Posts Tagged ‘Eamon Dilworth’

Thanks to everyone who came down and supported The Dilworths set at the Jazzgroove Festival last night. Thanks to Carl Morgan or filling in – you smoked it!  It was such a great crowd and a big turn out for all the bands that night. I couldn’t stay around but heard that Elana Stone’s Band rocked the house.

For those that missed it, there was a marching band on Saturday arvo marching down Foveaux St drawing people out of the shop fronts in a wicked New Orleans style jam. It was so great and inspiring to see so many of the top sydney musicians that I’ve grown up admiring to be getting together jamming to promote the festival.

I’ll be heading down tonight to check out Gerard Masters, the Waples Brothers and the Vampires. I’m sure the Mothership will be a smokin’ gig too.

Big shout out to the Jazzgroove Association, but in particular Mat Ottignon and John Hibbard for the great efforts they went to make it such a successful festival. Hopes high that it happens again next year.


Current Reading: Richard Dawkins – Evidence for Evolution
Current Listening: Terence Blanchard – Choices; Check out his “webisodes’ on youtube, “Evolving” in particular episode 3 discussing the bands approach to playing.

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THIS self-titled debut album by a youthful quintet of students and ex-students from the Sydney Conservatorium is led by trumpeter Eamon Dilworth, who composed all but one of the seven tracks.

Although all members are in their 20s, they’ve had extensive local and overseas playing experience. Joining Dilworth in the front line is saxophonist Karl Laskowski, an amazing player who performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall at the age of 17.

The compositions are varied in style and reveal an exceptional level of ability, from the atonal car horn opening and eastern modality of Lettin’ Loose, to the soul-infused, relaxed Latino feel of Satura. Hugh Barrett’s piano is unobtrusively important in ensemble passages and contributes thoughtful, moving solos expertly crafted, as in Grim Hell, where he introduces Alex Boneham’s sturdily melodic acoustic bass, followed by a rapid-fire drum solo from Cameron Reid.

Laskowski by Nature is a swinging post-bop piece featuring Dilworth’s trumpet flaring brightly before the tenor sax’s galvanising lift-off in rocket trajectory. A subdued, but insistent piano riff steps through Lili Song, with the trumpet gradually developing the soothing theme, ahead of an offbeat transformation into a funky finale. The talent-packed Dilworths are a band to watch out for; their appealing compositions and articulate performances cannot be ignored.
John McBeath (Weekend Australian 2010)

For the original online article follow the link below:


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Just wanted to let you know that The Dilworths will be performing at the Jazzgroove futures festival on Saturday the 16th January 8pm at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills.

Carl Morgan will be filling in on Guitar for Hugh Barrett whose away with The Beautiful Girls

Below is the write up from the program


These young guys are Jazzgroove Records latest release and perhaps the next big thing. The Dilworths find the perfect balance of modern day Jazz influences, lending from American and European traditions while embracing the raw earthiness of their Australian roots. The band has undeniable experience beyond their years, having performed individually everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

Eamon Dilworth – Trumpet

Karl Laskowski – Tenor Saxophone

Carl Morgan – Guitar

Alex Boneham – Upright Bass

Cameron Reid – Drums

more info : www.jazzgroove.com

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I’ve just got back from 2 great days in the studio.
Yesterday The Dilworths went into the ABC and recorded a Live set for ABCJazz for digital radio that’ll get played later this year.
Today was a day at Morrison studios with an 8 piece ensemble lead by two amazing young players – Tenor Saxophonist Dan Clohesy and pianist Harry Sutherland. Man these guys can not only play like mofos but also write some serious music. Great tunes and arrangements and it was such a pleasure to be invited to get involved with such amazing musicians.
John Morrison once again was super supportive in the studio (as when he recorded the Dilworths).
The octet is a new project and features some of the best up and coming guys – guitarist Carl Morgan, trombonist Jimmy Bowman, alto saxophonist Ross Harrington, fellow Dilworther Alex Boneham, Drummer James Jennings and Matt Collins (great lead chops!).

Check out their sites:




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On behalf of The Dilworths Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who has come to our gigs and supported us over the last two years.

Thanks also to everyone who came down to our album launch at The Basement in December, it was a huge success and so much fun to play to such a warm attentive crowd. Everyone in the band came off the staging totally vibing.

You can still purchase our album from the discography page and get free postage.

If you missed the band at The Basement there are loads of other shows happening in 2010 so keep checking the gig page to find out when we are playing.

The pictures from the album launch were from Mark Matthews and he generously donated these pictures to document the great night.

In the near future The Dilworths will be posting more material for download, including recordings from the night at The Basement as well as video interviews with local Sydney musicians, the first being an interview with pianist Judy Bailey.

Thats all for now, happy new year again from all the band.


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John Hibbard asked me to compile a list of 10 cds that have influenced me the most so i thought id share it here too.

• Miles Davis – 64 Concert My Funny Valentine

My housemate and I recently acquired the record of this concert and for the first 3 weeks in our new place listened to it over and over again every night. I can’t get over how the rhythm section reacts to every solo keeping things fresh and exciting. The way Ron and Tony make decisions about feel and direction makes the solos so exciting. Herbie’s solo on All Of You is possibly one of the greatest on record. The way this band interacts is one of the major inspirations for the Dilworths.

• Terence Blanchard – Flow

Terence is one of my living idols. He has a big glorious sound and plays with such conviction and freedom that transcends the notes and harmony to which he’s playing over. The rhythm section on this record, Aaron Parks, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott, work so well in creating a bed for the soloist to improvise upon and help propel the music forwards. To me this band is like the 60s Miles band of today, always searching and making such a high level of music. There’s also a great live gig from the Village Vanguard you can download from the website.

• Sonny Stitt – Sits in with the Oscar Peterson Trio

Back when I was 16 I had my first band and it was before copying hundreds of gigabytes of music from other people iTunes and I remember that this disc was getting passed around us. I think it was Alex Boneham’s originally and by the time it got through the band and to me it was fairly scratched (it was getting passed around without a case). For the 4 of us at the time this album was our life and only recently i managed to find it in a store in New York second hand. Man, this album is like the definition of straight ahead feel good swing. The kind of music that puts a smile on your face.

• Ryan Kisor – Battlecry

When I first started learning with Phil Slater he gave me a whole bunch of albums on an Mp3 disc, and most of them I had never heard of. I took a random pick and this album came up and it was one of the first I could sing along to start to finish. Its a straight ahead record with Sam Yahel on Organ, Peter Bernstein and Brian Blade. Kisor is an unbelievable trumpet player and the lines he plays are almost compositionally perfect.

• Hancock/Hargrove/Brecker – Directions in Music

This was the first “modern jazz” albums I got into. It’s a live album with Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci and Brian Blade doing a tribute to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. I remember loving the sound and intensity they all played with but having no idea what was going on with forms and harmony. Every time I getting the CD out I still find it so exciting and spontaneous.

• Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny

Phil Slater told me this was a must have so I ordered it from Amazon and from the first moment was hooked. Kenny is quite understated and gets such interesting colours out of his horn. Every track on this swings and Paul Chambers and Art Taylor create that feeling on 2 & 4 where I guess they coined the phrase “In the pocket.” There are so many great recordings from 1959 and this is certainly one of them!

• Dvorak – New World Symphony

I heard the London Symphony play this live earlier this year and then permanently borrowed the CD from my girlfriend. This work has largely influence my writing in placing more emphasis upon themes and development from the material you already have. So much of it is built upon one melodic idea and passed throughout the orchestra. This idea has simplified my approach to writing new tunes.

• Avishai Cohen – Continuo

This album has a great sound, energy and one of the best bass sounds on record. I went through a phase of checking out the Jewish New York scene, guys like Avishai Cohen (Trumpet), Omer Avital and Jason Lindner. There’s something very accessible about the music these guys produce, a lot based around the harmonic minor scale modes and rhythmically really groovy but mixed with virtuosic technique making complicated stuff sound simple.

• Ambrose Akinmusire – Prelude to Cora

I spent some time hanging out with Ambrose in New York and recently when he was out and he has been a big inspiration for me. He got me thinking about having my own concept and thinking about my sound and where I wanted to head with it in the future. I really dig this album for its writing and the way an overall mood is created throughout.

• Matt McMahon – Paths and Streams

The guys on this CD are local heroes of mine. I’ve been fortunate enough to see them live many times and had many conversations about music with Matt and Phil Slater. I saw the release of this album at the Studio and was blown away by the beauty and space these guys created. I bought the CD and went home and listened to it twice that night.

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This interview is taken from the December 2009 issue of FINE Music Magazine.

Interview by Chris Rhule

How did you first start playing music and what instruments did you play?

My mother started a school band program that my older brother and sister went through, so when I got to year 2 it was decided I’d learn the violin, then later the Trumpet, double Bass and French horn. At one point i was playing the horn and trumpet in concert band at the same time!

How did the trumpet become your instrument of choice?

I hadn’t had as much formal training on the trumpet and perhaps that was what made me want to drop the other instruments. Playing trumpet meant playing in the Stage Band and when i was in year 6 i formed my first jazz group and so i guess i was attracted to performing solo more than hiding up the back of a concert band.

What were some of your first musical influences?

I remember going to James Morrison concerts at the Opera House and falling asleep on the floor, but i think he was one of the first people to really inspire me to play music for a living. His brother John has been something of a mentor to me over the years and they demonstrated how music could be enjoyable and entertaining. Later I met Phil Slater and Warwick Alder, which is when I started discovering more modern and improvised music which largely influences me today.

You are currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music.

Can you describe that experience?

Perhaps the greatest thing, as I near the end of the degree is the musical friendships I’ve developed with people. My peers have been Alex Boneham, Steve Barry, James Jennings and Jeremy Rose and they have as much as the teachers inspired me to write and play improvised music. The con provides us with teachers to guide us and the facilities to allow us to make hours and hours of music.

Who are some of the local musicians and teachers who have influenced and inspired you?

Mike Nock has been very supportive towards me and in support of the Dilworths from the first day he heard the band almost 2 years ago. Along with Mike, Judy Bailey, Dale Barlow and Phil Slater I feel have help shape my views and direction in music.

Is there a particular style of jazz that you would like to concentrate on in the future?

One of the things I like about jazz not being a mainstream music is that there aren’t enough gigs to be playing with the same band night after night so therefore you find yourself playing in all different styles so right now i have no idea what style in the future I’d like to play. I love sitting in at Unity Hall and playing Jazzgroove so at the moment I guess im in a place where id like to absorb lots of different styles which hopefully in turn will help shape a sound for me in the future

You have also played in groups like Kid Confucius and Beautiful Girls. How do you find that experience playing in a broader musical spectrum.

There is a different playing demand in pop music. Improvising and soloing comes second, the challenge is night after night to be able to play with a high intensity and nail the parts exactly like the record as the thousands of fans expect to hear. Those bands were the first time id played to crowds in the thousands!

How do you find the current music scene in Sydney, particularly as it relates to jazz?

There’s so many great musicians and bands around which is super healthy regarding the scene. There are a few venues with weekly gigs and others come and go. I guess the biggest challenge we have trying to play jazz is getting the money in from the punters so that the venue operators stay happy.

You have played at some of the great overseas Jazz Festivals. Can you tell us about those experiences?

I was lucky enough to be a part of the Australian All Star Youth big band in 2004 and 2005 which gave me the opportunity to go to Montreaux, Monterey and North Sea Jazz festivals. I was able to see Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Wheeler and so many more big names so it was such a great chance to be exposed to some of the top music in the world.

Your current musical project is The Dilworths. How did this group come together and tell us about the musicians you have assembled?

After my first New York experience i was so inspired after being there for 6 weeks that I decided I needed to start my own band with guys that were going to push me to play better. I called the best players I had ever met at the time and fortunately they agreed to get together and it was an instant vibe that we had to keep playing together. Karl’s been one of my favourite players for years and have always been inspired by the energy he can create when he plays. Alex and I have been playing together since we were 13 so naturally i added him and when put together with Hugh and Cam they make one of the most supportive an attentive rhythm sections in town. These guys are more than just band members, they are my brothers!

You are launching your new album for Jazzgroove this month. Tell us about the music on that album?

This is high energy, highly interactive jazz. They are all tunes I’ve written over the last two years and are inspired by the energy and vibe I discovered whilst hanging in New York seeing music every night.

Ideally, where would you like to see your music career heading in the future?

Next year will see the band doing some touring, and i will spend 3-4 months overseas on a scholarship from the Big Brother foundation where I plan to play with as many different people as I can in New York and Europe. Further than that I have no idea but hope it’ll involve making music with many more people.


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