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Maintaining the groove.

Where would this album be without the Bella Groove drummers!

Update: Album launch tickets available now!

Steve Fitzgerald

It was great to have my “go-to” drummer on the album! Steve plays with the acclaimed Canberra band Brass Knuckle Brass Band and Victor Rufus Reverberation and many more local groups!

Steve is so easy going and upbeat (excuse the pun!). He has a natural feel & depth to his playing, without overplaying.

Thank you Steve for keeping me in line with those endings 🙂

Mark Sutton

What a privilege to have Mark play on the album. He certainly is one of the best swing drummers in town!

Mark has played with the ‘who’s who’ of the Australian Jazz scene including Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Dale Barlow, Sean Wayland, James Muller, Matt MacMahon and Idea of North.

I’m also lucky to have Mark play considering the time and effort he spent on recording/editing/mixing.

 

Bella Groove album launch on April 9 at Ainsle Art Centre

Album launch concert

I’m excited to confirm a date and venue for my debut jazz album launch!

The concert will be held at The Ainslie Arts Centre, Main Hall from 4 to 6pm on the 9th April. Doors open at 3:30pm for tickets.

All of the musicians who played on the album will be there, including the two lovely back up singers, Juanita and Francine.

Tickets will be $20 full price and $15 concession. Available online and at the door, please book early as seating is limited.

Tickets also include a signed CD and poster!

I will update the website soon with links to purchase tickets. So keep in touch so you don’t miss updates.

 

 

Final Session!

Oh what a fun session last Sunday!

I was so excited to have my friends Juanita Cucinotta and Francine Minjoy come along to Hi Hat Music Studio to record backing vocals for my soul number.

Juanita and Francine gave the tune so much more depth and texture. They came up with some amazing  vocals in a short space of time. They were fantastic!

Thanks to Mark Sutton and Greg Stott again for doing such a great job recording and editing!

I can’t wait until the final product.

 

The line-up

The band is back at the Hippo Co this week and what a line-up!

This time we have two special guests:
Esteemed Australian trumpeter Miroslav Bukovsky and National Jazz Award finalist for keyboard, Hugh Barrett, will be playing with Bella Groove for the first time at Hippo Co!

The remainder of the Bella Groove line-up are; the talented John Burgess on electric bass and the amazingly versatile drummer Steve Fitzgerald (also the drummer for the Brass Knuckle Band).

We’ll be aiming to get the groove on this Wednesday!

The tunes

The set list includes some upbeat favourites by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver, including a tribute to Al Jarreau, who recently passed away.

I’m also looking forward to trying some of my new original tunes that were arranged by the amazing Hugh Barrett!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Miroslav Bukovsky, Hugh Barrett, John Burgess, Steve Fitzgerald will play at Hippo Co

Horn Finale!

Woo hoo…! It was great to have Miroslav Bukovsky and John Mackey in the studio last night!

With no time to view the tunes beforehand, Miroslav and John just sailed through their parts. Everything just fell together so smoothly.

Their playing just added that final touch that was so integral to the album.

So it was a real treat to have this awesome duo play for me!

I can’t wait for the final mix and to share all the tunes with everyone!

Here is John and Miroslav in action:

All tunes have been laid down!

The harmony and rhythm players have completed their roles on my debut jazz album. It’s very exciting!

I am so happy with the results so far.

Thanks to Mark Sutton and Greg Stott for their amazing job recording all the players so far!

Here is a photo collage of the main players, who were all magnificent!


I can’t wait for the next session with the horn players!

 

First day in the studio!

I’m excited that the recordings are underway at Hi Hat studio for my debut jazz album!

I have some fantastic musicians joining me on the album including:

This album has been a long time coming, with 5 original pieces on the album.

One of my original pieces, Open Your Mind, was written at least 20 years ago!

So it really is a thrill to be finally ‘releasing’ these original tunes, plus my favourite jazz standards!

Me & Eric in the studio

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Save RN Music

Due to budget cuts, ABC Radio National has axed a number of it’s music programs.

It’s a sad day indeed.

As of today, these programs will no longer be aired via the analogue signal broadcast.

The programs include; The Daily Planet, The Inside Sleeve, The Live Set, The Rhythm Divine and Jazztrack.

Without these programs, how will ABC Radio National possibly “reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community”?

My inspiration

Watching the amazing bassist Marcus Shelby (video below) play Jitterbug Waltz, evokes childhood memories of my Mum playing the same tune on piano many years ago.

My mum, a former jazz piano player, is my greatest inspiration! She is the reason why I chose to be a jazz musician.

As a jazz lover, mum avidly listened to Mal Stanley’s Jazztrack on ABC.

It is sad that my mum and others like her, particularly those in Regional Australia, will not be tuning in any more to Jazztrack on Radio National.

You can help out by signing the petition on Save RN Music.

Spring is in the air

Rejuvenate, celebrate, this is Spring!

I’m excited about all my upcoming Spring and Summer gigs, indoors and outdoors!

First up… Smiths on Thursday!! Then the lovely Rodney’s Garden Cafe this Sunday!

I think the term Spring Fever really resonates with everyone in Canberra.

There is a certain vitality in the air. Flowers, blossoms a plenty, an abundance of outdoor activities, arts and live music!

We are also not quite sure if we’re ready to leave the comfort of our home. The evenings and morning are still cold… and will I need a jacket if I venture out?

Will that outdoor gig be on? Will the rain stop?

Then we get a whiff of that spring air and energy abounds.

We don’t care about the weather.

We spring into action!

“Whether the weather be cold or
Whether the weather be hot
Whatever the weather, we’ll weather the weather whether we like it or not!”
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