So after much planning and organising, saying goodbye to family, friends and favourite places and pets, I find myself in the midst of the stunning Salzkammergut area in Austria. This will be home for the next foreseeable stage of life, and I look forward to building new friendships, experiences, and adventures.
An action packed last few weeks with swing Central featuring Brad Lever, Ian MacRae, Dave Sanders and at times with the extended big band. At venues such as The Press Club and the Brisbane Jazz Club.
last week was a total blast playing with Bob sedergreen Peter Harper Ian Dickson and Sam young at the horn in Melbourne what a privilege
Spring fever in the air once more and plenty of music to go with it . Regular public shows with Brad Lever and Swing Central at the Press Club in Brisbane , Some handy local dates with Guy Kachel and Adam Brown ( The Dirty Channel) at the Beach hotel in Byron . My Trio at the Brizzy Jazz Club on the 27th of October, and plenty of shows with the mighty Lisa Hunt and Forever Soul .
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Hello, after some time away from here , an update is well over due . After recording 12 new works with the fantastic , Steve Russell and David Sanders late last year , Simon Grieves ,the multi talented engineer , Musician ,Composer ,arranger and producer is tweeking his way to satisfaction . The Album , that i have not named yet , will be available around Mid Feb 2016. This picture by Simon Fraser will feature in its presentation . As the components of this project align themselves i will be seeking live performance opportunities and i hope to see you at some of those during the winter time .
Live performances with the power house Lisa Hunt and band are continuing this summer and well into Autumn on a regular basis up and down the East Coast.
I will also feature with such artists as Swing Central , Harry Nichols , The Camel Tones , The Dirty Channel ,Mohini Cox and Leigh Carriage at various times and places over the next couple of months.
Teaching wise i am beginning the 2016 Education year at Byron Community Primary School and Southern Cross University , facilitating music ensembles .
Since it's been a while since my last entry , here is an update of progress in a general sense .
My Trio Project with Steve Russell and Dave Sanders is Still on the simmer. Material is 90 percent done with just a couple of sheets to tidy up before throwing them onto the stand . It will be a diverse batch of works drawing and manipulating various influences and styles into a classic Jazz trio format . Influentially I could throw names such as Monk, Joni Mitchell, FATS, Ron Carter , Ornette , at it … and I just did . Recording is planned to begin in a couple of weeks and the aim is to have it available for digital download by Christmas . Yes another Christmas Album! . No reindeer or little helpers were harmed in the production of this work.
The Swing Central Crew are also pretty active . Fronted by Brad Lever this mini Big Band deliver great and faithful renditions of classic Male Crooner Jazz ,directed by Ian Macrae ,always an enjoyable outing !
I was also privileged to be included on the final session at 301 Byron Bay with Gold Coast singer songwriter and performer Casey Barnes .The track has managed to get some legs and is grooving its way into good places , reaching some ears ,hearts and minds . Nick DiDia produced the session , Scott Hill on Drums . Very Nice company to keep . Go Casey !
My first trip to New Zealand in August was an awakening of sorts , a truly astounding place . Point the camera in any direction and a postcard worthy image results . I will throw a few up here pretty soon .
Played a really nice gig with The Camel Tones last night at the Billinudgel Pub , a classic down home Nth Coast Hotel . Might even be some footage Here !......eventually .......
OK ….off to Yamba right now and then Port Macquarie Food and Wine festival tomorrow , Hobart on Wednesday , Gold Coast Arts Centre on Friday ….better get some socks on .. Thanks for reading !
So winter is here and the Lisa Hunt soul train is on a 3 month break, some chasing a Northern summer , which is understandable ,and others sticking out the harsh East Oz winter ( rarely below 10c on the coast !). A holiday you say ?, well no , not even close . Several gigs with Swing Central , an upcoming concert with vocalist Parissa Bouas and a number of other jazz related excursions combined with some other session work , Uni tutoring and various primary school projects will ensure its a steady , but not hectic winter.