Libby Hammer is one of Perth's premier jazz vocalists. With a backstory chock-full of musical theatre, acting, comedy, circus, languages and 26 years of solid gigging, she is regarded in WA as an accomplished jazz singer, bandleader, vocal coach and composer.
Libby received her BMus (Jazz) in 1997 from the WA Academy Of Performing Arts and promptly formed a band called Hip Mo’ Toast, who over the next decade would win six WAMI awards for Most Popular Original Jazz Act. In time Libby’s band grew into a
collective of Perth's best jazz musicians, performing in ensembles ranging from a duo to a big band, all led by Libby herself.
Libby is a regular presenter with the WA Symphony Orchestra’s Education Chamber Orchestra and in 2017, 2021 and 2022 performed alongside UK composer and presenter Paul Rissman in his works for children.
Libby regularly performs at Fringeworld, Perth International Jazz Festival, Jazz By The Bay and Bunbury Fringe. Libby has appeared at the Denmark Festival Of Voice and at the 2011 ‘Big Aussie Barbecue’ that was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Libby has performed with WASO, James Morrison, Joe Chindamo and international jazz artists such as Josh Hilberman (USA), Christoph Spendel (Germany) and two-time Grammy Winner Gary Bartz (USA).
Libby’s awards include the Perth Jazz Society 2005 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 was Patron of Jazz Fremantle from 2009 to 2022.
Libby, you are a true professional and when booking you… you always know you will get a fantastic show"
Hammer... exploited the tonal shades in her voice with some mesmerizing solos,
performing with real showmanship"
Libby's strength and grace is grounded in the tradition of the greats, yet her sound and approach is so wonderfully her own"