Category Archives: MELBOURNE JAZZ FRINGE FESTIVALS 2009 & 2010

MELBOURNE JAZZ FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010 — DAY 6

2010 — A BASS ODYSSEY AT YARRA EDGE THEATRE, NMIT

What a brilliant concept dreamed up by bassist Tamara Murphy. This was a festival highlight for me, especially Ben Robertson’s Indian-influenced piece on acoustic bass with a little help from his friendly drone. More later, but here are a few pics from the three sets:

Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson

ben robertson
Ben Robertson

Chris Hale
Chris Hale

Chris hale and Gian Slater
Chris hale and Gian Slater

Ida Hansen
Ida Hansen

Jonathan Heilbron
Jonathan Heilbron

Ida Hansen and Jonathan Heilbron
Ida Hansen and Jonathan Heilbron

MELBOURNE JAZZ FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010 — DAY 4

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY SHOWCASE AT BENNETTS LANE

The big room at Bennetts was packed to hear the new talent on the block from VU, with undergraduates and returning graduates of music performance courses.

I missed the first set, from the Lorraine Anne Quartet — Lorraine Anne (vocals), Fionn O’Sullivan (piano), Ben Salvador (bass) and Nathan Power (drums) — but the applause was loud so it must have been well received.

Yanina Oliver
Yanina Oliver with her quartet

Next up came Luna and Skye, with Yanina Oliver (vocals/drums), Fionn O’Sullivan (piano), Luke Anticevic (guitar) and Ben Salvador (bass) performing an original compositional project called “The Story of Annabelle Charlesworth”.

I’m not sure I grasped much of Annabelle’s life story, but it is impressive that students are involved in developing such projects. The notes handed out, which I saw after, serve only to add to the intrigue. O’Sullivan on piano and Oliver on drums and vocals were the standouts in this group, especially Oliver’s voice. There seemed to be power and presence in her voice, but her vocal contribution was restrained, in keeping with the piece.

Du Gitaristo

Two graduates — guitarists Matthew Erickson and Michael Hanley — performed three original pieces as Du Gitaristo (apparently Esperanto). Both showed great technical ability and finesse.

Du Gitaristo

Next, the Louise Joy Quintet, Louise Joy on vocals, Daniel Grey on piano, Michael Pateras on guitar, Marc Clemente on electric bass and Yanina Oliver on drums played their version of the nineties White Town hit Your Woman. They left us wanting more. Joy was feisty in her delivery as she sang “So cut the crap and tell me that you’re through” and clearly has the ability to grab the attention of an audience. But how did she injure her finger? Was she telling someone “I could never be your woman” and they took it hard? Yanina Oliver was again a hit on drums.

Louise Joy
Louise Joy Quintet

Yanina Oliver
Yanina Oliver

Louise Joy
Louise Joy Quintet

Yanina Oliver
Yanina Oliver

Circulation, with Caleb Garfinkel on guitar and laptop, Bryce Clark on piano and Nathan Power on drums, took things in the direction of new music with a coherent, engrossing piece, which developed slowly.

Caleb Garfinkel
Caleb Garfinkel

Nathan Power
Nathan Power

This evening showed that a lot of talented young musicians, including composers, are emerging from VU. It augurs well, but we need more people to fill our many fine venues.

MELBOURNE JAZZ FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010 — DAY 3

Melbourne Jazz Co-op A-Live Series: Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

THE DILWORTHS

Eamon Dilworth
Alex looks green, while Eamon blows his own trumpet.

The Dilworths rock! Down from Sydney and having fun, Eamon and musician mates Karl Laskowski on tenor sax, Alex Boneham on acoustic bass, Cameron Reid on drums and percussion, and Steve Barry on piano (filling in at short notice for Hugh Barrett, who is in Brazil) had Bennetts Lane’s small room swinging.

The Dilworths
The Dilworths

More on this later, but it was a great gig. They played with heaps of energy and verve, but also with considerable expression. The first set consisted of Lettin’ Loose, Satura, the moving Lily Song, Dealing With the Inevitable and, at the end, The Return of the End. All are tracks from the recent eponymous album.
New material in the second set included Thankyou Mr Kneebody, Soat (by Steve Barry), Trapped, Rhyme and Tell, and Used.

Eamon Dilworth
Eamon Dilworth and Alex Boneham

Cameron Reid
Cameron Reid

Karl and Eamon
Karl’s watching that trumpeter in action

Karl and Alex
Karl and Alex in a face-off

Alex Boneham
Alex Boneham cuts loose

Karl, Alex and Eamon
Karl, Alex and Eamon swinging

For more about The Dilworths, visit their website.