In the pipeline...

Australian Songbook [working title] (2012)

The Hip Mo' Toast Big Band

Hip Mo' Toast Big band on a truck, by Nik Babic 2011

Classic big band jazz meets classic Aussie rock! This album has grown from the 14-piece Hip Mo' Toast Big Band's annual Australia Day concert where the group performs original jazz big band arrangements of classic Australian rock hits. Presented since 2007, the concept has been so successful that the band is in the process of recording an album of the material. Libby and the boys take listeners on a glamourous and fun trip back in time to experience the explosive sounds of the big band swing era, but in a quintessentially Australian way. Cold Chisel, John Farnham, Hoodoo Gurus, Men At Work, the Little River Band, Paul Kelly, The Angels, Jet and even AC/DC get the Hip Mo' Toast treatment, bringing a swinging, entertaining, funny and sometimes poignant perspective to a repertoire with which all Australians are already so intimately familiar. Launching some time in the future - keep your eyes peeled! 

Mischievous Girl (2003)

The Hip Mo' Toast Big Band

With special guests Tommy Tycho and James Flynn

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Titled "Mischievous Girl" after a rocking tune by ivory-tinkler and Hammond-master Grant Windsor, it is a fun, party-time album for the more discerning swinger. Five band members have composed and arranged new material for this value-for-money 54 minutes of jazz frolickery, with a few old kooky favourites such as "Mambo Italiano" and "The Theme from the Blob" also making an appearance. Amongst this impressive collection of original gems will be an arrangement written by the one and only Maestro Tommy Tycho especially for the Hip Mo' Toast Big Band.

Personnel: Libby Hammer on vocals, Graeme Blevins, Ben Collins, Troy Roberts, Carl Mackey, Paul Abbott and  Lee Buddle on saxophones, Adrian Kelly, Marty Pervan and Benn Hodgkin on trumpets, Michael Cartwright and Jeremy Greig on trombones, Grant Windsor on piano, Simon Jeans on guitar, Shane Pooley on double bass and Ric Eastman and Peter Guazzelli on drums.


  1. My Wee Bonita (G Windsor), arr: G Windsor MY WEE BONITA LYRICS
  2. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (I Berlin), special guest arranger: Maestro Tommy Tycho
  3. Mischievous Girl (music by G Windsor, lyrics by L Hammer), arr: G Windsor MISCHIEVOUS GIRL LYRICS
  4. Jam on Toast (music by A Kelly, lyrics by J Clements), arr: A Kelly
  5. Mambo Italiano (B Merrill), arr: L Hammer
  6. I'm Just A Wandering Cowgirl (music by G Windsor, lyrics by J Clements and L Hammer), arr: G Windsor, guest vocalist: James Flynn
  7. Kiss Of Fire (L Allen/R Hill), arr: A Kelly
  8. The Sealed Kiss (G Blevins), arr: G Blevins
  9. My Hometown (L Hammer), arr: L Hammer MY HOMETOWN LYRICS
  10. I'm Not At All In Love (R Adler/J Ross), arr: Paul Abbott
  11. Clean And Easy (A Kelly), arr: A Kelly
  12. The Theme From The Blob (B Bacharach/M David), arr: M Pervan
  13. A Toast To You (A Kelly), arr: A Kelly

Recorded at Loop and mixed and mastered at Sound Mine studios, West Perth, Western Australia, 2003 by Lee Buddle.

Check out Mischievous Girl on CD Baby

Uptown Tight (2002)

Hip Mo' Toast with special guest Peter Holland

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The quintet's first full-length studio recording, Uptown Tight, features both originals and new jazz arrangements of unusual repertoire. The quintet featured songs from this album on two tours (2000, 2001) to Sydney and Melbourne where they played at the Basement and Bennett's Lane respectively.

"A charismatic ensemble that unites the sophistication of high quality jazz performance with endearing and fun entertainment. The audience is transported into an ambience that celebrates musical artistry with style." Bennett's Lane

Personnel: Libby Hammer on vocals, Graeme Blevins on tenor saxophone, melodeon, flute, Grant Windsor on piano and Rhodes, Shane Pooley on double bass and Peter Guazzelli on drums.


  1. Swing Out (S Pooley)
  2. Honeybee (P Guazzelli)
  3. Bye Bye Blackbird (Hamm, Bennett, Lown, Gray), arr: G Windsor
  4. Forgive Me (G Blevins)
  5. Uptown Tight (P Guazzelli)
  6. I Love Trash (J Moss), arr: L Hammer
  7. Anyone Home (music by S Pooley, lyrics by L Hammer) ANYONE HOME LYRICS
  8. Then Until (S Pooley)
  9. Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo (Tew, Shepherd)
  10. 10. The Beat Of My Heart (Spina, Burke)
  11. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Bacharach, David), arr: L Hammer
  12. I'll Be Gone (G Windsor)

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Loop and Sound Mine studios, West Perth, Western Australia, 2001 by Lee Buddle

Check out Uptown Tight on CD Baby

Hip Mo' Toast Big Band Live (2001)

Hip Mo' Toast Big Band


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An unplanned and rollicking snapshot that caught the band at their raw and energetic best. Swinging the clubland crowd back into the groove, this official bootleg is a piece of that magic.


  1. The Boy From Ipanema
  2. The Peanut Vendor
  3. Destination Moon
  4. My Wee Bonita
  5. Mambo #8
  6. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  7. Spinning Wheel

Recorded live at the Varga Lounge, Northbridge, 2001

Introducing Hip Mo' Toast (1999)

Hip Mo' Toast


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Our first official demo (if you don't count the one we made on cassette before that).


  1. Sesame Street
  2. The Purpose Of This Album Part One
  3. St Thomas
  4. Stop Thief (featuring the Hip Mo' Toast Big Band) STOP THIEF LYRICS
  5. Too Late Now
  6. Lover Man
  7. The Purpose Of This Album Part Two
  8.  Those Old men Are Fine

Recorded at Loop and Soundmine Studios,1999

Libby also appears on the following albums:

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Jazzaziz Vol 6 (2011)

New music from West Australian jazz artists

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Jazzaziz Vol 5 (2010)

New music from West Australian jazz artists

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The XenDen Suite (2008)

Troy Roberts

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Canopy: Songs For The Southern Forests (2006)

Compilation by Southern Forest Arts

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Here and Now (2003)

A compilation of new original jazz recordings by WA artists



Billie Holiday Music Story CD cover

Billie Holiday Music Story (2001)

Featuring the voices of Tina Kemp, Bronwynn Way and Libby Hammer. Proudly presented by the Perth Jazz Society.