Jazz

ELYSIAN FIELDS @ FOUNDRY 616 : TWO DOUBLE PASS TO GIVE AWAY

“Here is a sound so disorientating it’s like dreaming someone else’s dreams…this time-bending, mind-bending project makes music that sounds modern and hundreds of years old simultaneously. (Sydney Morning Herald)

 “Masterful musicians at play in the creation of new works and soundscapes that feature and incorporate Jennifer Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba.” (Loudmouth)

Jenny with her Ruby electric viola da gamba – the only one in Australia

It’s not very often that a new instrument joins the music scene but Jenny Eriksson’s electric viola da gamba, the only one in Australia, has been raising musical eyebrows over recent years. Having spent 30 years establishing herself as a leading expert on the baroque repertoire written for her 7-stringed, fretted and bowed instrument, Eriksson and Elysian Fields are charting new territory for Australian music in blending the special qualities of the viol with elements of jazz, classical and world music. The uniquely configured line up (sax, voice/violin, electric viola da gamba, piano, bass guitar and drums) returns to Foundry fresh from the launch of their highly regarded debut CD, “What should I say.”

Driven by the ongoing creative efforts of band members, Elysian Fields brings to the table an ever shifting and expanding set list. This gig will feature the second ever performance of bassist/composer Siebe Pogson’s specially commissioned song cycle “The Tragedy, The Journey, The Destination” along with original charts by Matt Keegan, Matt McMahon and Jenny Eriksson. Tickets https://foundry616.com.au/ticket/10-october-thursday-elysian-fields/

What:                        Elysian Fields plays Foundry616

When:                       8.30pm, October 10, 2019

Where:                      Foundry616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo

Tickets:                     From $20 at Foundry616

Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to give away to the concert. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com with Elysian Fields Promotion in the subject heading. Winners will be advised by email.

Editors Note : This promotion has now closed and the winners have  been advised

JAZZ LEGENDS : ELLA FITZGERALD

Ella Fitzgerald was not the only black person to suffer racism and discrimination.  In 1946 Ella, whose contract with the Decca Recording Company had just expired, started touring with Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic.  Granz became her mentor and guide with Ella signing up for his Verve label and launching a series of recordings would secured her place in musical history.

The members of JATP entourage became highly protective of Ella, especially Granz.  On one occasion, in a series of performances in Houston Texas, Granz had advised patrons that the concert would not be segregated.  On the first of the concerts Granz noticed three men in business suits standing backstage. They advised him they were off-duty police detectives who wanted to listen to the music.  Oscar Peterson was on stage and Gene Krupa, Illinois Jacquet and Dizzy Gillespie were in Ella’s dressing room playing a one-dollar game of craps. The detectives entered the room and arrested them for gambling.  When Granz entered the room he too was arrested for running a gambling game. Noticing that one of the cops had entered Ella’s bathroom and becoming fearful that the cop was about to plant narcotics, Granz followed him.  The cop threatened him with “What are you doing?” “Watching you!” Granz replied. The cop pulled out a gun “I ought to kill you,” he said. 

Granz, Dizzy, Jacquet, Krupa  and Ella were taken to a court house and charged with gambling.  But Granz discovered after the event that newspaper photographers had been warned in advance to attend the concert.  Granz posted the $50 bail saying that “they’d set us up to smear us.” Noticing Ella’s embarrassment, Granz decided to fight the levy and won.  He spent $2000 to get the $50 back. Continue reading JAZZ LEGENDS : ELLA FITZGERALD

A DUO DOUBLE BILL @ FOUNDRY 616 : ONE DOUBLE PASS

Enjoy an evening of instrumental duos at the Foundry 616.

8.30pm FOR THIS MOMENT DUO
For This Moment is a collaboration between two Sydney creative musicians and composers, Jenna Cave and Keyna Wilkins. Limited only by their chosen instruments and their imaginations, this music explores the ways in which melodic lines can meet in free improvisation to create a meaningful and cohesive musical whole. Nothing is off limits, with broad influences ranging from folk melodies to impressionism, contemporary and free jazz to minimalism, and 20th century classical music to the blues.
http://jennacave.com/for-this-moment

10pm TANGENTS DUO
Tangents is a Sydney-based quintet that melds electronic production, experimental rock and free improvisation. In recent years they have laid out a unique body of work across 3 studio albums, including the critically acclaimed New Bodies in 2018. They are known for their fiery and hypnotic live performances that are often fully improvised. For July 18 at Foundry 616 Tangents will be in duo mode of Evan Dorrian (drums) and Adrian Lim Klumpes (piano) stretching out the acoustic improvised side of Tangents.
http://www.tangentsmusic.com/

Doors open 6.30pm, Music 8.30pm. Tickets $22-77 (with dinner and show options): https://foundry616.com.au/product/18-july-tangents-duo/

Sydney Arts Guide has one double pass to give away to for the performance on  Thursday 18th July, 2019 at the Foundry 616, 616 Harris Street, Ultimo. Email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com  with the Foundry Promotion in the subject heading. The winner will be advised by email.

Featured image – Flautist Keyna Wilkins and saxophonist Jenna Cave.

 

ALLY AND THE POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA – A DOUBLE BILL @ LAZYBONES

 

Opening the evening was ALLY, a six piece jazz ensemble that blends Afro-Peruvian music and jazz to create an interesting mix of African rhythms, Latin melodies and modern jazz sensibilities. A creative music venue like Lazybones is a great space to explore an innovative blends of different musical backgrounds within a jazz framework.

The rhythm section of Stamatis Valacos on double bass, Giorgio Rojas and Steve Marin on percussion set up a great platform for the rest of the band to perform their solos and improvisations. Jonathan Cohen on piano is often part of the rhythm section but also performs solos and melodies that make a real statement and he has interesting interactions with Eamon Dilworth on trumpet and Gai Bryant on saxophones and flute .

Original compositions by Jonathan Cohen, Eamon Dilworth and Gai Bryant in South American styles such as bomba and cha cha cha featured. Eamon Dilworth’s Fibanacci was an extravagant number and the band sounded bigger than its six pieces. An un-named song early in the set featured Gai Bryant on flute and Steve Marin treated us to a cowbell solo. Jonathan Cohen’s Descarguita was a tribute to Herbie Hancock and fittingly contained an excellent saxophone solo. Continue reading ALLY AND THE POLYMORPHIC ORKESTRA – A DOUBLE BILL @ LAZYBONES

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