April 2018 Newsletter

Concerts with Genevieve Lacey, Simon Barker, Vince Jones & Megan Washington,
plus Mondays @ the Jazzlab, Transient Thursdays @ Uptown, & some words I wrote about being a musician in the Australian jazz scene...

Hello! How lovely to gain an extra hour of sleep this morning, and to be indulging in some easter chocolate with my tea without too much guilt!

April is full of activity including a couple of very special concerts, the regular Mondays @ the Jazzlab, every Thursday @ Uptown Jazz Cafe, plus I'll be in the studio with the Sam Anning Sextet, and also a recording project with Deline Briscoe.

A particularly special project occurring this month is Nest devised by Genevieve Lacey, which involves three separate and distinct hour long concerts on the same day at the MRC Salon. As part of my preparation for this concert I embarked on 100 days of free improvisations (starting back in January), with the 100th day landing on the performance day for Nest. I've never performed 60minutes of solo free improvisations in concert before, so this will be a major first for me. The other musicians in the project are Simon Barker and Genevieve Lacey herself, with actor Natasha Herbert, sound design by Jim Atkins, director Daniel Schlusser and lighting by Ben Cobham. You are able to choose whether you attend 1, 2, or all 3 of the concerts. It promises to be a magical and transformative experience.

Last month I was asked to write some words for the MRC's Soundescapes online blog in recognition of International Women's Day. You can find my contribution which details my experiences as a musician in the Australian jazz scene here.

Special Events

Saturday 21st April [2-3pm, 4-5pm, 6-7pm]
Features solo performances by Andrea Keller, Genevieve Lace & Simon Barker, along with actor Natasha Herbert. 2018 Melbourne Recital Centre Artist in Residence, Genevieve Lacey, invites a cast of artists to create a shelter of music, words and light, over three distinctive concerts:
2pm Nest 1 – Salt (Andrea Keller & Natasha Herbert)
4pm Nest 2 – Thief (Genevieve Lacey, Natasha Herbert & Jim Atkins)
6pm Nest 3 – Earth (Simon Barker & Natasha Herbert)
Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
Corner Sturt Street & Southbank Boulevard
Two concerts $66/49
Three concerts $87/69
03 9699 3333
Saturday 28th April [7:30-9pm]
Jazz Greats at Monash - Spinoff
Vince Jones & Megan Washington vocals + 20 piece jazz orchestra.
Together they revisit the sounds of the 1940s as rebooted in the 1990 television series Come In Spinner. The album of the series, featuring classics like Man I Love, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, You Go to My Head and I’ve Got You Under My
Skin, broke sales records around the country. This time around, MLIVE has commissioned composer and arranger Steve Newcomb to create all new arrangements in a night that promises to blast fresh and surprising energy into beloved jazz standards.
Robert Blackwood Hall
49 Scenic Boulevard Monash University Clayton
03 9905 1111

Mondays @ the Jazzlab
Monday 2nd April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30pm]
Andrea Keller leads the Composer’s Circle
Angela Davis alto saxophone, Carl Mackey tenor saxophone, James Macaulay trombone, Andrea Keller piano, Tamara Murphy double bass & James McLean drums
Monday 9th April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30pm]
Masters & Apprentices
Ellie Lamb trombone, Kathleen Halloran guitar, Andrea Keller piano, Tamara Murphy double bass & Oliver Cox drums
Monday 16th April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30pm]
Fran Swinn guitar, Andrea Keller piano & Tamara Murphy double bass
Monday 23rd April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30pm]
Masters & Apprentices
Gian Slater voice, Theo Carbo guitar, Andrea Keller piano & Hiroki Hoshino double bass
Monday 30th April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30pm]
Andrea Keller’s Five Below
Stephen Magnusson guitar, Andrea Keller piano, Sam Anning double bass, Mick Meagher electric bass & James McLean drums
The Jazzlab
27 Leslie Street, Brunswick
03 9388 1999

Transient Thursdays @ Uptown Jazz Cafe
Thursday 5th April  [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30-10:30pm]
Christopher Hale bass guitar, James McLean drums & Andrea Keller piano
Thursday 12th April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30-10:30pm]
James Macaulay trombone, Danny Fischer drums & Andrea Keller piano
Thursday 19th April  [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30-10:30pm]
Erkki Veltheim violin, Mick Meagher electric bass & Andrea Keller piano
Thursday 26th April [Doors 8:00pm Music 8:30-10:30pm]
Robbie Finch double bass, Maddison Carter drums & Andrea Keller piano

Uptown Jazz Cafe
177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
03 9416 4546

Wishing you an enjoyable and restful Easter weekend :)

Thanks for reading and supporting creative Australian music!


Please refer to my website for more information, including the events guiderecordings page & bandcamp.