Ben Winkelman Trio, The Salon, MRC, Melbourne, 11 March 2016 at 7pm
It began in Perth, jumped to Portland and tonight the Ben Winkelman Trio National Tour 2016 arrives at Melbourne Recital Centre for a Melbourne Jazz Co-operative gig at 7pm.
The tour, which takes in eight other cities after tonight, will launch the pianist / composer’s fourth album, The Knife, released in Australia this month on Jazzhead. Ben Vanderwal will be at the drum kit for the tour, replacing Eric Doob. Sam Anning, recently returned from a long stint in New York, is on acoustic bass.
The album’s 13 Winkelman originals, recorded at Sear Sound in New York, were inspired by the highs and lows of adjusting to life in that city and reflect the composer’s interests in Cuban, Brazilian and gospel music, “odd meter claves and through-composed miniatures”.
A Melburnian who has been living in New York since 2010, Winkelman has an impressive discography — Odysseys was a 2010 AIR Award nominee for Best Independent Jazz Release, The Spanish Tinge won the 2007 AIR Award in that category and Stomps, Pieces & Variations was nominated in the 2006 Australian Jazz bell Awards.
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Fleming Park Festival, 11am – 6pm on Sunday 13 March 2016, corner Albert and Cross streets, East Brunswick
Fleming Park is the place to be on Sunday as the Moreland City Band presents a day of live music, plus an African drumming workshop with Ray Pereira and the chance to try out in lacrosse sessions with Moreland Lacrosse Club.
The music on offer includes The Immortal Horns, Andrew Murray’s ATM15, Big Band Frequency, Moreland City Bands, JC Little Big Band, Beyond the Bathroom Choir.
There will be food stalls, a barbecue, a licensed bar, cakes and activities for kids.
This is a free community event supported by Moreland City Council, Moreland Lacrosse Club and Andra Jackson.