impressive player. He is a master of improvisation and a delight to watch. As a foundation member of indie-pop outfit "We Grow Up", he has enjoyed national acclaim and airplay, including supporting Missy Higgins on her recent tour.

FAVOURITE ARTISTS: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, John Medeski, Marcin Wasilewski
FAVOURITE TUNES: All The Things You Are, Love For Sale, Footprints, Monk's Dream
GEAR: KORG SP-100, Roland JUNO-Di
OTHER PROJECTS: The Fenn, The Rocketlauncher Duo/Trio, Robyn Habel & The Rain

 

Abby Witts

ABBY WITTS Drums

Abby has been doing the rounds of the Adelaide music scene for more years than she cares to admit. She has performed with Jimmy Little & David Helfgott; and has worked as a studio musician and composer for Patch and Murray Park Theatre Companies. Her vast CV lists performances with rock, funk, fusion, soul, pop, alternative, indigenous and electronica outfits. She is currently studying under jazz master, Laurie Kennedy.

FAVOURITE ARTISTS: Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Cole Porter, Buddy Rich, James Jamerson, Carole King, Ella Fitzgerald
FAVOURITE TUNES: Tenor Madness, Night and Day, Puttin' On The Ritz
GEAR: Sonor maple shells 16"/10"/14", Brady jarrah stave snare 13" x 7", Lauritsen 20" Turk ride, Skiba 20" ride, Lauritsen 16" crash, Lauritsen 12" hats, Zildjian 8"splash
OTHER PROJECTS: Robyn Habel & The Rain