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Jazz

Freeform explorations, swinging big bands or moody instrumentals all
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Lake Minnetonka - Out There Bout There     Funk/Soul, Jazz, Instrumental 23/09/2016
Six-piece juggernaut Lake Minnetonka, are super-tight funk on the bottom, and wild punk jazz on top. For fans of New Wave, No Wave and Mutant Disco.
'Out There Bout There' represents an exciting and historic new synthesis. Some of the primary architects of the Minneapolis Sound lending their skills to perform new material in collaboration with Melbourne jazz fusion band Lake Minnetonka. The spirit of Prince lives on in the energy and spontaneity of these jams.

Joel Sena - Be With You (Feat. Phoebe Papatheodorou)     Jazz 19/09/2016
Sax drenched melodies, infectious grooves and emotive songwriting is the heart of Joel Sena's soul music.
A smooth R’n’B jazz offering from newcomer Joel Sena, featuring the sultry female vocals of collaborator Phoebe. This track features full band backing, great guitar, Fender Rhodes and sax top-lines to create a mid-tempo modern radio friendly sound.

Kennedy Snow - Speak Truth     Funk/Soul, Jazz 12/09/2016
A contemporary Soul Jazz group that mesmerises you with infectious melodies and grooves and speaks about life and love - hip R&B to addictive Neo-Soul to a heart stopping ballad.
Speak Truth is a funk / soul upbeat track that has an infectious vibe and groove about it and great vocals. The lyrics share a positive message about trusting your own instincts and searching for what makes you happy, not others.

Other tracks by Kennedy Snow:  Another Time  -  Just Breathe
Sean Foran - Une Fille     Jazz, Classical, Instrumental 02/09/2016
Acclaimed Brisbane pianist/composer Sean Foran moves into deeper lyrical territory with a new group featuring piano, saxophone, guitar, cello and drums evoking sounds of European art music, minimalism, contemporary jazz.
Uptempo, lively and rhythmically intense... this track pushes along with a strong energy throughout. Drums, Guitar, Saxophone and piano all feature, with this highly dynamic and captivating track. Similar to: Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Brad Mehldau, E.S.T, Tigran.

FINALIST: 2017 QLD MUSIC AWARDS - JAZZ

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Kev Starkey - Who'd Have Thought     Jazz, Blues, Australian Indigenous, Jazz 25/08/2016
Kev Starkey is an Adnyamathanha and Torres Strait Islander man passionate about caring for Country and singing the blues.
From Kev Starkey’s debut album this is a laid back jazz love song to his teenage sweetheart, who then went on to become his wife of 24 years. Sung in Kev Starkey’s signature smoky voice, this piano-driven blues tune is Australia’s answer to the honky-tonk rhythms of southern USA.

Pickpocket - Junk Trunk     Funk/Soul, Jazz, Instrumental 25/08/2016
Pickpocket are a Melbourne band who play deep instrumental funk.Sophisticated yet unpretentious funk that stimulates your brain and activatesyour feet. Funk for everyone.
Junk Trunk is the lead track from the album and features infectiously funky guitar lines and groovy horn melodies that epitomise the upbeat overall feel of the album.

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Other tracks by Pickpocket:  Days Of Wonder  -  Inverse Funk
Matt Hsu (mat-shoo) - Tightrope Moon     Jazz, Folk, Swing, Experimental 23/08/2016
Matt Hsu (mat-shoo) is a Brisbane multi-instrumentalist with an insatiable appetite for creating strange, kooky, experimental pastiches and whimsical folk with organic acoustic instruments without electronic shortcuts.
'Tightrope Moon' is inspired by Matt's time among riotous New Orleans street buskers and skiffle bands. Matt plays 12 instruments including double bass, trumpet, clarinet, shakuhachi, banjo, pans. With contributions from Janita Billingham on harp and Matt's cousin Leanne Day-Simpson of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on violin - via Skype.

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Other tracks by Matt Hsu (mat-shoo):  Ant Dance  -  Found Sound Japan
Lisa Richards - Frank Sinatra     Folk, Pop, Jazz 19/08/2016
This North Queensland native recently returning home to Australian shores after recording 5 albums, living and touring for 22 years while based in New York City and Austin Texas.
One of her older songs. After not initially making the cut for her last record, Lisa decided that it should appear on her latest CD due to its popularity among her fans.

Prequel - Saints     Electronic, Jazz, House, Dance 12/08/2016
Paying respect to just some of our influences.A meditation on blackness and inclusion and something to move you on the dance floor.
A meditation on influences, blackness, jazz and music to shake your ass too.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Cameron Dunsford, PBS 106.7FM, Melbourne (VIC), Nick Rodwell, 4ZZZ, Brisbane (QLD)

Erica Bramham - A Low Heavy Sun     Jazz, Folk 11/08/2016
"An irresistible songstress, owing more to Joni Mitchell than Nina Simone, Erica has the kind of voice that you wish could be there to tuck you in each night..." Australianjazz.net
From the folk/jazz song cycle Twelve Moons, which is a lyrical journey through the Czech Slavic calendar. Written for the month Srpen / August (sickle, harvest), A Low Heavy Sun is an early autumn love song.

James Hampton - Don't Be Surprised     Pop, Jazz, Blues 11/08/2016
James Hampton is Melbourne based songwriter. As reviewed by the Herald-Sun "A feel-good retro fusion of jazz, funk, soul and pop."
Hold on --- this track will have you bopping along from the moment you hear the opening notes.


Other tracks by James Hampton:  TV  -  Black
Helen Fenton - Come Away With Me     Jazz, Pop 30/07/2016
Helen Fenton is a jazz/big band singer based in Sydney, has her own 16 piece Big Band and is a jazz music presenter on Eastside Radio.
A joyful uplifting original bossanova with an ensemble featuring and energetic brass section with a vibrant flute solo from Graham Jesse.

Other tracks by Helen Fenton:  I've Got Your Number  -  How Little It Matters How Little We Know
Steve Crump - Broken Walls     Pop, Instrumental, Blues 30/07/2016
Steve Crump's piano music has a lyrical quality, it is "stunningly beautiful music without being contrived or over-constructed", "mesmerising", with "attractive melodic and harmonic ideas" and "catchy melodies".
"Broken Walls" is a piano-led track that expresses both the joy finding love and the ache of losing love. It has been compared to the mood on Neil Young's "Harvest" album, partly because of the wonderful melodica part played by Heath Cullen, that echoes the harmonica breaks on that album.

Other tracks by Steve Crump:  Marrkap  -  April Days
Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra - The Marauder Within     Jazz, Soundscapes 20/07/2016
Sydney saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose is at the forefront of contemporary jazz and creative music.
Iron in the Blood is a captivating new album exploring the rich tapestry of Australia’s colonial past. Featuring music by award-winning saxophonist/composer Jeremy Rose.

Other tracks by Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra:  Norfolk Island  -  The Melancholy Bush (Wild Colonial Boy)
Tom Combes - The Spark In My Day     Jazz, Acoustic, Live Performance, Folk 01/07/2016
Guitar has been a passion of Tom’s since the age of 10, phenomenal finger style playing and seasoned musical taste push the boundaries of what's possible on an Acoustic guitar.
The Spark in My Day is Tom's first track on his solo debut album 'Spark'. It features a fun sense of play and groove which was inspired by the games that he plays with his Daughter. A light fun tune with a lot of groove and virtuosic guitar technique.

Other tracks by Tom Combes:  Labradorite  -  Hide And Seek
Levingstone - First Taste     Pop, Jazz, Soul, RnB 21/06/2016
Hailing from Sydney, eclectic progressive soul five-piece Levingstone is a band blurring boundaries. Pulling colours from jazz, neo soul, rock and progressive pop with a unique brand of storytelling.
"First Taste" is the lead track from Levingstone's debut EP "Modern Burials". Written on the floor of an empty room where the high ceilings sounded like a church, this lush aural space is evident in the track - sweeping guitar drenched in hymnal reverb set to an infectious groove.

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Paul Grabowsky, Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, David Yipininy Wilfred, Monash Art Ensemble - First Dawn     Jazz, Indigenous, Soundscapes 17/06/2016
David Yipininy Wilfred, the traditional djunggayi (manager) of the manikay of the country of Nyilipidgi, and his brother Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, with the Monash Art Ensemble and Paul Grabowsky.
Nyilipidgi presents an almost transcendental integration of jazz and Wagilak manikay - which both have a shared foundation in the musical and aesthetic principles of freedom and expression; the rhythmic groove of their respective instrumentation's further add a sense of shared time.

Other tracks by Paul Grabowsky, Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred, David Yipininy Wilfred, Monash Art Ensemble:  Cycles  -  The First Dance
Paige Duggan - Body and Soul     Jazz 01/06/2016
Paige Duggan is a unique jazz voice, emerging onto the Australian scene. Paige’s personal style channels the female jazz greats, and has soulful undertones but is a truly contemporary sound.
A classic jazz standard, written by Johnny Green in 1930. This interpretation based around 3/4 time-signature, rather than it's original 4/4, has a unique lilt and mood. This rendition showcases an example of the maturity of vocal tone Paige can achieve, within her diversity.

Other tracks by Paige Duggan:  Dindi  -  Mood Indigo
Jane Cameron - Rising Sun     Folk 25/05/2016
Blending folk, blues and jazz influences, Jane Cameron and her band, the Crazy Carnival, create their own unique sound that is as captivating as it is hard to categorise.
Rising Sun starts with a simple strummed uke and builds to a gloriously uplifting carnival of drums, strings and rich vocals. It is a story of hope in the face of hardship and shows the power we hold to transform our perspective on the daily challenges of ordinary life .

Other tracks by Jane Cameron:  Away  -  Picket Fences
Cathy Menezes - Waves of Seven     Jazz, Dance, African, Blues 22/04/2016
Being inspired by the Great Masters of Music such as George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa and Russell Ferrante, this album possesses a combination of Latin and Jazz genre.
Waves of Seven starts off with hand clapping, which instantly drives the infectious rhythmic beat that sets off a soulful Latin and Jazz blend. Because of its unique introduction and complex rhythmic pattern, it seemed worthy to be the 1st track of the Album "A Dream".

Other tracks by Cathy Menezes:  Will You Be Here  -  Don't Know Yet