The amazing Terrell Stafford live in London.
The amazing Terrell Stafford live in London.
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.
P.S Feel free to drop a comment on the posts! Id love to know whats happening back home!
Posted in Gigs, Videos, tagged Alex Boneham, australian jazz, Cameron Reid, Eamon Dilworth, Jazzgroove, Melbourne Fringe Festival, steve barry, Sydney Jazz, The Dilworths on June 1, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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)
Posted in E. Dilla's Rant, Gigs, tagged Adelaide Jazz, Chris Martin, Chris Soole, COMA, dan clohesy, Eamon Dilworth, Jazzgroove, Kevin Van Der Zwaag, La Boheme, Lyndon Gray, Stephen Neville, Sydney Jazz, The Dilworths on May 23, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Beginning of May I was fortunate to be invited by bassist Lyndon Gray to come down to Adelaide to perform a few gigs at COMA and La Boheme. I had a fantastic time and got to play with some really great musicians including Dan Clohesy – with whom I recorded an album of octet music back in January.
I was promoting The Dilworths’ album and performing music with two bands while I was in town. I was very excited for my first experience of stepping of the plane and driving straight to the gig, meeting the band for the first time and then performing my compositions. They played the tunes really well and I has such a blast playing with them.
The Monday night was at COMA with Dan Clohesy, Lyndon Gray and Stephen Neville and Wednesday night with some of the teachers from the Adelaide Conservatorium – Chris Soole, Chris Martin, Lyndon Gray and Kevin Van Der Zwaag.
Some pictures were posted of the Monday night gig in which you can view here and a few in the slideshow below.
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:
Last night was the album launch for the Kim Lawson Trio over at Jazzgroove. It was great to see 505 packed to hear Kim’s trio with Steve Hunter, James Hauptmann and on a couple of tunes James Ryan. I guess best term to describe the music is powerhouse jazz-rock. It’s a really great thing that these guys put out a record, as these days it seems more and more like the CD becomes your business/calling card and helps to firmly establish your band on the scene.
Check out Kimmo’s Myspace.
P.S coming soon – Interview with Aussie saxophonist Mike Rivett who is currently studying at Manahttan School of Music plus footage of James Muller’s 4tet Live at The Basement