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35 YEARS IN ONE DAY

Scott Tinkler

Scott Tinkler

PICTORIAL RETROSPECTIVE

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative’s 35th Anniversary celebration, Sunday 28 January from 12.30pm to 8.30pm, Moreland City Band Hall, 16-22 Cross Street, Brunswick East

To celebrate its 35th Anniversary, the MJC held an eight-hour music feast featuring eight outstanding groups. This line-up for this big-arse Sunday equivalent (remember those?) was, I believe, put together by Eugene Ball. Let’s hear it for EB, because it was fantastically diverse music, not without its challenges for the listener – which is as it should be.

With excellent food available, a great community vibe, some penetrating (and often unanswered) questions for Martin Jackson from MC Ronny Ferella, and hours of music in a cool venue on a hot day, this celebration was a huge success. Kellie Jayne Chambers wasn’t there on the day, but also deserves plaudits for her work beforehand setting up the venue.

Here are some image galleries from the day’s performances.

12.30pm Andrea Keller’s Masters & Apprentices

I arrived late and caught only the last of this set. The mixing of experienced musicians with talented young players is great as a concept and in practice. As with all of Keller’s projects, this worked well and delivered quality musicianship.

1.30pm Scott Tinkler and Simon Barker

Ronny Ferella took the mic before the next set, asking Martin Jackson some tough questions about the MJC. Ferella said over many years the MJC had provided a safe zone to hear unsafe music. Jackson said some of the best gigs may have had the fewest people in the audience

Then Simon Barker and Scott Tinkler – the latter in his penultimate gig before going south to Bruny Island – held us spellbound. I loved the intensity, the attentiveness and responsiveness of this duo, the variations, the ease of their complementarity and the freedom of their improvisation. It was engrossing, dramatic and sustaining.

 

 

This post will continue with more images from this MJC celebration when time permits.

ROGER MITCHELL

Images © ausjazz.net

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UNITY IN DUALITY

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

GALLERY: Tuesday, November 12, 8.30pm: SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET & STEPHEN MAGNUSSON

Melbourne Jazz C0-operative

What a treat to hear New York-based trombonist Shannon Barnett at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club last night, in a first set with guitarist Steve Magnusson.

It’s comparing apples and oranges, but I was struck by what a contrast there was between Barnett’s warm, resonant tones and the amplified, electronic sound of Eric Vloeimans‘ horn in Gatecrash recently at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues. This is absolutely not a criticism of Vloeimans’ ability or technique, but merely an observation that, while both could be described as enveloping in a “warm blanket” sense, I think there is more texture and sometimes gravelly roughness or guts to the fat tones of Barnett’s ‘bone. Of course they are different instruments and the contexts and intentions are much different. It’s just that one appeals to me much more than the other.

If I wanted a trumpet sound to illustrate the depth and texture that can be achieved with that instrument without the electrified tone of Vloeimans’ instrument, I’d suggest Gianni Marinucci as an example, on his album A Tender Caress.

But I digress. The other appeal of Tuesday night’s duo set was the level of understanding between Barnett and Magnusson. I felt that they really appreciated the chance to explore some great tunes together and that the audience picked up on that vibe. I have previously described gigs as therapy for the soul. This was one of those.

I was unable to stay for Barnett’s second set, in a quartet with Nash Lee (guitar), Chris Hale (bass), and Chris Port (drums).

Trombonist and composer Barnett returns next week to New York.

Here are some images from the first set:

Shannon Barnett and Steve Magnusson

Shannon Barnett and Steve Magnusson

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson

ROGER MITCHELL

Larger versions of these images can be viewed in this GALLERY

CATCH SHANNON & AARON

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett at WPAC Hall at Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival 2013.

In a rare change to the MJC’s advertised program, New York-based trombonist Shannon Barnett will play at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club tonight with guitarist Steve Magnusson (first set) and in a quartet playing compositions from her album Country.

Scott Tinkler‘s scheduled performance with Magnusson and Erkki Veltheim has been postponed due to doctor’s orders (nothing major, fortunately).

In the other room at Bennetts, students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University will give their final recitals from 6.30pm.

On Sunday, November 17th, the co-operative has another change to its printed program, with the double bill of Luke Howard Trio / Nat Bartsch Trio moving to November 26 (courtesy of the gracious Sam Keevers Trio moving to 2014) so that Aaron Choulai can play before his return to Japan.

Shannon Barnett

Shannon Barnett at Wang 2013

The new program notes, supplied by Martin Jackson, are as follows:

Steve Magnusson

Steve Magnusson plays Wangaratta Jazz 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 8.30pm: SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET & STEPHEN MAGNUSSON

Recipient of the 2007 Young Australian Jazz Artist of the year at the Australian Bell Awards, trombonist and composer Shannon Barnett returned to Australia for performances at the Wangaratta Festival and Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival before heading back to New York City where she is studying for her master’s degree. Since moving to New York she has studied composition with John Abercrombie, trombone with John Fedchock and has performed with the likes of Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Birdland Big Band, Cyrille Aimée and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York.
In an opening set, Barnett will perform in an exploratory duo with Stephen Magnusson (guitar). The second set will see her perform originals from her debut album, Country, with Nash Lee (guitar), Chris Hale (bass), and Chris Port (Drums).

Sunday, November 17, 8.30pm: AARON CHOULAI QUINTET (Tokyo/Melbourne) – Premiere

At the age of 31, award winning and critically acclaimed pianist/composer Aaron Choulai has already achieved a impressive amount in his career. From small band jazz recordings in New York for Sunnyside records to large scale multi-media cross-cultural festival commissions, the pianist’s work is as wide and varied as it is explorative and adventurous. As a side man, Choulai has worked as musical director and arranger for Kate Ceberano, the Melbourne Festival commission ‘Black Arm Band’ and has performed with a wide variety of musicians from Ben Monder and Clarence Penn in the U.S. to the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Archie Roach. As a band leader and composer, Choulai’s most celebrated work is a collaboration between Melbourne based outfit ‘VADA’ and a choir from his home town in Papua New Guinea, which was commissioned by the Queensland music festival in 2007.
Based in Japan at the Tokyo College of the Arts as a composer and a researcher since late 2008, on this brief visit to Melbourne, Choulai will perform with long time friends and collaborators Carlo Barbaro (tenor saxophone), Jordan Murray (trombone), Tom Lee (bass), and Rory MacDougall (drums). The quintet will mainly play new material from Choulai, as well as one or two jazz standards.
“In essence, Choulai is a meticulous technician via a richly lyrical, yet often animated type of delivery” – Glenn Astarita, JazzReview.com
“Aaron Choulai is writing is as alluring as it is adventurous and his feisty ensemble conjured fabulous melodies and propulsive grooves like rabbits out of a hat” – Jessica Nicholas, The Age

Tuesday, November 26, 8.30pm: LUKE HOWARD TRIO & NAT BARTSCH TRIO

Over the past few years, pianists Luke Howard and Nat Bartsch have both cultivated a distinctive piano trio sound; focusing on tonal, contemporary, ambient composition and improvisation. Their respective 2013 album releases A Dove, a Lion, a Coast, a Pirate, and To Sail, To Sing are both widely acclaimed. With shared musical values and mutual admiration, they are now teaming up to direct a new series of concerts entitled the Festival of Beautiful Sound. To mark the beginning of this new collaboration, Bartsch and Howard’s trios will perform each other’s compositions in a unique concert. Luke Howard Trio features Jonathan Zion (bass) and Daniel Farrugia (drums), while the Nat Bartsch Trio comprises Tom Lee (bass) and Daniel Farrugia (drums). See http://www.natbartsch.com & http://www.lukehoward.com.