Was great to play with Jamie Mensforth and Jarrad Payne in Moose and Squirrel the other day as part of COMA’s yearly fundraiser. The group plays purely improvised music with a focus on grooves. I had never played with Jamie before but it was really enjoyable trying to figure out where he was taking the music. And Jarrad was truly superb—moving seamlessly form rhythm to rhythm.
Thanks to Logan Watt for loaning me his Rhodes. Great keyboard!!!!
Just played piano for Carols by Candlelight in Elder Park. This is about my 15th year in this chair. Certainly an interesting gig—you never know which artists are prepared and which ones are going to make you use all of your skills to figure out what they have just done so you can follow them. Samantha Jade was on the money and surprisingly The Collective were solid singers—I didn’t know who they were. It was interesting watching them rehearse—a couple were really serious and got it all right while one was goofing off a bit and didn’t nail it—but he probably got away with it as the girls in the audience were screaming.
I had a surprise gig last friday night with James Morrison and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. James had been looking over the repertoire for the gig and realised he needed a piano player for some of the tunes, so I got a call from the ASO to do it.
Always a bit stressful taking extra jobs on with minimal preparation, but it was worth it on many levels—Ben Northey was conducting (so excellent)—and the rhythm section was one of Sydney’s best—Gordon Rytmeister on drums, Phil Stack on bass and Carl Dewhurst on guitar. What a privilege to play with them! But as always James was on fire as a player and an entertainer.
That was one truly fun and terrifying gig. Thanks heaps to the really solid crowd that turned out to see us—the room looked pretty full and the audience seemed to like out take on the music. I tried to post a bit of video here but it was too large so check it on youtube @ http://youtu.be/Yh_Q8SQuLCY
A few choice responses via facebook:
“Possibly one of the best gigs I’ve been to. Music to move the soul”
“You and Radiohead make a very good combination! One of the most wonderful gigs I have seen, so beautiful!”
“Was a great night of awesome, inspirational arrangements of amazing music!”
“Loved it so much!!!”
Also bumped into a guy at the airport last night who saw the gig and he had pretty nice stuff to say.
Shucky darn, warms the cockles of your heart..
This Sunday, Dec 8, the three JAZZSA Youth Superbands will be playing at Norwood live.
I have directed the 1st Big Band this term and they are playing so well! The players are all under 21 and are drawn from High Schools and Adelaide Uni. As per usual we are playing a program of original music I have written and arranged for the band. We have a couple of tunes that I arranged for the band 5 years ago, but have adapted due to changes in the line-up, as well as some other tunes from the Marmalade Circus repertoire which I have developed into Big band charts.
We will be on a bit after 7pm, but get there early as the other 2 bands are sounding great under the direction of very experienced leaders, Steve Eads and Dave Winnall. Doors open at 4:30.