A TRIBUTE TO INXS — NEW JAZZ ALBUM BY CAM GILES

It’s a brave musician who dares to take a masterwork and reinterpret it. It’s a long-standing tradition, of course, particularly in the world of jazz, but it takes a stout heart and loads of talent to step up to the plate and throw one’s fate to the wind when the source is INXS.

And yet that’s exactly what CAM GILES has done, and knocked it right out of the ballpark. This album is a startling, sexy reinvention of the music of INXS. It’s been translated into the language of jazz and the translation is spellbinding.

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MARY COUGHLAN (Ireland) – Australian Tour Dates – May/June 2018

Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her lifestory gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The Guardian

Mary said, “I Iove love love Australia. I honestly think about it most days! I’m so looking forward to being back down under and this whole tour.  It’ll be great to be back and these shows are very special to me.” Continue reading “MARY COUGHLAN (Ireland) – Australian Tour Dates – May/June 2018”

Connie Lansberg releases new jazz album ‘Insomnious Vol 1 – Whistling Away The Dark’ – launch 9 June, Lido Jazz Room

Songwriter/jazz artist and author Connie Lansberg releases her new album of bedtime stories for the sleep deprived Insomnious Vol 1 – Whistling Away The Dark’.  The album is part of an ongoing creative collaboration between Connie and one of Australia’s premier jazz artists, Mark Fitzgibbon.

She’ll be launching the CD live at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 9th June at Lido Jazz Room at 9pm.  Click here for tix – every ticket purchase comes with a copy of Insomnious Vol 1 – Whistling Away The Dark’. Continue reading “Connie Lansberg releases new jazz album ‘Insomnious Vol 1 – Whistling Away The Dark’ – launch 9 June, Lido Jazz Room”

Lake Minnetonka launch debut album ‘Melbourneapolis’

“If you’re a fan of the mid-late 80’s era of Prince, this album is definitely for you…we can confidently award this new release Melbourneapolis with our highly regarded 5 out of 5 afros.” — Funkatopia.com 

Dearly Beloved,

It’s been a long time coming, but the debut full-length album from Lake Minnetonka is finally here and our purple hearts are bursting with pride and excitement!

The slammin’ Melbourneapolis party will strut in to Howler on Friday, February 23 at 7pm and you can get your tix through lakeminnetonka.bandcamp.com.

MARY COUGHLAN (Ireland) – Australian Tour Dates – May/June 2018

Mary Coughlan is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her lifestory gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The Guardian Continue reading “MARY COUGHLAN (Ireland) – Australian Tour Dates – May/June 2018”

Lake Minnetonka launch debut album ‘Melbourneapolis’

“If you’re a fan of the mid-late 80’s era of Prince, this album is definitely for you…we can confidently award this new release Melbourneapolis with our highly regarded 5 out of 5 afros.” — Funkatopia.com 

Dearly Beloved,

It’s been a long time coming, but the debut full-length album from Lake Minnetonka is finally here and our purple hearts are bursting with pride and excitement!

The slammin’ Melbourneapolis party will strut in to Howler on Friday, February 23 at 7pm and you can get your tix through lakeminnetonka.bandcamp.com.

Direct from Spain: Vocalist/ Composer Nancy Ruth – Sangria Jam. 

Nancy Ruth‘s latest release ‘Sangria Jam’ is a musical journey recounting her travels and life in Spain. Combining her influences of jazz, latin and flamenco, she says: I write what flows freely… I’m not trying to create a fusion, I just play what I feel. I’m a product of my experience and surroundings.”

Having toured Spain and Latin America in 2017, Nancy is looking forward to returning to Australia with shows in Adelaide, Drysdale, Ballarat, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

“Nancy Ruth, a powerful and talented singer, combines together jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms in a natural way, creating a fresh genre that fits into all three idioms.” – Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene  Continue reading “Direct from Spain: Vocalist/ Composer Nancy Ruth – Sangria Jam. “

Vince Jones & Special Guests – Live at Jazzlab in Melbourne, February 9&10

Australia’s best loved jazz man Vince Jones returns to Melbourne for two rare club appearances at Melbourne’s premier jazz venue, Jazzlab. He will perform with full band, featuring Matt McMahon, Ben Robertson and Danny Fischer, plus a special guest performer at each show, Feburary 9 and 10! Continue reading “Vince Jones & Special Guests – Live at Jazzlab in Melbourne, February 9&10”

T.S. Monk

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

T.S. (Thelonious Sphere) Monk is playing all week at Bird’s Basement.  He’ll be performing both his own music and compositions from his father’s back catalogue to celebrate the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk, Sr.