JAZZXPRESS INTERVIEWS with HELEN SIMONS
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JO JO SMITH - STANDING IN THE LOVELIGHT TOUR
June 16, 2014 11:49 PM PDTTo her fans she is one of Australia’s greatest treasures, a wonderful artist who has them yearning for each next album or live performance. In 1990 Jo Jo was the first female artist in Australia to perform at the Byron Bay Blues Festival. Highly praised and respected by fellow musicians who find her an irresistible drawcard, as she plays guitar and drums onstage. She has sung on many albums and played along side musical greats such as Renee Geyer, Venetta Fields, Marcia Hines, Glen Shorrock, Colin Hay, Kate Ceberano, Olivia Newton John and many others. JoJo continues to perform around Australia and captivates audiences with her weave of lyrical stories and compelling rhythms. Her fresh uniqueness in sound and composition often brings to mind some of the world’s most respected singers and songwriters, in the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, & Norah Jones. Her new CD Standing In The Lovelight was recorded at Jim Kelly's Tone Ranger Studio, features 8 original songs and four covers. Jo Jo plays drums on four tracks on this CD and her musicians are Greg Lyon – bass, Steve Russell –piano, Jim Kelly – guitar, Dave Sanders – drums. Guests are John Hoffman – flugelhorn, Martha Baartz – alto sax, Kirk Lorange – electric slide guitar. Sheryl Black, Vanessa Baker, Rick Fenn and Greg Lyon backing vocals. This is a big, funky and very groovy production recorded with some of the country's finest musicians. Standing In The Lovelight is a far more considered and produced affair, a true studio album, that is radio friendly and truly ready for those drive-time program slots. "I was blown away by JoJo. Its statistically rare to see a woman locking it down on drums and also statistically rare to see a drummer laying down such amazingly powerful, soulful vocals. Put both of these together and you're left with the statistic of one!! I have never seen anything like the show I saw at Mullum Music Fest, I was blown away!!" Ash Grunwald - singer/songwriter/guitarist Standing in the Love Light - JoJo Smith & Cathie Travers Jo Jo Smith Live at Mullumbimby Music Festival 2012 " Since I Fell For You" Jo Jo Smith Drums and vocals, Jim Kelly Guitar, Greg Lyon Bass, David Ades Alto Saxophone live at the Mullumbimby music festival 25th November 2012 Standing In The Lovelight Vitamin 2014 http://www.jojosmithsoul.com New CD 'Standing in the Lovelight' now available on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/standing-in-the-lovelight/id858341044 Tour Dates: 4 July - Poinsiana Cafe, Mullumbimby, NSW http://www.poincianacafe.com 5 July - Brisbane Jazz Club, QLD 8 July - Platinum Lounge, Lismore Workers Club, NSW JAVA QUARTET TOGETHER
May 26, 2014 10:51 PM PDTMY GUEST TODAY ON JAZZXPRESS WEARS MANY HATS HE IS SYDNEY BASED ARIA WINNER AND APRA NOMINEE, ARTIST/COMPOSER, EDUCATOR, PRODUCER , LABEL OWNER & SESSION BASSIST MICHAEL GALLEAZZI . With over two decades of national and international touring experience Michael is also Coordinator of AIM's Graduate Studies Program and holds a Masters of Music (Performance) from Sydney University. He is the bandleader and bassist for the Java Quartet which he formed in 1994. Using the modal jazz styling of Miles Davis and John Coltrane as a starting point , the group has defined its own ambience through its previous six albums, focusing upon ensemble improvisation to manifest their sound. THEY ARE INVENTIVE AND DISTINCTIVE AND BRING THEIR OWN UNIQUE STYLE TO ANY LIVE SETTING. In 2014 The Java Quartet now celebrate their seventh album TOGETHER, and 20 years as a group. This new album of original compositions will be released in June 2014. TOGETHER captures the two-day session through a collective memory, intuitive playing, trust, solidarity, and that Java sound. This is a beautiful acoustic work spiced with guest Bobby Singh’s seamless tabla playing, the album is divided into two sections: the instrumental side and a bonus two song “flip side” with spoken word interplay by wordsmith MC Morganics. Once again including guests Bobby Singh and Morganics, this album returns to the acoustic (and organic) nature of the group, blending exotic grooves and spoken word into the jazz harmonic world that is The Java Quartet. "The Java Quartet is well schooled in the Jazz tradition and has built on those concepts in presenting music with dash and a contemporary flair… These Aussies seem to have something brewing". Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine, New York Core members: Michael Galeazzi - acoustic bass Mike Quigley - drums Greg Coffin - piano Matt Ottignon - sax Featured Guests: Jonathan Palmer - lap-top performer Bobby Singh - tabla Adrian McNeil - sarod The Hill Song - Java Quartet in session Published on 31 Jan 2013 The Hill Song" - The Java Quartet in session This is a preview from The Java Quartet's upcoming release in 2014. Recorded live in the studio (Macquarie Uni Studio A) at the end of the album sessions, this "in the round" setting reflects the real time, all in the room, old school recording aesthetic that is a feature of Java Quartet recordings. Deftly captured by long time collaborator Keith Walker, this track features Matthew Ottignon on sax, Greg Coffin on piano, Mike Quigley on drums and (composer) Michael Galeazzi on bass. The Hill Song, Captured on last day of Java Quartet's recording session for new album in studio A Macquarie University. Video was shot using 2 iPhones and a Panasonic GH2 "The Hill Song" - The Java Quartet in session Java Quartet - Pick It Up - featuring Rap artist, Morganics Published on 31 Jan 2013 Jazz meet the street "Pick It Up" - The Java Quartet in session. This is a preview from The Java Quartet's upcoming release in 2014. Regular collaborators with the group on the live scene, both Bobby and Morganics seamlessly blend into the ensemble sound of this intimate recording environment. Recording was captured using Metric Halo 2882 and mixed using ProTools. Video was captured using 2 iPhones, Panasonic GH2 and a GOPro TOGETHER is distributed by VITAMIN. Cat#DHR007, Release Date June 2, 2014 www.javaquartet.com.au TOUR DATES The Underground @ The Grand Hotel Tuesday, June 3 @ 8:00 PM The Underground @ The Grand Hotel, Cnr Bolton and Church St, Newcastle Venue 505 Friday, June 6 @ 8:30 PM Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, Sydney Smith's Alternative Bookshop Thursday, June 12 @ 8:00 PM Smith's Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Civic, Canberra The Basement Friday, June 13 @ 8:00 PM The Basement, 51 Elgin Boulevard, Wodonga, Victoria Bennetts Lane Sunday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM Bennetts Lane, 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne The Sound Lounge Saturday, July 26 @ 8:30 PM The Sound Lounge, Corner City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET -USA
May 22, 2014 09:06 PM PDT“Every time you hear Redman, he’s at a higher level.” The New York Times Melbourne International Jazz Festival June 6 Brisbane International Jazz Festival @ the Queensland Multicultural Festival on Saturday 7th June. Joshua Redman (born February 1, 1969) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. In 1991, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Redman cites John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Cannonball Adderley, his father Dewey Redman, as well as the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, the Police and Led Zeppelin as musical influences. He was signed by Warner Bros. Records and issued his first, self-titled album in the spring of 1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. In 2000, Redman was named Artistic Director for the Spring Season of the non-profit jazz-presenting organization SFJAZZ. A regular collaborator with some of today’s most important and influential artists, from Metheny to Mehldau, Blade to McBride, the double Grammy-nominated Redman has consistently garnered top honours in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists of his generation. Widely considered the new giant of the tenor saxophone, Redman redefines the boundaries of modern jazz with his virtuosic technique, expansive tone and adventurous spirit. His long-standing all-star quartet features pianist Aaron Goldberg – described by Wynton Marsalis as “a modern improviser of great clarity, finesse, and dexterity” – the exuberantly fluent bassist Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson, “the drummer of his generation” (Jazz Magazine). Joshua Redman Quartet @ Visioninmusica 2014 Joshua Redman - Soul Dance Published on 24 Apr 2014 Joshua Redman and his Trio perform "Soul Dance" from the album Trios Live, due June 17, 2014, on Nonesuch Records. Download the track now when you pre-order the album at http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/trios-... JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET - USA will be appearing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival Friday June 6 at 7.30pm Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre melbournejazz.com Brisbane International Jazz Festival @ the Queensland Multicultural Festival on Saturday 7th June. Venue address is: 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point The 1st concert is 7:00pm and the 2nd concert 9:30pm. Admission for each concert is $72/68. All ticketing/booking details : www.bijf.com.au OR www.brisbanejazzfestival.com www.joshuaredman.com JULIAN CURWIN - MANGO BALLOON VOL 3
April 07, 2014 08:26 PM PDT
THE SOUNDTRACK FOR MY NEXT MUSICAL HOLIDAY
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Julian (David)Curwin,, guitarist, composer; b. Sydney, Australia, 14 January 1979. Julian started on violin at age 3. Around 1992, Julian started to play electric and acoustic guitar. In early 1998, Julian co-founded Monsieur Camembert, a band taking a modern approach to gypsy, klezmer and jazz styles. Their 2001 album 'Live On Stage' received an ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award for Best World Music Album.
He also performs, composes and arranges with such groups as The Tango Saloon, Darth Vegas, The Fantastic Terrific Munkle, Gauche and Gl;tch Jukebox. In 2005, fifteen musicians came together to record the self-titled debut album, which was subsequently released by Mike Patton’s Ipecac label. The Tango Saloon is an experimental tango band based in Sydney, Australia. The band has since produced two more albums, Transylvania in 2008, and Shadows & Fog in 2012.
The sound of the group can be generally summed up as being tango meets spaghetti western, but there have always been many other elements, such as film scores, rock, gypsy, jazz and electronics.
In 2010, band leader Julian Curwin developed The Mango Balloon, a stripped-back chamber version of The Tango Saloon, with a lighter sound bringing lounge, exotica and continental jazz to the larger band’s tango/western blend. Aside from six members from The Tango Saloon, the recordings also feature special guests, bringing their own distinct flavour to the music – Volume 1 (2010) Eddie Bronson (from Monsieur Camembert) on clarinets, Volume 2 (2012) Brian Campeau on vocals and guitar, and Volume 3 (2014) Shenzo Gregorio on viola.
The triumph, though, is Curwin’s guitars which bridge Django Reinhardt with Metallica balladry and many Eurasian points in between.
Jazzgroove presents The Mango Balloon
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The Mango Balloon Volume 3 (Julian Curwin) REVIEW JOHN MCBEATH THE AUSTRALIAN MARCH 29, 2014
VOLUME three of Sydney guitarist Julian Curwin’s the Mango Balloon, a stripped-back version of his other band, the Tango Saloon, follows the precedent on volumes 1 and 2 of featuring a special guest. Here it’s violin and viola master Shenzo Gregorio. Musically, the approach is similar to Volume 2, with its strong connection to tango ideas and rhythms, albeit sometimes slightly bent. The collection is redolent of a lazy, sunny Sunday afternoon in Buenos Aires. Although billed as containing elements of continental jazz, the style is firmly melodic with few improvised solos.
The opener, Perdita, sets the mood with Curwin’s Latino guitar meandering placidly. Marcello Maio’s accordion leads a waltzing High Noon — not the movie theme — and Gregorio’s viola sweeps into the theme on Cloud Town. Curwin’s compositions have a comfortable South American-Spanish familiarity and are all played with capable delicacy, from the filigreed piano lead of Habanera to the oompah-pah tuba and trumpet waltz of Frijoles Negros or, another waltz, Wake in Flight, featuring a strict tempo accordion.
A relaxed version of mariachi trumpet opens White Elephant followed by what sounds like a Hawaiian steel guitar. By the final track, Farewell, it’s not hard to envisage a mango balloon floating away to the accompaniment of a soft, chordal guitar and shimmering accordion. This is uncomplicated, accessible, melodic music in a serene Latin approach that will have broad appeal for an easy-listening audience.
The Mango Balloon Vol 3 NEWMARKET/ ROMERO RecordsDAN QUIGLY and his HOT FIVE, the music of Louis Armstrong and JMI LIVE.
September 22, 2013 03:31 PM PDTBrisbane based jazz trumpet player/educator & advocate Dan Quigley is also head of school at the Jazz Music Institute located at Bowen Hills Brisbane. Dan Quigley’s early childhood was enriched by the presence of jazz legends Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Randy Brecker and the like. Greg Quigley, Dan’s father also plays the trumpet and toured these jazz greats to Australia for concerts and workshops while Dan was still an impressionable young child. Dan now in his late thirties, has been a professional trumpeter since he was 17. His trumpet playing displays a rich heritage of the jazz tradition. He has performed with some of Australia’s biggest names including James Morrison, Dale Barlow, Judy Bailey, George Golla, John Morrison, Tina Arena, Anthony Warlow, amongst many more. Among the many hats that Dan wears is as a band leader, he also has formed his latest band Dan Quigly and His Hot Five with student members from JMI - featuring Dan Cosgrove clarinet, Chris Bancroft banjo, Nick Quigly aka Arthur Vandelay bass and Alex Brindell washboard PENSIVE by Dan Quigly - Abbreviations Orchestra Listening Guide to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five- Two Deuces (1928) Based in Brisbane, Jazz Music Institute (JMI) is a specialist jazz school delivering courses in jazz since 1997. JMI enjoys a reputation throughout Australia as one of the best jazz institutes in the country, producing graduates with the musical and business skills needed to thrive in the live jazz performance industry. JMI has the endorsement of Wynton Marsalis, the world-renowned jazz musician and educator and Managing Director of Jazz at the Lincoln Centre in New York. Here’s what Wynton had to say about JMI after the meeting: “This is one of the first jazz curriculums that addresses the entire fundamental range of jazz styles; from New Orleans to Bebop to Modern, it’s all there. Dan Quigley has developed a template that should be followed by schools who are serious about the study and performance of jazz music” JMI also runs its own live jazz venue – JMI LIVE! – where students and community alike come together in an intimate setting reminiscant of New York jazz clubs, to witness and partake in quality jazz performances. Jazz Music Institute’s (JMI) campus is situated at 47 Brookes St, Bowen Hills Qld 4006. Entrance to the rear of the campus can be accessed at 10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills Qld 4006. http://www.jazz.qld.edu.au/about/ TINA HARROD - THE REVOLUTION IS ETERNAL
September 05, 2013 11:56 PM PDT"There are really only two great Australian soul and R&B singers: Renee Geyer and Tina Harrod... Harrod connects with the song more deeply than ordinary singers." - Sydney Morning Herald Tina was born in NZ of Fijian and Welsh ancestry and from her early days she was surrounded by a rich and varied musical legacy that sparked her passion for music and performance. In the late 80s, after moving to Sydney, Tina joined the legendary Jackie Orszaczky in his soul incarnation, The Grandmasters. In 2004 she released her first solo album ‘Shacked up in Paradise’ featuring Tina’s original songs, some co-written with Orszaczky. Four years later with the release of ‘Worksongs’ in 2008 Tina was recognized as one of Australia’s great soul & R&B singers. ‘Worksongs’ was Recorded live in one day, with her trio (Jonathon Zwartz (b), Hamish Stuart (d), Matt McMahon (p)). Rave reviews applauded Tina’s impeccable interpretation of artists such as Nina Simone and Nick Drake - with ‘Worksongs’ going on to win an Australian Jazz Award for Best Vocal Album. Then came her follow-up album ‘Temporary People’ tapping into the depths of vulnerability, charged with emotive power and fused with exquisite musicianship. Like many great artists, singer songwriter Tina Harrod, continues to push boundaries and blaze a path of her own. Now with The Revolution is Eternal Tina Harrod once again explores new territory with an album of original songs co-written with long time friend and collaborator, bassist/composer Jonathan Zwartz and the great LA pianist and Hammond organ player Larry Goldings, and produced by award winning composer and piano player Stu Hunter. “There is a cathartic element at work, so we are not so much eavesdropping on confessions as being granted insight into a personal experience of universal truth” John Shand, SMH about Temporary People "The Revolution is Eternal" - Tina Harrod What Becomes of People - Tina Harrod "Underneath Your Spell" NADYA GOLSKI & THE 101 CANDLES ORKESTRA
July 10, 2013 11:24 PM PDTNadya Golski has been described as the queen of gypsy soul, Nadya has spent many years in Paris working with famous gypsy musicians, and her high spirited virtuoso band of musicians, the 101 Candles Orkestra will be in Byron Bay for one night only at the Byron Bay Community Centre, on 27th July. This is world music at its best. The Candles have been performing in and around Europe, across Australia, at Montreux, Edinburgh, Womadelaide, Cziget, Woodford, MONA and in Sydney at the Camelot Lounge. The 101 Candles embraces Poland, Russia, France, Spain and even South Pacific Island cultures with surprising twists of jazz and blues in English, woven magically into the vital and mysterious tapestry of a wonderful performance. The mandolin player, accordionist, trumpet player and mercurial base guitarist produce an alchemical mix of picquant melodies and spellbinding rhythms, with styles ranging from Slavic melancholia and Manouche inspired French Chanson embracing Piaf, to romantic waltzes, tangos and boleros, whilst alternating fast rhythms assured to get toes tapping and hands clapping. Nadya Golski the central personality and lead singer is renowned for her intense vitality and extraordinary vocal delivery, good humour, unpredictability and charm. She is a warm entertainer. The interesting thing about Nadya is her early singing background in the Pacific. Following teenage life in a highland village in PNG,she became a sort of super-star in her twenties, singing in pidgin and local dialect, being toured around PNG and the pacific by the Australian Government and this is where she learned a lot of her extraordinary musicality and harmonies. Since then, Nadya has spent many years between Australia and Paris working with famous gypsy musicians and has acquired extraordinary vocal techniques which enrich her performance, giving it verve and magnitude. Nadya and Giga's 101 Candles Orkestra & Florin Gugulica "Woipa Woipa”! Nadya Golski with Roberto de Brasov Delem Delem For more information go to: www.nadya.com.au MAMAS NEW BAG BLUES BAND
June 30, 2013 09:45 PM PDTMamas New Bag is a band of fine musicians based primarily on the Gold Coast, Queensland,Australia. They play a wide range of 'blues' from Chicago,East Coast, Delta, R & B, to Swing and Jazz. The band members are Geordie Leach ,bass, Andrea Szabo, vocals, Terri Gascoigne, drums, and Ray G.Oliver on guitar. These band members have a diverse background in the Australian Rock industry. Some of the members have been long term players for Rose Tattoo, Moving Pictures, Renee Geyer Band, Black Feather and even played with or supported Elton John, Guns and Roses, ZZ Top and many other prominent Australian and overseas bands. Geordie Leach - In 1976 Geordie moved to Sydney and joined heavy rock band Rose Tattoo and toured Europe many times as well as the U.S.A. Geordie has recorded several albums with producers Vanda and Young and in 2006 was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame. He has his own recording business and many albums to his credit. Geordie is the solid foundation and glue that makes Mamas New Bag ROCK. Andrea vocals- Andrea is an accomplished vocalist, MC, Cabaret Entertainer and freelance artist. Mamas New Bag allows Andrea to showcase her extensive backlog of experience and craft. Known for her dynamic, genuine and versatile voice, she is a true entertainer that refuses to blend into the ordinary. Mamas New Bag - Live performance AUDIO recording Rose Tattoo - Rock N Roll Outlaw - written by and featuring Geordie Leach on bass Cooly Hotel 16th December 2011 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MAMAS NEW BAG CD LAUNCH AND MUSIC GO TO: www.mamasnewbag.com.au Mamas New Bag Debut CD launch event - July 13th @ the Coolangatta Hotel JANET SEIDEL TALKS TO HELEN SIMONS ABOUT HER MUSIC
June 28, 2013 12:05 AM PDTBased in Sydney, Australia, vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel currently enjoys a rare and enviable international reputation with 17 CDs released in Australia and also available in several other countries. In the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 2006 (UK) she is described as “Australia’s first lady of jazz singing”. Janet has been nominated for prizes such as the ARIA Music Awards. Her album "Moon of Manakoora" won the Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album in 2006. Thanks to an episode of Glee where Janet's version of A Man and a Woman was used, her CD Comme Ci, Comme Ça is now a best seller. Janet has also been described by … US writer David Nathan from All About Jazz… " as a fortuitous blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with an occasional nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. Like Diana Krall, she doubles on piano. Seidel has an exquisite, gentle, and agile voice and honours each tune she sings, irrespective of whether it's a classic standard, pop, or novelty song.” On the other hand she is revered by cabaret aficionados overseas such as in New York’s Cabaret Hotline: “I had heard so much about this delightful jazz star from Australia, but I was still not prepared for this awesome performance. I have never been so thrilled by a performer since Barb Jungr - this lady is amazing - such pure clean vocals!" Janet has been performing jazz oriented material and the Great American Songbook in particular since her High School and University days in South Australia in the 1970s. She has been fortunate to work with some great Australian jazz musicians in her various groups. Her first CDs made in the early 1990s feature some potent jazz content from artists such as Tom Baker, Ian Date, Paul Williams, Bob Gebert, Billy Ross and Col Nolan to name a few. Janet’s likes to tour with her jazz quintet, but more often now she travels with just her trio with excellent guitarist Chuck Morgan and her brother David on double bass. It was with this trio that her first forays into the Cabaret world were launched in 2000 with a kind of personal tribute show and CD “Doris and Me” which has played successfully in many theatres and venues around Australia. The latest success in cabaret has been the show and CD, Delovely, which features a selection of Cole Porter songs recorded live at Sydney’s Woodfire Cabaret venue. Janet’s groups have toured Australia several times and played most important Jazz Festivals around the country. Internationally she has toured to many countries including UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East and many South East Asian countries. Japan in particular has been a great success in the last few years with 8 CDs released there, with Janet booked to do many national tours since 2001 and she has been consistently named in the top 10 jazz vocalists in the Jazz Polls there. On her last CD Moon Of Manakoora Janet’s soft and sensuous vocals are framed by Chuck Morgan’s superlative work not just on guitar but more on ukulele. British writer Bruce Crowther notes, “his skill is startling”. The CD shot to No. 1 on the jazz vocal charts in Japan for 3 months in a row late in 2005. Back in Australia in May, this CD was named winner of the Bell Award for Jazz Vocal CD of 2006 at the National Jazz Awards in Melbourne. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT JANET SEIDEL'S TOUR DATES AND MUSIC GO TO: www.janetseidel.com FEATURED TRACKS: Sentimental Journey 2:54 Janet Seidel Doris & Me Lazybones 4:10 Janet Seidel And William Galison Love Letters My Attorney Bernie 4:02 Janet Seidel Dear Blossom Crazy World 5:59 Janet Seidel featuring Jo Chindamo (piano) Charade Tres Palabras 4:43 Janet Seidel Moon Of Manakoora Windmills Of Your Mind 3:49 Janet Seidel Comme Ci, Comme Ça Stunning cover by Australian Jazz singer Janet Seidel It's a mixed version of the Original French MOULINS DE MON COEUR and English version WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND.. Janet and her trio perform this Doris Day hit. Janet Seidel piano,vocals David Seidel bass Chuck Morgan guitar BEAUTIFULLY MAD new release SPIN
May 06, 2013 11:41 PM PDTBEAUTIFULLY MAD Tony King and Kris Ralph (aka NINA VOX) are two of Australia's finest Singer/Songwriters producing a beautiful blend of Soulful Acoustic Jazz, Folk and Blues. ARIA award winner & Australian Songwriter of the Year in 2009 Tony King is back with Nina Vox and their Beautifully Mad 6 piece Band for the launch of their new Album SPIN. Tony has a reputation for setting fire to a 12 string with his solos while Nina Vox melts hearts with her rich, mellifluous voice. You will be taken on a breathtaking ride that recalls the beauty of James Taylor, some honey from KD Lang, a lyrical spice of Cohen washed down with some Waits-like humour. Throw in some New Orleans Grooves from their incredible band and you get a flame that licks at the heels of Folk, Blues and Jazz. Expect goose-bumps in the hauntingly beautiful vein of Luka Bloom, to the exotic tones reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson "Tony King is one of the country's finest guitarists" Jonathon Biggins "highly original, evocative and more-ish. In performance they are engaging, incredibly versatile and inventive, an altogether class act" Bob Connolly & Sophie B Raymond - MRS CAREY'S CONCERT Tony has also toured extensively as lead guitarist for Andrew Strong, the incredible singer from the Commitments. They also co-wrote an album together in Ireland called Gypsy's Kiss. The Beautifully Mad Band: SPIN Nina Vox - vocals Tony King - vocals and guitar Craig Walters - Sax and Flute Hamish Stuart - Drums Bill Risby - Piano Greg Royal - Bass George Washingmachine - Violin Rob Maxwell Jones - backing vocals www.beautifullymad.com BEAUTIFULLY MAD ft. TONY KING & NINA VOX 9:00pm, Thu 16th May, 2013 Blue Beat, NSW 27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="332" height="374">
Helen Simons DJ abilities were discovered way back in West Berlin by the Burdenski Brothers who were about to open their new nightclub the Ciro Beach Club. Helen was their first female DJ. Twelve months later she landed the DJ gig at the Top Hat Club in London. For the last 10 years Helen has been featuring new Australian jazz releases on JazzXpress. Helen's compilations and play lists are selected from jazz, swing and blues scenes, Queens of New Orleans, Cajun, soul, gospel, latin, manouche and gypsy Balkan beats. Helen's playlists have been used at the Cockatoo island Comedy Festival and other venues with discerning musical taste. Helen's music can also be heard on The JazzXpress Caravan at KIAC5646 on IACmusic.com, Byron Bay BayFM 99.9 www.bayfm.org, and other community radio stations in Sydney and Brisbane. www.jazzxpress.com.au www.myspace.com/jazzxpress
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