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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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Here’s a tune I wrote entitled “Trapped” and features Karl Laskowski and Steve Barry. Dig!

Below is a PDF of the score.
Click here to view the score for Trapped (E.Dilworth)

Enjoy!

E.Dilla

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Hey Everyone,

Just a heads up that The Dilworths have to exciting shows coming up this weekend.
We are featuring music from our debut album “Introducing The Dilworths” as well as a whole set of new original compositions the band has been workshopping over the last few months. This will also be Hugh Barrett’s Last run of gigs with the band while he heads away for 6 months with The Beautiful Girls so make sure you come down to here him before he goes.

On Friday (26th March) we make our long awaited debut at SIMA
For full details click here.

Two sets 8:30pm and 10pm

Please note: This is an All Ages gig (under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult)

To celebrate this debut performance we have a double pass giveaway for the first person to email us at management@thedilworths.com

Also, on Monday (29th March)we are taking over the new 505 venue for the night. 505 has since moved from its hidden warehouse and now sits on the corner of Clevelend St and Perry Lane.

9pm Start

$10 entry and you can find out more at http://www.venue505.com

Hope to see you at one or both of these gigs this weekend! be sure to come say hi!

Later

E Dilla

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This week I asked Sydney drummer James Jennings to write about some of his influences and favourite albums. He is possibly one of the best dressed Jazz musicians in Sydney and while still studying at the Sydney Con, he has started to make waves around town. Check it out below:

Top 3 drummers:

Very difficult to List only 3 favorite Drummers as there are so many inspiring players out there. At the moment this would be my top 3 for various reasons.

#1 Brian Blade:

Anyone who knows me would definitely have guessed this as my Number 1 but for reasons everyone is aware of. Brian Blade is why i started to play jazz drums. Brian’s Drumming/musicality is so so so deep and can rival and match any of the greats in the past. So much of my inspiration has come from Brian. His groove touch and feel are all aspects i wish to absorb. When i was 16 i was handed Ryan Kisor’s battle cry, which Brian is on and from that moment i knew i had found a drummer/musician that i truly wanted to grasp. Brian’s versatility as a musician is also absolutely astounding. Be it grooving with Sam Yahel, swinging with Joshua Redman, creating timeless art with Wayne shorter or getting his rock on with Black Dub, Joni Mitchell and Seal. He brings so much history present and future to every stroke he applies to a drum/cymbal.

Bill Stewart:

In my opinion Bill Stewart has changed the way Modern Drummers thing about playing jazz. His sense of phrasing among the limbs is amazing as well as the understanding of the ride cymbal as not only a time keeping devise but a creation of colour.The way Bill has taken from the masters of the past is also inspiring. You can definitely hear the history with large amounts of Roy Haynes ha.The very first album i heard bill on was John Scofield’s What We Do. His creativeness and undeniable groove blew me away! i still listen to that album a lot and still find new things every time which in my opinion is a true sign of a master.

?queslove:

Lately i have really been checking out a fare amount of Hip hop soul and r&b.?uestlove has the best time feel. Its CRAZY!. I really think checking out and really listening to hip hop and r&b is on of the best ways to get your time feel happening in any genre. Drummers such as Spanky, Steve Jordan, Chris “daddy” Dave, Eric Tribbett, Aaron Spears, Gerland Heyward, are just some of the drummers i’m checking out in this genre.

Ok so i cant leave off Eric Harland:

Eric is my biggest inspiration right now. His articulation on the drum set is out of this world. His power intensity and GROOVE are all things i want for my playing. His compositions and arrangements are also amazing. His Arrangement of Monk’s I mean you played with SFJazz Collective is a perfect example of this. Also his total musical support towards other musicians and the music is what makes him one of the most happening and sort after drummers of today.

Other drummers that I’m checking out at the moment include:

Kendrick Scott,Jeff Ballard, Mark Guiliana,Matt Chamberland,Felix Bloxsom Nate Smith, Billy Kilson, James waples,Jorge Rossy, Roy Haynes, Jack Dejohonette, Jochen Rueckert.

Note:

I know all 4 of my Picks have been recently “modern” drummers as HIGHLY important as it is to look back on the MASTERS of jazz music and the art of jazz i think it’s also equally as important to listen and check out the new things that are happening in the world of music around us in present times.

3 fav Youtube videos:

Kendrick scott:

Christopher Hitchens:

Wayne Shorter Quartet:

Favourite Albums:

Kurt Rosenwinkle’s The Remedy:

Aaron Goldberg- Piano

Eric Harland- Drums

Joe Martin-Bass

Mark Tuner- sax

This album is just full of raw hardcore energy and inspirational solos form all players. This for me is the perfect example of Eric’s musical support to the band. Kurt’s compositions are also jaw dropping.

Chris Potter’s Gratitude:

Brian Blade-Drums

Scott Colley- Bass

Kevin Hayes –Keys

This Album really hit home to me with how truly amazing Brian Blade is. His groove on this album, on every tune is rock solid but not in a rhythmical pattern way. He could be breaking up the beat without loosing any sense of the groove what so ever!! I also really like Scott Coley on this album and of course Chris Potter is just killing!

Wayne Shorter’s Footprints Live:

Brian Blade-Drums

Wayne Shorter- sax

Danilo Perez- Piano

John Patitucci- Bass

This album is my example of how a band can work together to create something that has never been heard before. All members’ are virtuosos of their instruments but not for a second dose ego or selfishness entre the music. They are all there 100% for one anther and the music!! P.S Brian Blade is bubbling intensity GOD.

Brad Mehldau’s largo and Live in Tokyo:

Largo is one of my favorite albums I can put on and just simply listen to with out my brain trying to over analyse. The Producing on this album is wicked.

Live in Tokyo I think truly shows what a amazing musician brad is.He makes the piano sound like a 80 piece orchestra with not a hint of physical effort. The way he can build and maintain and solo on this album is another aspect why I choose it for my Top list.

and

Zubin Mehta Conducting L.A Philharmonic Orchestra Playing Dvorak’s New World symphony #9

Later,
E Dilla

P.S check out James with Mike Nock, Karl Laskowski and Alex Boneham at 505 on Saturday

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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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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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Here’s an extract from The Dilworths performance at The Basement last December. Its my solo on Lettin Loose. Enjoy!

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Here is a video from my final recital last year os The Dilworths performing the Sam Rivers tune – Cyclic Episode.

James “Pug” Waples is filling in for Cameron Reid on Drums

Eamon

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