Jazz

ALLY and POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA DOUBLE BILL

Family-friendly venue, Lazybones Lounge is hosting an exciting double bill of new Afro-Peruvian Jazz group ALLY performing with well-established Jazz trio Polymorphic Orkestra on Sunday April 14th, 2019.

ALLY will kick off the evening in style at 6.30pm. Ally uses a blend of Afro-Peruvian music and jazz to create a rich fusion of African rhythms, Latin melodies and modern jazz harmony. Their music explores the meeting point of ancient and new cultures and the polyrhythmic tension that rises from overlaying contrasting music structures.

Afro-Peruvian Ensemble ALLY are:
Eamon Dilworth: Trumpet Gai Bryant: Saxophones and Flute
Jonathan Cohen: Piano Stamatis Valacos: Double Bass
Giorgio Rojas and Steve Marin: percussion

For audio samples please go to: 
http://www.gaibryantspareparts.com/ally

“There are plenty of fine trumpeters in the world, but Eamon Dilworth’s own place in it stands distinctive ” — Barry O’Sullivan Presenter of A Jazz Hour – Fine Music 102.5fm

Polymorphic Orkestra will then hit the stage. Each Polymorphic performance is unique however some do share themes. They play freely but there is always melodic and harmonic interplay with a large dash of rhythmic invention.

Polymorphic Orkestra are:
Lee McIver: Trumpet / Flugelhorn / Laptop /
Ed Goyer:Vibraphone / Mallet Kat / Samples
Ed Rodrigues: Drums / Percussion / Samples

For audio and video samples please go to: 
http://www.polymorphicorkestra.com

“[Polymorphic Orkestra] creates contemporary improvisation of a very high order-not only does the listener experience the joy of spontaneous creation by the players but also, and this is I think pretty unusual, you are left with memorable snippets of tunes and melodies that stay with you long after the music ends.” — Chris Baber, Jazz Views

All are welcome to come along and enjoy fabulous artists performing culturally diverse Australian original music. Doors are open from 5.30pm with food, including a Sunday roast, available from the restaurant.

Tickets are on sale now through http://lazyboneslounge.com.au and available at the door. If you have questions, please contact the venue on 0450 008 563. For more information contact Gai Bryant on 0415 063 662 or email: gaibryant@hotmail.com

The price is $15 Full and $10 Concessions & Students.

DATE FOR THE DIARY
Sunday April 14th 6.30pm-9.30pm at Lazybones, 294 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. The entrance to Lazybones is on Illawarra Road.

For more about ALLY & Polymorphic Orkestra Double Bill, visit http://www.lazyboneslounge.com.au
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EISHAN ENSEMBLE. PERSIAN CHAMBER JAZZ AT VENUE 505. GIVEAWAY

Eishan Ensemble defies neat labels. Variously described as Persian Chamber Jazz and Middle Eastern Jazz Fusion, Eishan is a vehicle for the original music of acclaimed Iranian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and composer, Hamed Sadeghi.

After a successful debut album release late last year, Eishan emerge in 2019 with new material, blurring the lines that define genre even further, to create something that is stand alone.

Original new music with lashings of improvisation, diverse, plural, completely fresh sounds out of the suburbs of Sydney, drawing on the contemporary and the traditional, the East and the West, Eishan Ensemble at Venue 505 on Saturday March 30 promises all of this. Continue reading EISHAN ENSEMBLE. PERSIAN CHAMBER JAZZ AT VENUE 505. GIVEAWAY

FRANCES MADDEN AND BAND COMING TO THE FOUNDRY

“Australia’s rising star of jazz, blues and ballads.” Fine Music 102.5FM

“Frances has a wonderful feeling for jazz and blues standards but what makes her a real stand-out are her original songs and her unique style.” James Morrison.

“A very talented young vocalist and pianist. One to watch and I look forward to her upcoming album”. Mal Stanley, ABC Jazz

Foundry616 is delighted to welcome back one of Australia’s classiest performers and most talented young singer songwriters.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch her yet, Frances’ music is jazz-oriented but original and with a broad popular appeal. Her shows are a mix of her own enchanting swing, ballads and blues as well as her unique take on some timeless classics.

In the past year or two, Frances completed a successful eight-show East Coast tour, as well as performing at festivals including Wangaratta Jazz, Sydney International Women’s Jazz, Manly Jazz, Hobart Festival of Voices and Devonport Jazz. She has played to capacity audiences at Australia’s most popular jazz venues including The Basement in Sydney, Birds Basement and the Paris Cat in Melbourne, Doo-Bop Jazz Club in Brisbane and she recently headlined at the JZ Club in Shanghai. Frances has supported Dionne Warwick, Gregory Porter and other international artists here in Australia.                Continue reading FRANCES MADDEN AND BAND COMING TO THE FOUNDRY

ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET @ THE FOUNDRY 616

 

We are in Foundry 616 on Valentine’s Day and being serenaded by the ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET with its heady mix of jazz, classical and Armenian influences. Drums and percussion are duelling away. The tenor sax is wailing like a snake charmer, the double bass drives the jazz rhythms and Zela’s piano permeates the room with passion.     Continue reading ZELA MARGOSSIAN QUINTET @ THE FOUNDRY 616

SYDNEY IMPROVISED MUSIC ASSOCIATION : JAZZ NOW SUMMER SESSIONS

The 2019 JAZZ:NOW summer season showcases an exciting line-up designed to expose audiences to the very best Australian creative music.
Presented in a number of fantastic venues across Sydney the offerings highlight the diversity that exists within the Australian Jazz landscape.
From the world premiere of Sandy Evans “Bridge of Dreams” at the City Recital Hall to Freedman Fellow Nick Garbett’s intimate club show at Venue 505 to Ellen Kirkwood’s infectious dance band Fat Yahoozah at the Bondi Pavilion, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Below is the full program of events.

JAZZ: NOW SUMMER SEASON 2019

Saturday

12 January 2019

SIRENS BIG BAND AND SANDY EVANS PRESENTS BRIDGE OF DREAMS

City Recital Hall

$50 | $40

https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/bridge-of-dreams?fbclid=IwAR0J9BIUvnSElFruN7oxSKiSQYTXIphrf7WnEXSCmmf-rc5Ga-64THB9U1M

In Bridge of Dreams, saxophonist, Sandy Evans leads a brilliant ensemble of Australian and Indian musicians.  Featuring 24 artists on stage, this is a glorious exchange between Australian jazz and the rich Indian musical palette.

This world-class collaboration features the sublime voice of Indian singer, Shubha Mudgal; the stellar 17-piece Sirens Big Band; renowned tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan and Bobby Singh and harmonium virtuoso, Sudhir Nayak.

BEN HAUPTMANN

Friday

18-Jan-19

Sound Lounge

$30 | $25

https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/jazznow-ben-hauptmann/

SIMA is back at the Sound Lounge in 2019 with the ‘JAZZ NOW’ Summer Series and a wonderful ‘guitar’ special to mark the occasion.

Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, guitarist Ben Hauptmann leads a stripped back, fully acoustic ensemble, playing music from his two albums and a collection of new material. Ben Hauptmann is a prestigious guitarist/composer based on the Central Coast in NSW.

Winner of the 2010 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and 2nd place winner in the 2007 National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. Ben has worked a diverse range of artists including Dr G Yunupingu, Bandaluzia Flamenco, Katie Noonan, Lior, Justine Clarke, Vince Jones, Dami Im, Jack Ladder, Bluejuice, Micheline Van Hautem, Bertie Blackman, Donny Benet, Meow Meow and Tal Wilkenfeld. Ben has contributed to many recordings including the 2015 ARIA winning ’The Gospel Album’ by Dr G Yunupingu, he has released two albums under his own name and has produced and co-produced multiple others.

BEN HAUPTMANN acoustic resonator guitar | FRANCO RAGGATT acoustic resonator guitar | ARNE HANNA acoustic guitar | HARRY SUTHERLAND piano | ZOE HAUPTMANN double bass | EVAN MANNELL percussion

SONIC FUTURES – JAZZ STARS OF TOMORROW- CHLOE KIM

9-Feb-19

Saturday

Sound Lounge

$25 | $20

https://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/jazznow-chloe-kim/

Sonic Futures (previously Trigger) spotlights outstanding young jazz talents – someone on the brink of their professional career, whose calibre of improvisation and composition has set them apart.  This featured jazz star of tomorrow is Sydney Conservatorium student, drummer Chloe Kim.  Her Sound Lounge concert will be recorded live with the support of APRA/AMCOS.

“the first percussionist I’ve heard forge an approach drawing on the innovations of Australia’s master-drummer, Simon Barker.” John Shand, SMH

JAZZ AT THE PAV : FAT YAHOOZAH

Friday

8-Mar-19

Bondi Pavillion

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-the-pav-fat-yahoozah-tickets-53569721479

A series of concerts at Bondi Pavillion co-presented by SIMA and Waverley Council

Unabashedly blending beats and grooves from around the world into boisterous horn-powered party tunes, Fat Yahoozah’s sound is as big and bold as their name suggests. This 7 piece group draws its music from styles such as Klezmer, Ethiopian, Balkan and Afro-Cuban, melded into creative concoctions. Led by award-winning composer and trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, this band boasts some of Sydney’s finest and diversely skilled musicians. Fat Yahoozah are a loveable fun-bunch who will make you feel like dancing!

ELLEN KIRKWOOD trumpet, bandleader | RUTH WELLS saxophone | NICK POLOVINEO trombone | SERGE STANLEY baritone sax, accordion | HILARY GEDDES guitar | JESS DUNN double bass | EVAN MCGREGOR drums

JAZZ AT THE PAV : MARTHA MARLOW

Friday

15-Mar-19

Bondi Pavillion

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-the-pav-martha-marlow-tickets-53569953172

A series of concerts at Bondi Pavilion co-presented by SIMA and Waverley Council

From an early age, songwriter Martha Marlow began writing and performing on the guitar. Her open tunings, intricate arrangements and pure voice are trademarks of her unique sound.  At just 24, she has already played alongside Clare Bowditch, Angie Heart (Frente) and Matt Corby and toured with Katie Noonan.

“Martha Marlow is a raw and untapped talent with songs that surpass most of what we’re introduced to in today’s music”” themusic.com

Jazz at the Pav: Red Hands

Friday

22-Mar-19

Bondi PavillionHttps://www.facebook.com/events/347415646034908/

A series of concerts at Bondi Pavillion co-presented by SIMA and Waverley Council

Drawn together via a shared love of some of the same records, the band take their cues from the likes of Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Ernest Ranglin.

High energy, exciting performance that showcases the exceptional musicianship this band is known for – this is a rare chance to catch the Red Hands riding high once again.

RAY BEADLE guitar/vocals | KARL LASKOWSKI tenor saxophone | ZOE HAUPTMANN bass | EVAN MANNELL drums | CLAYTON DOLEY organ

Tickets for events can be purchased HERE. 

CHASING THE MOON. CD LAUNCH AT FOUNDRY616

CHASING THE MOON bring their unique and entertaining performance style to Foundry 616 for the launch of their new CD.

Inspired by the romantic and swinging sounds of Hot Club Jazz the band creates an intriguing palette of swing, chanson, Latin, blues and modern sounds.

The new CD features a mix of original songs and instrumentals coupled with arrangements that tease new threads out of classic tunes. With its balance of soulful ballads, exquisite melodies, Latin flavours and up-tempo tunes, this music is engaging and accessible with the ability to appeal to a wide audience.

CHASING THE MOON [Facebook] has their CD Launch at Foundry616 [Facebook] on Saturday 8th December 2018 at 8.30pm.

FRANCES MADDEN SOULFULLY WOWS AT FOUNDRY616

Foundry616 has been named in the Top 200 Jazz Clubs in the World by DownBeat Magazine and it doesn’t take much time there to see why.  Cosy and intimate, one can enjoy jazz as it was meant to be and the audio mix the night I went to see Frances Madden’s PRACTICAL MAGIC was brilliant.

This is such a lovely blended show.  It gives the listener a feel for the virtuosity of Madden and her band with a playlist that blends old tunes with more modern rhythms, jazz standards to enjoy with familiarity and some superbly written original work which showcases Madden’s feel for the poetry and impact of a lyric.  All delivered with technical excellence and emotive, personal execution. Continue reading FRANCES MADDEN SOULFULLY WOWS AT FOUNDRY616

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 7th Annual Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival takes place in November with a great local and international lineup this year. The headline artist is the much acclaimed US vocalist Charenee Wade (pictured above).  This exciting vocalist  who, accompanied by her long time collaborator, pianist Oscar Perez, will be making her debut Australian appearance to perform her celebrated tribute to the late singer/poet Gil Scott Heron.

In addition to Charenee, the festival features the inaugural Australian performance of much lauded Finnish singer, Sanna Ruohoniemi who is known for her improvisational verve, successfully melding the open-sky freedom of jazz with the rich folk traditions of her homeland. Continue reading SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S JAZZ FESTIVAL

LIVE AT LUNCH : COMPOSERS IN EXILE

Opera star Peter Coleman-Wright

A most striking and unusual concert. part of the Live at Lunch series, ,Jane Rutter’s guests this time were the amazing Nexas Saxophone Quartet ( Michael Duke on soprano saxophone , Andrew Smith on alto saxophone , Nathan Henshaw on tenor Saxophone and Jay Byrnes on baritone Saxophone together with opera star Peter Coleman-Wright. The noteworthy rather unconventional arrangements were generally for the saxophone quartet and sometimes included Coleman-Wright on piano.

The concert specifically looked at cabaret works by composers from the Weimar Era to WWII, putting the works and the turbulence of the era in context and looking at how many of the Weimar composers, such as Weill, were driven into exile in the USA and the quartet played the role of various composers, introducing the audience members to their life stories and works – Henshaw evoked Franz Schreker, Byrnes became Hans Eisler, Smith portrayed Bertolt Brecht, while Duke was Robert Stolz. The quartet played with great energy and smooth precision full of virtuosity and fine ensemble work. Continue reading LIVE AT LUNCH : COMPOSERS IN EXILE

ASSANHANDO QUARTETO @ FOUNDRY 616

Assanhado Quarteto played bright and cheery Brazilian Jazz at Foundry 616 on the last night of their Australian tour. They played numerous songs from Feira, their first album. Feira means market in Portuguese and it is the music of the street that the quartet brought to the Foundry 616 crowd. You can imagine this music being played in a noisy & vibrant Brazilian marketplace.

I find that at Foundry 616 you not only get to listen to great music but you also gain an education. The band featured an instrument that looks like a small ukulele called a cavaquinho. Lucas Ladeia plucked away through both sets with energetic and skilful high pitched tinkling. Our education continued with some songs in a Brazilian style called choro, a word that translates as crying. Paradoxically these songs have a snappy rhythm and a joyous feel. We learnt about and listened to Forró, the catchy and dynamic dance music of north eastern Brazil, and other songs that were redolent with deep emotion.

In contrast to the tiny cavaquinho André Milagres played a rich and vibrant seven string guitar. Its beautiful resonant tones and André’s extraordinary musicianship gave great balance to the band. André and Lucas played off each other providing enjoyment for themselves and the audience. Joining in this camaraderie was Rodrigo Magalhaes on bass and Rodrigo Heringer on drums.

Assanhado Quarteto put on a fine show at Foundry 616. Their music is played with skill and passion and is often spirited and lively whilst at other times evoking deeper emotions. Assanhado Quarteto played at Foundry 616 Wednesday, 17th October, and hope to return next year. They are a band worth seeing.

 

 

 

MANLY JAZZ FESTIVAL : 41 YEARS STRONG

Held over the long weekend, its traditional time of the year, the Manly Jazz Festival hosted more than 100 free performances across four outdoor stages and indoor venues, as well as in shopfront laneways.

At age 41 years it is the largest and longest running jazz festival in Australia which continues to attract tens and thousands of music lovers to Manly each year who enjoy  fabulous music in a spectacular location.

Ranging from renowned international jazz artists such as legendary US drummer Carl Allen to primary school bands, there was something to cater for every musical taste. This year’s jazz styles included Traditional, Soul/Blues, Big Band, Gypsy, Vocal, Swing, Funk/Fusion, Modern/Bebop, Latin and New Orleans.

The event climaxed last Monday evening with a jam session at the Ivanhoe Hotel which featured artists, who had performed in individual sets over the three days, coming together with skillful, dynamic improvising culminating in the unifying and inclusive force that is the spirit of jazz.

 

All pics Ben Apfelbaum