“Kimba Griffith has a classic approach to her vocals and is pitch perfect the whole way with no blemishes.” The Music

“Kimba’s fine tone and phrasing take us down new pathways, creating intimate settings that captivate” The Age

Rising jazz Chanteuse Kimba Griffith is lauded for her gift of drawing out the intricacies of a song’s deeper story; she makes her debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre with a new project that offers some compelling contrasts; the darkly sensitive rendering of iconic songs from the alternative rock and grunge era of the 1990’s, backed by some of Australia’s most celebrated improvisational jazz musicians.

Songs That Saved Your Life

The Songs That Saved Your Life Project is the shadow side of Kimba’s gift for captivating storytelling through the lyric and melody of a tune. The chrysalis for this lyrical facility came from far outside the jazz canon during Kimba’s pent-up teenage years in small-town Canberra. This collection of seminal tunes from The Smiths, Nirvana, The Violent Femmes, and the filmic soundtracks to David Lynch films.

This repertoire reflects the teenage angst that many artists never quite reconcile, drawing on themes of escape and an attraction to the shadow sides of art, music and relationships.


Joining Kimba to explore these iconic indie rock tunes through the lens of jazz are some of Australia’s most celebrated improvising musicians (Julien Wilson, sax; Niko Schauble, drums; Ryan Griffith, guitar, Mark Elton bass).

The result is a thrilling collection of sensitive and clear-voiced vocals backed by the wild meandering power of jazz improvisation, spoken words and fragments of nostalgia with the verve and freedom of original music.

Kimba Griffith