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505 – now U-18 Friendly

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Cameron Undy has just informed me that 505 is now under 18 year old friendly when accompanied by an adult.

This is great news for all the keen students looking for a place to go regularly to see jazz in Sydney.

Dig.

E. Dilla

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Hey Everyone,

As some of you may know I am currently writing from London for the next 2 months as I am here on a scholarship to study along with fellow Dilworther Alex Boneham.

So far the summer weather here is more like a warm Sydney winter day but the extended hours of sunlight (sun sets about 10pm) is encouraging to get out each night to see some of the great gigs that have been taking place.

While still battling jet lag, I haven’t had a chance to slow down the last three days. Aussie ex-pat Graeme Blevins led an All-Star quintet at the Pizza Express Jazz Club two nights in a row featuring German trumpeter Till Bronner and Guitarist Mike Outtram. By the second night this band was smoking playing a few standards and modern originals. Till has a super slick sound and outstanding technique that sucks you in with every note he plays. Graeme used to lead a band in Perth called K which is well worth checking out.

Yesterday before watching the frustrating England vs Algeria match was a keynote address by Wynton Marsalis. This week Jazz at the Lincoln Centre orchestra is in residence. I’m particular excited to go see them on a free stage this afternoon and also another group with Terrell Stafford and Rodney Whitaker. Wynton gave a very inspiring talk and used his trumpet and quintet to demonstrate. In particular talked about some ideas of group playing and time modulations that had Alex and I going home together and trying some of it out! Check out a great review of the address from London Jazz Blog – http://londonjazz.blogspot.com/2010/06/wynton-marsalis-keynote-address.html

Below is a photo of Wynton with Walter Blanding, Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriques and Ali Jackson.

Thats all for now,

E. Dilla

P.S Feel free to drop a comment on the posts! Id love to know whats happening back home!

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Melbourne Debut

Hey Everyone,

The Dilworths have just got back from a well received debut gig at Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane Jazz Club as part of the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival.
A big thanks goes out to Steve Barry, filling the piano chair, Sonja Horbelt, Tamara Murphy, Martin Jackson and Bennetts Lane for making the gig possible. It was wonderful to make our debut to a full house.

Roger Mitchell uploaded some great photos of the gig that you can check out here.

Here’s a track from the gig:

Later

E. Dilla

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Hi Everyone,

This week I was fortunate to attend the Australian Bell Awards in Melbourne as a nominee in the Young Australian Category and it was a wonderful oppotuinty to meet some truly great musicians from both Sydney and Melbourne. My congratulations to Linda Oh who took out the Young Australian of the Year Award and also to Jonathon Zwartz who recently released a seriously good record “The Sea” and took out 2 Bells for best composition and best ensemble. The other nominee in my category was Nat Bartsh who I hadn’t met until the awards dinner where we were seated together and did a CD swap. I got back home this afternoon and put on her CD and was entranced by her music. Really great stuff. Another highlight of the  night was Kristen Berardi and James Sherlock’s performances (Kristin won best vocalist) – they stole the show and had the whole room at a stand still, mesmorised. It was great to catch up with her and Dave Theak – two of the nicest and giving musicians around.

I enjoyed an extra night in Melbourne (courtesy of my girlfriend Phillippa’s mother) and picked up some really great CD’s that I’ve spent my weekend checking out.
Here’s what I bought – check them out:
Kenny Barron  “What If” Featuring Wallace Roney, John Stubblefield, Cecil McBee and Victor Lewis
Katie Noonan & The Captains “Emperor’s Box” Featuring Stu Hunter (Best Album Winner Bells 2010) Cameron Deyell & Declan Kelly
Nat Bartsh Trio - “Trio” Featuring Josh Holt & Leigh Fisher
The World According to James “Lingua Franca” Featuring James Greening, Andrew Robson, Steve Elphick & Toby Hall

That’s all for now, coming up this week is video footage of the great Roger Manins and a series of top albums with some of the finest vocalists in Australia.

Later,

E.Dilla

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Hey All,

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to fill in for a Ten Part Invention rehearsal in preparation for their SIMA gig on Saturday night. The reason I’m blogging about this rehearsal is that I felt very fortunate to get the oppotunity to play with the band which, in my eyes, contains some of the main innovators of “Modern Australian Jazz” from the last 40 years. For those not familiar with the band, it is spearheaded by John Pochee (who has been in and out of hospital the last 6 months, and was sounding truly amazing, plus forever telling the funniest stories) and also features Paul McNamara, Steve Elphick, Sandy Evans, Andrew Robson, Ken James, Bob Bertles, Warwick Alder, Miroslav Buckovsky and James Greening. Most of these players aren’t teachers at the Sydney Conservatorium so I hadn’t really met them before and only knew most of them from CDs and seeing them live at the Side-On Cafe many years ago, back when Alex Boneham and I used to go every weekend without fail.

The music consisted mainly of compositions by Sandy Evans, Andrew Robson and the late Roger Frampton, (unfortunately I never got the chance to hear or meet this Australian legend,) and what I noticed most is how unique and distinctly Australian it sounds. I must admit the majority of music myself and my peers listen to is from abroad, particularly America, but playing with this ensemble was a gentle reminder of the great things that are happening on my own turf. Roger Frampton’s compositions evoked so many different colours and textures and were full of harmonic surprises that keep you on your toes.

I have been listening to Andrew Robson for years and when I was 17 I was really into his album “On”, featuring Steve Elphick, Hamish Stuart and Alister Spence, to the point of knowing it back to front. For whatever reason, I have not been able to see him live for many years but yesterday I was fortunate to be sitting 4 chairs down, listening to him play. It is such a great experience getting to meet and play with those “idols” you grow up listening to. I must also mention the delight it was to play with Paul McNamara who, along with his partner Sally, were integral to my development as a musician. In 2004 they set up a mentoring program (of which I was the only one who partook) which involved being mentored by Phil Slater and Warwick Alder, having lessons and hanging out with them at gigs, as well as aural lessons with Paul and recording a CD with Paul and Alex Boneham. That program introduced me to this “other side” of music – creative modern jazz.

Here are the links to some of these great musicians’ websites.

Ten Part Invention

Andrew Robson

SIMA

Sandy Evans

Later,

E Dilla

Current Listening:

Greg Osby – Public (Nicholas Payton & Greg Osby are killin!!!!)


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Last night I caught the first set of one of my best mates – Steve Barry. For those who haven’t heard this Kiwi now Petersham based piano player, he’s one of the best around.

His trio with Dilworths Alex Boneham and Cameron Reid played a great gig at 505 and here’s one of the tracks. enjoy!

Later,

EDilla

P.S check out his top 5 influences list here

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Mailing List

As some of you may know, I send out a fortnightly e-newsletter for those who don’t get to see my updates on facebook about new posts.

If you would like to receive thedilworths.com e-newsletters, send an e-mail to management@thedilworths.com with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.

As an added bonus, the first 5 people to join the mailing list will receive a free copy of The Dilworths debut album, “Introducing…The Dilworths” (Jazzgroove Records)

Later

EDilla

The Dilworths CD

Available now on Itunes and http://www.Jazzgroove.com

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Tune into ABCJazz on Digital radio on Thursday, 9pm (channel 201 on digital TV) to hear a live one hour recording of ‘The Dilworths’ recorded for ABCJazz in January 2010.

Here is the link: http://abcjazz.net.au/features/abc-jazz-recording-the-dilworths

We went in for a few hours and recorded a live set of new tunes previously unrecorded. You can also download one track – “Black and White” for free to get a taste of what to expect on Thursday.

Later

Eamon

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The Latest top 5 list comes from one of the more prominent musicians in Sydney - Simon Barker. Not only a great drummer, Simon also runs Kimnara Records which puts out consistently high quality CDs from Australian artists such as ‘Band of Five Names’, Scott Tinkler, Phil Slater, Matt McMahon and Carl Dewhurst. Two of my favourite Australian records are Phil Slater’s “The Thousands” and Matt McMahon’s “Paths and Streams” which both feature Simon and are released under the Kimnara flag. Simon has provided a lot of guidance in helping release ‘The Dilworths” debut album.

Also, if you are free on Monday the 1st March be sure to get down to the Australian Film Festival screening of “Intangible Asset No. 82″ – a documentary following Simon’s search for a shaman and grandmaster musician in South Korea. Click here for more details.

Here are his top 5:

Jack Dejohnette

It’s hard to describe how much joy I’ve experienced while listening to Jack Dejohnette play the drums. I first heard him on Keith Jarrett “Standards Volume 2″ when I was a teenager and have been a huge fan ever since. Jack’s way of creating streams of unresolved conversational rhythms had a huge impact on me, and his willingness to consistently develop new approaches to his instrument (conceptually and physically) is really inspiring… a wonderful musician.

Elvin Jones

What can you say? I’ve been listening to Elvin Jones since I started and am still completely mystified by the depth of his pulse and ability to create such a profoundly personal style. I love so many records that he’s on but my favorite is “Crescent” by John Coltrane, featuring the track “Wise One”… one of the most lyrical grooves I’ve ever heard. There are so many facets to Elvin’s playing… the powerful ritualistic playing, the incredibly swinging accompanist, the amazing ballad playing… genius!

Kim Seok Chul

In 2000, I was working in Korea and heard a recording of ritual music from Korea’s East Coast performed by a group of shamans led by Kim Seok Chul. The drumming had a profound effect on me and has changed the direction of my life. Since hearing this music I’ve spent many years traveling to Korea to study, perform, and engage with Korea’s extraordinary musical heritage. The style of drumming performed by members of Kim Seok Chul’s family is characterised by dense streams of conversational rhythms that are mesmerising. I was very fortunate to meet Kim Seok Chul in the final days of his life… a once in a lifetime experience!

Jim Black

In 1997, while touring Europe with Scott Tinkler, I was very fortunate to hear Jim Black perform with Ellery Eskelin. At the time I was unsure of what I was trying to do musically and feeling pretty confused (while also having a blast with Scott and Adam). With that in mind I went to Jim’s gig and was completely blown away. He played in a way that included everything from trad to ‘Blondie’… heavy metal, jazz, ‘The Bangles’… it was an incredible experience that was refreshing and inspiring and so exciting to listen to. Jim and the community of musicians he’s involved with have had such a positive impact on so many young musicians… a very inspiring guy.

Lately I’ve been really getting into ‘Questlove’, Ed Blackwell, Joey Baron, Rick Marotta, Hamish Stuart, Tony Williams, Mitch Mitchell, Ritchie Haywood, Paul Motian, Vernel Fournier, Steve Jordan, Tony Buck, Katsuya Yokoyama, Watazumi, Feldman, as well as the various drummers who played with Curtis Mayfield and James Taylor.

Also, I have to say that perhaps the most influential musicians in my life have been people who I’ve played with who want to try things that may not have been played by other drummers. Mark Simmonds had some killing drum beats that were fully formed in his head which were unique, while Phil Slater and Scott Tinkler have some really inspiring ideas about drumming, pulse, phrasing and ensemble playing.

Later,

Eamon

P.S. Check out http://www.kimnara.com.au

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Hey everyone,

Last night I got to film the great Dave Panichi’s Septet at the new 505 venue.
It was a great night featuring Phil Slater, Peter Farrar, Carl Morgan, Hugh Barrett, Brendan Clark and Evan Mannell.
Dave writes some great conceptual compositions and I hope to put up a few videos over the next week to show those who couldn’t make the gig.

For now here is Peter Farrar’s solo on the last tune for the night. Peter is one of the most interesting and exciting players in Sydney and it’s rare to see him perform. Hope you enjoy:

later,

Eamon

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