The last couple of months have been an exciting time for me musically with some notable performances and future projects in the pipeline.
Monday Jam residency:
While my good friend Danny G Felix is working in Asia I have been lucky enough to fill in on the residency with the Ojeez house band at The Monday Jam. Its been a blast performing every Monday night with Steve Lamante, Nic Jeffries and Paul and Noel Mason. There isn’t much that compares to growing a rapport and chemistry with great musicians who you also spend time with away from the bandstand. Not only that every week we have a special guest which has included Ilan Kidron from the Potbellez, Bruce Hathcock and Jeff Duff of late. You can check out whats happening in the coming weeks by visiting https://www.facebook.com/therealmondayjam?fref=ts
July marked my first performance with the amazing flautist Jane Rutter. I was invited by Jane to perform at the City Recital Hall (Angel Place) for a Bastille Day celebration combining classical, romantic and classic French repertoire. It was a great experience to play with such esteemed classical musicians who also included soprano Yvonne Kenny.
This concert was followed up with a performance at The Concourse theatre in Chatswood as part of a lunch time series. There has been talk of an album in the near future.
Baby et Lulu in the Studio.
The end of October saw Baby et Lulu enter Sony Studios for their second album. A winning combination of both Lara Goodridge and Abby Dobson, along with the band and producer Tony Buchen was used again. Look out for the album launch in the coming months. Otherwise catch the band at Camelot which has become the groups staple ground. This weekend though we head up to Mullumbimby Folk Festival for a couple of performances.
10 years with this band makes it my longest running membership and what a blast it is with such voraciously talented and experienced musicians. The Cohen shows were a great success and will be followed up next month with a tribute to Louis Prima. Every month the performances at Camelot are a blast.
Residency at Palmer & Co.
Having studied a Bachelor of Music in Jazz performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, I can tell you this residency of playing jazz standards is one to be cherished (as long as it lasts!). Every Tuesday night the classic American songbook flows with some of my favourite musicians to play that music with.
Qantas - Feels Like Home.
I had the pleasure of recording on this song as part of Qantas’ new campaign. Singing is Martha Zwartz, daughter of legendary Sydney bassist Jonathan Zwartz. We will be performing this with an all star line up on the 19th of November at Sydney Airport in the hangar. Look out for the footage!
and last but not least!
Going into the studio with MNM Trio.
Its been a while coming but finally its time to record a specific piano-accordion trio album. Joining me will be Mark Harris on bass (long time colleague in Monsieur Camembert, Tango Saloon and Baby et Lulu) and Nic Cecire on a hybrid drum kit setup. Looking forward to preparing a mixed repetoire of European and latin classics along with an original or two in a jazz context. EPK to come!